With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.
©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor
"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
Probably not, unless the friend was a fan of the show. It's not a bad book by any means, and Cassandra Campbell is a very good narrator, but it's just a pretty forgettable story. You'd think that there would be more interesting things that happen in a year spent in prison.
She's writing it as a memoir, so I assume she wanted to be true to the story. I think the only thing that would have made it more enjoyable would be to make it fiction and make some things up.
I think she read it in about the same way I'd have "heard" it in my head.
Doubtful. I haven't even gotten around to watching the series on Netflix.
I did appreciate her take on the legal system. The way things are dragged out so that your life is in limbo while they go through all their unnecessary and illogical processes is extremely frustrating (forget to renew your dog license and see how many of your hours are wasted sitting in a court room just for them to say "renew it on time next year!" and you'll see what I mean). And then there are the police officers who think that because they have a 2 year degree in criminal justice, they deserve your respect, regardless of how rude they are to you.I also thought her realization of what matters in life was a good message. She was given the opportunity to know women she'd probably cross the street to avoid passing had she seen them outside prison. She saw their kindness and generosity and I hope that it's a lesson she's kept and shared.
one of the best
Red, she reminds me of myself, mother hen, but don't cross her!
feelings, making it easy to tell the difference characters.
Opened my eyes to the unjust amount of time some are sentenced for their crimes. Also the lack of rehabilitation offered and the lack of preparation for defendants being released.
The details of life inside her prison.
She did a great job not over dramatizing the character. She came across strong but vulnerable.
For me it was the class they had to go to before being released from prison. They were given nothing to prepare them.
I started watching the first season of OITNB and I was hooked. My curiosity got the better of me to see if the show was more "Hollywood" than the book. I found myself trying to pick out characters in her story to the ones I'd watched on Netflix. Some were spot-on...others not so much. It's okay though, the story kept me interested. The show is more far-fetched and entertaining.
The narration was great and believable.
I can't wait until season 2!
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Well-written, interesting, true story of a privileged young woman whose reckless youth had severe consequences. Through her year in federal prison, you see Miss Kerman mature. She sees women who have been born into worlds of poverty, abuse and neglect try to overcome enormous challenges. She begins to see herself in a different light. She, unlike fellow inmates, was born into a loving, caring family with an abundance of opportunity. I caution listeners that there is much foul language, but probably necessary to convey the realities of prison life.
Accurate. Original. Page turner.
Her boyfriend. He must be an amazing man and I could relate to her need for this man in her life.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
Orange is the new black kept my attention because the narrator did an excellent job it was rather well written HOWEVER nothing really happens. Is kind of like a year in the life of..... It just tells daily details.
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks. I was actually sad when it ended.
I teach criminal justice courses. I have been on the look-out for a good book about federal prison and/or female prison experiences. I really liked the format of this book. I plan on making this required reading for my prison course in the future. The audiobook is not like the Netflix version of the story. If you are interested in prison issues, give it a shot. It is worth it.
I had never heard of any sort of story line like it. I expected the ending to be better.
I thought there would have been a bit more drama when she came across the person responsible for her going to prison.
yes, the narration was appropriate.
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