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Publisher's Summary

Accidental Playboy is the hilarious, erotic, and provocative memoir of a sensitive post-modern man who stumbles into the dream job of a lifetime. When Playboy magazine tapped Leif Ueland to report on its nationwide search for the Playmate of the Millennium, he was the ultimate confused American male. A self-professed nice guy, raised in a family with strong feminist traditions, Ueland had retreated from even the idea of dating, opting instead to wrestle with his stalled first novel. In short, he thought himself the last man to be on Playboy's roving audition bus, never mind its official reporter. And yet, something deep within his psyche leapt at the opportunity.In this Hunter Thompsonesque chronicle, Ueland describes his six months in a high-tech mobile photo studio - an upside-down world where women can't wait to disrobe and get into the pages of Playboy. He tells of the seen-it-all photographers, the jaded female PR rep, and of course, the Playmate hopefuls themselves, a parade of young women looking for a better life - and simultaneously more and less innocent than we expect. Wading deeper and deeper into a sea of beauty, nudity, sex, and ambition, Ueland undergoes an intriguing transformation that discloses important truths about men and women and the gravitational forces that bind them.An extraordinary work of reportage and a powerful look at American sexual mores, Accidental Playboy is also hilarious, showing what happens when a "shy guy" breaks out of his shell, and the whole world starts spinning his way.Accidental Playboy is also available in print from Warner Books.
Executive Producer: Dan Zitt
Producer: John McElroy
Jacket design by Jackie Merri Meyer
Jacket photograph by Herman Estevez
©2002 by Leif Ueland
(P)2002 Random House Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Massey on 03-26-03

A funny story, that was fun to listen to

This has to be every young mans fantasy, to be on the Playboy model search tour. The story is well told and really shows what life on the road with Playboy turns out to be. Like most fantasies, the real adventure turns out to be a different experience.

This is not my favorite book by any means, but if you need to find a book to listen to that will keep your interest for a long time, then you could do a lot worse than this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By RacerX on 04-20-05

Decent book

When I DL'd the audiobook I wasn't sure what to expect. Ironically I didn't associate the "playboy" in the title with "Playboy" the Men's magazine. I must be an airhead.
Anyhow the book was surprisingly good. Not cheesy at all. It was interesting to hear the transformation of the Author/Narrator with all the experiences he had on the bus trip. I could personally identify and empathise with (aside from the parties with "Hef" at the mansion) in just being a man.
Overall a decent book--worth the DL. Definitely a "slice of life" book.

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