Hard Time

  • by Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by Peter Batchelor
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shaun Attwood was a millionaire day trader in Phoenix, Arizona, but his hedonistic lifestyle of drugs and parties came to an abrupt end in 2002 when a SWAT team broke down his door. Attwood found himself on remand in Maricopa Jail with a $750,000 cash bond and all of his assets seized. The nightmare was only just beginning as he was submerged in a jail in which rival gangs vied for control, crystal meth was freely available, and where breaking rules could result in beatings or death.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails have the highest death rate in the U.S. Hard Time is the harrowing yet darkly humorous account of the time Attwood spent submerged in a nightmarish world of gang violence and insect-infested cells, eating food unfit for animals. His remarkable story provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, comedy, and eccentricity of prison life.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The day SWAT team members kicked down millionaire day trader Shaun Attwood's door and arrested him on drug charges, his life experienced a dramatic transformation: Now he was a prison inmate. In Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail, voice performer Peter Batchelor narrates British-born Attwood's brutal tale of life behind bars. From his dramatic enactment of Attwood's initial arrest in Phoenix to his bleakly humorous inflection when describing bug-ridden cells and prison violence, Batchelor draws listeners into the prison experience and leads them to empathize with the merciless reality of incarceration in an American jail.

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Eye Opener!

Shaun is a Brit day trader who comes to the USA to seek his fortune. He ends up dealing drugs in the Arizona rave scene landing him in one of the worst jails - Maricopa run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

I had seen Shaun's story on 20/20 and read about it in People magazine which peaked my interest. I had also done some research on Maricopa inhumane conditions several years ago so getting the insight on what it was really like from an inmate intrigued me.

The book provides real insight to life behind bars. I thought Shaun's story was honest and forthcoming. Intimates have to deal with beyond horrific conditions at this jail. I cannot imagine having to live off green bolonga for years (that alone would of kept me on the right side of the law).

I was not a fan of Peter Batchelor the narrator. His voice was very scratchy & rough. I found it a bit hard to stay tuned in because of it. I feel like this is one of those times I wished I had bought the book and read it myself then going with the Audio book.

It's a decent prison story, not a favorite but a good one.

Ps...if my review helps you could you click the helpful key? I am starting to wonder if my time and efforts are worth it. Thank you
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- Pamela M. "A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones."

Crime doesn't pay

Here is a story of an intelligent young man; caught up and victimized by his voluntary use of recreational drugs. He sees the errors of his ways and suffers the consequences in the world's worse possible confinement. This story should have opened investigations of the Sheriff and conditions in the jail. There have been no changes, and the same conditions still exist.
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- Alex Chochem

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios