Summary

A new original series from Netflix
"Not just a tale of prisons, drugs, crime, or justice; it is, simply put, a beautifully told story about how incredible women can be" (Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love.)
With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424.
From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance.
Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.
©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"A bighearted book that depicts life in a women's prison with great detail and - crucially - with empathy and respect for Piper Kerman's fellow prisoners." (Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)
"A fantastic tale from the Siberia of America's war on drugs and a rippingly fun read right down to the unexpected moment of closure." ( Elle magazine USA)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 22-06-14

Diappointed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story needed to be fleshed out more. At one time I thought I had an abridged version as the storyline just fizzled away.

Would you recommend Orange Is the New Black to your friends? Why or why not?

It was okay

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Didn't hate it, but no depth, or was that just the story??

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

It would be nice to know what happened to the characters

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin101 on 08-01-15

Enjoyable, funny and thought provoking in parts.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Go into this with an open mind. Get rid of any preconceptions you may have if you've seen the TV show. This in my opinion is nothing like it's glammed up Hollywood counterpart. I found myself trying to relate a lot of the characters back to the characters in the show which is extremely difficult because their names have been changed in the book and changed again for the TV show, however there are quite a few easily identifiable characters.

Once you clear your mind this is in it's own right a thoroughly enjoyable book. The story flows very well and the way it's written helps us feel Pipers pain when she gets convicted, sentenced and the constant battle she faces being thrown outside the confines of her middle class life.

I never found it boring but at parts I did feel disconnected from the story, almost like I'd switched off and it was just playing in the background. The narration by Cassandra Campbell was hands down the best I've heard on Audible so far. She expresses different characters by changing accents which helps make them easily identifiable and also adds depth to the story.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Fermín Arco Gomez on 08-11-16

A wonderful story about a woman in prison.

What made the experience of listening to Orange Is the New Black the most enjoyable?

Reading and listening at the same time this novel was the best. You can understand the content and the sense of the story through the storyteller's voice.

What did you like best about this story?

How the life in prison in the USA could be for a woman . We don't know many things about this issue at least this is my case and I think it was the most interesting thing for me.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There are many expressions that could be considered as slam language, the pronounciation and entonation of the storyteller give me the idea of how the real situation is happening in the novel. You can imagine better how the characters are likely being.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I think it is a complex book, but very exciting at the same time. It had better to read it with calm.

Any additional comments?

No, I just want to say that I hope to read more books like this.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mia on 06-07-14

Straight-up: Real crime and prison time

What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

I have wanted to get this since season one started. Finally Europeans can listen to this alongside Audible friends accross the globe.

The fact that the book explains her stay in a very realistic way. The sex focus in season one was way too much. I do not have any knowledge about prison, but even I knew the sex stuff was not realistic and the book confirns this.
11:11:11should have gone faster. I was bored out of my mind until chapter three .

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would made it shorter.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

This is a memoir... But, okay. "Yoga-Janet"

What else would you have wanted to know about Piper Kerman’s life?

Where is she today?

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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