Mister 5150: Insanities of the night in The City of the Angels by Jonathan Jaye

Posted March 9, 2018 by Joe Mahoney in Reviews / 0 Comments

Mister 5150: Insanities of the night in The City of the Angels by Jonathan JayeMister 5150: Insanities of the night in The City of the Angels by Jonathan Jaye
Narrator: Jonathan Jaye
Published by Self Published / Indie on 4 September 2017
Length: 1 hour 57 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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A psychiatric emergency team member on a night shift in LA - not a job I'd wish on anyone but my worst enemy - but somehow it works for me. I try not to think too much about what that says about me, and to do the job with heart and brains. This book is made up of episodes...various night shifts over the years. They tell a story of the true meaning of "sanity" in the universe, and the true nature of life in the wasteland they call "the center of the world". The comical mingles with the tragic. Like the man said, the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

©2017 Jonathan Wesley (P)2017 Jonathan Wesley

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Mr. 5150 is written by Jonathan Jaye and also narrated by Jonathan Jaye. Mr. 5150 is a short collection of stories of the beginning of his career in Emergency Psychiatry Care. 5150 is California code for the section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code which authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to themselves or to others. That his job. I picked this book to have a fun stroll down memory lane. I spent 13 years as an EMT. We learned to love or loathe these people. We would have loved this man from the stories he tells.

I will note that these short stories may be off-putting to some by the fact that the main character is open about his flaws including alcohol and drug abuse. And the fact that other characters encountered in these stories use and abuse drugs and alcohol.  Some people will be put off by the fact that there is plenty of profanity all through these short stories and will feel this is the mark of a poor or unskilled writer. There is one quote that is stuck in my head because it was true from a career as an EMT with my ambulance crew as much as it was true for the author “You do not F*** with Mr. Clipboard”.  I have been on the receiving end of Mr. Clipboard when it was wrestled away by a Psych patient who pulled a Houdini getting out of ‘soft restraints’ after being drugged with all the Valium the Paramedic had in the med kit. Mr.Clipboard was not my friend that night.

Attention Holding

The short collection of stories was over too soon. The author paints vivid characters and tells many truths about the healthcare profession that may bother some people. I giggled and snorted at the character of Borderline Betty the RN from Hell. Anyone who works in Healthcare will be able to relate because there is one of here everywhere. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Combine that with the access to medication and employee files and personal information. You have everyone’s worst nightmare. I knew a version of her in my EMS career. Anyone who has worked in EMS, Law Enforcement, Psych or Social Service, with a good sense of humor should enjoy this book. It held my attention and really made me think about all the changes in healthcare especially now in mental health from the late 70 to 1993 where the last short story ends.


The narration by Jonathan Jaye was enjoyable. I liked his voice and the way he told his story. This is his collection of stories and he makes the best narrator for it. He gives the narration an authentic feel that would be missing if someone else was doing the narration for him. It felt like we were just spending an afternoon together sharing stories of our professions the way people do.

Production Quality

The production quality of the audiobook was fair but could really be improved. The average listener could be put off by the production value of this audiobook placing quality over content.  There were times hollowness entered the narrator’s voice. I was hooked on the stories and the characters and did not mind the production quality


About Jonathan Jaye

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Single man living in the desert wasteland of Northwestern Arizona. Audio Books are the best escape available today from the horrors of modern society. They engage the mind where you have to see the characters in your minds-eye and go on a journey with them if you can just take that first step and make the choice of which Audio Book to purchase.

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