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Cheryl R. Johnson

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  • Perfect Victim

  • The True Story of the Girl in the Box
  • By: Christine McGuire, Carla Norton
  • Narrated by: Amanda Plummer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening Recap

  • By Pamela Plimpton on 03-22-17

Horrible narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-17

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Vegas Diaries

  • Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 719

When you've come out the other side of the bizarre, twisted world of the Playboy mansion, where do you land? If you're Holly Madison...there's no place like Las Vegas. After making the sudden decision to reclaim her life, Holly broke free from the sheltered, deceptive confines of the mansion (which meant exiting a hit television show) and was determined to start her life over...from scratch. Without the security of a job or a relationship, she set out to reinvent herself on no one's terms but her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully surprising talent

  • By B. Ogawa on 05-20-16

High School Diaries

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Would you try another book from Holly Madison and/or Holly Madison?

Ok, I was interested in this book since I did like her last one. I felt she was honest and told her story and her truth. However, this one... Holy crap. I feel like I'm listening to a high school girl's drama. Maybe more junior high. WOW. It was a pretty painful story to listen to. Even though we are the same age, and part of me envied her, I feel sooooo much older and even more thankful for the life I have.

Would you ever listen to anything by Holly Madison again?

After this book, it would take a lot of convincing to listen to another one.

What aspect of Holly Madison’s performance would you have changed?

She reads very well, however, lots of wining. Sorry.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vegas Diaries?

Talking about her "frenemies". It is all so immature and it really made me dislike the book.

  • Mother's Day

  • By: Dennis McDougal
  • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

In June of I985, while her teenage sons held their half sister down, Theresa Cross beat her I9-year-old daughter, Sheila, unconscious and then stuffed her into a 2' x 2' storage locker. After three days, the knocking, kicking, and cries stopped. Theresa and her sons dumped the girl's body in the desolate High Sierras....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking true story

  • By Karen Vanderjagt on 07-10-15

too much unnecessary detail

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

there was so much detail that really wasn't needed to tell the story. That could have been summed up.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Sounded almost like a computer voice

3 of 5 people found this review helpful