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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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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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    Aysha Cromeenes Bellingham, WA, USA 09-18-13
    Aysha Cromeenes Bellingham, WA, USA 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "who produced this audiobook? get a dictionary!"
    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    Lonie Lake Charles, LA, United States 09-18-13
    Lonie Lake Charles, LA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you are looking for Alex she is not here"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Orange Is the New Black to be better than the print version?

    For me it is easier


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

    Being surprised that there was as much freedom of movement in prison.


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

    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.


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

    Piper was able to let go of some of her animosity for Nora and still see some of the person she was with.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonina Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-17-13
    Jonina Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the show and LOVED the Book"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Greenwich, Ct, United States 09-17-13
    Helena Greenwich, Ct, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Help! I can't stop buying audiobooks!

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    "Worth checking out."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 09-15-13
    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling story."
    What did you love best about Orange Is the New Black?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    The grim reality of the way women are treated in the U.S prison system, when compared to the men is sad.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helios Houston, tx 09-14-13
    Helios Houston, tx 09-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enthralling first-hand account."
    What made the experience of listening to Orange Is the New Black the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Learning about the lack of humanity within the correctional system. Also, learning about the small moments of victories experienced by the inmates was fascinating.


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

    I have not.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great audibook. I began to listen to the book again after I finished it the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Brown The Bay Area 09-13-13
    C. Brown The Bay Area 09-13-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Really Enjoyed it!"
    Would you listen to Orange Is the New Black again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 09-13-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen to books while driving and I do a lot of driving!

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    "Facts about women's prison I never knew!"

    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.

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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "not interesting!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    She spent a few months in prison, made friends and had a basically uneventful experience.


    What could Piper Kerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She would of had to put some fiction in it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it didn't


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    Alfredo Elgin, IL, United States 09-06-13
    Alfredo Elgin, IL, United States 09-06-13
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    What disappointed you about Orange Is the New Black?

    I really dislike this book. Boring storyline.


    Has Orange Is the New Black turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s voice?

    She's good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cassandra Campbell's voice was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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