I found this book utterly engaging and entertaining. I had recently finished watching the Netflix series and after hearing the author interviewed on Terry's Gross's NPR Fresh Air radio broadcast, the differences between the series and the true story in the book as explained by the author peaked my interest to learn more about the real story.
After having seen the series, I couldn't get the picture of Taylor Schillings, who plays Piper Kerman, out of my mind--but that is a compliment, not a complaint. I found Campbell's recitation so similar and that made it very easy to imagine the story as it was read. I liked her rendition of the different accents of her inmates in prison and found them authentic enough as to make the characters believable. I gave her 5 stars for her skill in making the book come alive.
I would highly recommend this book.
What surprised me the most about this book was that I finished listening to it. The author obviously meant well but how the editors at Audible let his narration get by them is a mystery to me. I felt as if his audience would have been better suited to 6 year olds than adults. Actually, as the story progressed, I did find myself getting more into it despite the author's self conscious reading style and intonation and I even got emotional at the end. All in all, I felt it was a cute story with some amusing anecdotes and give it a marginal thumbs up.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this book read. I had heard the author and his son, the subject of the book, interviewed on NPR when the book first came out and the story stayed with me for a year before I decided to download the book. For anyone who has lived with a loved one who has an addiction problem, I think it is a necessary read. The story was eloquently told and all of the facts about meth addiction were explained in a way that I had never before understood to this degree. I highly recommend this book.
I had heard the author in an NPR interview which peaked my interest to download this book. Having sufferred my own financial loss in the stock market downturn of '08, I could commiserate with the author. While I identified with her in some ways, my situation was not nearly as bad as hers, and I found her positive attitude both consoling and entertaining. I think the reader did a great job of expressing the tone of the story as it was written. It was a very enjoyable read for me.
I was interested in this book because of the interviews I'd heard Artie Lange do on NPR. He's a good story teller and very funny. In this tell-all book he doesn't disappoint on that level. He even admits things about his life that he says he's never told before and seems to be trying to make amends to people he has hurt in his past. The only major disappointment is that he doesn't read the entire book himself, which I already knew was the case since he explained that in a recent interview. You just have to let that go because it's typical Artie Lange demonstrating that he doesn't have much self discipline. The other readers, he explains at the point he gives up this task, are not the best readers and I found them a little distracting at first. However, once I got into the spirit of their narrations, I was able to enjoy the remainder of the book amost as much as the first part.
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