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Confessions of a Video Vixen | [Karrine Steffans]

Confessions of a Video Vixen

Confessions of a Video Vixen is the widely anticipated memoir of Karrine Steffans, the once-sought-after sexy siren who appeared in the music videos of multiplatinum hip hop artists such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, and LL Cool J. A top-paid video dancer, Karrine transitioned to film when acclaimed director F. Gary Gray picked her to costar in his film A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel.
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Confessions of a Video Vixen is the widely anticipated memoir of Karrine Steffans, the once-sought-after sexy siren who appeared in the music videos of multi-platinum hip hop artists such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, and LL Cool J. A top-paid video dancer, Karrine transitioned to film when acclaimed director F. Gary Gray picked her to costar in his film A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the movie and music video sets, swanky Miami and New York restaurants, and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only skim the surface of Karrine's life.

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.

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    Lito Da Critic Silver Spring, MD USA 07-11-05
    Lito Da Critic Silver Spring, MD USA 07-11-05 Listener Since 2000
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lashuan Jacobus, PA, USA 07-25-05
    Lashuan Jacobus, PA, USA 07-25-05
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    "Excellent"

    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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shawnda Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-12-11
    Shawnda Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 10-22-05
    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 10-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "just awful"

    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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    B. Virginia, United States 06-11-14
    B. Virginia, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Never live your life by committee...

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

    Yes, It really give you an insight into the spirit of a broken soul... How strength and the will to move on can out weight adversity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How open the story was presented... Karrine held nothing back, good, bad, or insane, she laid it all out for the listeners...


    Did Karrine Steffans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, because the only character that mattered was her... But, with that said, I believe it could have been better if someone else narrated the story...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this is a book where you actually need to take in what you've just heard, to really realize the magnitude of what was just said. Better in bite size portions...


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting book, especially when she starts naming other famous celebrities and their roles in her life... Good Book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 09-07-13
    Cine PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 09-07-13

    married, mother of 1 daughter, and grandson. Love to cook, sew, music buff, hard worker.

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    "Leaves you wondering?"
    What made the experience of listening to Confessions of a Video Vixen the most enjoyable?

    I am a reader of educational books, other hardcover books put me to sleep. Listening is so much easier for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good but is all really true?


    What about Karrine Steffans’s performance did you like?

    The narration in her own voice was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that stood out for me was the relationship she had with her mother and father. Sad!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good however, it leaves you questioning; "Is any of this stuff true?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BerryIntelligent Tennessee 06-06-13
    BerryIntelligent Tennessee 06-06-13
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    "OK till the last few chapters"
    What would have made Confessions of a Video Vixen better?

    Because she labels it as a tool to help the younger generation, it would've been better if it was really a self help book. Though she downplays it like it's not glamorous to do all she did, she goes on to say she would do it again.


    What other book might you compare Confessions of a Video Vixen to and why?

    Not sure!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, I guess.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Confessions of a Video Vixen?

    All the talk about God in the end. God doesn't belong in the book at all.


    Any additional comments?

    God saves no doubt, but continuous willful sin doesn't occur after true godlu sorroe and sincereI repentance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 05-22-13
    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 05-22-13
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to Confessions of a Video Vixen again? Why?

    No I don't think so. I finished it in one day.


    What three words best describe Karrine Steffans’s performance?

    Just ok, soso,


    Any additional comments?

    In general it was entertaining. I was hoping for more reveals

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H Dunbar MCLEAN, VA, United States 12-20-12
    H Dunbar MCLEAN, VA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2006

    Bookish BD

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    "XXX Kiss & Tell"
    What did you like best about Confessions of a Video Vixen? What did you like least?

    What appears to be her honesty which shows her in a poor light


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Her childhood and how she evolved into the person she became


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sound quality and the narration were poor


    What else would you have wanted to know about Karrine Steffans’s life?

    How her son was affected by her lifestyle and choices


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 06-21-12
    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 06-21-12
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    "Confessions of a VIdeo Vixen"

    I enjoyed this book. I felt like it was a brutally honest account of her life. Some people dont believe her story and I've heard some nasty things said about her. If a guy sleeps around, it's fine, if a girl does it, she's a slut and a whore. I am proud of this woman, for getting honest with herself, about her issues and being brave enough to share it with the world. I belive the content in this story to be true and the sad thing is, there's a young girl, out there, living it right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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