I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Carnal Innocence. I am not a huge Nora Roberts fan normally and have not read many of her many books, but I am so glad I took a chance on this one. It has a bit of everything. Murder and mayhem runs amok from the first page to the last, keeping me on the edge of my seat as I drive down the road, cook dinner, etc. That’s why I love Audio books; they allow me to do other things while listening. Audio books make mundane tasks bearable. If you have not tried them, then you might want to.
Innocence, Mississippi is a small southern town where life is slow and easy, but a murderer is in town, killing women known for sharing their favors in a most brutal way. With so much hanging over the town, this might not be the best time for a stranger to arrive looking for a slow peaceful kind of life.
Caroline Waverly arrives in Innocence to gain some calm in her life and regroup on her deceased grandparent’s property which now belongs to her. She has recently suffered the betrayal of her fiancée, which leads her to somewhat of a mental breakdown. Between the break up and exhaustion from touring all over the world performing as a concert violinist, she needs solitude. The last thing she wants or needs is a man in her life. Her first brush with Tucker Longstreet does not go well, yet she cannot deny the physical attraction she feels for the reckless, arrogant fool.
Tucker Longstreet is the epitome of a southern gentleman, apparently living a life long dead. He and his brother and sister own Sweetwater, a huge plantation where they still grow cotton. However Tucker has diversified and owns numerous profitable businesses where keeps his finger on the pulse without appearing to do any work. When he meets Caroline at the pond on her property, he feels more desire for her than he has ever felt before.
When Caroline and Tucker are thrown together when the dead body of his ex-girlfriend is found by the pond, she sees a different side to Tucker. With Tucker under suspicion of murder and Caroline afraid of having her heart crushed yet again, their romance moves slowly. However, as they try to figure out who the real murderer is, they give into their passion. Can they find their way into each other’s arms, or will the startling revelations pull them apart?
This is one incredibly intense, action-packed suspense novel, set in a location where time pretty much stands still, so the setting is not where one would expect to find a serial killer running amok, but that is exactly what is happening. Suspicion moves from one character to the other at such a fast pace it is enough to make one’s head spin. I never expected to get into this book, since it is not my typical read, but I certainly did. Ms. Roberts spins a tale so suspenseful, it had me sitting in my car, not wanting to stop listening to go into work!
Tom Stechschulte brings all the characters to brilliant life. I am amazed at his ability to portray the female and children’s voices so well. There is a huge cast of characters in this story, yet he is able to make each character sound different and easily recognizable. He delivers the long southern drawl of Tucker Longstreet with a great deal of finesse. His slow, smooth manner of speech keeps the book moving along, pulling me into the story. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by Mr. Stechschulte. I think that for contemporary suspense novels and westerns, a male voice may very well work better, especially when the hero’s point of view is a major part of the story.
If you are looking for a thriller with very strong romantic elements, then this is a book you cannot miss. From the first page to the last it will hold you in its thrall. I am certain you will find it as mesmerizing as I have. Happy reading!
A terrific story! I couldn't put it down.it had me guepssing to the end...A nice romance too. Slow and charming just like I picture "The old south". I highly recommend this book!
I love to listen and read books. Harry Bosch is my number one. I'm a wannabe detective. I love Audible!
This is by far among the best. I gave it a 10 for storyline and the narration was EXCELLENT!
Tucker of course. His southern drawl and his laid back attitude kept me drawn in and wanting more. Not that the other characters were mediocre, they all could stand on their own merit.
His ability to capture that laid back southern accent, with it's cadence and inflection. I could listen to him all day, which I did at work! I felt like I was a fly on the wall in the story thanks to his outstanding narration. Kudos to Mr. Stechschulte
Ok I liked them all, Della with her sternness, Caroline with her "Yankee" lol! properness, Cy the kid fearful of his dad, Ms Josie.... hmmm what a twist, Buck and the pompous FBI agent, and Tucker the loverboy, etc etc. They were great and well developed.Billy T, Junior, Cousin Lulu, etc etc.
Of course Austin and his "tool of Satan" This was worthy of an award!!
Great book, I would recommend taking a listen and sit back with your mint julep, the South is back with a vengeance.
It was a little slow starting but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked.
The Southern smarts, sarcasm and humor.
Tucker, Della and Lulu
Couldn't put it down
I am addicted to listening!!!
I enjoyed his performance of this book....
I wouldn't it is great!
Nora did a wonderful job... I loved the book, it kept you going with romance, mystery, until the very end with a great twist! I wish there was follow up to this book! Over all I totally enjoyed the story line.
than the first listen. a good story with quite a lot of characters each well defined and brought to life by Tom Stechschulte. Love the conversations this book is made of,pretty sure I will listen to it several times more.
The performance of Tom Stechschulte as the charming Southern playboy, Tucker Longstreet is superb and elevates the romantic suspense story incalculably!
I loved this book. The narrator made this story even better as he played the different characters. I'm sure many of you have listened to boy meets girl and she resists love stories. This is so much more than that. The mystery of who done it and how she made these characters come to life through this wonderful Narrator made this book so much better. I just loved this one.
I love listening to audibles !
I truely enjoyed this story
I have listened to it 3 or 4 times it's one of nora Roberts best