Audiobooks Grit Author Karl Wiggins –

The World Of The Cab Driver Is Uncertain And Even Dangerous, Populated By Oddballs, Weirdoes, Comedians, Eccentrics, Head Cases, Prima Donnas And Hard Cases And They Re Just The DriversEnter The Ludicrous, Humorous And Sometimes Violent World Of The London Cab Driver You Never Know What To Expect, And During My Years Driving Cabs I Got Myself Into Some Scrapes Luckily I Ve Met And Befriended Many Characters Along The Way, And Their Stories Deserve To Be Told In The Last Third Of The Book, I Recall My Time Spent Driving Cab In The Projects Of Watts, Los Angeles, Home Of The Infamous Bloods Crips, During The Early S I Ve Intended To Paint An Ominous Picture Of A Community Destroyed By Drugs, Guns And Violence You Ll Almost Smell The Omnipresent Whiff Of Cheap Wine, And Feel The Dirty Lino Under Your FeetRead The True Life Adventures Of An English Lad As He Struggles To Make A Living Amongst Gangstas Who Are Arguably The Most Violent In The United StatesFor Anyone Who Has Puked In The Back Of A Cab, Then Argued Over The Fare At Am, This Book Is Your Driver S Revenge I Ve Done My Best To Create A Living Poem That Is By Turns Thoughtful And Brutal, But Very FunnyPeople Have Always Told Me I M A Natural Storyteller, But Like Every Good Cab Driver I Have An Opinion On A Range Of Hot Issues, From The Congestion Charge To Malcolm X And The Nation Of Islam You Ll Be Able To Hear My Characters, See Them And, In Some Instances, Actually Smell Them They Ll Leave Their Stain On You You May Well Be Able To Relate To Guys Who Used Their Fists And Their Wits, You May Laugh At Their Humour And Get Their Jokes, But It Ll Be The Thugs With Guns And No Soul Who Will Unsettle You I Want You To Be Scared Of Them

10 thoughts on “Grit

  1. says:

    I ve always enjoyed non fiction and this book is a reason why It felt like I was down at the local pub listening to a mate tell me about his exploits as a cabbie His hilarious and sometimes butt clenching stories had me thanking my lucky stars that I never became a cab driver Shortly into the book I kind of made up my mind that it would only ever be a four star book because it lacked structure But by about the fourth or fifth chapter, I decided that was the author s voice and it made for an engaging read I became hooked on his style and enjoyed it I liked the random ramblings and he never lost the point while digressing and the tangents he went onto were always interesting The personal interjections were great whether one agrees with the author s opinion or not It all added to the flavor of his experiences Cab drivers are notoriously opinionated and this book proves it, and that is its great strength and charm I m sure Mr Wiggins will get a giggle that a found his book charming I would also add for the would be readers, this is written by a Londoner and as a Londoner speaks There are no airs and graces which keeps it authentic Non British readers may be slightly perplexed by some of the lingo and jargon, but trust me, you ll know what he means Laughter is international, and as long as you re not sensitive to politically incorrectness, this book will make you laugh.

  2. says:

    The author portrays the gritty life of a mini cab driver from excellent hand hand knowledge The story is hilarious and honest to a fault Who would have thought the life of a cab driver could be so adventuresome Thoroughly entertaining and a blast to read

  3. says:

    This is a realist look at the world as seen from the perspective of a London cabbie Drama, humo u r, painit s all here.

  4. says:

    Loved it.

  5. says:

    Through his contact with thousands of people during a variety of jobs the author has become an astute observer of human nature and he uses his insights to great effect when relating his experiences as a mini cab driver.The writing is honest, the characters are described with the kind of detail that brings them to life on the page and the author does not shy away from the sometimes brutal encounters in a mini cab driver s job.The author has strongly held views which are put forward with intelligence and though I may not agree with all of them there is no doubting the eloquence with which they are argued.Personally I found the chapters that deal with his time in Los Angeles fascinating.As well as being a good read I laughed out loud several times the book has surprising depth to it and is thought provoking It is pleasing on many levels and I recommend it as well worth reading.

  6. says:

    Well written Enjoyed the stories Writers that draw one in and Help one to transcend time and place etc are my favorites Got a sense of An overall philosophical sense of the cabbie as well Nice one

  7. says:

    Not the book I thought it was going to be.entirely Was hoping for of the cab customers, didn t really need to read about his friends What was written about the customers was perfect I just wish the whole book was like that

  8. says:

    This was okay.