Hard Time

Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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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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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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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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Riveting, a can't stop listen

Incredible story, unbelievable something like this happens in America. This gives a frightening account of Arizona jail system.

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Great Read!

Shaun really knows how to tell a Story in a way that makes the reader fell they are watching what haooened unfold in front of them.

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loved it

loved the story itself. it was very addicting to read. I would deff recommend reading this

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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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  • Harvey
  • 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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  • 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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  • AT
  • 07-10-20

started off well

was hooked at first but it dragged on later should of been in his own voice also ....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-20

hard time

listening to this book was enjoyable, interesting and forgive the pun pure ecstasy. highly recommended

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  • Mr. S. W. Pannell
  • 02-29-20

Great book

Interesting listen but why did they not choose an English narrator?! Stupid not to. Other than that it’s a great story and insight into American prisons

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

Gripping and has u right there in the cell with him

Great read with distinct gripping story and has u right there threw his time in jail from the horseshoe to towers to his actual sentencing 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • martin
  • 11-07-19

wow!!!!! what an insight!!!

just finished the first book "raving arizona" such a fantastic read this book carries straight on and sends you deep inside the prison with shaun...i didnt think his writing could get any better but this book for me was truly amazing...some of the things that go on inside would chill you to the bone...again another great book 10 out of 10..well done shaun

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

absolutely fantastic book

An absolutely fantastic book. I was excited every chapter. Shaun's ppdcast is also amazing !!!

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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.