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The Damage Done

Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.

The Damage Done is one man's story of an unthinkable nightmare. It is not Warren Fellows' plea for forgiveness nor his denial of guilt, but a story of endurance and survival and the abuse of human rights during the decade of a life wasted in leg irons. It is an essential listen: heartbreaking, fascinating, and impossible to pause.

©1997 Warren Fellows (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Excellent book and top narration.

Unreal story!
Well told and narrated.
Engrossing from start to end... Well worth listening to.

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A tough life for the crime

It certainly should be a deterrent for anyone considering the path of smuggling drugs in third world countries.
Tough to listen to at times and super well narrated (as all books read by David are...)

I suggest reading some background reports on Warren and his life after returning back to Australia. The impact it had on his son made this story stick more than the book itself did.

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Kings Kid

Amazing book. Amazing man. Amazing story. Amazing grace! Warren Fellows you are certainly a mighty warrior on the frontline of God's army. God bless you brother. Who the son sets free is free indeed.

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Bit short...

Could definitely do with being a bit longer. Overall a great insight and very interesting.

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  • Eric Schurr
  • 05-12-2013

Remarkable -- in every way! Every minute is great

This may be the best book i've listened to all year. It is truly remarkable in every way: the story is gripping, horrifying, and illuminating; the writing is tight, to the point, and creative; and the narrator is one of the, if not the, best i've ever heard -- his timing and intonation is perfect.

Ever wondered what it's like in a prison? How about the worst one in the world? This guy describes the unbelievably inhuman living conditions and torture that the Thai prison system put him through. And he explains how it was not only hell to live through, but how it has scarred him for life.

I listened to this book during my commute and i actually looked forward to it every day (how often can you say that?). I was actually happy when there was a traffic jam or slowdown because i got to listen to more of the book. I was really disappointed when it was over.

Listen to this book -- you will be captivated from start to finish.

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  • Grandma
  • 02-08-2014

Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal

Would you consider the audio edition of The Damage Done to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

Any additional comments?

Great listen. Felt like I was in a prison cell suffering alongside the guy.

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  • Scott
  • 06-07-2014

Takes You There

Would you listen to The Damage Done again? Why?

Yes, it would still be interesting for me after listening many times because there is so much to think about. It is much more than an story about a prison experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions allowed me to understand the experiences he endured and to know what he felt about the experiences.

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

All of the character representations were done well - I was able to tell the people apart very easily.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, when he was caught - I didn't breathe.

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  • Jared
  • 25-02-2014

A World Unknown to Most

I thought this book was quite interesting and gives the reader a glimpse into a dark world that most (hopefully) will never know. I have heard that some of the prisons across the world can be pretty harsh, but I had no idea exactly what that meant.

The book was written to give the author's history in how he ended up in prison, his time while in prison, and then getting out. The amount of details was not overwhelming and allowed for an easy to follow short story.

The narrator did a great job with the reading and seemed to pronounce all the Thai words correctly. He had an accent, however, it did not cause any problems with understanding him. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him.

Overall, I thought this was a good book and would suggest it to others.

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  • Mark
  • 30-10-2014

Thinking of importing drugs? Read this first!!!

Where does The Damage Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 5. Hard to comprehend this kind of punishment exists.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Good voice for this type of book & many others too.

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

All of it.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That Rodger Rodgerson & Arthur "Neddie" Smith got a few mentions.

Any additional comments?

Should be a compulsory read in early high school.

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  • BryinSiam
  • 07-06-2014

Courageous

What did you love best about The Damage Done?

Warren's honesty and integrity shine through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is autobiographical in a sense but it is also about prison life.

Which scene was your favorite?

The synthesis in the epilogue gives perspective. I was reminded of the film HANNAH ARENDT and how evil happens whenever we forget our humanity one to another.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The violence of prison, the cruelty and filth were disturbing.

Any additional comments?

We take our freedoms in the west for granted.

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  • Tim
  • 24-10-2013

Captivating

What made the experience of listening to The Damage Done the most enjoyable?

A new world for me. Very interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

It is chocking and interesting to see how people have to survive in prisons in Thailand and how cruel people can be.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES.

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  • Outgrabe
  • 08-10-2017

Fake

Pretends to be true. In fact, it’s clearly fake. And dopey on top of that.

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  • C.J.
  • 19-03-2017

Very real.

I thought an audio book could not really communicate the horror but the writer does an amazing job. what it lacks in literary qualities it makes the book seem more real and written with more honestly .

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  • Lindsay Campbell
  • 18-01-2017

Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing story

Fantastic story of survival. Gruesome and harrowing yet absolutely beautifully told. Experience described so well you'll get chills.

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  • Sharon
  • 11-08-2013

Could not stop listening

Where does The Damage Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of those books where I struggled getting into work on time. I sat in the car dreading to pause it as I did not want to stop listening. There is only one other book so far that has captured me in such a way. Absolutely brilliant book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Warren Fellows tells is story of being holed up in Bangkok Prisons. Quite rightly he was convicted of smuggling heroin. However, no human being should suffer in such a way and whilst he doesn't plead pity and takes full responsibility you can't help feeling some pity as he reveals a harrowing account of what he saw happen to others, the filth and excrement they lived in, the murders, the insanity and appalling conditions over all.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes!

Any additional comments?

Definitely would recommend a listen.

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  • fiona
  • 14-05-2013

Truly horrific and spin chilling

From the moment I started listening to this book ,I could not get the dreadful stark images from my head, an incredible story told in such a way as to keep you thoughly engrossed and just wanting the hell to finish for this unfortunate guy .
A truly good read.....

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  • jason
  • 09-06-2013

well worth a listen

this is a book that is so worth listening/reading, I first read it a good few years ago while on a flight to Thailand and just got it for my iphone to listen to in work and found it just as intense this time as I did the first,
its not a look at me and feel sorry for me story, its a man explaining his stupidity for greed in younger years that pays the ultimate price. hopefully it has made someone thinks twice before doing the same thing if they read it.

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  • Chris Kelly
  • 12-03-2019

As enthralling as it is harrowing.

When a story is as personal as this I prefer to hear the author read it to me, however the narrator used does an excellent job.

This is a short but gripping story.

If like me you like smuggling stories (whenever I hear a true story about a person trying to smuggle drugs through an airport my stomach is in knots) this book has that and then it deals with the unimaginable horror of the Thai prison system.

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  • Warren Reidy
  • 12-12-2018

Thought Provoking

Warren offers an extremely vivid and eye-opening account of the harrowing life as a prisoner in a foreign jail. Makes you feel lucky to be alive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2018

Good but not great

I feel the book could have been a bit longer. all them years seemed to breeze by. that being said. very good story and probably worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2018

Amazing Story !

Gripping book from the very beginning ! Tells an amazing story that all need to hear and i couldn't recommend it more.

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  • M. Fabian
  • 20-08-2018

Love this book, listened and read it many times.

a great book, v honest and some what disturbing account of what humans are capable of. but also amazing what humans are able to withstand.

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  • Steve Palmer
  • 28-07-2018

Thai prison

Interesting fascinating story full of dread & fear not knowing the fate of all the people within it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-2018

Better than the book

read the book a few years back but I struggle to pay attention when reading. read the whole thing and thought loved the book until I listened back to the story. So much better!