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Because I Can

Narrated by: Carly
Series: The Because Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Jenna is a victim of an attack on her college campus. After barely escaping, she manages to make her way to campus security. With the help of the security guard, the local police are called, but she soon learns no one will help her case, and the police and the college administration dismiss her accusation, leaving her feeling empty.

Tired of the whispers and looks from her classmates and professors, she decides to take charge of the situation. Tired of being a victim, she's determined to take her life back. Jenna soon undergoes a dramatic makeover...one that leaves even her best friend unable to recognize her. With her new look and the help of some online self-help videos, she begins her search for her attacker.

In her search, the one thing Jenna didn't expect to find was the handsome, new student, Nic. As she gets to know him, she learns he isn't who he claims to be. It's then Jenna begins to suspect the guy she's fallen for.

As she closes in on her attacker, she makes a few new discoveries, and she can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. As she races against time, will she be able to uncover the identity of her attacker before he strikes again?

©2016 Elaine Marie (P)2017 Elaine Marie

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Good, not great.

So let me start off by saying this was a different book than I'm used to.. That being said I had expectations, I might have set them too high but I was expecting more from this book than what was given.

I enjoyed the story, it's hard not to enjoy a book for me but I didn't love it. It was too predictable and not as thrilling as i anticipated.

Jenna uprooted her whole life to feel safe and even then it didn't work, changed her appearance and all.

Nic is pretty obvious, you know right away who and what he is. When things go haywire it's clear how things are going to play out. I just didn't care for the obviousness of the book. I wanted more of the element of surprise and less predictability.

The narrator did a good job, again just good not great. She didn't put enough feeling into the book, it felt like she was just reading words off a page instead of making the characters come alive.

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He shouldn’t have

Mystery, suspense, intrigue, a crime is committed, but the perpetrator is not convicted and the victim takes it upon herself to right the wrong.
I enjoyed this short story, but the narrator has bad inflection, so disappointing, this is my opinion.

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Good Story!

Elaine Marie wrote a good story, with a good lesson to learn. She also gave us mystery and suspense around finding a perpetrator. We even experienced new romances that developed.

The only problem with the book was, it felt like it was being read to me, but I would still recommend it to others.
There's a lesson to be learned in the storyline for all women.

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Narration a bit rushed but good story

This is a story about overcoming fears and a horrible experience. Jenna was attacked at school and no one helped her so she got the strength to help herself. That was an awesome part of the story and I appreciated her strength. She meets another student Nic and they get along well although she knows he is hiding something. Can they come together to protect Jenna and overcome the horrible violence she has in her past?

The narrator, Carly, sounded a bit rushed and she would have benefitted from some more emotion. She actually sounded best as the “bad guy” because it slowed down her narration and infused a bit of difference in her voice. However I had no problem finishing the book and enjoyed it overall.

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This was a great story of finding your strength after having your power taken away. Jenna was attacked but instead of dwelling on the fear and depression- she finds the strength to remake herself and look for not just revenge but vindication. I enjoyed the story line very much.

The narration was solid- I would have loved a bit more feeling/acting from the narrator but all in all, it was pretty good.

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Great suspenseful romance with a clever ending

This is a first time reading work from this author for me and I thought it was a promising start. The story was clever with suspense throughout and a clever twist as an ending. I loved Jenna and the fact that although she was insecure and frightened, she was intelligent and strong. It took me some time time to warm up to Nico as I felt he needed a bit more character development before the romance parts. Overall for a short listen this was a great story and definitely worth listening to. I think the narrator Carly needed to slow down and change her voice a bit more for Nico's parts as it was confusing at points who's part it was.

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Overcoming fear!!

Jenna decision to change herself to overcome a vicious attack after class on her way home is the act of a strong woman. The story will capture your attention from the beginning. This story is one of suspense, drama, mystery and there is some romance too.
The narrator does a good job with the characters. I would recommend this book!

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Strong Woman

I liked the storyline of this book, showing the strength and ability to overcome horror. It has suspense, romance and manipulation through fear. Elaine Marie's story was compelling.
Carly read a bit fast paced for me and I felt myself wanting to take a breath for her. Whether I got used to it or she changed as the book went on it didn’t deter me from listening.

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Because I can

This was an ok story. There was a good element of suspense. The story and narration moved kind of fast. I think that the story and characters could have been flushed out a bit more. I didn't really feel a connection between the characters or to the characters. What kept me engaged
was wanting to solve the mystery of the attacks.

I thought the narration was ok also. The narrator could have amped the story up with more emotion. At times the story felt flat and like the narrator was speed reading.

Overall it was an ok read/listen

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Good Listen

Jenna is a college student that is attacked on campus. The school or the police has dismissed her case. She decides to fight back by discovering who attacked her. This story is full of suspense and drama with a little romance. Great story.

