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She Can Run | [Melinda Leigh]

She Can Run

Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.
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Publisher's Summary

Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

Forced into retirement by an injury and grieving the loss of his uncle, Jack O’Malley is unprepared to share his new home with a strange woman and her two kids. He is even less prepared for the instantaneous attraction he feels whenever Beth enters the room. She is beautiful, intelligent, kind…and obviously terrified of someone or something. As Jack’s investigation uncovers the shocking details of Beth’s past, the rural community is shaken by the murder of a local woman. Driven by instinct and desire, Jack is determined to keep Beth and her children safe, even if doing so means putting his heart - and his life - on the line.

©2012 Brilliance Audio

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    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 02-24-14
    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 02-24-14

    60 yr old retired

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    "Just Couldn't Finish This"

    If you really want to listen to your GPS read a cross between a romance novel and "The Perils of Pauline;" this is the book for you. It began with just a really bad reader but a story that seemed interesting. By the beginning of part 2, I realized I was dreading turning on my book. I had thought I wanted to find out how it ended. I decided it wasn't worth my time. I am amazed Amy Rubinate has narrated other books. I will never get another one by her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 01-27-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story poor narration"

    The story was engaging and enjoyable but at times the narration was akin to nails drug across a chalkboard. Amy's soft spoken, monotone voice did not do this book any justice.
    In the end the story was worth putting up with the poor narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deeadra PACE, FL, United States 12-07-12
    Deeadra PACE, FL, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Love audio books. Hate bad narrators.

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    "Good story. Horrible, horrible narrator."
    Would you try another book from Melinda Leigh and/or Amy Rubinate?

    Yes, I loved the story however the narrator was absolutely horrible. She did ok on the characters voices but the straight reading was so monotone it was just about unbearable. If I wasn't so "into" the story, I would have returned it for another book. After dozens and dozens of books and many different narrators, this is the worse one and the only one which led me to even consider returning a book. I'm sorry, I know that's mean and I've questioned people before who gave bad reviews of narrators; now I realize how they felt. If the narration is bad, the book is way off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    Never.


    Do you think She Can Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I'm satisfied with the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the narrator before you buy to see if you can tolerate her voice.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 12-27-12
    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 12-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    I enjoyed this book and the development of characters throughout the book. Its was fast paced all the way through and kept me listening into the wee small hours.

    The narrator Amy Rubinate did a great job with the voices and the actual narration of the book.

    The book reminded me a bit of Sandra Brown's style of writing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 02-13-15
    Katrina 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Started Off Slow"

    I almost returned this book because it started off so slow but the pace and storyline eventually sped up and I ended up enjoying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Susan Adam North Dakota 02-22-14
    A. Susan Adam North Dakota 02-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story...poor performance"
    What did you like best about She Can Run? What did you like least?

    The story was mostly predictable, but had a few interesting twists and the pace was good in that the story kept moving. The biggest minus was the performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of She Can Run?

    Can't really say there was one, but that was because the poor performance was distracting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This woman had a saccharine voice suitable to children's books and fair tales, not a murder mystery. Her lack of vocal inflection throughout the entire book drained any suspense from an otherwise suspenseful story. It also make it very difficult to distinguish between "thoughts" the characters were thinking to themselves and their actual conversations. Perhaps they are instructed not to add any acting skills to the job, but that totally ruins it for me. If a comeback is sassy, that does not come across reading it deadpan. I've noticed this in other Audible books, but not all of them. Some performers change their voices so you can tell the characters apart, they are excited in exciting passages, angry in angry ones...they give you the emotion along with the words. They ACT. Sadly, this performer did none of that.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A performer with some acting range.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wyoming, MI, United States 02-14-14
    Susan Wyoming, MI, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a amazing book and the story fascinating!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was quickly captivated by the story and loved the characters. The mystery of what she is hiding from is told in a way that you will not be able to put this down till you have heard the whole book. Just when you think she is safe she isn't. This book is a rare jewel and I just may listen to it again it is that GOOD!!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book you will not be sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarah 02-02-14
    sarah 02-02-14
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    "I am not a fan of this narrator"
    What disappointed you about She Can Run?

    I haven't finished the book, as the narrator speaks in a way I find distracting and annoying. I am taken away from the story.


    What was most disappointing about Melinda Leigh’s story?

    I haven't completed it, and probably won't, unless I am trapped with NOTHING else to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The pronunciation of words like 'horses', was what turned me off right away. Actually, I purchased the book thinking it was more of a mystery and less of a romance, so that is my error.I guess I still don't know what genre it best fits. When the animals kept being referred to as 'Horse as", I quit. It is odd how a quirk like that can turn a reader of instantly. I listen to many, many books, and have listened to a wide range of narrators. Rarely does one bother me enough to quite reading a book entirely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 01-29-14
    Linda 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Distracting narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the author, as I thought the book well written. It was compelling enough to grit my teeth and not let the narration keep me from finishing it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Melinda Leigh before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to her work before, but would again.


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    I love listening to books and have a very high tolerance for different styles of narration. But this time I was so distracted by the breathy voice, which alone might have been ok, but when combined with a cadence that rises at the end of phrases instead if dropping naturally, I found my attention focused on figuring out what was bothering me rather than the story. I kept waiting for her voice to drop. It gave an over dramatic flavor to the reading without which the work itself was quite ok.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely post a review, but I think this author deserves a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lola B. Riverside, CA 07-17-13
    Lola B. Riverside, CA 07-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Must Hire New Narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She said Hor-sass one too many times. Who doesn't know how to pronounce horses? She was breathy for no reason. At first I thought maybe it was to emphsize the fear of the situation but then realized she wasn't going to stop using that ridiculous voice.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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