I liked the story told in first person like she did. I was hooked immediately and finished it in a couple settings. I liked her understanding of the characters. It was eye opening. Also made me mad at how the government operates. But, who is surprised at that.
I liked her as the reader and thought she did an excellent job
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.
The narrator's voice portrayed the character believably and was pleasant enough to listen to. It suited the story.
Really enjoyed hearing the *true* experience for prison from her perspective. The story was engaging, humorous, enjoyable. Also hearing of the original characters that were embellished for the tv show was fun. Recommend.
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.
It feels honest.
The details about all the people she lived with in the prison. You see the human side of what society conveniently pretends to be NIMBY (Not in my backyard).
You could swear she is the author she is so convincing as the narrator.
Yes, it was just a touching book.
Of course the netflix series is sensationalized for tv. The book was so good because of that missing fake sensationalism for tv ratings. I love how honest and challenging this book is.
Probably not, unless the friend was a fan of the show. It's not a bad book by any means, and Cassandra Campbell is a very good narrator, but it's just a pretty forgettable story. You'd think that there would be more interesting things that happen in a year spent in prison.
She's writing it as a memoir, so I assume she wanted to be true to the story. I think the only thing that would have made it more enjoyable would be to make it fiction and make some things up.
I think she read it in about the same way I'd have "heard" it in my head.
Doubtful. I haven't even gotten around to watching the series on Netflix.
I did appreciate her take on the legal system. The way things are dragged out so that your life is in limbo while they go through all their unnecessary and illogical processes is extremely frustrating (forget to renew your dog license and see how many of your hours are wasted sitting in a court room just for them to say "renew it on time next year!" and you'll see what I mean). And then there are the police officers who think that because they have a 2 year degree in criminal justice, they deserve your respect, regardless of how rude they are to you.I also thought her realization of what matters in life was a good message. She was given the opportunity to know women she'd probably cross the street to avoid passing had she seen them outside prison. She saw their kindness and generosity and I hope that it's a lesson she's kept and shared.
one of the best
Red, she reminds me of myself, mother hen, but don't cross her!
feelings, making it easy to tell the difference characters.
Opened my eyes to the unjust amount of time some are sentenced for their crimes. Also the lack of rehabilitation offered and the lack of preparation for defendants being released.
The details of life inside her prison.
She did a great job not over dramatizing the character. She came across strong but vulnerable.
For me it was the class they had to go to before being released from prison. They were given nothing to prepare them.