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  • Only Say Good Things

  • Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself
  • By: Crystal Hefner
  • Narrated by: Crystal Hefner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Only Say Good Things

By: Crystal Hefner
Narrated by: Crystal Hefner
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'I was 21 years old when I found myself on the front stoop of the Playboy Mansion, its ornate front door feeling like a route to success. I want to tell the real story of my time there - the good and the bad, the dark and the light. The story I wish I'd heard as a young woman trying to find my way in the world. Before I showed up at a party, allowed myself to stay, and made the decisions that would shape my life.'

In 2008 the Playboy mansion became Crystal Harris's sanctuary - a shimmering vestige of power and opportunity. Within months she had ascended its hierarchical system to become Hugh Hefner's top girlfriend. But her new home came at a cost. Forced to follow strict rules which governed everything from her appearance to behaviour, she began to lose her identity. By the time she married Hef in 2012, the mansion had become her prison.

Before he passed away in 2017, Hef made Crystal promise to only say good things about the decade she spent in his world. After years of silence, in this gripping and honest memoir Crystal finally exposes the toxic culture at Playboy's core and the devastating effect it had on her health. In a world where so many still strive to achieve impossible beauty standards formed by the male gaze at the expense of their happiness, her extraordinary story of misogyny and objectification and ultimate journey to self-discovery reveals eye-opening lessons that are relevant to us all.

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©2023 Crystal Hefner (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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Surprisingly good!

Exceeded my expectations and narrated well. Crystal was wiser beyond her years and this is very insightful as to what things were like inside the mansion. Highly recommend.

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Interesting throughout

I immensely enjoyed this! I’ve always wondered why beautiful young, very young girls would want to be at the mansion with this old man. It now makes sense they were manipulated and controlled. Crystal tells her story beautifully and I’m glad she did for her sake.

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Sadly no depth

I love reading/listening go autobiography’s and memoirs this sadly had no real depth it glossed over details conversations ect.. also she speaks very slowly put Audio to 1.25 speed- I felt there was so much missing and that she could have use actually interactions with people to demonstrate her experience,just no real interactions or recollections of conversation and experiences with people. Crystal doesn’t put her self as a negative once and really portrays herself as a victim every person has multiple sides to them but this story is only her in a positive light, I also find it interesting that she didn’t mention the NDAs she made many people at the mansion sign in the later years because their is no way they can rebut any of her stories for fear of what they signed. Small things I find annoying is when she says a decade(you where with Hef for 8 and a half years as you left for more then 6 months) she says in the end there are no bikini photos on her Instagram anymore and she won’t do that there about 10 on her Insta just some of the small contradictions that are easy to disprove

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So many tears!

It was a very raw insight to her life, not only in the mansion but the events that occurred before and after! I really enjoyed listening to Crystal share her life again with us.

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Boring and repetitive

Everything could have been said in two chapters and after a while everything became predictable. The message from this read is that Hugh Hefner was a really awful person and that it was all about him. In my opinion he was a really bad example to how a man should treat a woman.

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Insightful and well narrated

I love that Crystal narrated her own story. It must have been difficult to write ! Very well written and you could feel her emotion in the narration . I’d highly recommend

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Wow

Great story, reviled truth , what life was like in the most mysterious world of playboy mansion and the man himself Hef.

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amazing authentic book

Really enjoyed this, couldn't stop listening. Honest, raw and incredibly brave story. As a girl who was in my early 20's at the time the girls next door first came out, I thought these girls lived such an incredible life, I've read all the other books, but this one offered a completely different insight. Highly recommend.

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Beautiful story

This has given me so much strength to know my worth, learning how to say no and saying how I really feel.. I can relate to so many of her stories. She is strong and ambitious. I laughed and cried, mostly cried.. There was one chapter I couldn’t stop smiling. I’m so happy for you. You’re amazing Crystal. Thank you.
I am so motivated to be the best version of myself. Thanks again for sharing.

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Genuine and heartfelt

Genuine and heartfelt - this is what I love about her recollection of what happened to her. And her way of trying to still to balance and respect the memories and is accountable for what was choice and giving the pros and cons. I hope she has an amazing life to come, finds love, and thankyou for sharing and helping remind people to refind themselves.

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