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Publisher's Summary

A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man's fight to survive inside Klong Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba, a highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore's life quickly descended into chaos, drug dealing, and violence until he was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value.

A Prayer Before Dawn is no ordinary prison memoir; it's the story of one man's struggle to survive in one of the world's toughest prisons. It's also a story of redemption in the most unlikely of places.

©2014 Billy Moore (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Brilliantly read, gripping true story.

Terrifying account of life in a Thai prison. A fascinating mix of characters. Very well narrated, with a great range of accents.

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Awesome book!

Absolutely loved this book, extremely well read and an amazing story that seemed very authentic. Brought back memories of being in Thailand.
Highly recommended

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Leave off the accent

Great story about a strong individual.

Minor snag was the attempt of the narrator to do scouse accent.

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much more enjoyable to listen to the book than to watch the movie. great listen

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fantastic book, very well narrated

loved this book, was captivating, a bit of an adventure and eye opening. the performance was great and the book itself transported you into the authors world. havnt come across a book this great in a long time

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Give it a miss. Don't give this author your money.

Horrible narrator, not helped along by the fact that the writing itself is bad. I didn't appreciate the casual racism the author tossed around with his comments about money grabbing Thai people who are all untrustworthy, along with his obvious transphobia.

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  • Lindsey Mederich F.
  • 14-05-2018

Fascinating Tale

Really an incredible tale. I appreciated Billy's ability to look at himself and really understand his addiction and his choices. He did not offer any grand conclusion just his experiences and they were worth telling. It was hard to hear some of the human rights abuses but it is important for the world to consider. Are drug offenses worthy of taking away someone's freedom and dignity? Will it cure their addiction. I would suggest that there are better answers to these questions then prison.

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  • Varoujan Messier
  • 02-10-2018

narrator s voice is annoying.

I've read the book and seen the movie.
the narrator s voice is annoying.
movie is worth watching.

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  • Angel
  • 28-09-2021

Hooked from the Start

I watched this movie because I love Joe Cole & read about the difficulty of getting ready for this film but once I started watching I fell in love with Billy Moore. I found this by looking up Billy while watching the movie & was super excited that he'd written about his experience in a Thai prison!

This has many more details about his life than the movie does, as per usual, & my fiance & I were hooked at the start of the first sentence.

He's comical & honest in retelling experiences & I look forward to reading more book by Billy Moore.

The performance was great as well!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2021

great listen

great story of struggling in a living nightmare. more so a story of overcoming personal demons and self destruction. narration was spot on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2018

Finish your stories and chaptors

Watched the movie before buying this
The movie did not even tell much of his story nor mention he was a scouser

Book was always cut off at the interesting parts. Chapters are way way too short. Hardly any story is finished all the way to the end.

I could probaly write a better book myself.

Also the man who was doing the audio from the book had the WORSE fake scouse accent ever which was none stop annoying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2019

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Narrator done my head in.!!!
But thoroughly enjoyed this true life changing story.... Well done

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  • steven
  • 11-06-2018

excellent book very captivating and morish

great story which was narrated really well. really enjoyed this story. makes you realise just how well treat British prisoners are and how corrupt other prison systems really are. its definitely an eye opener.

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  • adam davies
  • 29-04-2017

Brilliant read

Thoroughly recommend. Kept me gripped with great story and narration. Genuinely sorry I read it so quickly but it kept me hooked👍🏼

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  • BusyLifemummystylist
  • 14-11-2021

Good listening

very interesting story enjoyed from beginning to end. would recommend great story telling fantastic

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  • Byrne09
  • 12-11-2021

a choice regret

the narrator was grinding with his monotone liverpool and at times mancunian accent and portrayed a character of cool and not bothered in contradiction to the chapters being spoken

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  • neil
  • 11-11-2021

Interesting experience

Description of Billy's experience was interesting, a meandering story which gave insight into what it must be like to be in a Thai prison. Narrator's accent proved annoying in that it seemed to vary.

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  • charles perrigo
  • 03-11-2021

Great story

absolutely loved this book and the story is captivating and insightful and the life that this man went through was very interesting

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  • HC ROCK
  • 21-10-2021

Really Good but!!

I found the story really interesting and was captivated right the way through but the narrating was questionable. He read it well but his camp scouse/ wirral accent didn't fit with the tough persona of Billy, I just found it distracting. Well worth a listen though.

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  • shaun
  • 20-10-2021

brilliant listen

loved it 10 out of 10 would listen again 😃😃😃😃😃 the film is good

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