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.
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"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
I saw the series before I realized it was a book. After knowing there was a book, I excitedly hurried to Audible to download, I couldn't WAIT to start it! While this account of Piper Kerman's experience in a minimum security prison was extremely interesting and enlightening, it was NOTHING like the series. The only similarity between book and series is the fact that the main character's name is Piper. Just about every scene played out in the book never happens in the series and even the parts that match up, don't match up entirely. Even the characters are different, with the exception of Pop (in the book, Red in the series). I can see why though; the book, while very intriguing makes for poor TV drama. I enjoyed both the book and series, but the series was by far much hotter ;)
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I read the other reviews saying this book was weak and not representative of an actual prison experience, yet I listened to someone who insisted that the TV show is so awesome the book had to be too. Unfortunately it turned out to be a mistake - I'm thinking of asking for my credit back. This fairy tale version of prison the author was incarcerated in sounds a lot like juvenile detention - with grandmas baking treats and older women mentoring and protecting new inmates. Almost zero violence, little profanity,hot showers, gyms, almost unlimited visits, books & movies..... seriously - laundering money might well be worth it if this is the only punishment - a year in time out at "Camp" (not kidding - that's what they call it). I'm thinking this book is better suited to those who think those "50 Shades of" books are scandalous & edgy.
I went into this one with high expectations. Boy was I sadly disappointed. The narrator was irritating and dry, not giving the book life. The various voices that were tried are laughable, one of the worse I have heard yet. As for the story itself, just giving it two stars was reaching. Really reaching. If you are expecting the wit and humor of the show, pass on this book. It really was a waste of time and money.
You clearly learned nothing from your time in prison. You're not a victim. Actions have consequences. If you don't like the way the American prison system treats its inmates, don't commit crimes.
I would never have read this book if I had not seen the first season of the TV show. The best part of the show is the deeply reflective character development in the flashbacks about various prisoners. Sadly, the book lacked any of that depth. It was boring and read like a drab diary of an uninteresting privileged woman. The flat and arrogant tone of the narrator detracted even more.
The book in absence of the show might appeal to some people (not me) but the starkly different story from the show felt like a deception. I understand that the book is non-fiction and the show is only "based on" the book. However the similarity between the two was scant. The characteristics and actions of real people in the book barely match their portrayal in the show and in many cases were completely reassigned to a different story line. I read the book to understand more about the characters, not less. It is a stretch to say the show is based on the book other than Piper Kerman's crime and the fact that she went to prison. This was a very disappointing story and a waste of my listening time waiting for something interesting to happen.
I appreciate the author's effort to share her experience, but it was boring and suffers greatly from comparison to the show that was supposed to be based on it.
She spends 1/2 the book talking about how great she is and somehow everybody loves her no matter what.
I would cut the 2500 references to both her college and how she is so much more educated and intelligent than everyone else there.
I thought this book was going to give insight to the Netflix series. The series was by far better than the book. Save your credit on this one.
This was a struggle to finish. I thought due to all the hype of the show on Netflix it would be good. The story is uneventful, and I wished my free credit was used on something else.
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