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  • 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"
    "What happens when a WASP goes to prison"
    What disappointed you about Orange is the New Black?

    While there are mentions of punishments and happens, the author never actually tells any alarming stories. Some of the characters she starts to develop, but never really are fully developed. Some of the narrative makes me so tired of the authors whining I want to slap her. Her biggest worry about being in federal prison is how to get people on her visit list.

    If you’ve listened to books by Piper Kerman before, how does this one compare?


    What character would you cut from Orange is the New Black?

    The existing characters need more development and she mentions friends (almost as an acknowledgement), but their relation to the story (other than a visit) is not relevant.

    Any additional comments?

    The only redeeming value of this book is to highlight why nonviolent offenders should not be sent to prison and the illogical rationale for sending some of these individuals to prison. Unfortunately, this book is too full of statistics that are pulled to support the story line. You would think that would be good, but the reason is so clearly to fill in the story that it takes away from the narrative. Awful.

    She did some stupid stuff, she should not have gone to prison. But her real crime is writing this horrible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "My first Follett and I am a FAN"
    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is above most audiobooks due to both the story and the reader. Great stuff! As a newbit to Follett, I was not expecting either to be this good, especially the reader. Nice job!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    The beginning draws you in and the reader has some great accents. There is a change in the way it is read at several points and it is a little distracting, but then you don't notice it. The story of the miners is superb and the way in which the story goes from one continent to anther within the context of the war is well done! Especially the descriptions of no-mans-land and the confusion at the front.

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

    Good reading that is well-phraised and timely without being rushed. Great accents and inflections.

    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    I don't know....but the title is a bit strange and might have been better done.

    Any additional comments?

    As the war ends, the story could have been tied a bit better together and some elements were just forgotten, but it is so big that I could see how it would be difficult. I did not want it to end in some areas and the characters were so compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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