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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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    MCostello 05-28-16
    MCostello 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story, well told"

    Piper Kerman tells her very personal story with the first person, but with the reserved delivery of a veteran reporter. She doesn't ask for our sympathy or pity herself, while instilling great compassion for the often dehumanized women in the penal systems. I've already recommended this book to two friends!

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    Myron Ferguson, MO, USA 05-20-16
    Myron Ferguson, MO, USA 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but Not Exciting"

    If you are looking for the excitement of the Netflix series you will be disappointed. However, I found the book interesting and very informative.

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    Scott 05-20-16
    Scott 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    smashing success awesome great love losing time listening to books. this was perfect!! great book

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    EJJ 05-09-16
    EJJ 05-09-16

    European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.

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    "Nothing Like the Series"

    The amount of artistic license in the television series (supposedly based on this book) is amazing. In the book, Kerman writes with compassion and admiration for the women who served prison time with her at Danbury. Though not at all the same story, this book is compelling and enlightening, and Campbell does an excellent job as narrator.

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    Sarah 05-08-16
    Sarah 05-08-16
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    "Good book"

    Great book but be aware, the book is different from the show. Character names are changed.

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    Andrew VanHorne 05-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I am so glad I read this book."

    It covers a lot of good information even about personalities and how to treat others. I recommend it to anyone who want to self reflect or learn about the ins and outs of prison.

    Enjoy

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    Lauren Wilson 05-05-16
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    "extremely insightful book"

    I loved Piper's attention to detail in this narration of her year in prison. it was captivating, sad, inspiring, and exposed a different side of the prison system. 100% worth a read.

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    Kerry A 04-27-16
    Kerry A 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging from the start"

    A thoroughly engaging storyline. Even though the ending was not a surprise, the twists and turns along the way were unpredictable.

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    D. 04-24-16
    D. 04-24-16

    Tell us about yourself! I am a school psychologist working with all special Ed. disabilities. I am also active in CIVIL AIR PATROL an all volunteer auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force. My favorite reading genre is fantasy-fairies, elves, good vs evil, you know… I have six adult children, a husband, two cats, three dogs and I am a "birder"

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    "Interesting"

    It was interesting, but I wouldn't read it again. I guess I don't understand it's popularity.

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    TrueHealth Canada 04-14-16
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    I was pretty shocked when it seemed like the story just ended abruptly with no indication of what would happen next to Piper. It almost seemed incomplete. Nothing like the show at all which is fine. But dissapointing that she's involved with the show and so much is made up for tv that never happened

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