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Loose Units

Narrated by: Paul F. Verhoeven
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Part father-son story, part true crime, Loose Units is a race through the underbelly of policing as ex-cop John Verhoeven tells all to his son Paul about the crimes, the characters and the pitch-black humour.

Paul Verhoeven's father, John, is a cop. Well, an ex-cop. Long since retired, John spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. Paul, however, is something of an artsy, sensitive soul who can’t understand why he doesn’t have the same heroism and courage as his dad. One day, John offers Paul the chance of a lifetime: he'll spill his guts, on tape, for the first time ever, and try to get to the bottom of this difference between them.

What unfolds is a goldmine of true-crime stories, showing John’s dramatic (and sometimes dodgy) experience of policing in Sydney in the 1980s. The crims, the car chases, the frequent brushes with death and violence, and the grey zone between what’s ethical and what’s effective: finally Paul gets real insight into what’s formed his father’s character.

Thrilling, fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny, Loose Units is a high-octane adventure in policing, integrity and learning what your father is really all about.

©2018 Paul F. Verhoeven (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Gripping

Loved it. Laughed, cried and shook my head through the entire thing. Wonderful storytelling of a beautifully written story. Can't wait for the next book. Can't wait for the next podcast episode!

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Excellent, gritty account of 80's Policing in OZ

I came to this audiobook through the Loose Units Podcast, which in it's own right is a totally amusing off the cuff account of policing in the North Shore of Sydney Australia in the 80's. Having heard the natural, funny and engaging interchanges between father and son retelling these stories, the audiobook was definitely the only option to continue with the sometimes visceral experience of their tales. I can't recommend this audiobook enough and it is wonderful to hear Australian content told in such an Australian way. Congratulations Paul & John Verhoeven. You even had my teenage kids laughing in the car.

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Unfunny

If you led a normal life and tried to make it sound intersting then you would have a book like this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

I love the Verhoevens

Love the podcast, love the book, keep the stories coming!!! I want to spend an evening listening to your Dad glass of wine in hand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

Brilliant!

Absolutely worth the listening. Fast paced,funny and incredibly interesting. Paul’s impersonations of his dad are hilarious and I can not wait for more! Also listen to the podcast!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

Amazing story telling

I’m so glad John is reading this book, I don’t think anyone else could have read it the same way.

Excellent stories told with the right mix of humour and seriousness. I love the relationship John and Paul have. I’d actually love to hear Julian’s version of events too sometime.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast jump on it I think it gives even more insight into how the conversation would have gone whilst writing the book.

You don’t need to be into true crime to enjoy this book - just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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  • Lissa Wangoma
  • 08-15-19

Awesome story telling in a new way

Would recommend to any adults and anyone considering being a police officer 😂😂😂 these guys are great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-19

One of the best!

This is one of the best Australia True Crime I have listen to and read. Each story that John talks about was so surreal, the way Paul narrates makes you feel you are there watching on.
Thankyou for sharing John and Paul thankyou for convincing "dad" to do it. Great team!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-19

Loved the honesty!

Fantastic read or listening in this case didn't want to switch off! Loved the honesty of how things got dealt with back in the 80's

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-19

Fantastic!

Loved everything about this book- the writing, the content. Great storytelling!
Listen to the podcast too!
A sequel please!

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  • Jessica Cole
  • 08-05-19

Must Listen...for any true crime fans...

If you enjoy a laugh, a shudder, a cry and a cringe wrapped up in the delightful tones of Paul and his amazing father John.

Stories of the policing in 1980's Australia told with humour and respect. If you found the Podcast you need the AudioBook, if you listen to the AudioBook you will want the PodCast...and more.

Best listen of the year!!

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  • Matty
  • 07-18-19

Get it!

Easily the best Audible book I've listened too!

Humourous, and enjoyable. The stories were great and very well narrated! I hope there's a sequel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

excellent

Loved it, funny and amazing.
Insitefull dive into the 1970s and 80s police world, wonderful.