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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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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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    Rod Morgan 07-25-13
    Rod Morgan 07-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad, but the TV show is better"
    Any additional comments?

    Remember that a terrific movie (and a legendary TV show) emerged from a mediocre series of comic novels about doctors in Korea, and accept the fact that Piper Kerman is not as good a writer as the folks who turned her story into a dazzling Netflix series. With that point in mind, you may enjoy hearing a very different set of stories in this autobiographical text.

    Ms. Kerman doesn't have strong narrative skill and evidently got little editing. As a result, stories are sprinkled around with little continuity or development, and characters jump up and down in a fairly random order. One example is the way the incarceration of Martha Stewart is handled - it is foreshadowed and anticipated, only to fall flat when the TV homemaker manages to be assigned a "nicer" place to stay.

    Cassandra Campbell tries to keep the players straight with a few accents, but they are not specific enough and become as much an intrusion as a help; her long stretches in a normal voice are easier to take.

    The best story is not here or on TV - Ms. Kerman now works in public relations on prison reform issues; a true tale of prison rehabilitation.

    And if you do like the book - wait 'til you see the series!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-05-14
    Tim United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Women's Retreat"

    Piper Kerman's experience of being in prison in "Orange is the New Black" is like going to a women's retreat. Instead of being scare straight, her interpretation of being in prison is so delightful, where I would like to go. Movie nights, cheese cakes, mani pedi, yoga? Where do I sign up? Let's not forget that everyone is your friend and you can eat as much as you want on your birthday.

    I'm being sarcastic, but if you want to scare your rebel teenager on what it's like being lock up, make them watch "Lockup" on MSNBC. Don't give them this book. They would want to go to prison to have a makeover and have a good time. Not really sure if the author really got locked up because she makes jail to be a field of flowers. Why would anyone want to leave?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 04-23-14
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Just watch the show!"
    What disappointed you about Orange is the New Black?

    The TV show is so much better! If you are going to listen to the book just don't watch the show first. Then it will probably be ok.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Prisca Ekkens Emeryville, CA 09-01-13
    Prisca Ekkens Emeryville, CA 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow! An Unexpected Eye-Opener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I watched the television series by the same name which lead me to the book. I couldn't believe it was based on a true story! Piper's story on its own is very intriguing. Reading her book also give insight to how the war on drugs and for-profit prisons have created casualties of drug addicts and the poor. Eventually, most of 2.5 million inmates in US prisons will be released after serving their time. Branded for life and some of their fundamental rights as US citizens revoked, they'll return to a world where the punishment continues with slim to no chance of gaining a foothold in normal society. As a country, I think we can do better when it comes to justice for all.


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    Jerry K Lee Wayzata, MN, US 11-07-17
    Jerry K Lee Wayzata, MN, US 11-07-17 Member Since 2011
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    "good story interesting look at womens prison"

    Folk have told me there is a television show about this. I suppose it is a bit more exciting than the book. reading performance is choppy.

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    Donna 11-06-17
    Donna 11-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    what a great story that made me feel like i was a part of the book.

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    Elizabeth M. Pascual 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a fabulous read"

    This book is wonderfully descriptive. Reading, I felt as if Itruly knew each person she encountered. She is a great story teller and this is a fabulous read!

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    Di 08-28-17
    Di 08-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It was okay. Kind of boring."

    That's pretty much it: kind of boring. There wasn't much conflict. Just simple observation. Not very impressive.

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    The book was good, but the show is better. If I had read the book first I probably wouldn't have watched the show.

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    "Soo very different from the series, but surreal."

    It was a bit hard getting started, having already seen the ENTIRE series. However, once I made myself think of the book as seperate, it was delightful.

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