This memoir, part tell-all, part cautionary tale, shows how Karrine came to be the confidante of so many, why she kept their secrets, and how she found herself in Hollywood after a life marked by physical abuse, rape, and drugs, all before she was 26. By sharing her emotionally charged story, she hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticized industry.
©2005 Karrine Steffans; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Such a eye opening story that has you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time. Karrine is the author and narrator which has its pros and cons. Although her first hand account is riverting, pronunciation/accent is a massive down fall and very prominent. In saying that, I will definitely be buying the next book, as the story wins over any negatives the narration may have.
"It ishard to stop listening to this one"
This audiobook is not just about who she slept with and isn't a tell all to expose everyone she has been with. I was surprised that this audiobook had me listening for nearly 6 hours straight with hardly no breaks. She tells her story well, and what a good story it is. I don't want to give away a thing, but you have to check it out yourself. By the time you finish, you are going to hate her mother, Some guy named Rodney and Kool G Rap for the pain they put this woman through. Check it out, I don't think you'll be dissapointed. I felt the need to actually review this one because it was that good.
"Funny for all the wrong reasons."
If the author had gone through therapy before writing both of her books, it would have made an incredible difference - how many times can you count the solid declarations that she makes about her relationship with Bill Maher...only to completely reverse her opinion on the relationship again and again? I found way too many instances in which she was an absolute hypocrite in her personal relationships while preaching the necessity and value of morality in her new life as a successful author.
I have - I listened to "Confessions of a Video Vixen" and it blew me away for all the wrong reasons. I could not believe Steffans' reasoning for intentionally becoming pregnant by her allegedly violent boyfriend because she believed that the baby would provide her with the strength to leave. Instead, that poor child was treated as a sponge to soak up the violent family dynamic and Steffans' admitted repeated abandonment of her own son.
Time and time again she proves that she is an incredibly smart woman that could have been successful in any job that she set her focus on despite her painful childhood. Becoming addicted to a lifestyle that she couldn't afford then complaining that the men that she prostituted herself to should have given her extra money when she needed it was absurd. She knew that the crowd she ran with were only there to use her as a party girl/professional mistress, yet is stunned when it happens to her.
Steffans was a fantastic narrator - her performance is thoroughly engaging...almost as much as her convoluted logic behind the abandonment of her son and making the responsibility of her financial downfall be rectified by the shady characters that she chose to become intimately involved with.
All three. I'm glad that she has become a successful author, but I wish I could dispatch a therapist immediately to help her deal with her own admitted lies and manipulations she employed to get what she wanted. The people that she actively sought out to indulge in a dangerous life were cold and calculating men that repeatedly showed their true nature to her, a fact of which she admitted herself. She became one of them as well, but still blames them for the choices she willingly made at the expense of her own son.
I find it fascinating and have listened to both of her audiobooks many times since purchasing it because to me it is a captivating memoir of a beautiful but mentally ill and toxic person that repeatedly ruins her own success and relationships. Both books are psychological profiles to me instead of memoirs.
"If I hear her pronounce "ask" as "axe" one more..."
Couldn't finish. Painfully melodramatic and overreaching. It could have been written by a second grader.
"Oh dear God, to have back the hours..."
EVERYTHING! I needed to have some soul and depth. It seemed very surface, but the details were ok, but really her try at erotic writing so was not there.
Her writing. Maybe after a few more writting classes, we could get a better story.
By reading it. I think if she has chosen a narrator other than herself, that would be the ticket
This is the first audiobook I have ever listened to and I have not attempted to read a book in several years. I found this book to be very interesting and exciting. In fact I Iistened to the entire story in one sitting, as the almost 6 hours past I could not believe it was almost dawn as the story completed. I was able to imagine just about every scene as it occurred. Identifying with the individuals Karrine spoke of made the story that much more intreging. Hearing this story has made me very eager to purchased more audiobooks...so eager that I joined audible.com as a premier member. I have nothing to compare this story to, as I am a first time listener, but I find it to be excellent, detailed, and in awe that someone could have such a extreme life. I was additionally impressed that the narrator is Karrine herself! I am recommending this audiobook to all adults especially those interested in the "celebrity life". I gave it a well deserved 5 stars!
"Good Book - Bad Narration"
A lot of things have been said about Karrine Steffans in the media both good and bad. I chose this book after watching an account of abuses of females in the Hip Hop culture. After reading this however, I have changed my perception of her as a victim. She's really a self serving egomaniac who believes that she was put on this earth to be taken care of and helped out.
Whether an effect of her early childhood abuse or not is anyone's guess but she's reading her own story here (badly might I add) and really does play the victim while at the same time admitting to having used sex to manipulate men in to taking care of her, giving her money and paying her bills. I do find it courageous that she was willing to call out all of the men who she had affairs with over the years. A very interesting read if you can get over the bad narration.
this is one of the worst books I've ever read/listen to. The book starts off strong, but the storyline and who she slept with and,when just fell apart. the book is full of contradictions, I found it amazing how this author even kept up with herself. And quite the contrary it certainly is a kiss and tell. I thought I was reading a story of how the hip hop industry took advantage of a young girl, but in listening to the story that idea is questionable? it was very difficult to feel anything for the "character", because you get the feeling that she telling the story more for the sensationalism then really telling a story to "help" other young girls, and someone should have tutored her on how to narrate a book, there were several mispronounced words and someone needs to tell her that it is "ask" not "axe". the content of the books mostly tells how she role played her way through this part of her life, thinking she was something she was not. and sadly she is doing it again with this book.
"Very enjoyable from beginning to enjoy."
More than just a book about naming names.
This is a window into the process and mind of the human nature versus nuture. There are many factors outside of herself that influenced the person she became. Though it is not an excuse for bad behavior. It gives us empathy. And through empathy, we are able to better understand one another.
She turned something negative into something positive. This book will speak to whom it's meant for. and serve as a for warning and even and inspiration to take hold of your life even if your already on a similar path
"Just What I Expected"
Karrine Steffans was open about her troubled childhood with physical and emotional abuse from her mother, her absent father, living in poverty, being raped, running away from home, her abusive husband, pursuing fame, her exploitation in the industry, becoming addicted to drugs and being homeless.
"Really like this book."
Loved it!!! very good read!!! Was well worth the listen and was never bored with the story. A must read if i day so my self.
"No stars if I could've
okay Terrible & pointless story telling that is soooo poorly narrated. Im glad things progressed for her but man, that was hard work. x
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