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  • Scarlet Falls
  • Written by: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Minutes to Kill

Written by: Melinda Leigh
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries - and fails - to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could be a welcome distraction. But soon, Hannah realizes the kidnappers have all the info they need to track her every move. And when chilling e-mails about the victim appear in her inbox, it’s frighteningly clear what happened in Vegas has followed her home.

Eight months after a terrible family tragedy, Hannah turns to Detective Brody McNamara once again. Brody is eager to help, though he’s embroiled in the investigation of a brutal murder. But the closer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow...and the more they stand to lose when two seemingly unrelated, but equally deadly, cases collide.

Minutes to Kill is the pulse-racing second novel in bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series.

2015 Golden Leaf Award Finalist

2016 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Winner

©2015 Melinda Leigh (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Trish R.
  • 2015-09-03

Great story.. Horrible narration..

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Loved the storyline and the players: Brody and Hannah were a great twosome. It was wonderful seeing Grant and Ellie and Carson again. The bad guys, Mick and Sam were so bad and sooo disgusting and sooo very, very mean. You really couldn’t help but hate them with your whole being. BUT I did love Hannah! She could seriously kick some a$$. The book was constantly exciting, from Las Vegas to New York, something was always happening.

There’s never a whole lot of sexual tension in her books but there’s some and she writes very good bedroom scenes.

Because it makes me crazy that every single romance has one thing in common, from now on, I’m going to mention the heroine biting her lip. Worrying her lip. Chewing at her lip or nibbling at her lip, or doing whatever to her lip. No one bit their lip. Yay!

As to the narration: Let me start by saying, the narrator was truly awful, and I’m pretty sure within a couple of days I’ll get a “not helpful” vote from her. At the end of her sentences she comes to an abrupt halt and her male voices simply sucked. I mean, Sam and Royce and Chet and Frank, the coroner, the detective in Las Vegas, Herb, almost every male voice, sounded like cartoon characters, almost like she was holding her nose to try to give them all a nasally sound, even Mac, Hannah’s brother. If he EVER has his own story this narrator will destroy the book. You’d think, with this being 2015, a lot of these narrators would have listened to the readers’ complaints and tried to improve but I think some of them think they are so good they don’t need improvement. That’s some pretty wrong thinking. I have listened to Ms.Dukehart for the last time. Even the 3 reviews written on Audible one person, God know why, gave her 4 stars, and the others 2 gave her 2 stars and mine will be 1 star so that should tell you something about her narration.

I would like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator!

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  • Lia
  • 2016-06-08

Fantastic Romantic Suspense @$7.34 Bargain

Melinda Leigh takes the readers back to Scarlet Falls New York Several months after the last books Hour of Need where her Brother Lee and his wife are murdered leaving behind two small children.
Hannah Barrett is a hard working corporate attorney who kicks butt in the office but when a young terrified girl calls for help Hannah tries to save her but fails with great harm to her life. Returning home to Scarlet Falls she finds a welcome distraction seeing family but instead of enjoying the times she is haunted by the imagines in her head as well as a chilling email about the victim.
Detective Brody McNamara once again is pulled into a brutal murder investigation. What he finds is two seemingly unrelated cases are about to collide.
Thank you to the author Melinda Leigh for creating a female protagonists who isn’t afraid of her own shadow and isn’t stupid. The Author created a protagonist who is able to take care of herself but finds and enjoys having someone to lean on when times get tough. Which sets up for a realist romance between Hannah and Brody.

Melinda Leigh filled in some past history giving allowing the reader to understand Hannah better and her abilities to always protect those she loves. I felt like Hannah wasn’t super human but someone who wanted to be loved by her father so she did everything she could to find that love and respect.
Readers are going to love the action, romance and story that author created at the end of Killing Hour. Melinda exposes her readers to the dark underbelly of human trafficking, illegal drugs and the abuse of power including a twist at the end of the story. The sad truth is this happens every day all over the world not just in Las Vegas.
She doesn’t give readers throw away characters in fact everyone has a purpose including the very freaky antagonists who have no conscious and will put the readers on the edge of their seats.

Cris Dukehart was very good with the delivery of the story. I don't understand why some listeners did not narration of the story.

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  • Wayne
  • 2016-01-06

Excellent detective novel!

Minutes to Kill is an excellent detective novel with lots of suspense. Narration is disappointing.

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  • donnacdavis
  • 2015-07-22

All I can say is blah....

