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The Price: My Rise and Fall as Natalia, New York's #1 Escort Hardcover – Oct 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775946
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Natalie “Natalia” McLennan was born in Montréal in 1980. An aspiring actress, she moved to New York and in 2004 started to work for New York Confidential as an escort, where she commanded rates as high as $2,000 an hour.

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This is a great fun read! A page turner and I could not put it down! Great story! Loved it!
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Detailed story of a naive Canadian girl who gets into the $$ life of New York. The book would not have gained attention without the NYGovernor-call girl scandal. But entertaining anyway.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bdd4018) out of 5 stars 85 reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfd2720) out of 5 stars Not nearly lurid enough to make up for its lack of insight Dec 15 2008
By J. Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Natalie McLennan wants you to like her. Because she's a nice girl. Really. She never blackmailed her married clients by calling their wives and she never bled them dry like she could have. It's a "soul thing."

If this kind of drivel sounds good to you you might like "The Price," at least if you've never read a hooker tell-all book. The book has neither the humor and intelligence of "Mayflower Madam" nor the gritty if depressing reality of "Going Down." McLennan isn't unlikeable, she's just not that interesting. You don't love her, you don't hate her. You just can't really care what happens to her because "The Price" is as phony as a prostitute pretending to be what she thinks you want. Even the descriptions of sex read like someone's idea of what a reader might think is hot -- I'd reproduce some of them here but Amazon's naughty word detector would probably ding them. Still, you can probably write them yourself: "He was so hot and huge," "My _____ was so wet," "Her ____s were so ______," "I couldn't keep myself from _____ing repeatedly at the sight of his/her _______ ________s." Yawn.

There is almost zero insight here into either the mind of a high-priced call girl or the men willing to pay four figures an hour for one. But then, how much insight can you expect from a woman who writes that her boyfriend who beat her up didn't deserve to to be arrested? No explanation why, no past tense involved, just that he didn't deserve it.

At least if this book were well-written, it might make up for its lack of depth. I probably could have overlooked the book's numerous grammatical errors if the author hadn't made such a big deal about how intelligent she is, and I can't imagine anyone other than serious fashionistas being interested in loving descriptions of designer clothing that go on for paragraphs at a time. The best I can say is that the writing is pretty good for a prostitute, but it's not very good for an author, and while the accounts of sex are, I suppose, not too bad for an author, they aren't very good for a prostitute.

As I said, if you've never read a call girl tell-all and are interested in some of the details, you might find this interesting. But given all the great books out there, including some truly good guilty-pleasure non-fiction (The Dirt comes to mind), why waste time with a book that seems like nothing more than a quickly dashed off attempt to cash in on the Spitzer scandal?
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbe1300) out of 5 stars Surprisingly Well Written Nov. 25 2008
By James R. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
When I ordered this book I thought it was about Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the sex escort that brought Eilot Spitzer's political dreams to a blazing crash landing. It wasn't, but it was about her co-worker and friend Natalie "Natalia" McLennan. It was easy for me to get the two of them mixed up because when the Spitzer news story first broke Ashely was trying to stay out of the spotlight--at least until she could turn the publicity into a boost in her singing, acting and modeling career. Natalia on the other hand was sought out to appear on "Larry King Live," "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Today Show." This book seemed at first like it was stealing Ashely's thunder, but while that may have been one of the reasons for it's publication, it will probably only help sell Ashley's own memoir when it is eventually published?
The book's "Prologue: When Natalia Met Ashley" introduces the two soon-to-be very high priced and successful call girls to each other and describes in minute detail how Ashley was easily recruited into the business by Natalia and her pimp Jason to become an important part of the "New York Confidential" Agency.
After that introduction of Ashely, Natalia begins her own tale of her journey into the Sex Escort business. As is the case with so many women caught up in the sex trade, her downfall was drug addiction. However, in Natalia's case she was pretty much a druggy before she began selling her body.
This is the story of relatively shy girl from Canada who dreams of becoming famous and eventually gets swallowed up the meat grinder of New York City. As the National Tap Dancing Champion of Canada she danced with Gregory Hines at the Montreal Jazz Festival and then began her "off-off Broadway" acting career. She is basically mesmerized by the shiny, false glitter of NYC nightlife. She was soon making $2,000 an hour by renting her body.
Anyone who finds this story interesting, which reads much like a Country Western Ballad, will probably enjoy reading "In Good Company: The Escort's Guide," "The Business Side of Escorting II: An Escorts Guide to Intelligently Running Her Business in the Cyber Age," "Call Girl" by Jeannette Angell and "The Last Madam: A Life In The New Orleans Underworld." All of these non-fiction books are surprising well written, as is this memoir. In all of those books the authors warn of the dangers of drugs and advise not falling prey to living the high life and to save money for their retirement, which will be arriving sooner than they think. (Feel free to read my Amazon Reviews of all those books). Even the most successful sex workers, some of whom actually make more money than the President of the United States is paid by the taxpayers, need to develop savings and retirement plans.
It's a shame that Natalie didn't benefit from this common sense advice, but like most people who have never made big money, she thought it would last forever. This is a good read and when Ashely's story is eventually published I'll read it as well. There are some very interesting and unexpected details about the life of a sex worker included in this volume. Sex always sells. Ask Eliot Spitzer!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hyman - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying this is outside of my normal genre, because I don't follow the celebrity world much. I had hoped I would learn some interesting things that I could use as conversation starters at parties, or somehow get insights into the theoretically glamorous world of high end call girls. This book covers the author's life from her youth in Canada, her involvement with drugs early on, and her rebellious move to New York where she becomes a high end call girl and does a lot of drugs. Along the way she drops veiled names of famous people she has slept with.

