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On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer. Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part.

Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found, and arrests are made, but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing.

Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining and a must for all fans of well-written true crime. Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film.

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the American author Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Paul McCartney (Fab). His new book is Amy, 27 - a study of the life and death of Amy Winehouse and the other iconic stars who died at the same young age.

©2009 Howard Sounes (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Richard
  • 08-08-15

Extremely Detailed!

Very detailed story that goes into a level of depth which may not be appreciated by everybody. I couldn't help but feeling the story could have been told well in 7 or 8 hours rather than 15. But nevertheless, a gripping and exciting account of a real crime

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-15

great story

Should have been a warning about the crude and unnecessary language, and the narration aas awful..Apart from that the facts were interesting, but would not listen to it again...

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  • Mr. N. Bell
  • 09-20-15

Terrible narration

I saw looking forward to this story but it was completely ruined for me by the author's terrible narration. He stereotypes various London accents, often in a mocking tone. I found this offensive and got a refund.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-18

slightly disappointed

Was a book I'd been looking forward to reading for a while however the performance of the book Was slightly off putting more so the put on accents that I feel wasn't necessary... The book itself was a detailed description of the heist itself and enjoyable.....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-18

Interesting story, ruined by narrator

It would have been so much easier to use a proper narrator, this interesting, and hugely detailed book is ruined by the very poor mockney narration.

Stick to what you do best, which is clearly writing.

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  • Butters
  • 06-11-18

If you live local then it's worth it....

What can I say about this audiobook... Well it's not the best but it's hard to work out the worst bit! Like watching an old Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. You want it to be good, it starts off not good but you hope that it will get better.... But it doesn't... It's hard to say what is worst, the story, the writing or the narration. Despite this being narrated by the author who at the end explains he grew up close to where it story takes place he seems to do an impression of an American doing an impression of an English man. Think Joey from Friends!

So why did I put up with nearly 16 hours. Well I too live and grew up near where it all happened. One location in particular I pass on nearly a weekly basis. Also, I remembered the 'heist' itself and wanted to know more about what happened. To that end it was entertaining and I enjoyed listening to the locations, the story and how it ultimately ended. There were parts that I was surprised at and have to admit some of the verdicts, when you hear how the writer has written the characters I was surprised at but it's still an interesting listen to.

In all to summarise, like voting for the worst act on X factor just because they used to go to your old school if your local then listen. If your not local and don't have a clue where these odd places are then I would skip.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-18

One not to miss

Brilliantly written and researched, good narration with some language , lets not forget these are criminals !

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  • Simon
  • 03-05-18

Great Story Bad Reader

If you could sum up Heist in three words, what would they be?

fast real exciting

Would you be willing to try another one of Howard Sounes’s performances?

maybe

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The story is good I know the area well and some of the characters went to school with my friends, The reading of the story was fine until he tried to put the voices on of the people in the story regardless of it being male female, policeman, robber or hostage all were spoken with a fake London accent and making them all sound unintelligent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-18

very good read

I enjoyed this alot of time and effort has went into the making of this book, finding out lots of information about every character involved and spending months in court. The book goes into alot of detail about each stage of the crime and the outcome, I would highly recommend it.

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  • Richard
  • 01-05-18

Struggling to keep up

Flippin eck. There are so many different people that I have to keep going back. A bit like being introduced to 50 people you've never meant and are expected to remember their names.. Giving up for the moment. Will try again at a later time