An inside look at how a little rich girl can ruin people’s lives and still think it's a terrible thing to happen to HER. I mean REALLY? She's going to rant and rave about the government, the court system, the prison system and how unfair they treated her after TRAFFICKING DRUGS? Whine, make excuses, whine some more and make yourself the hero while you’re doing it. I felt like I was reading a Sixth Grade'r English assignment on narcissism
First off, the book is quite a bit different from the Netflix show. It is much less sexual and less comedic (although there are funny bits).
It was well written and engaging and it was a worthwhile inside look at life in a Federal women's prison.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I have mixed feelings about the author, but the book held my interest all the way through and the narration was very well done. Thus, I gave it 4 stars over all.
Lucky for me, I have not yet watched the Netflix TV show by the same name, so I have nothing with which to compare this audiobook or to disappoint me. Besides, TV and movies often "enhance" a book's content to such an extent that it is difficult to compare them in the best of circumstances.
Some of the things that bothered me are the following. Piper always came across as the spoiled, advantaged, pretty girl. She began whining about the prison conditions from day one, when she missed her fiance and her friends unbearably. For cripes sake, she wasn't even there for 24 hours! And after all, her crimes were only committed to satisfy a need for cheap thrills. Incongruent with her frequent indignance about the unfair treatment and unpleasant conditions in prison were the descriptions of all the fun she had--making cheesecake, having pedis, visiting the lake, making new friends. Even more puzzling was her constant need to pat herself on the back--for making so many friends, having so many visitors, being so well-loved by just about everyone.
On the other hand, I really did enjoy Piper's story. I was surprised and happy to learn that there was so little violence in a women's prison--is her experience really typical? And it was interesting to get an inside picture of the often mundane day-to-day existence of prison life. I just wish she had added a small bit about life after prison and some follow-ups on her prison girlfriends. Puzzling how the book ended so abruptly. It felt a bit incomplete.
TzuMom in ATL
I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I watched the NetFlix TV series first season and am, admittedly, on the edge of my seat for the second season to start this coming Friday, but this is one of the very few books I have to say I enjoyed the big screen version much better! The story is really quite dry, and really quite mild, considering it's a prison story. I have known people in prison. Granted, the people I have known weren't at Danbury minimum security, so I realize that the violent stories I've heard couldn't compare. But this book practically makes the whole thing out to be like an extended summer camp! (Spoiler alert) When she's transferred briefly to another prison, then it starts to feel a little more realistic, but still much milder than what I expected. When the show says it's "based" on this book, they aren't kidding! It's VERY *loosely* "based" on this book. I often found myself wondering as I was listening how anyone even thought to themselves, "Gee, I bet this would make a great television show!" and then took the time to seek out the proper people to bring that to fruition. I'm glad they did... Because I will continue to watch the show! :) Long story short, if you have seen the show, stick with the show. If you haven't, by all means, check it out! But I would leave the book behind.
Prompted to listen after watching series on Netflix. Needless to say they bear only slight resemblance to one another but both excellent. What I took away most from this memoir was the humanity of those incarcerated and the utter failure that is the U.S. prison system.
Well worth listening to. Campbell's narration adds another layer of nuance and empathy as the prisoners' stories unfold. Overall a moving and thought-provoking experience.
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Piper Kerman's experience of being in prison in "Orange is the New Black" is like going to a women's retreat. Instead of being scare straight, her interpretation of being in prison is so delightful, where I would like to go. Movie nights, cheese cakes, mani pedi, yoga? Where do I sign up? Let's not forget that everyone is your friend and you can eat as much as you want on your birthday.
I'm being sarcastic, but if you want to scare your rebel teenager on what it's like being lock up, make them watch "Lockup" on MSNBC. Don't give them this book. They would want to go to prison to have a makeover and have a good time. Not really sure if the author really got locked up because she makes jail to be a field of flowers. Why would anyone want to leave?
I watched the television series by the same name which lead me to the book. I couldn't believe it was based on a true story! Piper's story on its own is very intriguing. Reading her book also give insight to how the war on drugs and for-profit prisons have created casualties of drug addicts and the poor. Eventually, most of 2.5 million inmates in US prisons will be released after serving their time. Branded for life and some of their fundamental rights as US citizens revoked, they'll return to a world where the punishment continues with slim to no chance of gaining a foothold in normal society. As a country, I think we can do better when it comes to justice for all.
I had never seen or heard of the show until I started listening to the audio. I will probably never watch it either but I am so glad I found the book.
Piper Kerman made you feel like you were going through her sentence with her. I felt a her love for her fellow inmates and her major dislike for the one or two disgusting guards. You felt her bittersweet emotions when she had to say good bye to an inmate who was leaving. You felt her burden for the women whom she help with school. My heart ached for her because she didn't get to say goodbye to the women whom she had become so close to in Danbury. I cried when she saw Larry at the end I didn't want the book to end. I want to hear the rest. Has she seen the ladies at Danbury again after her release? What about the safe house? That's a whole other book there. Please tell me more......