The best part of the book is the enlightenment of what really goes on behind prison bars.
Maybe, the book was well written -- it just needed a juicier story. I found it hard to keep going at times.
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 was conflicted on how to rate this memoir. It moves quickly and it is about a a subject matter people rarely hear about, providing a look inside a womens prison and into the how the war on drugs affects women. It is not fabulous writing, but its quick, to-the-point pace makes up for it. Cassandra Campbell's narration was intensely irritating at first, but it improves as other characters are introduced and Campbell has a chance to prove herself with the accents, which she does well, assigning different and distinct voices to each of the women so that they come alive.
The author is hyper aware of her privileged status as an upper class white woman in the prison context, and she makes an effort to integrate a lower-class, minority perspective into her writing. But since the cards are not stacked so fiercely against her as they are against most of her fellow inmates, she can do little in this respect except offer empathy. There are several dialogue scenes between Piper and authority figures in the book, where it is more or less revealed that the drug laws in place are not intended for nice upperclass white people like herself, and she is repeatedly told that she doesn't belong there. This is irritating from a policy perspective, because it implies that the other less privileged women in the prison ARE supposed to be there, despite having similar convictions for drug-related crimes. Though she is undoubtedly writing from a place of privilege, it is to Piper's credit that she does try to shed light on the absurdity of drug policy and its motivations and highlight how devastating the war on drugs is for less privileged women, and how the prison system in the US makes the situation worse.
It is worth the credit.
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.