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Orange is the New Black Audiobook

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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    Ltonya Cousins 08-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

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    Bearinthehouse 08-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    Very interesting to listen to the book after feeling I know the story and characters thru the TV series (which I've binge watched). So very different. Much to think abt re changes made to storyline and relationships, characters. Admire the book and the author far more than the character in the series! Grateful for her commentary abt the prison system.

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    Dave 08-10-15
    Dave 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Come for the show, stay for the book."

    I feel rotten, but part of me wants Piper Kerman to return to prison for a sequel (joking). The performance is flawless and story so compelling, I might listen through a second time.

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    Cheryl Ledwidge Shakopee, MN 08-09-15
    Cheryl Ledwidge Shakopee, MN 08-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Better than the show"
    Where does Orange is the New Black rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorite books, I have been a big fan of the show so I was excited to hear the book/


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    VERB 08-05-15
    VERB 08-05-15

    Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!

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    "Really great true story"

    I really enjoyed this book about life on the inside. I have never seen the tv show, but I am told it differs greatly from the original true story (no surprise there) The narrator is very good although a couple of times she seems to slide in and out of character. This is the only reason I docked the performance 1 star.

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    Charlotte 08-01-15
    Charlotte 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't catch my attention....."

    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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    Adina 07-30-15
    Adina 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More emotional than thrilling"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a good book about an upper class woman who spends a year in prison. Compared to the show, it is much less lively and less action packed. The show sensationalized the prison experience with drama and danger while the book (more accurate), is one woman's emotional journey and focuses on the women she meets. It is really character-driven rather than plot-driven. The writing was very straighforwars but more imagery and figurative language would have been nice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Nothing special here.


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did well with the characters but sometimes the phrasing was a little off. She did not sing when there was song lyrics written in the text.


    Was Orange is the New Black worth the listening time?

    Yes, it taught me a lot about the realities of prison life and the problems with the correctional sysytem from a woman's perspective.


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    Jessie 07-28-15
    Jessie 07-28-15
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    Not as good as I anticipated. Storyline fell flat. Narrators different accents were very good.

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    Carolyn 07-27-15
    Carolyn 07-27-15
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    "educational and enriching"

    Not a challenging read but informational as well as emotional. Is there a sequel? Great characters.

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    Brittany 07-27-15
    Brittany 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    As a fan of the series on Netflix I really enjoyed listening to the real story.

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