Down The Rabbit Hole

down-the-rabbit-hole-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Holly Madison
Narrated By: Holly Madison
Publisher: HarperCollins
Duration: 10 Hours 51 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5

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Summary: The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion—and, finally, the secret truth about the man who holds the key—from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef’s former #1 girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door

A spontaneous decision at age twenty-one transformed small-town Oregon girl Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s #1 girlfriend. But like Alice’s journey into Wonderland, after Holly plunged down the rabbit hole, what….Read more.

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Katie P.

stars_4 For any Girls Next Door fan, here’s a great inside look at the real life struggles Holly has had to overcome.

 

 

 

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Sara S.

stars_4-5 I’m a huge fan of Girls Next Door so it was really interesting to hear about what actually happens behind the scenes. Ramarkable story.

 

 

 

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Liwei L.

stars_3-5 Poor Holly. While this is a sad but somehow empowering story, I can’t believe it took her so long to “wake up” and try to get herself out of there!


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Holly Madison: Down The Rabbit Hole Audio Book Summary

At age twenty-one, Oregon native Holly Sue Cullen was your typical young woman. Smart and ambitious, she set off for Hollywood to attempt to make it in the cut-throat entertainment business.

holly-madison-and-hugh-heffnerOn a whim decision, one evening she attended a party at the infamous Playboy Mansion, and that decision turned out to be the turning point in her life and career…for better and worse.

Cullen stayed at Heffner’s mansion, and soon became his number one girlfriend. She changed her name to Holly Madison and, for a time, lived a magical dream life that many young women could only fantasize about.

She had nearly endless resources at her desposal, was the talk of the town in a world that featured a constant stream of celebrity A-list parties. She had access to all the drugs and alcohol anyone could imagine, and even got introduced to executive producers who eventually gave her a tv show.

But not all was rosy in the mansion. In perhaps the most dramatic and honest look inside the secretive world of Hugh Heffner, Holly Madison’s audiobook Down The Rabbit Hole reveals the truth about life as a playboy bunny and what it’s like to live in Heff’s mansion.

She describes the often oppressive routines and schedules Heffner would impose, some of which ranged from quirky to downright degrading. Combined with the intense pressure to be picture perfect at all times and the unceasing attacks from other bunnies eager to replace her, Madison was eventually driven to the point of considering suicide when she decided to turn her life around.

Instead of sulking in the shame of her situation, Madison stood up for herself, won some widely recognized tv contracts, including starring roles in The Girls Next Door and work with Dancing With The Stars, and began work on her memoir.

A remarkable story of self-preservation, ambition, romance, drama, and eventual achievement, Down The Rabbit Hole is an interesting look into a world that is not often revealed.

From exposing the truth about what happens behind the curtain to how an individual can become completely absorbed in the magical culture that surrounds the Playboy Mansion, Holly Madison has an insightful narrative. At times funny, at times tragic, and at times inspiring, Down The Rabbit Hole is a must-listen for any young woman with aspirations to make it big in Hollywood, and what it takes to find success.

This book is no ordinary celebrity memoir. As Buzzed noted, it has popular appeal by combining the celebrity aspect with more serious themes, and somehow manages to successfully combine elements of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar (in terms of coping with depression and suicide) with the remarkable book Going Clear, on breaking out of near-cult organizations, fighting against power and establishment for basic rights, while being forbidden to claim ownership of any personal rights whatsoever.

An amazing story, Down The Rabbit Hole should be on your short list of books to read.