Bad Call by Mike Scardino audiobook

Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance

By Mike Scardino
Read by Daniel Thomas May

Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Book Group 9780316469616
7.50 Hours Unabridged
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In 1967 Mike Scardino was an eighteen-year-old premed student with a problem—his parents couldn’t afford to pay his college tuition. Luckily, Mike’s dad hooked him up with a lucrative, albeit unusual, summer job, one he’s never forgotten. Bad Call is Mike’s visceral, fast-moving, and mordantly funny account of the summers he spent working as an “ambulance attendant” on the mean streets of late 1960s New York, at a time when emergency medicine looked nothing like it does today. Fueled by adrenaline and Sabrett’s hot dogs, he crossed third rails to pick up injured trainmen, encountered a woman attacked by rats, attended to victims of a plane crash at JFK airport, was nearly murdered, and got an early and indelible education in the impermanence of life. But his work also afforded moments of rare beauty, hope, and everyday heroism, and it changed the course of Mike’s life as well as the way he saw the world. Action-packed, poignant, and rich with details that bring Mike’s world to life, Bad Call is a gritty portrait of a bygone era as well as a thrilling tale of one man’s coming of age.

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Summary

Summary

In 1967 Mike Scardino was an eighteen-year-old premed student with a problem—his parents couldn’t afford to pay his college tuition. Luckily, Mike’s dad hooked him up with a lucrative, albeit unusual, summer job, one he’s never forgotten.

Bad Call is Mike’s visceral, fast-moving, and mordantly funny account of the summers he spent working as an “ambulance attendant” on the mean streets of late 1960s New York, at a time when emergency medicine looked nothing like it does today. Fueled by adrenaline and Sabrett’s hot dogs, he crossed third rails to pick up injured trainmen, encountered a woman attacked by rats, attended to victims of a plane crash at JFK airport, was nearly murdered, and got an early and indelible education in the impermanence of life. But his work also afforded moments of rare beauty, hope, and everyday heroism, and it changed the course of Mike’s life as well as the way he saw the world.

Action-packed, poignant, and rich with details that bring Mike’s world to life, Bad Call is a gritty portrait of a bygone era as well as a thrilling tale of one man’s coming of age.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A compulsively readable, totally unforgettable memoir that recounts a sensitive college student’s experience working on an emergency ambulance in hell, a.k.a New York City.” James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Mike Scardino

Author Bio: Mike Scardino

Mike Scardino is a native of Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. In order to pay for college, he worked on a New York City ambulance as a teenager, which led to his decision not to pursue medicine as a career. He eventually found his way into advertising, where his ambulance experience proved to be an unexpectedly useful fit. He is married to the woman he met his third day at college and has three daughters. He currently resides in South Carolina.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English