Yes, I was hooked from the beginning. I could hardly wait to begin again.
Piper of course
Oh my I don't know
It was good. Overall the story made the prison system seem quite fine.
No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because the tone of the book is all wrong. This woman was in prison, but to listen to it, you would think that everything was hunky dory, while staying there.
I would change the narrator.
The narrator did not give the right tone for the book. Her tone is more suited for a romance book.
The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!
I love hearing the soothing voice of Cassandra Campbell. She makes the worst of books come alive and meaningful. Orange is the New Black - My Year in a Women's Prison was moving. Though, I believe it was a far cry to the real inner workings of prison life and experience, it nonetheless painted a vivid picture of life on the inside. I appreciated Ms. Kerman's ability to weave us through her sad experience with her shameful Lesbian-lover, her drugs smuggling and mostly her experience in Dansbury. Perhaps this should be required reading, especially for those who believe certain cultures are beneath them. This book shows that we are more alike than not and it showed all cultures were forced to work together - like it or not. Most people have no clue of prison life. Maybe we should put all of the nuts in Congress in prison and let them fend for themselves among their criminal brethren. Back to the Book! What I believe most is that the many who have been in prison, whether maximum or minimum security, appreciate greatly that someone knowing the workings of prison life knows its not fun and games and one must know the lango and street smarts to survive it. FOUR STARS!!
Piper's life in Dansbury; Pop's wisdom - family.
I didn't particularly like the ending to happen so quickly; perhaps her de-processing a little more would have been a better let down. It seemed the book ended as tired and anxious as she seemed with her release.
Good Book! I'm sure Ms. Piper Kerman (or Mrs. Larry Somebody) made a few $$$ on the book. Maybe A Dansbury Foundation should be set up to help the other women whom she befriended to get their stories written, developed Life skills et al. NOTE: By the way, No Offense, but I am NOT a fan of Martha Stewart. She's lied and should have been prosecuted to serve her entire time.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend as it sheds a lot of insight as to what goes on in the women's prison system and the story is simply fantastic. It has a real honest quality about it that sticks with you.
It truly felt like it was being told first-hand, as if Piper Kermin was telling it herself.
Cassandra Campbell really nailed it IMO, and gave it such an integrity. Her voices for other 'characters' were a little silly at times but for me that really made it feel like a friend was telling her story.
I wouldn't say any one moment moved me but I couldn't stop listening to this.
For me, having watched the first season of the show, I found the true story to be far more compelling, and tbh I appreciate the facts over the ridiculous antics the show provides, although definitely entertaining.
Yes. Well written and not too graphic - like the show. A good perspective on her year in prison and her fellow inmates.
Piper's insights into prison life and the prospects for her fellow inmates.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Great story, great narrator.
I like everything about this story. It's fascinating, important, and fetching.
Cassandra Campbell's performance is superb. I can't imaging it sounding any better.
Everyone knows that prison is a dismal, life diminishing experience; but I'm still shocked by how bad it really is. But then in the midst of the horror, companionship can provide a bit of relief and salvation.
This book is not the same as the TV series. It provides the rubrics for the TV series but stands on its own as a strong piece of literature.
the woman reading the audio book mispronounced a lot of words! after the first few mistakes we were just waiting for the next one - it was distracting and silly! her Jamaican accents sounded Jewish/Yiddish and her Russian accents sounds ridiculous. whoever produced this was sleeping on the job.
For me it is easier
Being surprised that there was as much freedom of movement in prison.
She was able to tell me a story. Not just read the words. I listen to books when doing other tasks. A good narrator will tell me a story and keep me company.
Piper was able to let go of some of her animosity for Nora and still see some of the person she was with.
If you are hooked on the Netflix series this is the material that inspiration is drawn from. It is interesting and entertaining, but the character Alex is not here. I would like to know more about Nora or who ever she is in real life.
I hated having to turn off my audible so I could go about my day. This book made my commute one of the best parts of my day, which is a feat, as I live in NYC.
I laughed, I cried, I raved, I ranted.....god I love this book.
If you're expecting the tv show, you have got another thing coming. This is a real life account of Piper Kerman's life in prison, and it is beautifully written, compelling, with a serious call to action on the state of today's prison system.
While I love the tv show....I loved this book, for completely different reasons. Trust me, it's a good one.