Beyond hearing Piper Kerman's own story, it also gives insight to every day life in a low security prison and the people that she encounters in this time. On top of that, the author supplemented the story with statistics and facts about the prison system in general.
The performance of Cassandra Campbell really brings this story alive.
I picked this book up as an Audible daily deal and later read that this is a classic.
The main character is interesting with his coldness and insensitivity... it made me think, that he uncomplicates life a lot with this thinking. But I was also thinking, that somebody like this would be called a sociopath nowadays.
Still, I might not have gotten the pure core of it... since I can't see why this is a classic.
Obviously, the author is still very young and writing a memoir at this age might seem odd. But I do think now it is the time for her to get her message out. To have a real effect in the world and also educate the western world that Islamic extremist don't represent Islam as a religion in general.
In general, I think the book is beautifully written. It intertwines her life with the events and explains how she is a product of her upbringing and her surroundings.
I listen to the Audible version of the book and often wished I had gotten the Kindle version instead, so I can highlight the lines and have easy access to the clippings of the most powerful lines.
The Audible version has an interview with the author at the end where he talks about how this book started out as a chapter, then got turned into a magazine article and then into a 300 something page book. He mentioned the trouble of filling all these pages with the story and in order to do so expanded on several topics e.g. fishing history, oceanography, marine biology, hypothermia etc. And this is where I had troubles with the book. It's very well researched but it circles around a topic that I am just not that interested in.
I didn't used to care for short stories, but books like these show me that I am missing out.
The arrogance of the characters can make your blood boil and at times it is uncomfortable to read. But it is supposed that way.
Not having grown up in the US and the separation, books such as these a witnesses of their time an invaluable and always a learning moment for me.
The only story that I didn't care too much about was the "Lame shall enter first".
Fun and easy read.
Started out kind of slow and felt like a recounting of a series of missions at the beginning. But everything got tidied up nicely in the end with a good overall storyline.
This was disappointing: full of clichés and the whole scenario felt more like the early 21st century with space travel... the world of the main character missed a really sci-fi evolution to where we are now.
I listened to the Audible version and found the narrator not to be a good fit for this book either.
I really enjoyed this book a lot even though it was a little slow at times. I did read Gorky Park as well and actually liked Polar Star more.
Especially the setting of the book at the end of the Cold War and a good ole spy story at it's core. Good stuff.
I have read the first volume of this series and then skipped (for no particular reason) several of the following books picking up #6. It was easy to get reacquainted with the characters.
I think the charm of these books are mostly in how normal the people are that are being described. Reading the books, especially the 44 Scotland Street series always reminds me of good old water cooler gossip... and who doesn't like that.
As for this particular volume: I was hoping to see Bertie featured a little more, but am very happy how the character was developed.
I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.
For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.
The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.
And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.
This book is in the middle of the road for me.
On the one hand I am intrigued by the premises of the book to map out the course of history over 1,000 years to try to shorten the suffering of mankind after the collapse of the Empire.
The other side of it, that it has to describe 1,000 years of history in 7 books and around 150 years in this first volume. Because of that, the book feels like you are constantly pressing the fast forward button only seeing bits and pieces of the story, just focusing on 3 people for very brief moments of their lives.
Also, the book shows it's age and feels just plain outdated at times.
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