Shepherds and Butchers

  • by Chris Marnewick
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row, commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence - seems a foregone conclusion.
Hotshot lawyer John Weber (played by Steve Coogan) reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation's most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions: befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist their eventual executions.
As the court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally sanctioned murder on trial. How can one man take such a dual role of friend and executioner, becoming both shepherd and butcher? Inspired by true events, this is the story that puts the death penalty on trial and changes history.


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Absolutely brilliant. A story I would have struggled to read but as an audible it was gripping and addictive. The narration was incredible and totally in character. I already feel I need to listen to it again.
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Very Harrowing

What did you like best about Shepherds and Butchers? What did you like least?

The book was well read with good characterisation, but the details of the death sentence are so harrowing, I could not continue to listen. Had it been just one account of hanging, I could have stomached it, but the intensity of detail continued and I felt physically sick. A shame, because I am sure the tension of the story would have played out well.

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Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some of the descriptions in the courtroom

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Any additional comments?

A pity I am too sensitive to listen to more.

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- Marvellous Maud

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks