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Orange is the New Black Audiobook

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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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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    Retired Reader Gal 05-30-15 Member Since 2012

    Love a good story and will read just about anything except Sci-Fi, Supernatural/Zombie/Vampire novels. Not snobby--don't enjoy them.

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    "Better off Watching than Reading!"

    What is rich and nuanced in the television show comes across in print as the poor, poor, pitiful me whining of a rich, priviledged white girl who got caught. I couldn't help thinking about what was happening to the other women--the one's without private lawyers and rich parents to fight to reduce their culpulbility and sentences. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, Piper. Hope she is splitting her riches with the more interesting women in the book.

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    M. Sweeney 05-22-15
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    "Gritty and real"

    An honest, poignant account of life in a state prison. For only a year. But still, the author does a nice job of describing and empathizing with what the typical prison demographic is up against. She is grateful for her own advantages and duly outraged by the disadvantages her compadres faced. A good sociological study and I'm glad the TV consumer has been dosed with its message; though admittedly I've never seen an episode of it myself. Highly recommended read.

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    mary 05-15-15
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    Boring and dumb
    Didn't care about this woman. She is annoying and nothing happens. She did -yoga. Big deal. Yuck.

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    Rocio MR Houston 05-13-15
    Rocio MR Houston 05-13-15

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    I was shocked by the fact you start empathizing with the main character and actually get to know facts from a place you've never -most likely- cared about before.

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    mama logan, UT United States 05-13-15
    mama logan, UT United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Best book on audible"

    Cassondra is an amazing narrator and Piper is a beautiful story teller. I was captivated by our aUnited States prison system and how it is so difficult to live there

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    Tim Randwick, Australia 05-12-15
    Tim Randwick, Australia 05-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining, insightful and enjoyable"

    Enjoyed listening to this book. Well thought through performance with accents for each character helping me to navigate the large supporting cast and remember who was whom doing what.

    The real life story is engrossing and entertaining. At times it came close to being very linear (this happened, then that, then this, then that) but an intriguing and engrossing final few chapters made this less of an issue

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    B. Hunkeler 05-06-15
    B. Hunkeler 05-06-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Awesome read/listen"

    Everything about this book was amazing. I felt like I was right there with Piper and the girls. I would love to see another book from her telling what's happened since being released. Does she keep in touch with any of the women who are also now on the outside? Thank you Piper for sharing your experiences with the world!!

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    Katie Smith 04-29-15
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    "A Book to get Hooked on"

    This book had it all-- raw emotion and class. It's one you won't soon forget.

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    "A great listen, well written."

    A great listen, well written and a good character portrayal. Insightful and intertwining-stories of life in the "big house"

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    J. Silva California 04-22-15
    J. Silva California 04-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"

    Very interesting look at what happens in a women's prison. I don't plan on finding out first hand. Thanks Piper!

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