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True Porn Clerk Stories

By: Ali Davis
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Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Queue up these hilarious real-life stories from the video clerking trenches. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wash your hands. No rewinding required!

©2009 Ali Davis (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • ND
  • 27-06-18

Disappointing

Was looking for a funny book. This is not funny. It is mildly amusing and more of a social commentary on porn store customers

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You might bust a gut laughing!

A truly insightful and hilarious peek behind the desk at your local video store and the regulars who visit it. The author actually made me think a lot more about my perceptions of porn and sex and our societal attitudes towards it. But what really made this book brilliant was how easy it was to read, the way it made me laugh out loud like a loon as I did the housework and the skillful way the writer adds depth to what most of us would think was a godawful job.

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enjoyable Listen

was a fun insight into the world of porn clerking and funny storys of the customers

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educational and engaging

extremely funny and a closer look into p*** addiction. obviously based in the 90s and brings back memories

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Great!

A witty and well written and well narrated insight into the world of a video clerk at a porn rentals store. Found Ali's descriptions of the customers very interesting and honest. A very open and warm book.

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Funny and full of interesting musings

Quite entertaining and filled with interesting anecdotes, stories and musings without being judgemental and falling into stereotypes. And a love for Aqua that Dr Jones would be proud of!

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didn't know what to expect... pleasantly surprised

Kept me listening. Enjoyed the format and narration. Could have happily listened to more. Author/narrator generated empathy for the main character.

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Angry and bitter

Kind of intriguing to listen to but I only managed half an hour before deciding I didn't want to listen to the bitter angry rants of the book.

I'd rather listen to something educational/interesting/happy/not angry and bitter.

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  • RMB
  • 07-10-14

Sad has never been so hilarious

If you could sum up True Porn Clerk Stories in three words, what would they be?

I don't know. Why do I have to write a review based on your criteria? The book is a quick read (or listen as the case may be) and totally hilarious in an "oh my God do these people really exist?" kind of way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ali. Why? Because she kicks ass and manages to be hilarious while asking deep social, psychological, and philosophical questions.

Have you listened to any of Ali Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is her first, but I hope it's not her last.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's like Empire Records, but funnier, creepier, and...*ahem*....stickier.

Any additional comments?

This book will not disappoint. And if it does, then you have bad taste.

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  • Samantha
  • 09-03-16

Great Great Great Read

Where does True Porn Clerk Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far I think this has to be one of my favourite books, as a previous adult store employee I could definitely relate to most of her stories and I loved Ali's views on sex in our modern world as well as the taboos sex has against it. She's got a great sense of humour and really gets it. Her ideas are very eloquently thought out and she makes a lot of sense. Not only is this a great journal but it does really make you think. I would highly recommend this. I only wish it were longer so I could have more to enjoy.

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  • Susie
  • 09-10-14

So. Funny.

Ali Davis keeps a straight face and a kind heart.

For anyone who's been in the retail trenches, or spent time in the sweat-scented aisles of an old fashioned video store, Ali Davis is your voice.

Ali has so much compassion for her customers, while still recognizing the shiftiness and downright unlikability of others. My favorite story is of Ali finding her moment of power, channeling her inner High School Principal and expelling a "jerker" from the porn basement—but things were not what they seemed.

Human nature is laid bare; the politics of singles, couples, and groups; and the "drift" from vanilla to kink. Ali records the faces that people present versus what they rent.

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  • holly
  • 07-05-15

Fun

I found this a fun and funny look into customer service at a porn store. Alli shows a unique feminist perspective

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  • Chris
  • 01-04-15

funny and porny - good combo

funny and porny - good combo. I would most certainly read more work by this young lady :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-12-14

Fun

Funny and interesting. Wouldn't have bought it at full price, but the discount from Kindle Unlimited was enough to get me to try it.

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  • C. O'Keefe
  • 15-10-16

An amusing and insightful look video clerk life

Like most guys I've watched porn (continue to watch it too) and while it has gotten more extreme over the past 10 years or so, I do still enjoy it. As such I look for books, movies, TV shows with Porn in the title. While on Audible (why aren't they paying me? I sure do pimp them a lot!) I searched and this came up. It got good reviews and was narrated by the author (which I always like) so I gave it a listen.

I also picked this because it was short and I like a shorter commitment of time for a book. This book is non-fiction (if you haven't already guessed) and goes through the year and a half (approximately) of Ali Davis working in a video store (that rents and sells porn as well). While I never worked in a video store, I have had jobs dealing with the public (I still do, though I don't ring anyone in these days) and I could immediately relate to a lot of her stories. People are strange, people can be jerks, they can be nice and from time to time, even pleasantly surprise you.

Also to reveal a little of myself I could relate to Ali about being in a job you don't like just because of the perks/benefits. I'm getting ahead of myself though. Ali has very progressive views sexually and is even bi-sexual. As such she is very open-minded about porn (as am I) but she knows when to draw the line. I am also in complete agreement that some porn is way to extreme/degrading and it is sad that it is being made and consumed. It is also said that some people develop an addiction to porn (I agree completely that if you watch parts of 6 porn movies 4-5 times a week, you certainly may have a problem.)

I also found myself relating to some of the management side of things (as I'm a co-owner of a business, not an employee), which Ali naturally doesn't get being on the other side of it. Aside from all this she gives some great insights into human behavior, the fascinating subject of sexuality and a nice behind the counter view of working in a video store (which I'm sure is very rare/non-existent now). She is funny, insightful, intelligent and likable. The book isn't dragged out, once her time at the store ends, the book quickly comes to it's conclusion. I also quite enjoyed how chapters were often a journal entry, sometimes encompassing a week, a month or even just a day or two.

The book is not without its flaws. For parts when she yelled in the book, she really yells in the audio book. This is unpleasant, please don't yell into my ears, it makes for an bad listening experience. I think this may be due to the fact she has never recorded an audio book before, but none the less it is drawback in several spots. She does, however, do a good job with doing accents and other characters, I also quite liked when she did her sexy call center voice. To be honest though I quite enjoyed the book and found it came to an end much too soon. Before I recommend I'll advise that is book is strictly 18+, it deals with hardcore porn and is not for children, I wasn't offended and she doesn't go too far with description of any movie but still be warned. I would recommend to anyone who likes non-fiction and is not easily offended. I think it would have been better with some thoughts from another clerk in the place, maybe the thoughts of a manager but still is good on it's own.

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  • Deb
  • 31-05-15

Fairly Interesting

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I thought the book was fairly interesting. I'm trying to find books on humor to improve my comedy writing. I did get some chuckles. I found it was basically, the author, an overqualified porn video clerk (college graduate?) complaining about her crappy minimum wage job and annoying customers. Hmmm... what things would porn customers do that would be annoying?... Much has to do with why they would get the videos in the first place. So, male bodily fluid issues on the rental returns, etc. By the end, I felt like I was reading about a conscientious, diligent, kind librarian, only a video porn one. And, she covered some of her customer relationships, kept at arm's length. I'm glad that she was able to move on to a better job.

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  • Juan
  • 14-04-15

not for the average listener but one hell of a rid

sure you hear the stories of porn but behind the pedophiles and the addiction of the "regulars" you begin to see the world through Ali Davis you hear her likes and dislikes, her boundaries socially and politically not in a manner that is intentional but in a manner that let's you know what her beliefs are in the situations that occur after reading this I'd like to hug Ali but a five star will have to do

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  • Kathleen S.
  • 15-03-15

Desert Canary

Anyone who has spent time behind a cash register will appreciate this book. It has a lot of truths about human beings.

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