But, the book was neither interesting or titillating. In short, the book is:
Had sex, made a lot of money
Did a lot of drugs
Had more sex, including with some famous people
Did even more drugs
More sex, more drugs, more famous people
Then everything falls apart

At least it doesn't try to have post facto judgements about 'the life' in either direction.

The problem is that the biggest empathy I felt towards the author is that my review wouldn't be good.

If you want to read a book about the horrors of drug abuse, read The Night of the Gun. It is much better written and much more interesting, and you'll walk away glad you read the book.

If you want to learn about prostitution from the safety of your couch, although it is historical, try Sin in the Second City. It is well written, interesting, and you'll walk away with lots to talk about.

To read about endless meaningless sex, try The Game. It gives a lot more view of the personalities involved, and includes some celebrities in it too (although by name, not just hinted)

If you want to read a stunning, moving autobiography about someone who has faced horrific adversity and persevered, try War Child.

In short, outside of some passages here and there, the final few chapters, and the nice cover photo, the book isn't worthwhile other than riding the Spitzer fame.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfbf780) out of 5 stars An Interesting Read Dec 28 2008
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I chose this product to try something outside of my normal topics of interest. This book was certainly interesting. The author has a unique writing style, very similar to how you would imagine her talking to a friend. It was very informal and accessible after getting used to it in a couple of pages. The author doesn't get into great details about her escapades, and the drug use was just written about in the same way that most of us would write "I tied my shoes." It was just seen as part of her day.

Reading the book I felt the author was trying to provide her own form of therapy, and/or score a new source of income. She didn't seem to be asking for pity which is something to respect. She took ownership of her decisions, and in retrospect seemed to gave a good grasp of her past. The one thing I wish she had covered was how she started doing drugs, from page one it seems they are always just there, and no big deal.

Overall this was a quick, illuminating read about a world most of us could not imagine existed.
HASH(0x9ed2fb40) out of 5 stars Good but where was the editor? March 24 2015
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall it was an interesting read but I have to wonder what the editor was doing while they were supposed to be proofreading the book, as there were a lot of errors. But I'm guessing that's the least of your concerns and you're more into the details of the escort business. McLennan does a good job of describing how the New York Confidential (or should I say Gotham Steak) business operated and also talks about all the perks and cons that come along with being an escort. If you are looking for details as to who her famous clients were you will be disappointed as she respects their privacy and doesn't blackmail any of her clients, which isn't always the case in the escort world. Overall, it was a fun read but nothing really stood out from the other escort books that I've read.

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