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  • ZOE R
  • 24-10-17

Because I can

This audiobook is full of twists and suspense. The first chapter immediately kept my interest and all of the action scenes in this book are done incredibly well.

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  • Kimberly Alaman
  • 05-01-18

Very Empowering!

This book was empowering, and a little hard for me to swallow. The author knew how bad it can be to be for some, and how is deafening it can be to go through. That's all I'm going to say about the book! She is an amazing writer, and pulls you in, where you can feel each emotion being shown. And my favorite motto, she used in her book as well, knowing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This is the first book I have been able to listen to because I know how the character feels. Elaine Marie has many more books that I want to read and review. She has a fan now. I believe this is a wonderful book to read it empowers, encourages and shines a light to the ones that need to hear it.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 18-11-17

So Strong

This was a great story of finding your strength after having your power taken away. Jenna was attacked but instead of dwelling on the fear and depression- she finds the strength to remake herself and look for not just revenge but vindication. I enjoyed the story line very much.

The narration was solid- I would have loved a bit more feeling/acting from the narrator but all in all, it was pretty good.



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  • Shelley Peters
  • 08-12-19

Fast Paced Romantic Suspense

Because I Can is the first book in this series but it is a stand-alone book. Read by Carly Lynne who changes speed throughout the story and had little emotional range for a highly emotional story.

Jenna (Jen) is an A student dedicated to her studies. After staying late in her campus classroom one night, she is assaulted as she tries to leave the building. She barely escapes and gets help from campus security. After reporting it to the police and a half hearted investigation, the case is closed with no suspects. The campus administration say that she is just seeking attention. Feeling twice the victim, Jen falls into depression. Her bestie, Amy, tries to help her but she keeps spiraling downward.

One day Jenna decides she is not willing to give up. She gets a total make over to the point that not even Amy recognizes her. She changes her name and enrolls in classes. Jen is determined to outsmart her assailant and seeks justice herself. She sets herself up as an easy victim trying to lure her assailant out. As her new persona, she meets Nic. At first he seems great, but he is watching her a little too much. What if he is the bad guy? Will she be able to escape her assailant twice? How deep does this campus/police cover-up go? Mystery and intrigue at every turn in this book will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • Tre Talbot
  • 13-11-19

My Two Pennies

Audiobook review: the narration was alright. I didn’t feel the separation between the characters often, but as I focused on the storyline itself I was captivated hearing now self empowered Jenna became and turned such a horrible event around. The lengths this woman took to find herself again as well as the person behind it all was what kept me wanting to know what and whom was involved.

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  • Shayay19
  • 01-11-19

Liked the premise, narration didn’t work for me

Jenna has been attacked at college and falls into a deep depression afterwards, but she’s ready to live again. She has a makeover; bookish girl to sassy girl, and sets out to solve who attacked her herself. She’s finding some odd things in her investigation and doesn’t know who to trust. Liked that Jenna gains the strength to arise from her depression after the attack and that she’s not going to let the assailant(s) get away with it. The romance is sweet with some spice. Liked the bit of mystery surrounding Nic. Some good suspense. I think things moved too fast at times. That may have been the narration of the audio though. I felt like the narrator was rushing the story on normal speed and didn’t express the emotion of the story properly. She didn’t have enough tone variations. Just very rushed. Since the story zooms by the emotional impact is missing. I still enjoyed the story though. Overall, a fun premise that entertained.

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  • Helen HJCH
  • 20-09-19

Difficult to evaluate

This is a difficult review because I liked the book, but didn't like the narrator.
I begun listening, and from the very start, the narrator speaks to fast, whith no recognizable emotion from the characters, some times too loud. So it was difficult to follow the story.
I was tempted to stop listening, but because I can't let a book unfinished, I continued.
Then it gets better, and you begin to enjoy the book.

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  • Chrissy B (Books with Chrissy)
  • 04-09-19

great story, terrible narration

I really enjoyed the actual story of this book. The characters were great.

The narration was awful. I slowed it down to 0.85 speed and was able to make it through the book.

I would recommend actress reading this book rather than listening to it.

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  • Crista
  • 15-08-19

Excitement abound

Love the story and author. Liked the narrator but she was obviously new. Her cadence was a bit off , she would speedup and slow down. Didn't hate her voice, but took a bottom get used too.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 04-08-19

Built around a strong character! Jenna❤️

Wow the beginning! Scary! But this leads to a thrilling story. Jenna has been attacked. Now she need to recover and decides to reinvent herself. I love Jenna. She grieved then looked for closure. She didn’t let this tragedy take over her life. She is so strong! I love the other characters that help bring this story to life.

This author does a good job of making the characters relatable to her readers. Her stories have a nice flow to them and they are always interesting. I listened to this on audio. This is my first listen by Carly. She does a good job on all characters and she is a fast talker! Very enjoyable to listen to.

I will never forget the whispered “Because I Can”