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Publisher's Summary

In 1977, 20-year-old Colleen Stan left home to hitchhike from Oregon to California. Seven years later she emerged from hell, the victim of a bizarre and extraordinary crime. Known as the "sex slave" or "girl in the box" case, here's the whole story - too strange to be anything but true - of Colleen's horrifying imprisonment by Cameron Hooker. Told by the district attorney who tried the case, it is a tale of riveting intensity and gripping courtroom drama.

© Christine McGuire and Carla Norton; (P) Dove Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A gripping and disturbing story of the secret life of apparently normal people. At once, horrific and engrossing." (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter)

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Narrator very inconsistent

Book is interesting on its own but the narrator is not great. Inconsistent tone, volume and speed.

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enjoyed the book

The narrator in this book is simply AWFUL!! At times she talked in a whisper and then when starting the next sentence she spoke so loud it startles you. I found the book it's self interesting. Hated the narrator. will never listen to any books she narrates.....

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This is the worst narration I’ve ever heard.

Interesting story I heard a podcast on so I wanted to check out the book. If I knew ahead of time how horrible the narrator was going to be I would have totally not bothered. Whoever cast this story did an awful job. I’d give zero stars for it if I could.

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Eye Opening Recap

Would you consider the audio edition of Perfect Victim to be better than the print version?

Better for me -- I fall asleep when I read the print version of anything.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The compassion and calmness of telling the story.

Which character – as performed by Amanda Plummer – was your favorite?

Colleen Stan & her strength to survive!

Any additional comments?

I had seen the Lifetime movie based on this story, but was interested to read/listen to the book. I have seen the documentary regarding the movie & knew the story was a bit different from the movie. Well written and well narrated.

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Disturbing

Hard to believe that a human being can be so evil and sadistic! That is very strong woman.

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Horrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This just wasn't right with the narration. The woman has almost a child voice and she is reading such gruesome sadomasochistic material. It's just weird and made it uncomfortable. She should be reading children's books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Plummer?

Anyone else.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

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Good book, poor narration

well written story, poor narration with lots of volume changes and poorly read dialogue. Great book though! If I could go back I would buy the paper book instead

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Amazing writing. HORRIBLE NARRATION.

I was intrigued to listen to this book after the girls from Morbid covered this on their podcast. I had never heard of this insane story before and wanted more information on what had happened to Colleen. Seconds into listening to this audiobook I nearly stopped because the narration is so unbelievably horrible. Inconsistent volume and speed. Don't even get me started on the thick twang in her tone. It's only 3 hours though so I decided to give it a go. I will never buy another book narrated by Amanda Plummer again-- but overall the writing of this story saved this book for me. What a horrible life Colleen lived. I'm so glad her captor is in jail where he belongs.

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Crazy Story

The story is unbelievable and seems like something that can't be true.
The narrator makes it a rough listen.

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Very disturbing

Very disturbing. This story compels one to realize there is pure
evil in this world.

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