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My Life with Murderers

Behind Bars with the World’s Most Violent Men
Narrated by: David Wilson
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Professor David Wilson has spent his professional life working with violent men - especially men who have committed murder. Aged 29 he became, at that time, the UK's youngest ever prison governor in charge of a jail, and his career since then has seen him sat across a table with all sorts of killers: sometimes in a tense interview; sometimes sharing a cup of tea (or something a little stronger); sometimes looking them in the eye to tell them that they are psychopaths.

Some of these men became David's friends; others would still love to kill him. 

My Life with Murderers tells the story of David's journey from idealistic prison governor to expert criminologist and professor. With experience unlike any other, David's story is a fascinating and compelling study of human nature.

©2018 Professor David Wilson (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Excellent read, credit to David

I was a police officer in the UK and met with David in my capacity as a police trainer as officers always love to receive training from criminologists. This book therefore didn't disappoint. It was interesting hearing about the bureaucracy that exists within the British prison system, as I am currently working in the Australian prison system, so it is good to draw the comparisons. I did not know David's background in the prisons so it was interesting to hear where it all started for him. The people he writes about are quite fascinating and I researched more about them after listening to this book. The only thing I didn't like is the way David narrates at times - he doesn't have much connotation - sorry David!

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  • Len
  • 16-07-2019

Blah

I never liked him whenever he came on tv so I should not have bothered with this book. Not much of interest in it for me as a dedicated fan of true crime books.

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  • Barnze
  • 27-04-2019

Brilliant

A peek behind the scenes of the prison system and a look around the minds of some of the most shocking killers.
well written and narrated.

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  • VikkiRoberts
  • 27-03-2019

Five stars professional memoir

A brilliant account of Prof Wilson’s career from prison governor to one of the UK’s leading voices in criminology. Prof Wilson is an expert narrator and explains difficult concepts and theories of criminal behaviour so that the reader is not bamboozled with science, rather it will spur you to dig deeper and there is an excellent large list of recommended further reading, most of which he is too modest to say all his books although he mentions a couple. Read by professor David Wilson you will want to listen in one go!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2019

a must for potential crime buffs

very well narrated and an excellent insight into criminology. fascinating interviews and storytelling throughout the book.

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  • Malcolm S.
  • 29-05-2019

That is a one of the most cathartic books I have ever had the privilege to read , listen to

I have learned so much about the psychology of what society unjustly treats as the criminal underclass . A most prophetic insight into “ there but for the grace of god ..whoever your god may be , go I “

Wonderful

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  • Miss Sabina Carr
  • 28-07-2019

Incredible

I love Dr Wilson’s appearances on documentaries, this is like a marathon of his great brain. The book is insightful, interesting, honest and fascinating. I was devastated when it was finished. A must listen.

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  • tjdud
  • 28-04-2019

Highly recommended

Fascinating book. Thank you for sharing your expertise. Look forward to any other books on this subject.

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  • N. Reid
  • 20-08-2019

Narcissistic tour of Prof D Wilson's career

I used to think I liked this guy. From seeing the odd documentary he seemed okay. This book however began to irritate me. Not only because his accent varies throughout which jars with the otherwise smooth running of the audio at times, but also because he comes across as a massive narcissist. His self congratulory tour of his work makes many a mention of his qualifications, training and insights, as though he sees himself as grandiose and important. I have no doubt he has studied and worked hard but I kept being thrown by how much he likes to be admired for every thing that he does.
Not sure there was enough detail about the criminals or cases. Just what he did/thought in relation to them. You might not learn much more from this than the fact he loves himself and being on TV

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  • Carlton
  • 15-08-2019

Excellent.

Such an intelligent and interesting man. Each chapter follows a theme. Some vile stuff in here, be warned. Recording wise it can be odd, at points his voice just changes. Does not detract though. Buy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-2019

fantastic

brilliant insight. great for general interest and budding criminologists. very thankful for the extra reading list provided.

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  • collijm
  • 11-08-2019

View into the mind

An interesting insight into the mind of the most notorious killers and psychopath mind. Not a book for bedtime.