Down the Rabbit Hole
- Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
- Narrated by: Holly Madison
- Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 23-06-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
A spontaneous decision at age 21 transformed small-town Oregon girl Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner's number-one girlfriend. But like Alice's journey into Wonderland, after Holly plunged down the rabbit hole, what seemed like a fairytale life inside the Playboy Mansion - including A-list celebrity parties and her own number-one-rated television show for four years - quickly devolved into an oppressive routine of strict rules, manipulation, and battles with ambitious, backstabbing bunnies. Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn't a dream at all - and quickly became her nightmare. After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.
But instead of ending her life, Holly chose to take charge of it.
In this shockingly candid and surprisingly moving memoir, this thoughtful and introspective woman opens up about life inside the Mansion, the drugs, the sex, the abuse, the infamous parties, and her real behind-the-scenes life with Bridget, Kendra, and, of course, Mr. Playboy himself.
With great courage, Holly shares the details of her subsequent troubled relationship, landing her own successful television series, and the hard work of healing, including her turn on Dancing with the Stars. A cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, Down the Rabbit Hole reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams - and finding the life we deserve.
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By Customer on 23-07-18
Not what it promised
I was hoping this was going to be a story about the rise to fame, the ups and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly. I was expecting some serious tea spilling and dark dirty secrets.
What I got was mostly a load of petty catfights and very one-sided stories from saint hollys perspective about how the other girls were bullies and gold-diggers, and took the totally innocent things she said the wrong way, which didn't all seem entirely believable.
The performance was good except for when she tried to put on mens voices which just sounded weird.
I have not seen the tv show which I thought would be a plus and it would all be new to me but actually it all was rather boring and one-note from beginning to.....well if you actually even got to the end.
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By Brianna Gallagher on 24-06-15
"Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!
During the early 2000s my best friend and I (freshly out of high school) idolized The Girls Next Door. We bought the simultaneously sexy and wholesome act hook, line, and sinker. Although one got the feeling it wasn't perpetual sunshine and roses, it's clear life at the mansion was darker than it seemed.
Now that I'm approaching 30, this tell-all journey of personal mistakes and self discovery resonates with me on a different level. Despite her fame, and perhaps infamy, Holly's relatable struggles in her romantic and professional lives provided a humorous but thoughtful expose fraught with "mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more.
Holly is charming, although occasionally awkward in her phrasing, but decidedly mature and candid. Her "Alice in Wonderland" theme is nicely appointed by well chosen quotes at the begin of each chapter. This is the first memoir I've ever read, but I'm very glad I did. All together very interesting, and even slightly nostalgic.
48 of 53 people found this review helpful
By MaiduCali on 25-06-15
Holly knows how to tell a story
I decided to pick this book only because I found the whole thing odd. But honestly, her story telling skills and performance make this audible book very enjoyable. While I don't know whether the whole story is true, I find that the book was entertaining. This book is meant to be an audio book.
34 of 38 people found this review helpful