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If You Really Loved Me | [Ann Rule]

If You Really Loved Me

In 1985, 32-year-old David Brown seemed to have it all. A computer genius with a million-dollar business, married for the fifth time - most recently to a 23-year-old beauty, Linda, the mother of his new-born baby - he was the living emobodiment of a rich playboy. But the signs of the dream life's dark underside were already emerging - especially in Brown's penchant for divorcing his young wives as soon as they matured to full womanhood.
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In 1985, 32-year-old David Brown seemed to have it all. A computer genius with a million-dollar business, married for the fifth time - most recently to a 23-year-old beauty, Linda, the mother of his new-born baby - he was the living emobodiment of a rich playboy. But the signs of the dream life's dark underside were already emerging - especially in Brown's penchant for divorcing his young wives as soon as they matured to full womanhood. The darkness came into full, violent bloom the night Linda was found shot to death in her own bed. Shockingly, Brown's 14-year-old stepdaughter Cinnamon confessed, earning a prison sentence for the murder in a case that rocked California's Orange County community. But even after the verdict was in, officials in the District Attorney's office suspected that all the facts were yet to be revealed. What their further investigations uncovered was a trail of lechery, deceit and betrayal - a trail that began and ended with David Brown. Filled with horrifying findings from the author's exclusive access to the details of the investigation, If You Really Loved Me is Ann Rule's most compelling work yet - a chilling true crime masterpiece!

©1991 Ann Rule (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Mary GOOSE CREEK, SC, United States 02-13-13
    Mary GOOSE CREEK, SC, United States 02-13-13
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    "As a huge fan of Ann Rule this had to be the worst"
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Ann Rule?

    YES, Because Ann Rule is an amazing leader-of-the-pack true crime author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Rule again?

    Absolutely.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Rule?

    Laurel Merlington


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If You Really Loved Me?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe because it's abridged, I never was able to connect with the victims. Ann Rule needs to stick to writing and not narrator. I absolutely love Ann Rule but this book was a waste of my time and honestly painful at times to my ears. Two thumbs down. : (

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    Ashley CASTLE ROCK, CO, United States 02-04-13
    Ashley CASTLE ROCK, CO, United States 02-04-13
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    "very intriguing"
    Would you listen to If You Really Loved Me again? Why?

    yes because it's amazing how deceptive your loved ones can be


    What did you like best about this story?

    the details that were provided


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    Julie Novi, MI 05-11-12
    Julie Novi, MI 05-11-12 Member Since 2000
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    What made the experience of listening to If You Really Loved Me the most enjoyable?

    Ann Rule may not have a "model" voice, but I thoroughly enjoyed her storytelling. I found her easier to listen to than most professionals that I've listened to through the years. Her storytelling, written and spoken, are spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cinnamon Brown. My heart breaks for her and the psychological abuse that was heaped onto her as a child and young adult.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Rule’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I would not hesitate to purchase one if the storyline interested me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but I'm not moved to tears easily. I can't imagine there would be much to laugh about in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It was a pleasure.

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