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Hired

Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain
Narrated by: Alister Austin
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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From the Orwellian reach of an Amazon warehouse to the time trials of a council care worker and the grim reality behind the glossy Uber app, Hired is a clear-eyed analysis of a divided nation and a riveting dispatch from the very front line of low-wage Britain. 

We all define ourselves by our profession. But what if our job was demeaning, poorly paid, and tedious? Cracking open Britain's divisions, journalist James Bloodworth spends six months living and working across Britain, taking on the country's most gruelling jobs. 

He lives on the meagre proceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters, including working-class British, young students striving to make ends meet and Eastern European immigrants. 

From the Staffordshire Amazon warehouse to the taxicabs of Uber, Bloodworth narrates how traditional working-class communities have been decimated by the move to soulless service jobs with no security, advancement or satisfaction. This is a gripping examination of Brexit Britain, a divided nation which needs to understand the true reality of how other people live and work before it can heal.

©2019 James Bloodworth (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A very discomforting book, no matter what your politics might be...very good." (Sunday Times)

"Potent, disturbing and revelatory." (Evening Standard)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-19

A disturbing and engrossing must-read

An eye opening and thought provoking piece by James Bloodworth. An important topic tackled with a fantastic voice.

I disagree strongly with the other review about the narrator. I thought they did an excellent job. It's a carefully, thoughtfully balanced read. Personally, I don't want this type of non-fiction layered in emotion, accents and affectations. I want it prejudice-free so that the authors words speak for themselves. If you want your words covered in secondary bias then read the daily mail...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

fascinating, but narration not great

this is a fascinating look into the working practices of some of the biggest employers in the country. I have to say though, the narrator is very flat, and it listens like a very long news item. He also cannot read out dialogue and sounds a bit like when you text a landline.

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