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The Dark Side, Part 2

Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic: The Traumatic, the Tragic, and the Tearful
Narrated by: Pete Nottage
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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Following up on his well-received first book, Andy Thompson provides another captivating, thought-provoking, and at times intense glimpse into the daily life of a paramedic working in the UK's National Health Service. In the style of his first book, Andy recalls each event from the detailed documentation recorded at the time. Each account is written in a way that puts the listener right there next to him, so you live the events in real time. You'll hear the dialogue between paramedics, patients, their loved ones, and other health-care professionals as it would have been. You'll also share in Andy's thought processes during each of the 10 very different situations he encounters.

The term "the dark side" describes the frontline emergency aspect of the ambulance service, since paramedics frequently experience somber situations. In The Dark Side, Part 2, you will share in some truly traumatic, tragic, and tearful events involving a seemingly healthy young patient, a prison inmate, the victims of a horrific car crash, heart attacks, a frightening epileptic fit, the alarming effects of an allergic reaction, and what can happen when under-strain doctors prescribe the wrong medications. But there's still room for lighthearted moments and a taste of the sometimes dark humor that allows paramedics to continually deal with events most of us would find too horrific.

The detail in the descriptions of the care given to each patient on-scene by Andy and his colleagues will have you marveling at the ability of these health-care professionals to work at such speed of thought, buying enough time to deliver a patient into the specialist hands of hospital care. There are inevitably also those times when tears of hope turn to tears of despair for loved ones. You cannot feel that pain until it happens to you, but this book will bring you mighty close to it at times.

©2014 Andy Thompson (P)2015 Andy Thompson

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Absolute Awesome Book

if your new to the dark side this and his 1st book are a great way to pick up clinical knowledge of the Pre Hospital setting. although he had to write this in layman's terms he left enough medical say information to be picked by those on the Dark Side. A must read if you want to understand what we do on the Dark Side. There is laughter and tears pain as it may bring up a case you have dealt with which is similar. Well done on the book hoping there is a chapter 3, 4, 5.

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  • Kazie
  • 04-03-2016

The best supplemental material for EMS 105 and 106

If you are a paramedic you should enjoy this but if you are an EMT student this is invaluable information and a great way to remember some of the basic terminology of EMS 105 and 106. I am currently getting my cert in America but everything mentioned in this book is completely relevant.

Thank you Andy and great job Pete I can hardly wait for the next edition of The Dark Side

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  • Andrey Borul
  • 16-01-2016

Brilliant..

The part about houses without numbers is too true.. Brilliant.. That massage should be a public advisory ad on every billboard..

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 17-09-2017

There are still better books than this

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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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  • dilys
  • 10-07-2016

great book

loved it just as good as book one please write another one

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  • Alex
  • 18-04-2016

Wow, just wow

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Side, Part 2 the most enjoyable?

The emotional journey - deeply engaging

What other book might you compare The Dark Side, Part 2 to, and why?

The only book I've heard like it was the previous. Otherwise I'd have to reference emergency services reality TV.

What does Pete Nottage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This was very well narrated. Very well. I usually only buy audiobooks for the convenience though - I can work and hear a good book at the same time.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book, highly reccomended.

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