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)
the woman reading the audio book mispronounced a lot of words! after the first few mistakes we were just waiting for the next one - it was distracting and silly! her Jamaican accents sounded Jewish/Yiddish and her Russian accents sounds ridiculous. whoever produced this was sleeping on the job.
For me it is easier
Being surprised that there was as much freedom of movement in prison.
She was able to tell me a story. Not just read the words. I listen to books when doing other tasks. A good narrator will tell me a story and keep me company.
Piper was able to let go of some of her animosity for Nora and still see some of the person she was with.
If you are hooked on the Netflix series this is the material that inspiration is drawn from. It is interesting and entertaining, but the character Alex is not here. I would like to know more about Nora or who ever she is in real life.
I hated having to turn off my audible so I could go about my day. This book made my commute one of the best parts of my day, which is a feat, as I live in NYC.
I laughed, I cried, I raved, I ranted.....god I love this book.
If you're expecting the tv show, you have got another thing coming. This is a real life account of Piper Kerman's life in prison, and it is beautifully written, compelling, with a serious call to action on the state of today's prison system.
While I love the tv show....I loved this book, for completely different reasons. Trust me, it's a good one.
Help! I can't stop buying audiobooks!
Yeah! The characters are sticky -- they're still springing to mind weeks and books later after finishing this book -- and the plot is unique. It's a story worth reading.
I could relate so well to Piper: a loving family, all life's advantages, an excellent education... I really felt like if my life had been just a little different for me, I could have ended up in her shoes.
It's hard to say. She does such an amazing job of bringing each character -- with all the unique back stories, accents, and quirks -- to life.
It's a little slow at times, which is why I only give the story 4 stars. Maybe boring you to death is part of prison and therefore difficult to keep out of a narrative about time in prison, but there were moments where I lost interest.
These were few and far between, though, so it's still definitely worth reading.
I enjoyed the unique point of view of a woman who had spent time in prison. Her experiences were well told and were shared with good humor and plenty of emotion.
The narrator had the accents of the various characters down. It's always nice to have some color added to the storytelling, with a reader who can convey characters as the author intends.
The grim reality of the way women are treated in the U.S prison system, when compared to the men is sad.
The book would have been even more interesting if more was included regarding the actual drug smuggling that took place. It reminded me of an episode of Locked Up Abroad, so including more details could have added more meat.
Learning about prison life from an educated woman who was years removed from her crime. It was almost as if the narrator was a regular person just thrown into a prison for a year and was asked to write a memoir about it. The social commentary is relatively brief. However, I believe that it is up to the reader to extract deeper meaning from the book.
Learning about the lack of humanity within the correctional system. Also, learning about the small moments of victories experienced by the inmates was fascinating.
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I was moved by the instances when the inmates would perform watered-down versions of social rituals. For example, the inmates version of Valentines' Day and Halloween.
It's a great audibook. I began to listen to the book again after I finished it the first time.
I would listen to it again to pick up on details I may have missed the first time around and to relive her early days/transition into the prison.
Very nicely written. I didn't think it was that far off from the tv show. Same general feel, though the details were different and the tv show was made to have more drama / watchable entertainment.
I'm glad I watched the entire first season of the tv show before listening to the book. The tv show was highly entertaining and funny, but the book lets you dive deeper. I coould absolutely put myself in her shoes and really liked the book.
I love to listen to books while driving and I do a lot of driving!
I am currently watching the Netflix series of this show & while it does match some of the details from the book, I have found that I enjoyed the book more than the show. Don't get me wrong - I can't wait to watch every episode but its a little different & I'm sure it has to do with ratings. The book was well written & gave explicit details into the life of a women prisoner. Extremely interesting. & well narrated. Worth the credit & if you have Netflix I recommend watching the series as well.
She spent a few months in prison, made friends and had a basically uneventful experience.
She would of had to put some fiction in it.
I really dislike this book. Boring storyline.
Cassandra Campbell's voice was great.
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