Orange Is the New Black

  • by Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Benjamin101

Unrealistic not Runnymede a

I did not enjoy this book, it was not what I was expecting at all. The story was ok and easy to listen to for background noise! The narrator did not help as her voice put me off this book and annoyed me with the American pronunciation of certain words...bangs...route and many more! Glad I listened to it. Would not read it or recommend it and certainly not interested in watching the TV series as it was not a comedy...

Overall, wish I had spent the time with a better book. There are not many books I dislike, however this one Do Not add it, download it or listen to it either.

2 stars through out of pity.
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- Sonia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-02-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK