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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cole Thompson, Lisa Pulitzer Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781611201574
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana Dehart | 10/30/2013

    " What a jerk! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/24/2013

    " This is another one that I couldn't decide between three and four stars. If you like true crime books, I would definitely recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kym | 8/4/2013

    " It's hard to pick "I really liked it" for a book about a slimeball that you want fried like a Peruvian cockroach, but the book is thorough and interesting and I couldn't put it down. Dutch law absolutely blows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 4/15/2013

    " Scary to read how much of a psychopath this guy is, however the book doesn't really provide much closure, as he keeps making up stories as to what he says really happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 1/13/2013

    " I found this book to be hard to put down ; knowing that this really happened and is an ongoing horror story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/10/2012

    " I don't think that much was brought to light in comparison to what is already out about both cases. I genuinely hope van der sloot rots. The pain and torment he has brought to these families with absolutely no sense of remorse is horrendous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathi | 11/23/2012

    " I feel for the parents of Natalee Holloway as they are dealing with a psychopath and pathological liar. He should be going on trial soon for the murder he committed in So. America and hopefully justice will be served in that case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellis | 11/1/2012

    " What an asshole this Joran van der Sloot! And he's dutch as I am... what a shame!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/31/2012

    " picked it up wanting to learn more about this creep. I am still fascinated by the Holloway case and this book helped shed some light on this appropriately titled "monster". A book for all true crime lovers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess Agirl | 12/7/2011

    " I think I would rather read fiction. The book isn't bad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhea | 12/7/2011

    " This book is remarkable for its amazing in-depth reporting. So much of what I read in the book was never reported in the media. The only reason I could not give it 5 stars is that the book is in need of an editor. The writing is mostly quite good, but in spots it is faulty and even ungrammatical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 10/7/2011

    " Extremely well-researched. Good writing. I like how this story takes place in many different locations around the globe (Aruba, Peru, Thailand, Netherlands). "

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About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.