Behind Prison Bars

  • by Sandra Olson
  • Narrated by Ayelet Sror
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Samantha Owens applied for the vacant position offered by the State of Texas prison officials for a Registered Nurse with obstetrical experience to work in their OB clinic. After her somewhat frightening orientation what she actually ended up working was the night shift position making her responsible for over 900 inmates in the women's correctional facility. Facing the challenges of triaging pregnant inmates and those with multiple medical issues was daunting and often dangerous during the minimally staffed night shift.
For Amy Graham who was incarcerated for writing hot checks, the challenges ranged from simple embarrassment and loneliness to the horrors of being a relatively innocent victim of the dangerous women around her.
Although this novel is a work of fiction and the characters' names have been changed to protect the author, Samantha Owens experiences are based on actual incidents that happened to the author when she worked as a nurse in a women's correctional facility.

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Its frightening but this really COULD HAPPEN!

I've always enjoyed medical thrillers but have never read one that took place in a women's prison before. It was interesting getting a glimpse into that world and gain an understanding of roles and risks that the people who work there face. I had never thought about how pregnancy and labor and birth are handled in a female prison population or even considered that there would need to be procedures around that possibility. The book will give you much to discuss is you enjoy debating medical ethics with your friends. It will also scare you as you realize how much trust is often given to those in medical 'authority.'
The story was well developed and I felt like I would have recognized the characters if I met them on the street. The story built to a page-turning climax and then wrapped up with a feel-good ending. I did receive a copy in exchange for an honest review but even if I hadn't I would have recommended that you read or listen to this one! And..I was considering a minor foot surgery later this year but now... YIKES!
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- Sandi

Whoa!! I could see this happening today.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an easy listen. Starts gently by building a skeleton and then Sandra begins to flesh out the story. Good twists at just the right time. Simply a good story.


What did you like best about this story?

I liked that this could actually happen (and probably does) in the world today. I am a fan of old time radio shows (I love good story telling). This fits in well with what I like to listen to...just a good story.


Have you listened to any of Ayelet Sror’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not listened to Ayelet yet. This is my first. Good pace, nice smooth voice. Her character voices are nice. Helps to follow the story and figure out what character is speaking. I look forward to more of her narration.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be careful of minor surgeries.


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- T. Costello

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2015
  • Publisher: Sandra Olson