Perfect Victim

The True Story of the Girl in the Box
Narrated by: Amanda Plummer
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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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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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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that poor girl

i loved hearing she got away but so sad its a true story. thank God she had the courage to tell it. it was very emotional

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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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Enthralled

I couldn't stop listening. I was hooked from the beginning. A sad and terrifying story, that was very well written.

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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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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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Talk about crazy people!

Did not like the narrator she was hard to understand and had a very mousy voice. The story was not written very well.

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great story

this is a very unique story and should be a good listen. however the person reading sounds like she is reading a children's story. she was not at all suited for this role.

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Atrocious Narration!!!

The topic is very interesting and got me through the book, but it wasn’t easy to get there. The narration is terrible!! Who ever did the audio engineering/mixing on this book should also be out of a job. There are countless times the narrator is very quiet and mumbling, makes it very hard to understand. Also, there are just as many loud bursts of sound (they have nothing to do with the story) in the read that it startles you. Overall interesting topic, story is pretty chopped up though and did I mention the audio is horrendous in every sense of the word?

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the narration in this book is horrendous!

the narration was terrible! I have NEVER in my life stopped a book without finishing it until this one. I couldn't make it through the first 15 minutes. The story itself sounded interesting, however, I will just have to find the book in an alternate form to actually read it. It wasn't just the sound of her voice that was off putting. It was also the was she would try to make a dramatic pause where there shouldn't be one. Whomever gave this narrator this assignment really gave the author a disservice.