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What made the experience of listening to Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope the most enjoyable?
The book paints a realistic picture of how the failures of our criminal justice system can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences in the lives of many. Through these amazing stories of hope and struggle, the authors open our eyes to to how "easy" it is for our system to get it wrong, how "hard" it is to correct the mistakes, and how inspiring every one of the exonerees are.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
I loved that the stories were presented from different perspectives of those who were impacted by the wrongful convictions: the wrongfully-convicted, the friends/family members, the attorneys, etc.
What aspect of Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Kurtis ’s performance would you have changed?
I am an avid audiobook listener and very much appreciate how difficult is must be to narrate such an emotional book. I enjoyed Bill Kurtis ’s performance but did not like Whoopi's. She was over-the-top and quite frankly, annoying.
Any additional comments?
I learned quite a few new things from this book. For example, I did not know that prisoners who serve a significant amount of time, guilty or innocent alike, suffer from PTSD because of the constant fear of violence. I also did not know that exonerees are not afforded any of the social services available to parolees.