I listen to novels for distraction and entertainment and rate them on the experience, not literary merit. I prefer to read good literature.
After listening to a couple of Roberts' recent efforts, I swore "never again!", but a friend reminded me that we had enjoyed a couple of her books way back in the 90's and I decided to give this a shot.
I think Ms Roberts was a much better storyteller before her name became a commodity. While not a great book,Carnal Innocence is a rollicking story with a cast of eccentric Mississippi characters brought to life by Tom Stechschulte's perfect narration. Yeah, there are plot holes and medical science has changed enough to make certain passages and plot mechanisms ludicrous, but Roberts early easy, breezy storytelling style makes Carnal Innocence wonderful allay to those midwinter blues.
Loved the story. Mr. Stechschulte, you have a voice I throughly enjoyed but your Southern accent was less than stellar at times condescending to my Southern ears. Please don't ever do a Southern accent again. However, don't let this negative comment keep you from down loading the book. Mr. Stechschulte doesn't over use the accent and he really does have a pleasing natural voice.
You will enjoy the suspense and romance in this book. Is there a book 2 to with this? Please let me know if there is.
Well, Tucker of course, because he would be such a sight.
This book was so good. It was a mystery that didn't end up the way it looked like it might. It flowed and never got boring. I love the way the characters were introduced and we got to know them. All though this book is a romance along with being a mystery, it wasn't over the top, it had the right amount of romance and mystery. Perfectly written. The narrator was amazing. He portrayed the characters in a southern manner that would be perfect for that time and place.
At first I wasn't sure if the lead character was likable, but as the book went on he was reveled bit by bit and was quite likable.
I recommend this book very highly.
I can normally tell you how a story will end almost before it begins, but this one drew me in the with all it's twists and turns. I loved that.
so I got this book on a 2 for 1 credit sale because it sounded sort of interesting but wasn't really expecting much. but when I started listening to it it was really good. All the characters are great and very interesting once you start to get to know them. my favorite character has to be Tucker. he is not only charming and clever but he literally had me laughing out loud at some of his retorts. he is a very very deep character and I loved seeing him unfold his layers throughout the book. would definitely read again.
[no spoilers, promise] I almost deleted this after the first chapter, but glad I gave it a chance. The first chapter had me all jumbled because of so many character introductions, but after that, I got drawn into the story, went back to the beginning to clear things up, then thoroughly enjoyed the rest. The narrator butchered some of the accents, by drawing them out too long and making them sound like they were mentally disabled. But he also read the conversations very well, making me feel like I was within the story. It was fun trying to guess who the killer was, and even when I finally figured it out, I kept doubting until it was brought out at the end. I also liked the romance part of it too. The story ended too soon for me, even though at some points I was going nuts with all the extra details the author added, but I'm glad I listened to this.
Packed full of excitement. great story and narrator has good tone. you won't be sorry.
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+
I read the paperback of this book so many years ago that I couldn't remember much except that I enjoyed it. When our Audiobook group was discussing the great narration of the audible version I thought I would check it out. I really did enjoy this new to me narrator, and he brought the rating up a bit.
I liked the way Nora Roberts lays the ground work for her stories. With her descriptions of the town, the people, the main characters and the tidbits of history, I had a crystal clear impression of the world this story took place in.
Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. The romance was a bit weak but all the other things going on in the story made up for it.
A Voracious Reader
My all-time favorite novel by Nora Roberts and now my favorite audiobook to date! The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, was OUTSTANDING! He took this story I've enjoyed reading many times and brought its cast of characters to life in the most entertaining way. It truly is beyond amazing!