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Crossing the Line

Lessons from a Life on Duty
著者: John Sutherland
ナレーター: John Sutherland
再生時間: 8 時間 25 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Non-Fiction

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As a society, we are captivated by policing; we watch police procedurals and fly-on-the-wall documentaries and absorb the headlines on the rolling news. Yet how much do we really know about the world that policing inhabits and reveals? 

In his eye-opening new audiobook, John Sutherland invites us to step behind the cordon tape and bear witness to the things that he has seen in his 25 years of service. Tackling 10 of the biggest challenges facing society today - from alcohol abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence to knife crime, terrorism and sexual offences - we are introduced to people who have been pushed to the limits. In doing so, we gain a clearer sense of what needs to be done in order to make the cities we live in better places for us all to live. 

Deeply revealing, courageous and moving, Crossing the Line is an audiobook that will change what you see when you walk down the street.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2020 John Sutherland (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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  • papapownall
  • 2020/05/28

If you can't trust a police officer...

In recent years there has been a spate of books written by people doing interesting jobs telling their life story. The most successful has been Adam Kay (medical and very funny), the Secret Barrister (hard hitting expose of criminal justice system) and Neil Samworth (gritty tales from Strangeways prison officer). This is former police officer John Sutherland's second book and the first that he has read himself. I like to hear the author rather than a voice actor so selected this instead of his first book Blue: A Memoir.

The author speaks in short sentences with clipped diction with a melancholy tone about his career. Among the grumblings from the author subjects such as pubs and clubs (which he took pleasure in closing down), so-called cafe culture (which he derides), "Scousers" (who "like their football") and crumbling old boozers (homeless people) there are plenty of facts and figures regarding crime rates and the cost to the country of these crimes. It is not particularly political but is scathing about government reforms of the police service which have lead to low morale among frazzled officers and many , Mr Sutherland included, retiring in their 40s due to stress. He argues, quite rightly, the policing is about more than reducing crime levels.

The author wonders what causes terrorists with "twisted ideologies" to commit atrocities but offers no thoughts of his own on the subject. This book came over more as a sorry lament for the state of the world rather than the insight into the police that I had hoped for.

  • 総合評価
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  • 匿名
  • 2020/07/02

The most important book you will read this year

An incredibly moving and compassionate look at the challenges facing modern policing and indeed, society as a whole. A must read.

  • 総合評価
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/07/02

Every Politician should read this book ...

This book is beautifully written from the heart. It is powerful, informative and non-judgmental. If politicians listened, understood and took positive action - it could well change the world. Congratulations

  • 総合評価
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/06/21

Well written & thoughtful

Enjoyed this immensely. Written & read by a deeply thoughtful and compassionate man. Struck by his insights, his humanity and his clarity. Highly recommended.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/06/19

Amazing honest account of life in the JOB

John does not hold back in his honest account of the life the public don’t see. If one person who has dislike for the police read I’d listened maybe their opinion would change.

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  • Helen
  • 2020/06/16

Brilliant!

I didn't want it to end! Just brilliant.
Such a great, compassionate look at the biggest problems in our society. Beautifully written and wonderfully read by John himself.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/06/12

The police bible for all of us

Very well read by the author. We are taken into the head spaces and difficult spaces where our police and other public servants go on our behalf. Good to hear what happens not through the media not through political muddling. Everyone should read the last two chapters where there are solutions suggested. Sutherland does not deny bad practice but also shows us where lessons are learnt. We as a society need to take on some responsibility and hang in there as the author says, even when it get messy and is difficult. A hard read but I couldn't put it down.

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  • Steve Withers
  • 2020/06/12

Essential reading!

I have worked with the most vulnerable people in society for 25 years, and John Sutherland's words are enlightening and thought provoking. Fabulous.

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  • Fay
  • 2020/05/26

Brilliant !

Both insightful and thought provoking,
whilst it is told from the viewpoint of policing this isn’t a book just for police.
Its a book that everyone should read if they want to understand their fellow human a little more, and consider how if we all played the long game, looking at the causes not the results we might be able fix some of the ills of society

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  • MJP
  • 2020/05/26

Am excellent decision to have the author narrate

An inspiring and thought provoking read. Would that our national leaders should have such insight