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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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    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.

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    Amanda Perry 01-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "meh"

    the show is better. this wasn't as good as I had hoped. piper is annoying as is the narrator

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 01-08-17
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 01-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting look inside Danbury prison"

    I never saw the tv series and this has been languishing in my audio library for awhile. Sure wish I got to it sooner, as it was really interesting. I was fascinated by her journey to Danbury and learning about life in federal prison. The narration was good and I forgot it wasn't Piper reading the book!

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    Nancy Stewart Fort Collins, CO USA 12-14-16
    Nancy Stewart Fort Collins, CO USA 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A well told tale"

    I liked the author's genuine tone, her honesty and her insight. She made sense of what happened to her in prison, how she got there, and her spiritual growth in the 13 months of her sentence. She took responsibility for the bad choices leading to incarceration and the impact of her decisions while imprisoned. Her story is engaging and very worth the time it takes to listen.

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    CPTROG 12-06-16
    CPTROG 12-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the TV show."

    Interesting, but only loosely used for the T V series. Do know if I'd recommend it to anyone.

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    andoverbabyruth 11-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The truth about prison..."

    This story was not only well written, but blatantly truthful and sobering. I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time, and couldn't wait until my commute to listen for another hour! My only criticism is the ending...which I will leave to you to decide for yourself!

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    Elana 11-13-16
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    "Surprisingly tedious but great narration"

    I finally finished this book after trying for a year and a half (life got in the way). It is vaguely like the show with some memorable bits here and there from the first few seasons like Taystee, Red, the lake and Chicago. The book was very tedious and had a cold aura to it at parts. Chapter 18 "It Can Always Get Worse" broke my heart.

    On a positive note, viewing the show first helped me envision the story and Cassandra Campbell did an absolutely terrific job at narrating!

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    Amazon Customer London 11-03-16
    Amazon Customer London 11-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "doing literary time"

    I didn't like this book at all. the writing was good, the narrator was excellent but the story was mundane if that is possible. I felt like I was sitting there with the author doing her time with her. I respect the insights she shares about her experience but I just didn't like the constant turnstile of characters and surface observations of the writer. I think it could have been condensed into a novella. when it was finally over I was relieved. The only thing I wished for was some more details on life after but I'm not sure I could have come along with the author for any more of her observations.

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