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Chopper 1

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Narrated by: Dave Ferguson
Series: Chopper, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked former soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge ("There are none so merciless as those who have been shown no mercy", as he later noted). He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail - but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public.

This first story of Chopper's memoirs, written from inside jail and laced with his trademark brutal humour, tells the story of his early life of crime - from streetfighter to standover man, gunman to long-term prisoner - and launched his career as a best-selling author.

©1991 Mark Brandon Read (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Narrator, what about my free set of steak knives?

I found it interesting, but the only bearable passages of narration were the authors' notes where the narrator used his normal voice. His attempt at recreating Chopper's tone and inflection was nauseating, and detracted from an otherwise intriguing recount of a life of blood and guts violence and crime.

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chopper a disappointment

I was disappointed I thought it was one of his other best seller didn't like this one as much

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Dave Ferguson did an excellent audio depiction of Chopper. Pity he did narrate the other Chopper books. Most entertaining!

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Brilliant, brutal, entertaining as hell

Chopper, Australia's favourite convict. The guy has a way with words and I found it not only hilarious at times, but also insightful, interesting and alarming. I personally enjoy gangster related movies or books, and this is One of the most entertaining of that category I've ever read/heard.

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Grub

did not like his writing style if there was any,the book was like him ,total garbage

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unbearable

To me, this book seemed like one big im a tuff guy/ ego stroke. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

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  • 27-03-2019

crime doesn't pay

want to scare a out of conteol teenager have them read this book and it is a story of wasted life.

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  • Rob
  • 01-10-2017

Choptastic

Brillant inside to Marks Life in prison and out of prison

Rest in peace Chop Chop

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  • rod milburn
  • 18-08-2016

chopper 1

started off pretty good but became very much the same better chopper books out there

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  • M. Armitage
  • 04-07-2020

Amusing stories from the criminal underworld.

I love the works of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, his "tales" may be embellished a little, but it's hilarious. If you enjoy true crime mixed with some dark humour, I'd recommend this book and his other works. The narrator is great, an Australian to keep it authentic and his reading is gripping and great quality. Top marks for this book!

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  • Melanie Chandler
  • 09-11-2019

Rubbish

This is absolute rubbish! I have never been a Chopper fan, have always thought his fans a little simple and people that enjoy this book as missing something upstairs. I always finish what I start so I have suffered through it. Thank goodness it’s not too long.

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  • Charlie
  • 19-09-2019

Dark and funny!!

We’ve all seen the film but you all need to listen to this! So funny the part about the greyhound and his dad had me in stitches!

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  • Pete
  • 20-12-2015

Nice to finally see this on audio

I read a few of the chopper books a few years ago. I'm glad to have listened again. Good narration and really brings the book alive.

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  • David
  • 13-06-2015

Very entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Chopper 1 the most enjoyable?

The dark humour

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chopper 1?

Him slagging off underworld godfathers, tells you how they really are. Gutless

Have you listened to any of Dave Ferguson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Good humoured read. If you have watched the series underbelly the book touches on some off the characters and tells it from choppers point of view.
I found myself addicted to listening to this on the drive home from work and found myself sitting in my driveway finishing off a chapter.
I have recently purchased the second book hopefully it's just as addictive

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  • Mr. R. Fletcher
  • 01-08-2014

Irritating Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrator

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chopper.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounds like a children's TV presenter. Hardly the voice of a hardened criminal. There is none of the dry/dark humour that comes through in all of Chopper's books. There is something really creepy about hearing the words "... because the spade was in his brain" coming from someone who sounds like they are wearing a clown costume and reading out loud to a group of primary school kids.

Did Chopper 1 inspire you to do anything?

Yes, get a refund and buy a different audio book.

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