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Life Sentence

Narrated by: Tim Carroll
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
2.4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Carl Williams' role as unlikely gang boss in the Melbourne Gangland Wars had made him one of the most infamous names in Australian criminal history. 

In 2007 he was sentenced to 35 years' jail in a high security unit. In 2008 he was given access to a personal computer where, confined to a tiny cell for most of the day, Williams began a daily correspondence with his friends and family, covering his life in jail, his thoughts and hopes for the future and his views and opinions on everyone from barristers and judges to fellow criminals and deadly rivals. Eighteen months later Williams was bashed to death by a fellow prisoner, a man he mentions in his letters as a warm and trusted friend.  

The letters are surprising, revealing, often manipulative, frequently self-serving, sometimes touching, and always a fascinating insight into the mind of one of our most notorious criminals.

©2019 Carl Williams (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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absolute rubbish!

can't believe I wasted a credit, that I even finished it.. I suppose I was waiting for the excitement. save your credit/ money & don't bother🙁

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It's a struggle

I really struggled with this book. Very dry. Chapters of letter reading. Carl's letters were not that riveting! I admit I didn't finish the book. Just found it a difficult slog.

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Meh. Just another cash-in

Don't go into this book expecting anything even close to deep and meaningful. It's literally just a bunch of letters Carl had written before his death, with a little bit of expositional narrative at the start of each chapter and to quickly explain who certain characters are. Nothing new to add to his story bar the fact he was a bit of a horndog. Suppose that's probably prison life, I guess. Tim Carroll does a great job with his storytelling. He gets the narrative down well. Particularly reading as though he's actually having conversations with people. Adding little chuckles and such. Awesome narration, sucky material.

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Just not that good

found it hard to get in to. Just not that good. That's all for now

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Extremely boring

I didn't realise this book would be letters Carl had written while in jail. I love his story but this made me fall asleep. Narrated well.

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Drab.

Not one to generally give negative reviews, but found this book to be drab, unexciting, and difficult to enjoy. Regurgitated letter with little context.

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  • 29-07-2020

Glad I only paid $2.99 on special

Threat narration by Carroll who personified Carl’s voice well, but the content was particularly boring and repetitive providing no more insight than already available .

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Listening felt like a life Sentence

I tried. I persisted. I’ll never get that time back again. $3.99 wasted. Don’t bother.

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Carl williams...enjoyed hearing about justice

Carl Williams...I enjoyed hearing how prison turned him from an arrogant wanker who thought he could do whatever he wanted into a whiny little bitch that ultimately got exactly what he deserved