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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olivia Goldsmith Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597105644
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Meet Jennifer—a smart, sexy woman who has made good in a man’s world. A major player on The Street, Jennifer agrees to take the fall when her boss is caught playing fast and loose with the SEC. After all, her fiancé is a lawyer with the connections to get her off.

Instead, Jennifer ends up in Jennings Correctional Facility for Women, a world a whole lot tougher than Wall Street. Inside she meets a lively group of smart, tough women: crew leader Movita, crazy Cher, blindly optimistic Theresa, and the adorable Suki. While Jennifer waits in vain for the rescue that her fiancé has promised, Movita makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/17/2014

    " A book about a woman who takes a fall and goes to prison. This does not even start to say how good this book is. I was very impressed. Great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesha | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/2/2014

    " This book is better than it might seem from the description on the inside flap. It's funny, witty, smart and I couldn't put it down. It also appeals to your justice nerve - equality, fair treatment, and making the world better are all underlying themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia Piaskowski | 1/31/2014

    " I'm working my way through all of Olivia Goldsmith's book. Unfortunately, as she died several years ago during cosmetic surgery, there is a limited number of her books. This one is about a women's prison, and is interesting in the details of daily life. Of course, there's a plucky, gorgeous heroine, the handsome, unfaithful fiance, and a cast of other stock characters, but somehow she makes it work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chana | 1/29/2014

    " This book may be chick lit but I found it neither funny nor trivial. Jennifer Spencer is a wall street broker who is tricked into taking the fall for her bosses on insider trading. It is quite a shock to her to end up in jail. The first half of the book is taken up with telling us about jail and how awful it is. This is done in a light manner, but I found the author to be quite serious about this subject and it is disturbing to read about the conditions and injustices in our penal system. The second half of the book turns into a la-la land fantasy that involves many changes for the better in the jail. I know more about the penal system and the dangers of privatization of jails than I did before, and no amount of dressing it in chick lit made the subject palatable. I didn't laugh once, jail is a very difficult subject to contemplate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethia | 1/28/2014

    " i particularly enjoyed the unexpected turns the plot takes. it s so great tocome accross a book where you can t guess the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda G | 1/20/2014

    " This isn't hardcore like the HBO series "Oz" which depicted men's prison but this was light and didn't really depict any graphic horrors of prison life. It is storyline about Jennifer Spencer who is basically a good person, smart and worked hard for her success on Wallstreet and jumped at an opportunity to receive a huge promotion by taking the fall for inside trading. Her greed and naivety was her downfall and she believes that her lawyer fiance and her boss have her back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 1/15/2014

    " Completely touching story about life inside a women's correctional facility. Another great Goldsmith novel. A little frustrated at the end because there was no justice for my favorite character, but it a wonderful book nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting novel about a women's prison; the main character was unrealistically naive but gets her own in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa S | 11/27/2013

    " Good but very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 11/16/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Goldsmiths but a good read. Points out the problems of women's prisons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anji | 11/7/2013

    " maybe 3.5 stars. Not quite 4 stars because it got a little goofy at the end, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/3/2013

    " As mindless reading goes, this was pretty good. Very light story, even though it's set in a prison. And totally implausible, but still I enjoyed it somehow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 naree | 10/19/2013

    " You could call this the girl version of the Green Mile... but with more sass. A bit of dark humor mixed with sweet revenge, but overall a fast and fun read. I appreciated the pithy opening quotes, and it left me wanting to learn more about the women in the prison system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/10/2013

    " Charming, uplifting and empowering read :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 7/28/2013

    " The main character of this book is so stupid in the beginning, I can't believe I continued reading. I kept waiting for it to improve. It really didn't. Although the version I listened to said it was unabrdiged, I felt that their were big gaps in the storyline. I do not recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 4/23/2013

    " Good story-gives you some idea about life in a women's prison. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zhana | 4/4/2013

    " The story was not believable. The main character was such an annoyance for me. The ending was good mainly because I didn't expect the things that happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/13/2013

    " This book was like candy - made you chew a little, but was mostly a sweet nothing. Read it in one night - definitely a fun diversion. Highly recommend this if you're looking for an evening of frivolous female empowerment. Best read in a bubble bath of with a mug of hot cocoa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 swinters65 | 1/29/2013

    " An engaging read, a chick lit "Shawshank Redemption" supported by solid research into women's prison life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 11/27/2012

    " Had more depth to this than expecting. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 11/19/2012

    " I enjoyed this chick-lit novel. I figured out the ending early on in the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 GIZMO | 10/7/2012

    " only got about 20 pages in before I had to give up...poorly written and foolish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 4/20/2012

    " I really miss Olivia Goldsmith! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/26/2011

    " language again, but I it was an interesting book and a bit political, language I didn't like again "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 9/12/2011

    " This book started out really slow for me, but I stuck with it since it was recommended by a friend. It turns out to be a pretty fun book, but not very realistic. Also, the title makes no sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/6/2011

    " A quirky and slightly unusual story with unusual heroes that reminds us of the strength of women. Oh, and that we have the art of revenge down cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faithangel366 | 5/10/2011

    " I liked it but the main charecter in the begining kinda annoyed me. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 4/24/2011

    " I really miss Olivia Goldsmith! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 4/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this chick-lit novel. I figured out the ending early on in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zhana | 4/5/2011

    " The story was not believable. The main character was such an annoyance for me. The ending was bood mainly because I didn't expect the things that happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/7/2010

    " Not one of my favorite Goldsmiths but a good read. Points out the problems of women's prisons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/9/2010

    " This book was like candy - made you chew a little, but was mostly a sweet nothing. Read it in one night - definitely a fun diversion. Highly recommend this if you're looking for an evening of frivolous female empowerment. Best read in a bubble bath of with a mug of hot cocoa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 naree | 5/22/2009

    " You could call this the girl version of the Green Mile... but with more sass. A bit of dark humor mixed with sweet revenge, but overall a fast and fun read. I appreciated the pithy opening quotes, and it left me wanting to learn more about the women in the prison system. "

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