Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Version: Unabridged
Author: Piper Kerman
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Social Science
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: June 2012
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen 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.

Reviews (27)

Written by Shawn B. on September 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book! I’d been watching the series on Netflix, so listening to the actual story was great. Great listen, easy to follow.

Written by Nick H. on June 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book to listen to.

Orange is the New Black

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on January 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The characters on the TV Show "Orange is the New Black" is who you will find in the book "Orange is the New Black." They are composites. Her story is was a catalyst. I am glad I read the book so that I would understand the differences between the real people and composite characters made for entertainment, education, and advocacy.

Written by Jeffrey F on April 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have visited the Pelican Bay State Mens prison with a group called Defy. I could tell that Danberry prison was certainly different than Pelican Bay. Pelican Bay is filled with gangs, and violent, but is getting much better with the entrepreneur in training program offered by DEFY. The narrator was great, but I found the book to be quite slow. It was very interesting at the beginning but it seemed just be the same through much of the book. However, it does help you understand the Prison system

Written by Nicole N on November 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I had seen the Netflix series first, and was utterly disappointed that the book is nothing like the show. The show is obviously greatly embellished, but it appears that the embellishments were necessary as the book is a snoozer.

Written by sarah f on September 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good book! I seen the TV series first, so it was easy to keep up and put faces to the names. Narrator did a good job

Orange Is the New Black

Written by Shanna L on June 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If I hadn\'t seen the series, I would have found this book to be boring. However, if you are a fan of the show, you will find this book entertaining as it resembles season 1 and 2 in some cases.

Written by Elizabeth Espinosa on April 29th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is not exactly like the show but over all great!

Written by Lupe Castillo on April 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boring. .kept hoping it would get better. Can't believe they made a TV series. .never seen it I figured the book would be better. WRONG! The narrator was good. .not her fault.

Written by Allison Pickett on June 23rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The narrator used very stereotypical voices for each character, which I found quite offensive. The story itself moved very slowly, and many things were over-described.

Author Details

Author Details

Kerman, Piper

Piper Kerman is a vice president at a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits.