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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author and journalist James Phelps profiles Australia's most notorious criminals: these are true accounts of Australia's hardest inmates, in their own words.

From Martin Bryant, perpetrator of our country's worst massacre at Port Arthur 20 years ago, to alleged hit man and undisputed hard man 'Goldie', feared by both prisoners and guards alike, Phelps tracks the rise of ISIS gangs, the lethal underground drug and tobacco trade and the threat of contraband phones. From the shiv fights and brawls to the white-collar criminal beat downs, this is an account like never before.

©2016 James Phelps (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Sarah
  • 03-22-17

A Great Listen!!

What did you like most about Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates?

The narration was great and the selection of Inmates documented and how they were documented was great too!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates?

Definitely the update of Martin Bryant's life these days! LOL

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many great scenes in this book! The milk carton walk of shame is a good one but so are many others! Actually, not many, ALL!

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absolutely loved this book and am downloading James Phelps' other book for listening tomorrow :D

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-17

Interesting...poor narrative

James Phelps book is gives a great insight into Australian prison life. However the mono tone narration given by Stan Pretty is painful. Cockney accents given to white Australian prisoners while Aboriginal and Middle eastern share the same accents....what is going on here

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-17

Awesome book

Loved every minute of this book on edge of your seat well read and lots of twists and turns

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-17

Incredibly insightful listen!

The book itself is incredibly informative. The reading? Not great. The narrator seemed to feel the need to put a british, cockney accent on when voicing in-mates/ex in-mates, as well as slowing his speech down in what I can only assume was an attempt to sound stupid, and thus, more 'criminal'.

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  • Simon
  • 08-02-17

Raw accounts and hardship in corrections Australia

Would you consider the audio edition of Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates to be better than the print version?

Yes I do, it's more immersive and makes you feel you are there. The narration and switching characters feels so real and couldn't be done as well on my own

What other book might you compare Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates to, and why?

Choppers books were from His perspective where as these are from many points of view

What about Stan Pretty’s performance did you like?

He made the book much more entertaining by portraying each character from either side of the bars amazingly well
The politicians statement were accurate and hilarious

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Prisoners at war with society and each other's

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My first audio book and I loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-17

Another Great Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates to be better than the print version?

It was a great audio book cause i was able to listen to it to and from work on the bike.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each person in the book had a great story about them

What does Stan Pretty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was read well. he didn't get the character voice to good but was still good to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Aussies biggest crims

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Looking forward to the other Jame Phelps books

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  • Leah
  • 02-23-17

Uninteresting and not enjoy

Sorry but I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was quite boring and the narration was ordinary.

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  • Sam
  • 02-19-17

Good but...

No mention of Qld jails. The narrator also sounded like he had a stroke and was speaking very slowly like he was in fact stupid.

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