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Heist Audiobook

Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery

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Publisher's Summary

On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer. Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part.

Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found, and arrests are made, but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing.

Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining and a must for all fans of well-written true crime. Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film.

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the American author Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Paul McCartney (Fab). His new book is Amy, 27 - a study of the life and death of Amy Winehouse and the other iconic stars who died at the same young age.

©2009 Howard Sounes (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Richard
    8/08/15
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    "Extremely Detailed!"

    Very detailed story that goes into a level of depth which may not be appreciated by everybody. I couldn't help but feeling the story could have been told well in 7 or 8 hours rather than 15. But nevertheless, a gripping and exciting account of a real crime

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/10/15
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    "great story"

    Should have been a warning about the crude and unnecessary language, and the narration aas awful..Apart from that the facts were interesting, but would not listen to it again...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. N. Bell
    Bournemouth, UK
    20/09/15
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    "Terrible narration"

    I saw looking forward to this story but it was completely ruined for me by the author's terrible narration. He stereotypes various London accents, often in a mocking tone. I found this offensive and got a refund.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    6/09/17
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    "heist"

    Decent story of the heist but the author should have chose someone else to narrate rather than himself. Author he is, narrator definitely not

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • s
    18/08/17
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    "Outstanding book. Completely engrossing"

    This is the first 'true crime' book I've read and worried it may bit a bit dry.
    But - perfectly weighted, detailed, informative and paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Moffet
    10/01/17
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    "The worst narration"

    The narration of this book by the author is a big mistake. His voice is not one you want to listen to for 16 hours with his licking lips and awful flow of sentences. The use of poor acting voices is not needed. I've heard books read by 5 year olds better versed.
    A real shame as the story is well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren B.
    7/11/16
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    "A little disappointing"

    For such a good storyline as the worlds biggest cash robbery I expected more excitement !!
    The narrator is not as good as previous books with a limited range of accents which added to the negative aspect overall. I found myself asking why do I need to know this really- far too much mundane detail here and there as if the book is being padded out !!
    There are obviously some "great" characters in large robberies like this but you don't get to know any, the authors morales left it's mark here rather than make an act of crime turn into good entertainment, we get told too many facts I felt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/08/16
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    "l loved it"

    will listen to again with out a doubt so seems to me, they were just asking to get them self's arested

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Upminster, United Kingdom
    22/04/16
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    "The account and story very well researched and written"

    I really enjoyed the book, initially l thought on no the author is narrating, this won't work. Howard Sounes is excellent and very witty

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    London
    28/03/16
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    "Incompetent crooks, who still make £30m or so"

    Great book and story, well read and a compelling lesson to any wanna be time crook to throw away the stuff you use during the crime!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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