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.
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 thought this book was going to give insight to the Netflix series. The series was by far better than the book. Save your credit on this one.
Very interesting to listen to the book after feeling I know the story and characters thru the TV series (which I've binge watched). So very different. Much to think abt re changes made to storyline and relationships, characters. Admire the book and the author far more than the character in the series! Grateful for her commentary abt the prison system.
I feel rotten, but part of me wants Piper Kerman to return to prison for a sequel (joking). The performance is flawless and story so compelling, I might listen through a second time.
Say something about yourself!
It is one of my favorite books, I have been a big fan of the show so I was excited to hear the book/
Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!
I really enjoyed this book about life on the inside. I have never seen the tv show, but I am told it differs greatly from the original true story (no surprise there) The narrator is very good although a couple of times she seems to slide in and out of character. This is the only reason I docked the performance 1 star.
This was a struggle to finish. I thought due to all the hype of the show on Netflix it would be good. The story is uneventful, and I wished my free credit was used on something else.
This is a good book about an upper class woman who spends a year in prison. Compared to the show, it is much less lively and less action packed. The show sensationalized the prison experience with drama and danger while the book (more accurate), is one woman's emotional journey and focuses on the women she meets. It is really character-driven rather than plot-driven. The writing was very straighforwars but more imagery and figurative language would have been nice.
Nothing special here.
She did well with the characters but sometimes the phrasing was a little off. She did not sing when there was song lyrics written in the text.
Yes, it taught me a lot about the realities of prison life and the problems with the correctional sysytem from a woman's perspective.