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E. J. Kaltenbaugh

Pittsburgh, PA | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "The Book is NOT Like the TV Show (but I liked it)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had heard so much about the TV series but I wanted to "read" the book first. I finished the book, then I watched the first episode of the series. Wow! They are nothing alike! I enjoyed the book a lot, although at times it seemed like a bunch of little stories that just ended, with no connection to each other. Overall though, I still enjoyed it. The connections Piper made and the relationships she formed were very interesting and touching.

    The thing I LIKED about the book is that it had a lot of serious social commentary about the American judicial and penal systems. I saw none of that in the TV series. It seemed like they took the basic premise of the book and re-wrote it as a black comedy for TV. If you're looking for comedy you'll probably be disappointed in the book.

    I agree with other readers... I was disappointed that it didn't follow up with her life after prison. I was eager to find out if she kept in touch with any of her prison friends. I guess maybe she's saving that for the sequel? Also, the writing wasn't a masterpiece but the subject matter kept my interest and I was always anxious to hear the next chapter.

    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked Cassandra's dramatization of the different characters in the book.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where the guard took Piper to the lake was memorable.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Getting There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sue Williams
    • Narrated By Amanda Hulme

    When Sue Williams set out on a 10-year series of journeys around the world, she expected glamour, excitement, a leisurely education. She simply didn't bargain for disaster, spine-tingling terror, and the kind of mind-numbing embarrassment that confronted her at nearly every turn.

    E. J. Kaltenbaugh says: "Very Entertaining!"
    "Very Entertaining!"

    Sue Williams' stories of her travels were exciting, engaging, and quite funny. I found myself laughing out loud at times. I listened to the book while driving and I found myself wanting to continue listening once I got to my destination.

    I love Amanda Hulme's (the reader's) accent and the emotion in her voice as she reads the book. It really seems as if the author herself is telling the story. She also does a great job of speaking in different voices and accents for the various characters in the stories.

    The author gets herself into some crazy and scary situations. Sometimes it seems that her decisions were foolhardy but she always comes out alive in the end, and with an exciting story to tell. I was a little disappointed that the stories seemed to end just as the author reached her destinations but then I guess that's the whole premise of the book: that the journey itself is the best (or worst) part of travelling. I think this book would make a very entertaining movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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