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Orange is the New Black Audiobook

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

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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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    LoisLane NYS 07-11-15
    LoisLane NYS 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly NOT at all like Netflix"

    It seemed like a a honest look at prison system from perspective of privilege without the drama added. Raised interesting points about system. It made me wonder why author allowed the TV show to become the all-sex-women-in-prison-stereotype driven show it is.

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    jaclyn Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-15
    jaclyn Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-15 Member Since 2015

    I Love to lIsten to books. I'm one of those people that like to read or listen to books over and over. I Love audible.

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    "typical story of life in a women's prison"

    I liked this book. before I bought it I read several reviews the over all sentiment seemed to be unbelief or disappointment at the lack of violence or"dark underbelly of our prisons". I spent a year and 20 days in a medium/max state prison with armed robbers, murderers, drug dealers ect.. lifers with no chance of Ever getting out and it was pretty much just like this book entails. she was in a min. security "honor camp"a level 1 so they have more movement and can work outside the gates on road crews they are very low security risk and generally short timbers, or have earned the privilege to be in a camp. I was in in 2003 the same time period i should've wrote a book. This book brought back lots of memories and made me laugh and cry. If you want to know what life is like inside a women's prison this book is extreamly accurate. decent listen.

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    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 07-09-15
    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 07-09-15
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    "Nothing to write home about"

    Clearly the topic is interesting, but the writing,, or story, is dry. Her writing is not especially intricate, her insights are not especially deep, and there are no unexpected plot twists. The reading is also dry, but I can't tell if it's the readers performance or the writing itself.

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    Erin Norton 07-08-15
    Erin Norton 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Remind Yourself It's Real"

    I really enjoyed this book. I've watched the show and was curious what the program had taken from the book. Overall very little. I would recommend this to anyone especially if they enjoy the show.

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    Laura CANBY, OR, United States 07-07-15
    Laura CANBY, OR, United States 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have read before watching the series"
    What did you like best about Orange is the New Black? What did you like least?

    I liked character descriptions of the other inmates. I didn't like Piper she was just too rich and spoiled I honestly couldn't identify with her


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

    yes, but not if you have already watched the series


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices and personalities of the inmates, great Russian accent. She read with a real insight into Pipers social class that I may have missed


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

    It was cast wonderful


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    Kimberly 07-06-15
    Kimberly 07-06-15
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Orange is the New Black to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    To know the end of the story and that she gets freed and that she didnt hook up with that stupid person she was involved with again in real life. The real life know what happened will make the series more enjoyable to watch on Netflix.


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

    No


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

    Just the timeline and her real life experiences while in prison.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely delightful to read and the series on Netflix I crave more, more, more for what they have created there from her book.

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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 07-02-15
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "Riveting. Heartfelt. Compelling."

    I found Piper's journey fascinating for far too many reasons to list here. In the end, I felt personally gratified for having been allowed a glimpse into her life in prison. I strongly recommend this story to others.

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    Keith Wood 06-30-15
    Keith Wood 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"

    I I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a great job and it was easy to follow.The series is much different than the book. I highly recommend it.

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    Darcie United States 06-22-15
    Darcie United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2011

    Performer/musician/writer in transition; inspired by traveling & people stories from all cultures. Listening is easier on the eyes.

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    "Pleasant easy summer read"

    I've been hearing about "Orange is the new black" for a while now, and was curious. Interesting & enjoyable...A simple story with very good narration.

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    isabel 06-18-15
    isabel 06-18-15
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    "Great Story No Wonder."

    It was turned into a show. So different though, but as addicting as the show.

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