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Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison | [Piper Kerman]

Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison

With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424.
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Publisher's Summary

A new original series from Netflix

"Not just a tale of prisons, drugs, crime, or justice; it is, simply put, a beautifully told story about how incredible women can be" (Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love.)

With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424.

From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance.

Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.

©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A bighearted book that depicts life in a women's prison with great detail and - crucially - with empathy and respect for Piper Kerman's fellow prisoners." (Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)
"A fantastic tale from the Siberia of America's war on drugs and a rippingly fun read right down to the unexpected moment of closure." (Elle magazine USA)

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    Mia 07-06-14
    Mia 07-06-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Straight-up: Real crime and prison time"
    What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

    I have wanted to get this since season one started. Finally Europeans can listen to this alongside Audible friends accross the globe.

    The fact that the book explains her stay in a very realistic way. The sex focus in season one was way too much. I do not have any knowledge about prison, but even I knew the sex stuff was not realistic and the book confirns this.
    11:11:11should have gone faster. I was bored out of my mind until chapter three .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would made it shorter.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    This is a memoir... But, okay. "Yoga-Janet"


    What else would you have wanted to know about Piper Kerman’s life?

    Where is she today?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Florence Delaney
    9/29/14
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    "Makes a good audiobook but reading is stiff"
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    The reader oveR-eNunCiaTeD like nobody's business, and really hammed up the snottiness of the narrator, which made her less likeable. It's a nice simple narrative that lends itself well to the audiobook format, but I think a better choice of reader would have made a world of difference here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover of all things book
    The North, England
    6/24/14
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    "Different from the TV series; Good in its own way"
    What did you like most about Orange Is the New Black?

    I liked the fact that this was a woman's own account of being in prison and perhaps would give a small insight into what it may be like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piper Kerman was my favourite character, probably because this is a 1st person account of someone's experience and you start to identify with them in small bits. I also found that I really liked Red, she was very motherly and was quite interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any of the narrators other books. However I found her voice was a little robotic and she did a lot of the same voices for different characters, which at times was a little confusing. I did get used to her robotic drone and eventually stopped noticing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting listen. I had watched the first series of the TV series and found the book to be a very different animal altogether. I found that some of the characters in the book had been amalgamated to form characters in the TV series so it took me a while to try and separate the two, once I did though I was glad I had chosen to listen to this book and would recommend to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    6/22/14
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    "Diappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story needed to be fleshed out more. At one time I thought I had an abridged version as the storyline just fizzled away.


    Would you recommend Orange Is the New Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was okay


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Didn't hate it, but no depth, or was that just the story??


    Do you think Orange Is the New Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be nice to know what happened to the characters


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  • reed
    5/11/14
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    "Thought provoking"
    If you could sum up Orange Is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

    Elevated, Amazing and Eventful


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favourite?

    Piper Kerman because she is such a kind, caring and thoughtful genuine individual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was many moments in this amazing book which made me feel a lot of different emotions particularly 'He turned and saw me, and then I was running as fast as I could, no one could stop me' I was relived, excited, happy and overjoyed for her freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen, the book is versatile and will make you feel a lot of emotions which make you think about a lot of things differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • juan
    London, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Nice book"
    Would you listen to Orange Is the New Black again? Why?

    To try the audiobook


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No 1


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

    I don't know the thing is. I like to take the book a read that is a good thing for children's or old people


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No 1


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks so much for the free trial book I appreciate that a lot

    0 of 15 people found this review helpful
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