Review & thoughts of Stormy Daniels’ book Full Disclosure

Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Release date: 10-02-18

Why I got this book & decided to listen to it

I originally got this book for my mum.  My mum apparently reads a little bit of Donald Trump each day to see what’s happening in the world of crazy.

This book seems to be reasonably famous amongst the gossip circles regarding Trump, so I thought it’d be a good one for her. Ie. The whole Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump scandal.

Well on a recent plane trip, I wasn’t feeling up for a hard hitting non-fiction book full of facts and learning… so I figured I’d listen to this as well, and maybe I’d have another thing to discuss with mum.

I wasn’t expecting amazing, things, but it was a decent listen.

What is this book about?

It’s an autobiography of Stormy Daniels.

It’s not just her interactions with Donald Trump, although that does feature quite a large part of it.
It’s her beginnings, upbringing, career -yes, in the pornography industry, but it wasn’t just acting, it was filming, producing, directing and even writing the stories.
It was her perspective.
And before you wonder aloud, ‘what kind of perspective does a porn star have? And why should I really care?’  Well, a lot.
By reading different people’s history and life experiences, you can begin to figure out their points of view, and how different people have different perspectives.

Such a completely different life compared to your own, the life of a porn star, there’s bound to be things that she’s learnt that you never will… and by reading her autobiography, you can learn them too.  That sounds pretty valuable to me.

Here’s the official publisher’s summary of the book.

This program includes an introductory note written and read by Michael Avenatti.

She was already well-known in some circles before March 6, 2018, but that’s probably the first time you heard the name Stormy Daniels. That’s the day she filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the election but never signed.

How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? What is it like to be reviled by some, held up as a beacon of hope by others, and to be an object of fascination to all?

In this audiobook, Stormy Daniels tells her whole story for the first time: about how she came to be a leading actress and director in the adult film business, the full truth about her journey from a rough childhood in Louisiana onto the national stage, and everything about the events that led to the nondisclosure agreement and the behind-the-scenes attempts to intimidate her.

Stormy is funny, sharp, warm, and impassioned by turns. Her story is a thoroughly American one, of a girl who loved reading and horses and who understood from a very young age what she wanted – and who also knew she’d have to get every step of the way there on her own.

People can’t stop talking about Stormy Daniels. And they won’t be able to stop talking about her fresh, surprising, completely candid, nothing-held-back audiobook.

©2018 Stephanie Clifford; note copyright Michael Avenatti, Esq. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Anything that really stood out?

Not much to be honest. I actually really thought it was read by Stormy Daniels herself, but it turns out it’s not.

She does say that it’s a myth that all pornographic actresses had a harsh upbringing or were abused physically or sexually as a child, and at the start claims that she was not one of these.  She then proceeds to tell you how she WAS abused as a child… so that was a little confusing.

She claims she has a photographic memory at one point.  I… highly doubt that. But many people claim that kind of thing, trying to show that they’re smart. I think actually Donald Trump tried to claim it at one point.
From what I understand its next to impossible to have a photographic memory unless you’re on the autistic scale to some degree. And Stormy Daniels doesn’t look like she is.

I’ve seen a couple of interviews with her, and she’s definitely not dumb.  But having a photographic memory…. Like I said, I highly doubt.
After having looked at the definition for it – if it’s just the ability to remember things in great detail, & the definition is a little vague as to what ‘great detail’ is… then sure… probably many people do… and in that case… it might not be that special.
But if it’s the connotation of a photographic memory, which is actually an Eidetic memory… where you can remember everything… then that’s the one I highly doubt.

Not sure exactly what was the fact here, but she either directed the Hollywood Undead album or was given the chance to.
I actually really like this band, it’s a very energetic rock, rap, hip hop genre mixed group.
She ended up dating and having a child with the drummer of a similar the group.

The way she approaches sex with Donald Trump seems alien to me, and I think to many other people. It wasn’t forced, it also wasn’t that she really wanted to, she wasn’t paid to do so, but the way she describes it… it was kind of like a resigned, slightly reluctant but overall ‘oh very well’ kind of attitude taken.
I don’t think many people would accept a situation like that, but perhaps given all of her experience working in the pornographic industry… it accustoms a person to that.. and you have a very different mindset.. I just don’t know.

So the point was, there’s no real ‘juicy’ / gossip worthy stuff in there. Its just… this happened… that’s it, and then the media made a scandal out of it.

Final thoughts/ recommendation

Yeah… I mean, in the situation I listened to it, it was fine.  It’s definitely not one of those ‘must listen’ books.

You could very easily give this a skip and not really miss out on anything. However for me personally, I’m glad I listened to this. There were some interesting insights, but if you’re listening to it for the ‘Trump goodies’… I’m pretty sure you’ll be disappointed.

It’s also not really one of those good value books, if you can get it on sale… then maybe. If you can borrow it from a friend.. then again maybe.

Overall, I’m not even sure my mum would enjoy it. I mean, I’m sure she’d read it… but enjoy it?  More like just go “hmm, oh?  Ah… that’s reasonably interesting”  once every 20 mins or so.

The world of Stormy Daniels is very different than many other people’s lives… and although interesting for a few people to hear that perspective.. I’m pretty sure at the end of the day… not many people really care.

Show me otherwise if you have different thoughts about this book.