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Editorial Reviews

Porn isn’t just titillation for Monica Mayhem – it’s her career. In this performance of Mayhem’s biography, Absolute Mayhem: Secret Confessions of a Porn Star,Australian voice actor Mindy Kennedy seductively exposes us to Mayhem’s life on film. Kennedy’s portrayal of Mayhem is multifaceted: from wounded as she describes her childhood with an alcoholic mother, to positively purring with satisfaction when spilling the goods on her adult career: “It’s being desired that’s my drug of choice,” she playfully teases. Packed with insider information on the porn biz (note to the squeamish: Mayhem isn’t shy about showing the goods), Absolute Mayhem is entertaining listening for porn aficionados and curious onlookers alike.

Publisher’s Summary

“Do you really want to know what it’s like to be a porn star? Brace yourself, because I’m not going to pull any punches. Here’s what a ‘busy day at the office’ might mean for me….”

So begins the no-holds-barred autobiography of Monica Mayhem – a porn star and proud of it. In her funny and disarmingly candid voice, she reveals the ins and outs of making it big in Los Angeles, the pornography capital of the world. Just how did a girl who was taunted at school because her eyes were “too big”, and who carved out a respectable career for herself trading oil futures in the financial markets of Sydney and London, go on to make over four hundred hardcore adult movies (and counting), win numerous industry awards, and even land herself a role in the first Sex and the City movie? From her troubled childhood to her first show at the famous Spearmint Rhino in London to her favorite sex toys, Monica reveals how she built her empire – which now includes hundreds of films, a Web site, and lucrative burlesque performances.

Absolute Mayhem lifts the lid off the sex, rock, and mayhem of Monica’s truly extraordinary professional life and unveils the private person behind it all.

©2010 Monica Mayhem and Gerrie Lim (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Initial Thoughts:
Anyone who reads this blog knows I enjoy watching movies about sex, dating, relationships, prostitution and of course porn. The same goes for books, sexuality in all its forms has always fascinated me. So when I found this book on Audible, I decided to give it a try.
Main Points:
99% of the population has sex (I do know an asexual guy who doesn’t and my friend who is over 40 and single, so I also I am fairly certain doesn’t), people are interested in sex and I think a great deal of the population (I’d bet 80% or more) watches porn and is interested in it, to some extent or another. Obviously I’m one of those, I don’t watch porn nearly as much as I did in my 20s, hell even my 30s but I’ll admit to still viewing it from time to time. I wasn’t much aware of Monica Mayhem before I listened to this book though but I’ve never had a favorite porn star, anyway I’m slightly off topic.
This book goes through the whole life of Monica Mayhem. She has a rough childhood and really struggles up into her mid-twenties. She is very honest, never hiding her troubles with drug and alcohol abuse. She also freely talks about her issues with abandonment and the trouble she has getting close to anyone (which is certainly made more difficult doing porn.) I’m a very opened minded guy but I could never date a porn star (I’m married so I can’t date anyone but even when I was single), I think unless you were involved in the industry you were just never be able to handle the jealousy.
This book does not have a lot of graphic details of her sex life (and scenes she done in movies), don’t get me wrong, there are some and this book is certainly adults only but it was different from another one I read by Asa Akira. Monica is very sexual but Asa is at a more extreme level. The narrator does an excellent job, her Australian accent is very sexy and she had fun reading it.
There were moments where Monica tries to be introspective and come to conclusions about her behavior, her past and how they are connected. Sometimes this falls flat or she just tries to hard, it gets better but this comes up three or four times early in the book. I enjoyed her stories from the porn industry (good, bad and just bizarre) and the chapters where she talks about her Wiccan beliefs, her love of all things medieval, her loneliness and her love of singing are the best, as you really get sense of her as a whole person, not just a sexual one. Her ability to fully embrace her sexual identity (and display it for the world to see) is incredible but its the case with all porn stars, they are just very different from almost all of the population.
Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book, it does not have the same titillating factor of Asa’s and she tries too hard to find meaning but still any enjoyable read. In particular her love of one particular book, Mists of Avalon, is going to get me to contact her. I love that book too and I also love almost anything medieval. I think she would be a fun person to hang out with and the book does give a good glimpse into what her life is like and who she is. I give this 7.5 out of 10, I’m not sure why people are giving this negative reviews. It’s mostly light entertainment but there are some good, interesting chapters and you certainly learn about Monica and what makes her tick. Please don’t let children read or listen to this, ages 18+ for explicit sexual and coarse language, plus mature subject matter.