This sounded like an excellent book within the style I like. However I can get past the narrator. Horrible. Her ability to change pitch to notate characters makes it very hard to enjoy. In the first 15 minutes, I lost interest as I couldn't tell if she was a prostitute or lawyer. Between the blah narrator and bouncing from strip club, home and thoughts of murdered family members.....I gave up. Unless you are a fan of this author and can forgive a failed attempt at entertainment, don't spend your money on this one.

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  • that1girl
  • 2017-01-04

Strong Female lead!

I love books that don't depict women as weak. This is a great book. Can't wait to start the next one.

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  • kat
  • 2017-01-26

Love it, going straight to the 3rd book excellent

The narration on this book was wonderful. I can't wait to read the third book and also try some of the other series by Ms. Leigh.

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  • Kirsten
  • 2015-07-15

Well, I did finish listening to it.

And I thought it was a completely predictable storyline with very little of the trills that had been promised. The romantic plot line was unexpected, unwanted, and uninteresting. Although I was surprised by the 'who done it' this didn't make up for the previous parts of the story. I am also getting super tired of the "not traditionally beautiful yet alluring" female heroine and so perhaps that has made this book less enjoyable for me.

Furthermore, something about the performance was lacking for me - the way Cris spoke for the male characters sounded as though she was making fun of them rather than telling the story and it took me out of it.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 2018-10-05

Action Suspense and Sizzling Romance Riveting Read

Following in the heels of Hour of Need, this second Scarlet Falls story picks up with the second of the three Barretts, Hannah, who stumbles into the dark, stomach-twisting world of human trafficking when her work takes her to Vegas and she can't complete the rescue of a young teen begging for her help.

This could be read standalone, but it works best following Grant Barrett's story in Hour of Need when many of the characters are introduced and began their story.

Hannah Barrett, cool, driven lawyer seeking the prize of partner in her international firm is just leaving a party that was the celebration of a successful business deal when she encounters a teen girl begging for her help getting away from her pimp. The rescue was unsuccessful and Hannah goes home to recover. But unbeknownst to her, the girl's pimp is a sadistic fiend and his eyes are set on Hannah.
Brody McNamara knows better than to start something with a woman who hates Scarlet Falls and only talks of leaving, but Hannah Barrett got under his skin and he's tired of letting his cheating ex and his past call the shots.
But brutal murder and dark deeds have followed Hannah so Brody will stand by her as she hunts for a trail to find the girl she failed to rescue and deal with her own shadowed past.

The first book taught me to enjoy these gritty, dark thriller style romantic suspenses and like the characters and the setting that were introduced. I was eager to return for Hannah's story even though her issues with her dad, her mom's death, her constant need to remind everyone that she's 'out of here,' and she's not capable of relationships or tenderness got a little old. It was fun seeing Brody and her family work on all those hard, prickly edges and prove her wrong.

Hannah was one serious kick-butt woman who was a little impulsive, but still a capable fighter with her wits or physically. She needed to be because she was the target of an evil slime who really needed to be destroyed. The author wasn't afraid to put her in situations where she had to take action.
Brody was great. He's a police detective and a steady guy. He wasn't intimidated by Hannah and loved her just the way she was. He stood pat even against her when he had to and when he had to be there for his former alcoholic partner who never got over his wife's death or his daughter running away.

Brody and Hannah made a great team on the case, but they were full of crackling electricity as a couple. I thought this story had a much better pace and clipped along better than book one which had the job of introductions. I can't wait to move forward into Mac's book. He's so different from Grant and Hannah that it will be interesting to see how his story goes.

Cris Dukehart continues to dazzle me. I really love her storytelling. She has such a wide range of voices and does well with both genders, tone, and pacing. She's a great fit for this series.

All in all, this was thoroughly engaging and I think would be a big hit with romantic suspense fans who like the suspense a little darker and the romance with a bit of spice.

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  • THERESA SWAYZE
  • 2016-12-06

Really good

The mystery is very compelling, the characters are written with depth and it is written as a stand alone book mostly. So if you haven't read the other book in the series you don't missing much. -but I will differently be buying the 1st book in this series.

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  • Mops
  • 2016-11-16

Enjoyed listening

What made the experience of listening to Minutes to Kill the most enjoyable?

It had little unexpected twists and kept me interested until the very end. I listened to the first book afterwards and enjoyed that one as well. It is not necessary to read the first book, but I was interested in it after I listened to this one.

Which character – as performed by Cris Dukehart – was your favorite?

All characters were done nicely. I am always amazed that the narrators can switch so fast and seamlessly from one character to another throughout an entire story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did finish this book quite fast to find out what's going on.

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