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Publisher's Summary

After three decades as a successful ear surgeon, William Wright, MD is bored beyond belief. He dabbles with retirement, but finds idleness infuriating. He has to do something. Then he sees an ad for a doctor’s position from the Colorado Department of Corrections at a supermax prison. Now that, he thinks, would be different. His wife has some thoughts on the matter too. She thinks her husband just lost his mind and is on a collision course with a prison shiv.

After his first day on the job, he wonders if she wasn’t onto something. His first patient is an arrogant, callous youth convicted of five cold-blooded murders. Dr. Wright has to steel himself not to bolt.

Nothing prepares a doctor for life at the Colorado State Penitentiary. He quickly discovers treating maximum security convicts is like treating recalcitrant murderous four-year-olds. Always willing to threaten their doctors with bodily harm, they are more interested in scamming drugs than treatment.

Told with self-depreciating humor and scathing wit, Maximum Insecurity describes Dr. Wright’s adventures practicing medicine in a supermax correctional facility without, he’s glad to say, getting killed even once.

©2013 William Wright, M.D. (P)2014 William Wright, M.D.

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You can't pay for this kind of entertainment!

I worked in the medical of a jail--best job I ever had! I can relate to literally everything Dr. Wright talks about. I laughed and laughed remembering. Those of us who worked in medical used to say, "You can't pay for this kind of entertainment". It may not be so amusing to those who have never been there, but I can tell you from experience, he is spot on about the illegible spelling, the illiteracy, the lunacy, and the manipulation, and everything in between, and I am only into chapter 11. I highly recommend this entertaining and realistic book.

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Funny and Fantastic

It's one of the most entertaining audible books-ever!
Funny, true to life, narration and dialogue at its best especially the inmates.
You are noble, Dr. Wright !

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6 Stars if I could!!

Dr. Wright is a completely likable person, and he is noticeably talented. His journey into the correctional system is very honest and enlightening, and his book is superbly written. He initially goes into the supermax prison with a worry for his life, but after the first day, he realizes that the majority of inmates are basically a bunch of whiny babies. The book is really interesting, and his interactions with the various inmates are really comical, but he also speaks quite seriously about his observations on the flaws of the correctional system.

Eric Martin’s narration is absolutely perfect. It feels like Dr. Wright is in the room with you telling his stories, and he makes all the different inmates come to life. He truly has a talent for narration! I can’t even imagine myself ever reading a physical copy of this book because his performance is altogether outstanding.

There are few chapters in this book that make me laugh out loud every single time, and I often return to this title when I am between audiobooks. I highly recommend Maximum Insecurity! If the summary of this book has peaked your interest you should definitely pick it up!

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  • Marie
  • Jerome, ID, United States
  • 04-20-15

great book

Where does Maximum Insecurity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

toward the top

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maximum Insecurity?

the honesty of the doctor, about really goes on in the Maximum jail

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

the dry sense of humor

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh

Any additional comments?

the author did a great job telling about his change in careers without bragging - he tells what it like to work for a government agency, without being unduly critical

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Risky but essential work.

Would you consider the audio edition of Maximum Insecurity to be better than the print version?

Possibly. I didn't read the print version. The audio version is excellent, with terrific narration by Eric Martin.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Since this is about real people and not literary characters, I won't be picking any favorites.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not a scene-based work, either. Dr. Wright tells plenty of fascinating, sometimes disturbing stories, but they are not scenes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Medicine in the Supermax

Any additional comments?

Prison life manages to simultaneously attract our interest and repel our sympathies. Dr. Wright dove in to that system and learned quickly--both learning and speed of learning were essential--how to handle his daily roster of dangerous, manipulative patients. He shares with the reader/listener a wide variety of his experiences with the criminal clientele and with the prison staff and administration. Dr. Wright is an open, honest author with a dry sense of humor. He understands the crafty nature of most of the prisoners and avoids playing co-dependent to their various deficiencies. But Dr. Wright also has compassion for these people, and strives to help them whenever possible. I enjoyed this book so much that I snapped up its sequel, Jailhouse Doc. Serving as a jail doc turned out to be quite a different experience for Dr. Wright. I highly recommend both books.

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Great book!

What a great book! Dr. Wright is funny, he shares his interesting experience working within the prison as an MD. A paramedic, he and I alike have had similar experiences working in Correctional Medicine.

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Worth Your Time And Very Entertaining

The author has a superb sense of humor and yet retains the seriousness of a doctor treating his patients.

In spite of cooky people and co workers/co associates being incredibly petty and ridiculous (the pharmacy section specifically caused me to be suitably outraged on the doctor and his patients behalf), he managed to keep a very optimistic mind set.

I also really appreciated the 'insider' view the book gave me. Very informative and interesting!

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Brilliant....

Loved the snarky, sarcastic wit. Don Rickles meets Marcus Welby. The audible book was 1st class entertainment.

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Funny, Insightful

Written in a witty style with the accomplished story-teller's knack for suspense, self-deprecating humor, and audience education, the title should satisfy listeners interested in contemporary sociology, crime non-fiction, medical topics, autobiography, and light humor. Quite agreeable company on a long drive or on hikes. Thank you.

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Good book

Funny but real. I'm an RN and I worked in a local jail. I could relate!

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  • Joanne
  • 07-15-17

OK but not brilliant!

What did you like best about Maximum Insecurity? What did you like least?

The concept was good but did not quite deliver for me! It should of been better, couple of area's were good but to me it lacked depth - i wasn't expecting a serious study as I think it was more of a light hearted story but it wasn't funny enough to be totally a comedy book but wasn't serious enough to be a un-biased look at the prison service.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Either made it more of a comedy or more of an in-depth look into the prison service

Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Martin?

yes - I liked his voice and wasn't irritating or too much

If this book were a film would you go see it?

possibly if it had more laughs!

Any additional comments?

Another ok'ish book to listen too - a bit "fluffy" for my liking but enjoyable none the less