The writing is very good, I appreciated the way she described and seemed to love all the characters.
She changed before our eyes, it seemed. She came into herself. She dealt with a really tough situation and she bonded with the ladies in prison. An honest account.
No. I'm thankful an awesome show was at least born from this muckery.
No. I only read this because I'm a fan of the show.
She did great! Her accents were on point! Very talented!
I'm glad the writers and show producers only used this as a vague premise. I could do without all the sex action, which I'm thankful the book did not contain.
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.
It doesn't work I have been looking forward to this book for a long time and I finally had enough money and it isn't even working , do not waste your money
The life of Piper Kerman going from drug/money runner to spending a year at Danbury women's prison was a griping story that kept you on your toes. Piper describes her ordeal to a tea with so much detail. You get a real sense of what it would be like to be in prison. She gives you the good and the bad of surviving her time with the other inmates and the prison system.
It was when she first got to prison and how she coped.
I wanted to read OITNB, so that I could watch the series on Netflix. I wasn't sure what I was getting into - if it was a social experiment, a joke, or a scary tale of a woman doing hard time. It was none of those. It is a recollection of the author's experience in Danbury prison for 13 months. Prisoned in Danbury, she clearly could not have had the typical prison experience. I was shocked at how cushioned her time was. It was not how I expected prison to be. Granted, her offense did not warrant maximum security or lockdown, it is a bit unsettling to hear how comfortable she and other prisoners were kept off of my tax dollars.
Kerman not only describes her experience at jail in detail but her offense that led her to prison time as well. Her romance with her friend-turned-boyfriend-turned-fiancee, Larry, is also described heavily in the book. It was amazing the loyalty that people must show when dealing with someone in jail because there are so many obstacles against them. Overall, this novel details all aspects of her prison experience - she even describes having her annual OB/GYN check-up in prison (it did not sound pleasant in the least).
One thing that I did appreciate about Kerman's tale was that she gave her fellow inmates personalities. When I think of female prisoners, I think of a rough around the edges, butch, scary woman - not a tender caretaker personality like Pop or Natalie. It showed me that whatever their offenses are or were, there is still good in them.
Piper Kerman's book is enlightening in the sense that now I have a better idea of what goes on in prison and through the justice system. It was disappointing in the severity of her and her other inmate's punishment (although I don't believe her particular crime justified it anyway). It was frustrating hearing her complain about what she felt entitled to and what she didn't have or was missing. Although, it seemed quite inhumane that she was not granted permission to attend her grandmother's funeral. That was incomprehensible!
If anything, Kerman's description of her experience in jail will open up discussions regarding the prison system. For example, processes like reintegration, that she described as lackluster, should be given attention to. Corruption in the jail system should be eradicated. I know for me, comfortable or not, I never want to share her experience!
Only did audible not print
She told the story without gratuitous details. She shared what needed to be shared for the apparent purpose of clearly representing what the system does, not so much what it did TO her
Strong, even toned female voice . Not girly but mature .
There is little intent to rehabilitate.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
Orange is the New Black is the memoir by Piper Kerman detailing the year she spent in a women’s prison. The drug related offences date from 10 years prior to her incarceration and in the meantime, Kerman had built a life for herself with a rewarding job and supportive fiancé. The book has also been adapted into a successful Netflix Original television show, of which I have seen season one, and plan to binge watch season two in the very near future. It should be noted that the TV series and the book, while both excellent, are very different beasts. There is a lot of dramatisation in the TV show not present in the book, which, on the other hand, gives a very thoughtful, measured introspective into Kerman’s emotional journey during her incarceration.
I listened to the audiobook during my coach trip from Montreal to Toronto - a trip of about eight hours - and not only did it hold my attention through the trip, but I wanted to continue listening when I got home.
What I liked
The narration. Cassandra Campbell does an amazing job of providing the voiceover for Kerman’s emotional journey as well as creating distinct voices for each of the people Kerman meets during her stay. You could easily tell who was talking by the voices.
Kerman’s emotional journey. I really liked the way Kerman took responsibility for her actions that led to her indictment and imprisonment. She made no excuses for her actions. This was especially apparent when she was recounting her interactions with fellow inmates whose challenges included drug addiction. It came across clearly that she was finally making the connection between her own actions and their consequences for those dependent on drugs.
Voyeurism. I admit to definite feelings of voyeurism reading this book. I have never spent time in prison, and I hope never to do so, so it was fascinating to read about the details of day-to-day life in prison.
What I didn’t like
Abrupt ending. I felt the ending was rather abrupt - it ends literally as Kerman walks out of prison after having served her time. I would have welcomed a chapter or two narrating how she adapted back to life as a free woman.
I would heartily recommend Orange is the New Black, both the book and TV series. I gave the audiobook four and a half stars out of five.
Yes, I finally got around to reading this book - or listening to it. I have to admit, I didn't think this book was going to be a right fit for me but I ended up loving it. I thought Piper's story was compelling and sympathetic. I appreciated the way she went to do her time and didn't feel sorry for herself. The plethora of characters Piper met inside the prison were so interesting and each one's tale was worth hearing about. I'd kinda like to know what happened to them after the book.
This was a very boring book with no plot. I guess you can call it Piper's diary.
I had heard that the series was good so I bought the book. This is definitely one time where the book was not better than the series. This was grueling.