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3.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 5 3.04 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jillian Lauren Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188789
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At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The “casting director” told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties.

More than just a sexy book set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself and the courage to meet her birth mother and, eventually, adopt a baby boy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layne | 2/19/2014

    " Fascinating details about life in Brunei from a not so fascinating writer. I have a love-hate relationship with memoirs in general. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shandra | 2/14/2014

    " Not one of the best bio's I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Fabian | 2/3/2014

    " so strange but it could happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yuska Vonita | 1/31/2014

    " The story is "okay" not that fascinating or thrilling. I found it boring after 4-5 chapters. The plot is too slow and the language is hard to understand. I don't get why she came back to the harem. I like the cover though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting look at the sex trade here and abroad. It is difficult at times to be sympathetic with the character, but then again we all make decisions that make us less sympathetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 1/15/2014

    " Not that well-written and lacks focus, but some entertaining bits and pieces. Wouldn't have picked it up to read normally, but the library's selection of available ebooks is small. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alioh | 1/13/2014

    " Well apart from the cash and jewels and shopping sprees, it wasn't quite jaw-dropping as the teaser says - though maybe I'm jaded - but it was an interesting read, and better written than I'd expected. It's a bit more coming-of-age, searching for personal truth than my taste really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dgoll | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting book. I hate to be judgemental but it seems as though writing the book is just another transaction of the same kind. Pretty well written though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/18/2013

    " I was entertained but would not rave about the book. I could not relate to the main character but it was interesting to read about her experiences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 9/28/2013

    " Stupid - but I couldn't put it down. Ridiculous story, claims to be factual but doubtful. Her "insights" into why a nice educated girl from a middle class Jewish family would fly off to be part of Sultan of Brunei's harem are very unsophisticated and unreal. But I read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 9/26/2013

    " It was ok ... I expected much more from this book . The end it was better but still too much left behind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 San | 7/9/2013

    " Blah....not very captivating and ended up having no empathy for the author. Expected more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca McKanna | 6/29/2013

    " This book really developed momentum as it went on. In addition to sharing fascinating, outlandish story, Lauren is also a talented writer and very self-aware. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisa | 6/2/2013

    " Not very interesting; it mainly served to remind me how insane some girls are, and to be glad I'm not one of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaela Harris | 5/2/2013

    " As literature, it was fair, but the story was intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina Brejda | 4/28/2013

    " A quick read. But interesting topic... A smart girl trades her goal of becoming an actress to become a Sultan's "concubine", but inevitable fares much better off in the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 lola | 1/23/2013

    " It makes me sad that I did not like this book but I did not like it. Try [Book: Whip Smart] instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anaylor | 10/28/2012

    " Exciting, surprising, risque, but also very real. I really enjoyed this latest book club selection. Jillian's style of writing is fresh, funny and relatable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trouble | 8/28/2012

    " Thought it was fictional for the first half of the book, until Jill moves out of the harem and things start getting a little boring. It's interesting, if not as entertainingly told as fiction might have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonian | 1/1/2012

    " It was a nice book to read! I was wishing for something between her and the prince...but I liked it anyways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neha | 5/21/2011

    " I found this book fascinating! The author really doesn't hold anything back when she talks about her emotions and time as a "harem girl" and it is probably one of the bravest memoirs I have written, she truly puts herself out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonian | 5/16/2011

    " It was a nice book to read! I was wishing for something between her and the prince...but I liked it anyways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/13/2011

    " This is such a good book and absolutely fascinating, a definite page turner!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/9/2011

    " Jillian draws you in with a great story. I was surprised at how critically she was able to look at her own life and actions. Thanks Jillian for sharing yourself in such a personal way with your readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 5/3/2011

    " Engaging page turner that had me begging for more. What an extraordinary story, with lively characters and a wonderful narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 5/2/2011

    " Interesting story. I enjoyed it. My only complaint would be that parts of the story seemed like they were glazed over and that the meat of it was left out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chichi | 4/30/2011

    " very interesting in a very wierd way. i question her motive but... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 4/18/2011

    " there are so many threads to this story, but what an intricately weave it is. the sex work aspect of the story really takes backseat to lauren's search for herself. it reads a bit like chick lit, but mostly it's a well-written memoir. "

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About the Author
Author Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls and has an MFA from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, and their son.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.