Some interesting insights and descriptions of life in a Federal Minimum Security Prison, but it seemed to go on and on.....Cassandra Campbell has a nice voice,but I thought someone with a slightly grittier vocal tone would have matched the character more accurately.
I've been a member of audible for only a year but I listen to quite a few books. This is the MOST boring audio book I've ever listened to. I make sure to listen to the entire thing because I refuse to waste money or book credits. I heard so much hype about the tv show, so I thought the book would be okay. It was hard enough to get through while having it read to me, I couldn't IMAGINE trying to read it myself.
Average, Clear but slightly Emotionless
Only when it ENDED
Shame, and I seriously usually never write negative reviews.
I am sure that this was a truly trying and desperate portion of this women's life, however no one needs another book lecturing us about the US government and their failures in the prison world by locking up low level drug offenders. You broke the law, deal with it.
If your biggest prison event was a stolen screwdriver, just forget it. At least make up some gang rape and shankings to keep it interesting. Also, would have liked to see her go to trial instead of pleading guilty.
Very well done. Great with the accents. With the number of characters, she was able to keep them straight.
It has been, and it was a comedy. Just like this book should have been.
Women may enjoy this book. Men who have read anything about prison will not. Check out the English Shaun Trilogy.
I know nothing about the TV show, but this was on sale and I thought I'd give it an open-minded try. Within the first half hour, I could tell this was chick lit through and through by the tone and content of it. A bored chick with nothing else going on in her life, so she starts hustling drug money internationally. I endured for 4 chapters, then deleted it. I think a female audience might be able to suspend disbelief and handle the tone of the book better, but I wouldn't recommend it to men to read.
Why on earth would you have different names than what were used on the show?
Holes, confusing, just ended. The show is a hit.. This book was not. You had to guess who everyone was, characters were combined. Annoying.
No one, she was good.
Not really. Sorry.
Probably not, there wasn't much character development. Also story was full of vague allusions to things without much depth. Frustrating lack in detail
not in a rush
good voices, nice accents and nuances
I'm a big fan of the Netflix series so I figured I'd pick up the actual book to accompany my viewing experience. I did so fully expected the book to be very different as any sensible person would.
The performance and storyline were okay, but I have never read a biography where the author was more in love with themselves than this one. After a short initial apology to everyone in her family and circle of friends for what she has put them through in the first few chapters the book, the story then dives head first into an endless cycle of self congratulatory self-love the likes of which I have rarely seen. Every chapter is designed to highlight how absolutely great Piper is, from how blown away the inmates are by how many more gifts and packages she receives than anyone else in the prison because she is so beloved by all, to how many people are amazed that someone as beautiful as she is wound up in prison, to how almost every character tells her how they never thought they would ever meet a friend as amazing as she is in prison, even when she discusses someone else's positive qualities it all boils down to then crying over the fact that Piper was able to see said trait within them....its strictly written to be a nonstop pat on the back from start to finish. Not to mention how she portrays the prison as an endless series of villains....I'm sorry Piper but you DID break the law and you were there to be punished end of story, at no time was it meant to feel like some high end hotel. I'll still watch the show but I've personally found a new level of disgust for the actual real life Piper Kerman.
I'm a big fan of the tv show so I was very excited to get this book. Sadly, this book isn't as exciting as the tv show. It's not that Kermit doesn't have an interesting story, it is very interesting and makes you empathize with her and fellow inmates. I just think that maybe the audio version was not the way to go. It would have been better to read at my own pace and maybe with the voice of Taylor Schilling in my head.
Waspy, snooty, versatile. Campbell embodies every character very well but there's something grating about the Piper character. I get that she's the upper class girl who's not supposed to be in prison but it still irritated me.
Not regretting that I killed time in traffic listening to it but it just wasn't for me.
i love to listen!
The TV show is so much better! If you are going to listen to the book just don't watch the show first. Then it will probably be ok.
I was expecting more. Didn't watch much of the TV version, but from what I've heard about it, I expected more fireworks..
I would have liked to know more about her adjustment to life after prison. The story seemed to end too abruptly.