• After He Killed Me

  • The Emma Fern Series, Book 2
  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (711 ratings)

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After He Killed Me

By: Natalie Barelli
Narrated by: Carly Robins
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Emma's friends are close. Her enemies are closer.

Emma Fern has won at life: she's a prize-winning author and she's blissfully happy with her husband, Jim. It wasn't an easy rise to the top, but Emma knows you can't achieve success without sacrifice. The trouble is, Jim knows that too.

As her literary triumph starts to fade into the past, Emma comes under pressure to write a second bestseller. But her big secret is that she didn't write the first one. She's a fraud, and the only people who ever knew the truth are...no longer a problem.

What Emma didn't count on was Jim playing the long game too. He has his own secrets - and a dangerous plan that could derail her beautifully orchestrated life. Faced with the loss of everything that defines her, Emma is forced to take increasingly desperate steps.

She won't go down without a fight. And as Jim should know, she won't fight fair.

©2017 Natalie Barelli (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The narrator makes a huge difference!

I enjoyed Until I Met Her which was the first novel in the Emma Fern series. After He Killed Me is certainly not as good, but going from narrator Kate Rudd to narrator Carly Robins was a huge mistake. Robins' timing is awful and she does a really lousy job with male voices. Listening is too painful. If this book interests you, you should get the Kindle version.

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I'm returning and buying the actual book!

Oh my goodness did this narrator listen to the first book at all? This bubbly tone is so not the Character, just as Rudd (Narrator of first book) Portrayed Emma, She is Mature, thirty something savvy New Yorker, not this college aged sounding airhead that this reader is making her into.
So dissatisfied,I really enjoyed the narration of the previous book however, before you waste a credit... sample this one. If you listened and met Emma before...You will totally understand my frustration...who assigned this narrator to crime fiction anyway?! Errr

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the narrator was awful

the sequel to before i met her was a decent story, but they should have kept the original narrator of emma fern. this narrator was irritating to listen too

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Great story. Awful narration.

As far as the story goes...just like the first one...LOVED it. When I reviewed “Until I Met Her” I had expressed not liking the “robotic” style of the narrator. When I realized the switch between the first book and this one though...I’d do anything to get that robot back. While Carly Robbins is talented, her voice for this book was not a good fit in the least. While I understand the transition of Emma’s overall personality from the first book to this one, the narration for this book made her sound like a teenage airhead. The attempts at reading the male parts was...ugh. They literally sounded like Roger from the Nickelodeon classic “Doug” (late 80’s & early 90’s babies will know what I mean.) made it really hard to appropriately visualize and take the dialogue seriously at times. Overall though, couldn’t stop listening to this book. Absolutely recommend.

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Hated narration

I read "Missing Molly" and loved it. Unfortunately, the ridiculous storyline, combined with the incredibly distracting narration, made me give up on this book before I finished it. The voices were so affected, it was hard to take any of it seriously, but I tried. I stuck with it, til I couldn't take it any more and simply stopped caring about what happened to any of the characters. Sad. I was so hopeful after "Missing Molly".

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  • 11-01-18

Interesting plot, terrible narrator

You definitely need to read the previous novel Until I Met Her to understand the intricacies
and references woven through the story. I found myself intrigued by the twists and eagerly anticipating the ending which was the ultimate twist. However, the narrator was really lacking. Her male voices were forced and artificial, her protagonist voice was often childish and shrill.

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First book was great but then they changed

The narrator in this book is awful-should never narrate anything else. Ruined the book. I was so excited to start the second book and I tried but gave up half-way through chapter 4.

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Struggling to finish. Narrators voice is annoying.

I have listed to all of the Natalie Barelli books. I cannot stand the narrators voice on this one. It’s too fast, snarky and high pitched. Did she not listen to the prior story. It just does not flow.

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What an airhead

The narrator didn’t help by making Emma sound like a total bubble head, but the storyline seemed like it was written by a teenager. Some plot lines were nonsensical as in they would never ever ever happen in real life and the holes in the story were big enough to fit a truck. The ending was stupid.

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Listen-een to this is kill-een me.

Every single word that ends in -ing is pronounced as -een. I can't stand it. With the amount of money I pay on a monthly basis, I don't think it's too much to ask to have narrators who can enunciate.

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  • Hazel
  • 12-18-20

The narrator absolutely destroys this book.

The narrators voice is terrible all she does is shout and bark. There is no dynamic and I couldn't get past chapter three. Which is a shame because the first book in this series was amazing.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-12-21

Well written story, until the narrator ruined it!

Again another excellent book by Natalie Barelli! I love the fast pace plot, not too much unnecessary unrelated details like other books, although not keen on the ending, but it shows most of the time in real life there’s always unpunished crime out there!
Having bought the first book, I was so disappointed when the second book was narrated by different person, which was the overacting version of the first one.
I couldn’t bear listening to how each word was overly punctuated, especially with the official roles.
Note to the author: if there’s no problem in the first place, don’t fix it! Please choose your narrator with long list of excellent reviews next time. I love all your books!

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  • mrs.d
  • 03-09-20

Ha ha don’t drink anything

This woman gives you. Read the first one first. I have just discovered this writer and am really enjoying her ability to write a sympathetic yet truly vile and self-justifying antagonist. It’s well written, well narrated and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next. I think, maybe. It’s the sheer anxiety of the antagonist that gives this book its backbone - you identify with her. Or that could just be me I guess.

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  • Dorothy Thomas
  • 02-14-23

Wow!

What a story! A real roller coaster ride and brilliantly narrated.
If you want an edge of your seat journey, I highly recommend this two book work.

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  • RosePetal86
  • 01-14-22

Disappointing

Adored the first book but this just isn’t it.. it just became repetitive in the end.

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  • Jaye22
  • 12-03-21

*Unhinged*

Well I don’t know what to say about this book. I remember Emma Fern as a kind young woman at the start of book one before she ever got involved in the world of pretending to be the author of a book. Once she experienced the fame and power she was unwilling to give it up. We saw how far she was prepared to go to protect her secret.

In this book we see how far removed she is from her original character. She is deluded and full of her own self importance, I feel a tad disappointed because I felt she needed to get her comeuppance, but what happens at the end shows she needed to knuckle down and actually put pen to paper.

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  • Janet
  • 02-05-23

Don’t bother

Sorry but the narrator yelled throughout this book so much that I had to put it on the lowest volume.Everything was accentuated, so annoying. Also story was very annoying, couldn’t wait for the whole thing to end

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  • Felicity Akins
  • 12-04-17

Great sequel to book one

loved the story, it's refreshing to have flawed characters in stories and it kept my interest up until the end. It would have been better to have the narrator stay the same for both books as I listened to them back to back and the consistency of voices would gave been nice.

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