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Publisher's Summary

Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.

Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It's as if you're there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical nonfiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy's inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire.

Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.

©2014 Andy Thompson (P)2015 Andy Thompson

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good stuff

as someone studying paramedicine I really enjoyed this, an insight to my future :) it got me considering things I hadn't previously thought about in relation to the job and also made me chuckle a couple of times.

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Great stories and insight but too repetitive

I absolutely loved this book, very emotional and such a roller coaster. One thing that became irritating after a while was the continuous description of putting in an IV. Each time described the tourniquet going on, the needle, the first flash back, the second flash back, take the needle out leaving the clear plastic tubing in, disposed the needle in the sharps and secured with an adhesive dressing. Every damn time! I loved the describing for the layman to understand but repeating it for every case was over kill. However still really enjoyed the cases and how each case is so different and unpredictable. Paramedics are angels!

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Definitely worth a listen!

Fantastic account of Paramedic life brilliantly told by Pete Nottage! I'm currently studying to be a Paramedic and love listening to old war stories from seasoned veteran Paramedics and Ambulance crews!

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really well written. great character voice.

a really well written and voiced audiobook with great stories. i think it is now my favourite

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-2016

Editor...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The stories were padded out wth clumsy descriptions, a bit like an essay written in school. It needed a good editor.

What was most disappointing about Andy Thompson’s story?

The awful, tabloid-style language. I should have known by 'the downright ugly' in the title - made me cringe.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm not sure if the narrator was reading the grammatical mistakes from the book, or if they were used to authenticate his performance. It was a bit odd.

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  • 25-04-2017

Loved this book!

Great stories. Well written. Laughs and sadness. Just love the British accent. Looking forward to his second book.

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  • Som
  • 29-08-2015

Great book

Excellent narration by the author, and I thoroughly enjoy the very real life encounters as a working paramedic. As a medic myself I am able to relate to these calls. Will recommend this book to my fellow workers, and student preceptors.

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  • Debra S. Long
  • 10-07-2018

Raunchy and undesireable

I tried to listen to these, I really did. But I do NOT find them humorous in the least, but rather disturbing and disgusting. I would demand refund, but they were granted for free. They are certainly not worth anyone's time.

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  • Keith Riddle
  • 25-10-2017

Ehhhh....not bad

The medicine seems sound, the stories interesting, and the narration is strong. The writing itself seems weak. If you can get past that - and there were points where I struggled - it’s worth a listen.....maybe.

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  • D. Gullickson
  • 17-07-2017

Great EMS stories

Good Listen, good stories! Recommend to anyone, even if not in the field of Emergency Medical Care

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  • Leah
  • 20-05-2016

Instruction Manual for future or new EMTs

What did you love best about The Dark Side?

The energy of the narrator, and the compassion of the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Side?

The 4 month old baby. It felt so shocking as I didn't expect it to be so raw.

What about Pete Nottage’s performance did you like?

His energy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Instructions for EMTs

Any additional comments?

I can do without the long explanations however, this was really interesting.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 17-09-2017

There are better books

Overall 3/5

This book would have been infinitely improved by less repetition. Once you've heard all the basics once, listening to them every time starts to grate on your nerves. They also read as though they were being read as evidence in a court of law. Not chatty and informative but dull and informative.

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The narrator would have markedly improved this book by a) not reading it at all or b) been giving a ticket for speeding by the police. Nice accent but ...

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As mentioned by another reviewer, this does rather "talk down" to even a layman. I'm not brain dead, thanks. I'd direct the author to Tom Reynolds style (yes, I know it's a pseudonym, I guess this author's is too).

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  • SP
  • 04-12-2017

Brilliant

Such a brilliant book. I felt Humour, tears and concern whilst listening to this.
It’s written very well!

Downloading the part 2 straight away!

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  • Mrs Sarah Lynch
  • 12-05-2021

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great book, really interesting, but I wish someone had told him how to pronounce "ascertain" correctly.

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  • C. Thompson
  • 26-02-2021

I LOVED it.

Having had a few paramedic visits myself, a number of severe sepsis infections and bowel blockages, I can tell you how amazing these people are. I’ve often wondered what their working shifts are like and what their train of thoughts are on scene. Now I know. It was fascinating to hear how each patient is assessed and subsequently treated and where possible, the outcome. I really enjoyed the technical terms and descriptions and had they not been used this book wouldn’t have been so interesting and gripping. Andy Thompson, I hope you write another book, ....soon. Thank you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-02-2021

Wow...

Andy, what an amazing book, I am embarking to University as a student paramedic this sept, this book is not only insightful to the situations you have encountered but, the medical terminology and methodology used throughout is very educational. thank you so much for sharing your experiences !

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  • Sam24
  • 10-01-2021

A vanity parade like no other

I have read many of the medical memoirs that have become popular in recent years and this is by far the worst.

The author's self-indulgent aggrandisement and tales of his individual heroism are irritating at best, and down right intolerable at worst.

For anyone looking for interesting and entertaining stories of pre-hospital medicine, I strongly recommend "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" by Dr Tony Bleetman.

Save yourself the trouble of this awful narcissistic vanity parade.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-01-2021

Disappointing

I bought this audiobook as I love medical memoirs such as This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, and Blood Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds. However, this was disappointing. The author comes across as arrogant in most chapters and the grammar is also off. The phrase "hence why" was used multiple times. It felt like a story that could have been told in a few pages, was strung out, with stories going off on tangents, which took away from the essence of the book.

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  • Nichola Walker
  • 04-06-2020

Loved this book

What an interesting insight into the work of a paramedic.
Fantastic narration and really easy to listen to. Even though some dark topics are discussed, this is done with empathy, care and even a little humour. Can’t wait for part 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2020

A great insight into paramedic medicine

Currently training in medicine and found it very rewarding and a great insight for students

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  • Carolyn Mcguire
  • 13-04-2020

Laughter tears and much more!

Loved it! Brilliant book, made me laugh cry and gasp at some stories! Giving an excellent insight into the jobs paramedics can go to.

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