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Editorial Reviews

The real-life account of an American serving time in a Thailand prison, Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton summons listeners to a gruesome realm of chronic hunger, unchecked violence, torture, degradation, and extortion. Performer Jim Frangione speaks with the resigned disquiet of an inmate struggling to come to grips with the cruelest confinement, his hushed baritone punctuated by shock and disgust as bizarre, often gruesome, prison rituals unfold routinely. T. M. Hoy's memoir, written in the hope he might bribe his way to freedom using its proceeds, is sure to inflame and excite listeners with its unnerving portrayal of a third world penal system.
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of unspeakable degradation, fear, and agony through the eyes of an American locked up abroad.
Prison is harsh enough, but as a foreigner (farang) in a strange land, jail time is an even more horrifying reality. Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton is a collection of short stories chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing world of Southeast Asian prison life. Through his eyes, listeners will experience the bizarre events of daily life in a Thai maximum security prison: feel the weight of the chains he wears; the stomachaches from lack of food; witness the murders, drug overdoses, torture, and unbridled cruelty that ensues.
Sentenced to life in prison, Hoy does his best to accept the fate he’s been given. While attempting to "adjust" to this third-world hellhole, he contracts tuberculosis and nearly loses his life.
Hoy’s stories are brutal and his words are heart-wrenching. Go places you’ve only seen in your nightmares, to a world in which few survive, and none emerge unscathed...and if you’re lucky, you’ll die before you really begin to suffer.
©2012 T. M. Hoy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Eric Schurr on 04-02-14

Extremely well-written, very captivating

If you'd like to know what life is like inside what is considered to be the worst prison in the world, listen to this book.

The stories in it are truly remarkable. So disgusting and revolting there are sometimes hard to believe.

The author has an exceptional grasp of the English language. The writing is really creative and superb. Sometimes it's so good it's a bit over the top.

I didn't give it a 5 overall because the book is a series of stories, rather than one story. As such, it can feel a bit disjoint at times. For example, you won't find out why the author is in jail until the end of the book. I personally didn't like that.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Barry Rogers on 12-17-13

Never going to Thailand

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an interesting book. I enjoyed it. The author had a tough time in the Bangkok Hilton and the storys made me feel ill. Tale's like the ones in the book have been played out in movies and in audio before, but nothing like you will hear.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton?

One inmate had a cat and was raising it in the prison......... What happend next made me curse out loud. And when the inmate got released and the author visited him My heart dropped.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Jim made the story very entertaining. A good strong performance.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Timothy_B on 07-22-15

an interesting story...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

it could do with more of a narrative rather than a series of separate stories

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

it'd be a little conceited to offer suggestions to change a true story....

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favourite?

the gauloise smoking Frenchman.

Do you think Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

the story seems pretty complete to me.

Any additional comments?

it removed any last inclination I had to smuggle heroin through SE Asia

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 02-16-18

Standard South East Asian prison story

I didn’t find this that good, considering I have read and listened to many a prison story. If you want one of the best, check out The Cocaine Diaries, that would have to be an all time classic. This was good but it was odd in that there was no real story line and we never found out why he was in prison in the first place.

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