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After a SWAT team smashed down stock-market millionaire Shaun Attwood's door, he found himself inside of Arizona's deadliest jail and locked into a brutal struggle for survival.

Shaun's hope of living the American Dream turned into a nightmare of violence and chaos, when he had a run-in with Sammy the Bull Gravano, an Italian Mafia mass murderer.

In jail, Shaun was forced to endure cockroaches crawling in his ears at night, dead rats in the food and the sound of skulls getting cracked against toilets. He meticulously documented the conditions and smuggled out his message.

Join Shaun on a harrowing voyage into the darkest recesses of human existence.

Hard Time provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, dark comedy, and eccentricity of prison life.

Featured worldwide on Nat Geo Channel's Locked-Up/Banged-Up Abroad Raving Arizona.

©2016 Shaun Attwood (P)2017 Shaun Attwood

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great listen and read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is an account prison life that is unhindered by the sort of fears of retribution and ingrained social obstacles someone an American ex-con might have to face. Not to mention the extensive record of his converstions and letters.

What did you like best about this story?

It's brutal documenting of the nightmare that is "the carceral state".

What does Randal Schaffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and sensibility never annoyed me or took me out of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the description of the atmosphere in the jail after many men had been up for a week on meth was horrifying.

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Not what I was expecting...

I found this to be the same story throughout
It was the same story over and over the whole book. Could've been told in 1 chapter.
Bummer.

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great

really details the unorthoxed treatment of prisoners in Phoenix, Az jail system. unbelievable and sad humans are treated like garbage

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Nice read

It took me awhile to get into the book and started to see where we need to treat our prisoners better. Just because they're in for a crime, they too deserve humanity.

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Bad Ending.

the book just kinda abruptly ends. we spend 10+ hours listening, only to have an extremely anti climatic ending.

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Gripping portrayal of life in USAs' toughest Jail!

I was dubious of how this audiobook would hold my interest. I was quickly enthralled! Mr. Atwood, an educated English stockbroker, makes it big in the stock market boom of the late '90s. His passion then turns to rave parties where he participates and funds the rapid growth of ecstasy in the Phoenix area. His success leads him into competing with Sammy "the Bull" Gravano for market share. Several scary incidents, the collapse of the stock market, and his fortune lead him to walk away from "the life" only to be implicated years later in a Phoenix PD undercover investigation. He was ID' by several arrested individuals leading police to label him as a kingpin and subject to life in prison.

The story of his arrest, the jail experience, and the effort by prosecutors to break him are tragic, funny, believable, and a must-read for an inside look at the Arizona Judicial and Penal systems.

A Great Listen!

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fascinating story, narrator uses American accent

read Party Time Raving Arizona. decided to listen to book 2 after really enjoying author's various YOUTUBE CHANNELS. dissapointed Attwood didn't narrate these books. American accent reading an English man's story was confusing at times. going back to reading 3rd book.

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Not bad - weird choice of a narrator

It took a while, had to listen to this book in segments separated by weeks, but I got through it and didn’t have to appeal to amable for yet another refund because of “sorry but I can’t take this narrator.” Not like it’s bad technique or style, it’s the match between tone and content. In this case, it’s dude no way would anyone make it through the life and death daily need to be a hard ass from hell prison routine with that voice. Not that I’ve been to prison, but I’ve been in life and this is the voice of Biff who plays badmitten with Mindy in The Hamptons. Anyway, the book itself - not bad.

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Good read

Story is good, but can get boring at the end, Good effort however, gives a detailed account of prison life.

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The Wolves are calling

#2 in the Shaun Attwood trilogy. It will have you hanging on every word! All 3 books in the English Shaun Trilogy are amazing!

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  • 08-13-18

Terrible narrator

After listening to 150 books, this narrator stands out as not fitting the story and its characters.

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  • Kevoneone
  • 10-19-17

Best audio book I've listened too

This is the best true account I've ever listened to. A definite must read. Attwood is amazing wish his other 2 books in the trilogy where available on here

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  • Brandon Nelson
  • 11-11-17

Intense but amazing

A pleasure to read and listen to, still can't believe its a true story. True Geordie Gang

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  • Ben Kelleher
  • 09-29-18

Poor Choice of Narrator

Fascinating true story; slight marred by the droning commentary that loses listener concentration. Would have benefited with a narrator who had a bit more charisma.

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  • ryan
  • 07-16-21

A very good detailed account of US jail.

A really enjoyable listen, and really well detailed account of time spent in a US jail.

Only real let down being the narrator was American and not British, so kinda throws you off a little bit considering it was written by a Brit.

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  • Paul Kosyl
  • 04-04-21

Fantastic work Shaun

Absolutely love this trilogy of books, first heard his story on YouTube, I reccomend these

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  • MD
  • 10-27-20

Great book

Great book! loved it ☺️ .. me what a story..after listening to Sean on YT would love a version of him reading this 👌

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  • Sarah
  • 10-16-20

A Must Read

excellent narration. Informative, brutally honest accounts of Shaun's experience pre prison. love this trilogy of books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-20

GRIPPING REALITY OF AN ENGLISH NORTHENER IN THE US

The way Shaun explains the atmospheric tension with prison politics and racing emotions of survival is nothing short of breath taking, WOW!!!
Looking forward to listening to Prison Time!

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  • Barnze
  • 08-16-20

why the narrator

Narrator is terrible.
Good story but hard work listening to the awful narrator. What a shame.

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  • SB
  • 02-18-21

Hard Time-Good Time!

The story is very good and the writing is surprisingly good. I don’t know if Atwood used a Ghost Writer. The narrator sounds familiar, and his Jamaican accent and female impersonations are unintentionally funny. The narrator did a good job, but I think it would have been better if Attwood narrated the book. It doesn’t sound right to have an American voice reading the book.

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  • BronFoth
  • 12-22-20

A "Must Listen"

"Hard Time" was compelling and gripping first-person account of time spent in the prison system in Phoenix, Arizona. Shaun Attwood has an amazing capacity to paint a picture with words.
This is a very well-written book which really came to life in this audio version.
Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

well worth your time

love the book. Big fan of the youtube channel. look forward to more from shaun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-18

well written well spoken must read

one of those books that when you start you just can't stop. well written and perfect choice for the narration.