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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina, read by Kate Lock.

'To back down an inch is to give up a mile.'

From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in a penal colony in the Urals for standing up for what she believed in.

People who believe in freedom and democracy think it will exist forever. That is a mistake. What happened in Russia - what happened to me - could happen anywhere. When I was jailed for political protest, I learned that prison doesn't just teach you to follow the rules. It teaches you to think that you can never break them.

It's inevitable that the prison gates will open at some point. But this doesn't mean that you leave the 'prisoner' category and go straight into the category of 'the free'. Freedom does not exist unless you fight for it every day.

This is the story about how I made a choice. We are all Pussy Riot. And actions break fear.

©2017 Maria Alyokhina (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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"One of the most brilliant and inspiring things I've read in years. Couldn't put it down. This book is freedom." (Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick)

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HEARTBROKEN over the performance of this title

I've followed the activism of Pussy Riot since they first made news, going so far as to stand in the rain for an hour and half in Chicago to hear Maria and Nadia speak at a music festival. Was so excited for the release of this book, and thought it would be perfect for my commute. It's horrifying -- performed by a woman imitating a Russian accent in an overdramatic, soap-opera, Boris-and-Natasha way. It's like listening to your eccentric Eastern European aunt tell you salacious stories about her time during the war, rather than listening to a young activist and artist tell a nuanced story about protest and the education it brought. I'll finish listening to it, but I really wish I'd picked up a paper copy instead. This borders on unlistenable.

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What's happening on the streets of Moscow

Maria and the others are true, brave heroines. They suffered imprisonment and exile in Siberia for speaking out against the unholy Church-State alliance in Russia. It's similar to what's developing in the US and so drew my interest. The Russian accented narrator adds a realistic touch to the story.

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  • Laura Klaas
  • 06-05-18

very interesting read

Loved the narrating - her Russian was spot on!:)
Very good listen and a great insight to this political game.

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  • @bookmunch
  • 02-14-18

Doesn’t work as an audiobook

Maria Alyokhina’s book is quite fragmentary which makes this a very disjointed listen. She has a good and important story to tell but the audiobook does it a disservice. Bought the book and read that instead!