Call the Ambulance

  • by Les Pringle
  • Narrated by Gordon Grifin
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Exploding pressure cookers, a thwarted wife's deadly revenge, and transvestites in distress - manning an ambulance in the '70s kept you on your toes.
Having survived the rites of passage as a probationer, Les Pringle now has to face up to the reality of life as an ambulance man in Thatcher's Britain. He does this with humour and fortitude - two qualities which are essential if he is to cope with cases ranging from the absurd to the heartrending. From attending murder scenes to delivering babies...it's quite a life for Les and one that he and his shift mates tread with warmth and humour in equal measure.

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Glad I tried something different

Not my usual download, but I thought it must be a fascinating job to be an Ambulance man, so I thought this might be interesting, and it was. Truthfully I would have preferred a few more emotional scenes. There wasn't a lot of depth to it, and it was a little dated. But still, it made a change from the legion of detective books (yawn), and I enjoyed it.
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- Hazel

Fascinating read but narrator's accents were dodgy

This was a fascinating look back in to a world from before I was even born. I am very interested in medical things and how people live and cope with what they have to deal with.
SADLY though, I don't think the choice of narrator was right for the book. Gordon Griffin is fantastic but his brummy accents more often than not came out either Irish or neutral.
All in all, a fascinating, evocative read that makes me want to find more memoirs of other people's to read.
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- Erica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks