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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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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 04-23-14
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2017

    i love to listen!

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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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    Tamara Mitchell 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    Good story. But I would have liked the ending to go further a little bit.

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    Tyler 04-20-17
    Tyler 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring and misinformed"

    Not worth anyone's time. Save yourself the boredom of not buying this book if you can even call it a book

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    Alfonzo hernandez 04-16-17
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    "Good to pass time"

    I liked this book a lot i was so into it that i listened day & night great story i enjoyed each chaper jus way too fast for me when the story was over i went crazy wanting more...

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I would pass"

    Well written book, but if you are interested in the store line of the Netflix show this is not it. Book is based off of what really happened and is an overall look at her 13 months.

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    Kindle Customer 03-08-17

    I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.

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    "Not Quite What I Expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have personalized it quite a bit more. Ms. Kerman focused on very mundane activities: food, work, exercise. We get it; prison was boring. I live in a state which has a prison reentry program with multiple partnerships among sister state agencies, private entities, and stakeholder groups. I've visited mens' prison, as part of this effort, and seen dormitories, work shops, etc. The prison I visited, had a large garden for the inmates to tend, which supplemented their food, and provided enough surplus to benefit a local homeless shelter and food pantry. It also had an art studio, a wildlife rescue clinic (which also grew insects for wildlife food), a trout farm, a doggy daycare (for COs and administrative staff), which was staffed by inmates (who took great pride in their work, and who stated they often fostered special needs dogs from the shelter.) I also have a cousin who served 14 years for drug trafficking; he earned his GED and became HVAC certified, while incarcerated, and is currently married with a child, working and living a productive life. I was moved by the problems with commissary, discussed in the book, wherein, an inmate is provided with laundry detergent, in surplus, but not provided with basic toiletries for hygiene. I also found it very hard to believe that Ms. Kerman got along with her former lover, and the lover's sister and made deviled eggs in their cell. That seemed pretty far-fetched.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was most glad Ms. Kerman recognized that she had responsibility in opiates addiction, and the heroine epidemic, for her small part in trafficking. I was moved by the feelings of remorse that she expressed for her actions, and in seeing the end results of what had once seemed glamorous and adventurous. I was also moved by the stories of mental illness, poverty, domestic abuse, and addiction, for we often "lock up" people who we're mad at, instead of addressing their problems through medical treatment. They, then, end up alongside the people who we fear, which is never going to create any good outcomes. The least interesting was the prison cheesecake and other concoctions made in the microwaves from stolen food.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narration was fine.


    Do you think Orange is the New Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes; it is pretty outdated. Ms. Kerman presently resides in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches a writing workshop at a women's correctional facility in Marysville, Ohio. It would be interesting to hear her perspective about Ohio's prisons, and its efforts to make offender reentry more successful. It would also be interesting to hear a collection of experiences from other inmates with whom she served, and from inmates who are currently serving time.


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    Andrea 03-02-17
    Andrea 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A disappointment"

    One of the few experiences I've had where the onscreen adaption is better than the source material. And in this case, way better.

    If you're a fan of the show, stick with it. This book is lacklustre and trite. Skip it and head to Netflix.

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    Chrystelle 02-02-17
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    "Great story, better off reading it."

    It was really interesting to see into the world of prison from the point of view of someone I think I can directly relate to. I think I would have been better off reading it myself and creating my own mental images. It may seem petty, but this is a story of characters as much as it is experience and when every single inmate no matter if she is Jamaican, Spanish or Chinese sounds like a Russian immigrant dominatrix (except the Jersey girls, she had that one down) it really takes the flare away. No accent is much more tolerable than a terrible one...and there were a LOT of terrible ones here. I put the speed to 1.25 to get through it for the story once Piper was officially incarcerated.

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    Meg Hamilton 01-12-17

    Do people know every book can't be a 5-star book or the ratings are meaningless? On any site! Same goes for Goodreads.

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    "White Like Me"

    Piper is really self-involved in the beginning. I disliked her arrogance.

    Eventually, she does show growth and it is more interesting to learn about other people. Most of them have been denied real justice and never had or will ever have any of the opportunities or privilege that Piper has.

    I think the TV series is better, but I found the true story compelling to a point. She is a very lucky woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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