The Lighter Side

  • by Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by Pete Nottage
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the paramedic pondering a dignified solution as he surveys his previously digested Pot Noodle adorning the naked genitalia of a recently deceased lady, to the man who rang the doctor Out of Hours service with an audibly severe case of excess flatulence, with hilarious consequences, and the old lady's wig that caused one chuckling paramedic to struggle to keep a hold of the carry-chair, The Lighter Side - An NHS Paramedic's Selection of Humorous Mess Room Tales will have you laughing out loud then looking around furtively, wondering if you should!
In his The Dark Side series, Andy Thompson gives us a taste of the dark sense of humor paramedics use as a coping mechanism; here he packs laugh-out-loud moments into every word as he recalls health care professionals' encounters with the weirdest of behavior, hilarious misunderstandings, and cringingly embarrassing episodes. You'll soon be relating to the sense of humor that moves an ambulance driver to respond to his friend and fellow paramedic's predicament on a hot summer's day, as a powerful smell engulfs the saloon of the vehicle. What would you do? Open the cab windows and the hatch through to the saloon to provide some extra ventilation? Of course not! You switch the heating on, causing the already intolerable pong to become even more unbearable, making for a bangin' mess room tale on your later return!
This book is an eye-watering insight into the Lighter Side of working on the Dark Side, straight from the mess rooms of ambulance stations up and down the UK. There's also a heartening reminder of the power of a flamin' good belly laugh and its analgesic effect even in situations of severe pain. This is a book that laughs in the face of extreme emotion and stress. Outrageous? Perhaps. Distasteful? Probably. Humorous? Absolutely!


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Customer Reviews

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Hilarious feels like your with them on every call out cant wait to listen to the dark side 2 can't stop listening
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- helen

Beyond distasteful; not funny

What disappointed you about The Lighter Side?

This book dutifully warned of occasionally offensive anecdotes and gave several disclaimers about the author's - and wider healthcare profession's - use of black humour as a means to cope with the horrific nature of the job. As a mental health nurse in a busy NHS hospital, black humour does not upset or bother me in the slightest; in fact I was looking forward to it! However the anecdote about the man calling for help as he hanged himself and then being found dead the next day just wasn't funny whatsoever. I was disgusted and stopped listening at that point. There is humour to be found everywhere if you look hard enough, even in suicide, but this book utterly failed to find or portray it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Andy Thompson again?

No, this put me off the author entirely.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was sometimes a little slow and expressionless for what was intended to be a humorous book. Overall thought it wasn't bad.

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- MadameSwish

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-01-2016
  • Publisher: Andy Thompson