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.
"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)
What started out as an interesting insight into the prison system turned into a somewhat boring storyline at times.
It would have been interesting to compare and contrast her life before and after this experience however this was not part of the story unfortunately.
Love animals, passion for the environment and enjoy listening to audio books
the narrater i found to be a bit mono tone except when doing other characters voices. The story was a little boring compared to the tv series. Was go to read the story that was actually what happen but wouldn't listen to it again.
The narrator was brilliant. I really loved how well and consistently she did the different accents for the characters.
The story was entertaining, informative and inspirational. Piper Kerman has a delightfully honest and compassionate outlook on her time in prison and on life in general.
Having watched some of the TV show, I was keen to read Piper's real life experience. It was well read and the characters were relatable because I could 'picture' them in my mind from the show. It was just an interesting, real life tale - nothing more.
Book blogger that who has delved into the world of audiobooks to reduce the monotony of the daily commute.
This week I seem to be talking about books I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Orange is the New Black has interested me for ages, pretty much since it hit the shelves in Australia, but due to business and other shiny things catching my attention, I never got around to buying or borrowing it. (If someone can come up with a cure for ‘But I Meant to Read It!’ disease, please let me know). But this year I’ve been playing around with audiobooks, testing out which genres work best for me and so I thought I’d give a memoir a go to see if it could hold my attention while sitting in traffic (you have no idea how hard that can be considering I’m not actually doing anything)! Result: I was completely captivated by this audiobook. I was torn between not wanting it to end and wanting Piper to be released from prison so she could see her loved ones.
When Piper was younger, she was in a relationship with a woman who organised a bit of drug smuggling internationally. Naively, Piper got involved but soon got herself out of that scene and into one that’s a bit more familiar to the average person – job, fiancé, New York City living. Then came a blow – Piper’s past caught up with her and she was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Piper tells how do you prepare for going to gaol? What do you take? How do you explain yourself to family, friends and colleagues? Then the day finally comes and she hands herself in to the prison in Danbury, Connecticut. It’s something that she couldn’t have prepared for – strip searching, how to obtain money (it’s not as simple as a cheque), clothes and how to live with a number of other women. What’s the correct etiquette for asking someone why they’re in gaol? It’s a complete culture shock to Piper but she adjusts, making friends, getting a job and learning how to make prison cheesecake.
But there’s a twist in the story near the end – I was thinking as I listened, ‘no way would this happen in a fiction book’ where Piper’s last months in gaol are completely turned on their head and nothing is easy anymore. I found this part really emotional as Piper explains life where you have to watch your every move and lose your identity. That’s not to say that Danbury was a cakewalk, but it was a relatively stable environment. The whole book was an insight into a completely different world to me (I haven’t seen the television series) and I found it fascinating. It was uplifting to read about how small things could seem so kind and mean so much to others – like getting a pedicure or offering a piece of candy to someone.
There has been some criticism that Piper had it easy because she’s white, blonde, blue-eyed and college education. I think if you weren’t there, you can’t judge. Don’t people try to use what they have to advantage in everyday life anyway? Whatever. I found the story an eye-opener and slightly off putting because Piper could easily be one of my friends, one of my colleagues. In the middle-class world, you don’t hear of people going to prison and Orange is the New Black is an opportunity to read not only about the experience, but where the system could be improved. The lecture series on life after prison was jaw dropping because of the lack of practical information it contained, for example. How can you expect people to change if you can’t tell them how to get a job or rent a place to live?
I loved Cassandra Campbell’s narration of this book – it was superb. The small changes in voice/accent she made for each person was great, making it really clear as to who was speaking. She’s a very easy narrator to listen to and I’d like to listen to more audiobooks by her (providing I can get over her being the voice of Piper).
I loved the new TV series but although the book is great, I missed the side stories of other inmates. Great listening! Keep up the good work Audible!
"Straight-up: Real crime and prison time"
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 .
I would made it shorter.
This is a memoir... But, okay. "Yoga-Janet"
Where is she today?
The story needed to be fleshed out more. At one time I thought I had an abridged version as the storyline just fizzled away.
It was okay
Didn't hate it, but no depth, or was that just the story??
It would be nice to know what happened to the characters
"Enjoyable, funny and thought provoking in parts."
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.
"Orange is the new Black"
Interesting insight in to prison life, all done with a great sense of humour. A woman in prison trying to look on the bright side of things and use humour to get her through her prison stint.
"Excellent but not as good as the TV show"
Good narration, but different from the TV series, would highly recommend before watching. Slightly abrupt ending.
"Better than the tv series."
Better than the tv series & that`s saying something because that`s brilliant. Took a while to put the faces to the different names as some characters have been changed to those on the tele, but gave a different more in depth spin to a great story.
"Different from the TV series; Good in its own way"
I liked the fact that this was a woman's own account of being in prison and perhaps would give a small insight into what it may be like.
Piper Kerman was my favourite character, probably because this is a 1st person account of someone's experience and you start to identify with them in small bits. I also found that I really liked Red, she was very motherly and was quite interesting.
I have never listened to any of the narrators other books. However I found her voice was a little robotic and she did a lot of the same voices for different characters, which at times was a little confusing. I did get used to her robotic drone and eventually stopped noticing.
This is a very interesting listen. I had watched the first series of the TV series and found the book to be a very different animal altogether. I found that some of the characters in the book had been amalgamated to form characters in the TV series so it took me a while to try and separate the two, once I did though I was glad I had chosen to listen to this book and would recommend to others.
"A bit disappointing.."
Not a lot really happens and at times the author comes off as a little superior.
"Really enjoyed it! :)"
If you like the tv series, then you will really enjoy the book. The accents were pretty darn good and I would definitely recommend this to any fan. =D
"Makes a good audiobook but reading is stiff"
The reader oveR-eNunCiaTeD like nobody's business, and really hammed up the snottiness of the narrator, which made her less likeable. It's a nice simple narrative that lends itself well to the audiobook format, but I think a better choice of reader would have made a world of difference here.
"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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