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

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)

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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-13-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

    I liked the person.


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

    Sure, it was enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her exit from the prison when she ran to her fiance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly. It's on TV but I haven't watched it.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book after watching the author on Katie Courac show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Laurin FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 10-13-13
    R. Laurin FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Nancy L Hall

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    "A great addition to the Netflix series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Orange Is the New Black to be better than the print version?

    YES!! The voices done by narrator were excellent, believable, and entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orange Is the New Black?

    The greeting card that was to my strong black man.


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

    No, but I am going to look for books just to listen to her again. MARVELOUS!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That watching a series before listening to the book is not always a bad thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I watched with near addiction every episode of OITNB on Netflix. I was transfixed and just loved it. Then I saw the book. I worried about listening to the book after having watched the show, but my worries were unfounded. The book is marvelous. From the story, I could glean the bits of different people who were in the series and it almost gave each a face as I listened. The narrator could not have done better- she used different voices that made the story seamless. I could not recommend a book more highly!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MarMor Flint, MI 10-11-13
    MarMor Flint, MI 10-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not so compellling"
    What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

    The story of a woman in prison was interesting, but not as compelling and scintillating as the TV show. I wanted to hear the end of the book, but didn't find that I was charged up by the story.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The narrator made the story more interesting, capturing the voices of the inmates well.


    Could you see Orange Is the New Black being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The TV show is supposedly very "colorful." I can see where there would be back and side stories to engage the viewer, but they weren't present in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beckie Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 10-11-13
    Beckie Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 10-11-13 Listener Since 2001
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    "What a great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I was hooked from the beginning. I could hardly wait to begin again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Piper of course


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

    No


    If you could give Orange Is the New Black a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Oh my I don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Ann Hornbuckle TN 10-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Yes


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

    It was good. Overall the story made the prison system seem quite fine.


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

    No


    Was Orange Is the New Black worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    na

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Norwalk, CT, United States 10-04-13
    Connie Norwalk, CT, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This Book is So So"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because the tone of the book is all wrong. This woman was in prison, but to listen to it, you would think that everything was hunky dory, while staying there.


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

    I would change the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did not give the right tone for the book. Her tone is more suited for a romance book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 10-02-13
    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

    The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!

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    "Soft Description - Good Story"
    What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

    I love hearing the soothing voice of Cassandra Campbell. She makes the worst of books come alive and meaningful. Orange is the New Black - My Year in a Women's Prison was moving. Though, I believe it was a far cry to the real inner workings of prison life and experience, it nonetheless painted a vivid picture of life on the inside. I appreciated Ms. Kerman's ability to weave us through her sad experience with her shameful Lesbian-lover, her drugs smuggling and mostly her experience in Dansbury. Perhaps this should be required reading, especially for those who believe certain cultures are beneath them. This book shows that we are more alike than not and it showed all cultures were forced to work together - like it or not. Most people have no clue of prison life. Maybe we should put all of the nuts in Congress in prison and let them fend for themselves among their criminal brethren. Back to the Book! What I believe most is that the many who have been in prison, whether maximum or minimum security, appreciate greatly that someone knowing the workings of prison life knows its not fun and games and one must know the lango and street smarts to survive it. FOUR STARS!!


    What other book might you compare Orange Is the New Black to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Piper's life in Dansbury; Pop's wisdom - family.


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

    I didn't particularly like the ending to happen so quickly; perhaps her de-processing a little more would have been a better let down. It seemed the book ended as tired and anxious as she seemed with her release.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book! I'm sure Ms. Piper Kerman (or Mrs. Larry Somebody) made a few $$$ on the book. Maybe A Dansbury Foundation should be set up to help the other women whom she befriended to get their stories written, developed Life skills et al. NOTE: By the way, No Offense, but I am NOT a fan of Martha Stewart. She's lied and should have been prosecuted to serve her entire time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    c-wrex NJ 09-30-13
    c-wrex NJ 09-30-13
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    "Honest, heartfelt, and interesting perspective"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend as it sheds a lot of insight as to what goes on in the women's prison system and the story is simply fantastic. It has a real honest quality about it that sticks with you.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It truly felt like it was being told first-hand, as if Piper Kermin was telling it herself.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Cassandra Campbell really nailed it IMO, and gave it such an integrity. Her voices for other 'characters' were a little silly at times but for me that really made it feel like a friend was telling her story.


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

    I wouldn't say any one moment moved me but I couldn't stop listening to this.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, having watched the first season of the show, I found the true story to be far more compelling, and tbh I appreciate the facts over the ridiculous antics the show provides, although definitely entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wynne Griffith Takoma Park, MD USA 09-21-13
    Wynne Griffith Takoma Park, MD USA 09-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Piper kerman's year in prison"
    Would you listen to Orange Is the New Black again? Why?

    Yes. Well written and not too graphic - like the show. A good perspective on her year in prison and her fellow inmates.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Piper's insights into prison life and the prospects for her fellow inmates.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    If you could give Orange Is the New Black a new subtitle, what would it be?

    None.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Rose Santa Cruz, CA United States 09-20-13
    Lisa Rose Santa Cruz, CA United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautiful delivery of an unbelievable story"
    Where does Orange Is the New Black rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Great story, great narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like everything about this story. It's fascinating, important, and fetching.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Cassandra Campbell's performance is superb. I can't imaging it sounding any better.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Everyone knows that prison is a dismal, life diminishing experience; but I'm still shocked by how bad it really is. But then in the midst of the horror, companionship can provide a bit of relief and salvation.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not the same as the TV series. It provides the rubrics for the TV series but stands on its own as a strong piece of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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