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Publisher's Summary

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

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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Hard to get through!

My first thought was it would be great to have the book read by Ann Rule. I have been a fan of her true crime books for years. Wow, was wrong! I had to stop listening numerous times. She read this as if she had never seen this book before in her life. Very disappointed.

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Book was quick

I was hoping for a more in depth story. I'd have liked more background. This story was only two hours. :(

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narration was terrible

good story by Ann rule as always but TERRIBLE narration. It sounded like she was reading a word problem or a grocery list, not a story. I never realized how important a good narrator was before this audiobook. Such a bummer because I do love Ann rule's books.

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not so good

I really can't understand why anyone would want to read an abridged book. so much is left out. I saw the movie and was very interested in reading the book. i usually don't read abridged books but it was cheap. But it was still not worth the money spent. I didn't understand the book because it was very hard to follow because so much is left out. I'm sorry I also have to say the performance was awful. you can't even distinguish between the characters because the performance is so flat. I would have to say that this wasn't very good and don't waist your money

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Not intersting

What disappointed you about If You Really Loved Me?

The movie was way better than the book. I wish I had not wasted my money on this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Rule again?

NO

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Rule’s performances?

Maybe

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed that the movie was better than the book.

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  • Ashley
  • CASTLE ROCK, CO, United States
  • 02-04-13

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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  • jb11
  • michigan
  • 05-11-12

Intriguing true crime story, great narration...

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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  • Allegra
  • 03-12-15

Absolutely dreadful

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not applicable.

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

I am a great fan of Ann Rule the author, but as a narrator she is embarrassing. I only listened for fifteen minutes and gave up.
I also found the accompanying background music distracting and cannot fathom it's purpose. A complete waste of time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Rule’s performances?

I'm afraid not.

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

I would not have edited out anything because she is an excellent writer.

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