The Dark Side

  • by Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by Pete Nottage
  • 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.
Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It's as if you're there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical nonfiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy's inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire.
Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.

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High pace listening

I'm a radiologist and I've enjoyed this audiobook a lot. Well written and with great performance. Fast tempo but smooth to follow. Spiced with English humor. Interesting for medical and non-medical audience.
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- Robert

Good story marred by choice of words.

It's an interesting book but for me was spoiled by continual and repetitive use of inappropriate phrases such as "vacated the drivers seat" in, I think, an attempt to convey the importance of the job.
There's a limit to how many times one can listen to tech speak such as "a patent airway" or "palpated the radial pulse" before it becomes a drag.
Books such as this thrive when "Joe Public" can identify with the writer. Unfortunately this author has managed to distance himself from his audience.
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- david

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2015
  • Publisher: Andy Thompson