Riot Days

  • by Maria Alyokhina
  • Narrated by Kate Lock
  • 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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!
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- @bookmunch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-09-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd