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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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    Twila 06-28-17
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    "What was all the hype?"

    This came highly recommended. The reader was good but not very exciting. The plot of this book is boring in my opinion. The beginning took too long and it ended abruptly. And in between would get exciting and then switch topics. I'm not impressed.

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    jessica p. 06-26-17
    jessica p. 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An autobiography written by an upper middle class woman and narrated by one too."

    It was very exciting listening to this book while trying to make connections between the real story and the Netflix story. My only complaint was that it was narrated by what sounded like an uppity, snooty white woman who thinks of herself as better than everyone else. I don't know if the real Piper comes off the same way in real life, but the narrator made me sneer at the way her "traumatic" story was relayed throughout the book.

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    Janet G. McGlone North Tonawanda, NY USA 06-25-17
    Janet G. McGlone North Tonawanda, NY USA 06-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Reveals the failure and tragedy of mandated sentences for drug offenses"

    This book is thought provoking. It shows clearly how our prison system fails everyone. The prisoner, her family, especially children and the public at large. So much money wasted with no value to anyone.

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    sherrimayne 06-19-17
    sherrimayne 06-19-17
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    "WOW! So Disappointed!"

    Perhaps if I never saw the show I would feel differently about the book. it told very little of the story behind the girl she got caught up with and the time they spent in jail together. very few mentions of sexual activity between the women versus what you see on the show. It's the same storyline but it's nowhere near as in-depth is bad in the book as it seems to be on TV. Just expected much better.

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    Kathleen Fish 06-19-17
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    "Loved this book"

    The narrator of this boo is excellent. I would gladly listen to more. Piper's account fascinated me. Hated to have it end.

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    Suzanne 06-14-17
    Suzanne 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A million times better than the TV show!"
    Any additional comments?

    I watched the first season on OITNB on Netflix, and then I just couldn't stomach anymore. The show just became too inane and sex-obsessed for me. I was still interested in hearing the true story, though, and when I saw this pop up on my Audible recommendations, I decided to give it a try. I'm SO glad I did. The narrator was good and easy to listen to; I'll be looking for other books she narrated. The story also made sense. It was interesting to pick up on what parts of the book carried over into the TV show and which parts were totally fictionalized. Highly recommend.

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    Marianne Dunn 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Easy Lusten."

    Good, quick book to listen to. Nice read between heavier material. Interesting to live virtual life in prison.

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    S Wilkey 06-13-17
    S Wilkey 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Story"

    I was a little hesitant to read this book because I've heard the Netflix series is rated MA. I was expecting detailed accounts of sexual assault and the like, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this book interesting, well-written, and even uplifting. I wish it didn't have so many F-words, but I realize you probably couldn't write a book about prison without them, so I tolerated it. I also wish there had been some type of epilogue at the end. I got so wrapped up in Piper's story that I wanted to know how it was to be back on the outside and what she and Larry ended up doing. Ah, I guess it just means she needs a sequel - or a Netflix series.

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    Dani 06-08-17
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    "An eye-opening, quick and fun listen"

    I finished this book in 3 days. it was exciting and very telling of the prison system and all the inequality surrounding the justice system. I would recommend this read, even if you aren't a fan of the overly-dramatized show.

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    cindy L Heist 05-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"

    Waste of money and time I will never get back. The absolute worst book I have put myself in 45 years Of reading and listing to books.
    Pure trash and untrue



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