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Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery | [Lisa Pulitzer, Cole Thompson]

Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery

In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. A 22-year-old Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot, was arrested in connection with the murder, only to be released after questioning. He admitted to being present for Holloway's death - but later recanted his statement.
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Publisher's Summary

In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. A 22-year-old Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot, was arrested in connection with the murder, only to be released after questioning. He admitted to being present for Holloway's death - but later recanted his statement. In 2010, on the five-year anniversary of Holloway's disappearance, a young business student in Peru named Stephany Flores Ramirez disappeared, only to be found dead three days later in a hotel room - registered to Joran van der Sloot. He was arrested, and confessed, but later claimed it was coerced. With unprecedented access to investigative files from law enforcement in multiple countries, Portrait of a Monster offers a chilling portrait of the alleged killer within an international manhunt.

©2011 Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson (P)2011 Dreamscape Media

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    Cynthia United States 10-19-11
    Cynthia United States 10-19-11
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    "Riveting from beginningto end!"

    Although i believed I was well informed about both the Natalie Holloway and Stephanie Flores caes, this book brought to light the true nature of the man responsible for the loss of te both of these young women. Well written and narrated, without additional drama or sensationalism, this was a non-stop "page turner" that once I began listening to, I had to finish. A must for all true crime enthusiasts!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-15-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "A little repetitive"

    As I timeshare owner in Aruba, my interest was piqued by this title. I learned a few new things about the Natalee case and many new things about the Peru case. I did determine that Joran (pronounced urine) is pretty much a pathological liar and I'm pretty dumbfounded about the news organizations (and others) who kept paying him to tell them lies. I have been to many of the places described in Aruba and may have actually passed him by. That's pretty frighteneing. This was pretty much a three-star book and quite repetitious at times. I think I've gotten my fill of Joran. The narration was good. If you are a fan of true detective stories or are familiar with the settings in this book, then you will probably "enjoy" it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-11-11
    Bill Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-11-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Riveting story, sad that it is non-fiction"

    Riveting story, sad that it is non-fiction. I don't know if the full truth will every come out. Great book, and excellent narration.

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    mary glendale, AZ, United States 08-15-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I already have


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    that it went back and forth between the two girls cases


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    so far this one


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    Horsetrip high springs, FL, United States 05-31-12
    Horsetrip high springs, FL, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to Portrait of a Monster again? Why?

    No, but it was good the first time.
    depressing story. parents were too lenient especially his father.


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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-18-12
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 06-18-12
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    What did you like best about Portrait of a Monster? What did you like least?

    I like the narration, but felt that there was a lack of content in the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There was very little I didn't already know.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    I honestly didn connect well with any character.


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

    Not unless there were further developments in the Natalie Holloway case.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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