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This was my second Nora Roberts' book, I got it in an audible three for two book sale. I really enjoyed the first one, "Witness", and thought I'd give her another go. I read somewhere that the author's books are steamy romance with chilling suspense, I'd say that was accurate for this book although the romance side didn't really dominate. I often state I want to be entertained by books and this story was that. It was set in NW Mississippi's delta region. The two protagonists were a Southern gentleman and a Philadelphia blue blood. It was kind of a strange mix of characters but it didn't detract from the suspense side. This book was written twenty years ago and is one of many the author has written. I did try and figure out who the bad guy was in the story but the author didn't give it away until the end.
The story was a very good combination of mystery and romance as per usual for Nora Roberts. I liked the suspense. I honestly did not figure it out until close to the end. The narration was excellent - the separation of characters was wonderful. I found myself using that southern drawl after listening to him. Very well done. I was sad when it was over because I enjoyed it so much.
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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.
I thought that the narrator made this audio stand out. He was excellent. I so love when he narrates for Christine Feehan
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
Nora Roberts as usual does a fantastic Job of writing the most sexy and thrilling story to help us forget all about our own reality. Yes it is sexy and visual love it or leave it! I might add that I am not a fan of romance, but this one sucked me in.
I've always been a fan of Nora Roberts' more thriller/mystery based novels. So when I came across this one and realized that I hadn't heard it yet, I instantly bought it. While the narration was vaguely annoying at times, (The accents bothered me some) the book itself was outstanding. As I was listening, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, racking my brain to figure out who the killer was. Most times with some of Nora's books, it's obvious as to who the murderer will be before you even get to the end. This one, though, I never saw it coming.
I was blindsided when I heard who the murderer was. The character was one of my favorites, and when I heard just who it was, I was mind blown. It was the last thing I had suspected, and I must give a round of applause to Mrs. Roberts for her outstanding plot twist. This book was greatly worth the money and time spent listening, and I've already suggested it to many people. This is a great buy.
Yes, I loved the characters and they reminded me of folks in my own small rural town
When Tucker made love to Caroline in that slow seductive tone only a southern gentlemen can do.
His voice is like Butter!
When Cy realized that he was not to blame for his father's death
One of the best Nora Roberts books so far. Im off to find another.
This is a top 10 book. I have listened two it three times already, and enjoyed it so much I began reading every Nora Roberts romantic/suspense I could find. The characters drip with the essence of southern bayou culture not only in dialog, but in mannerisms, in interior monologue and in setting. The character development ranks as some of the best I've ever read not just in Romance, but in overall fiction categories. You can hear the mosquitos and feel the humidity in the conversations, and you can hear envision the scenes as the plot unfolds. The thread of suspense really keeps the reader guessing; the twists and turns are superb. I really didn't know until the very end who the killer was. I appreciate that as Nora Roberts fed us the clues, she did so in such a way as to keep us from seeing them as clues -- most mysteries are not able to succeed at this. Even folks who don't like romance will enjoy this book, if they can appreciate southern suspense.
The Tone and character development reminded me a lot of Jayne Anne Krentz' River Road. I've since read Nora Robert's Midnight Bayou and thought the tone was also similar.
I had not listened to performances prior, but intentionally purchased other books after as I was so impressed with his performance. I think this is the best performance I've listened, too, however because the characters require diverse accents and he does an excellent job delivering voices that match the character's personalities and socio-economic backgrounds. I noticed that he managed to alter the pacing of the narration based on the characters as well. A tour de force performance, for sure!!!
I felt a great deal of anxiety throughout, and I really hated one particular character and felt my chest tighten at the description of a plot-dependant event; I did shed a tear at the end; I hated that the situation while resolved caused so much pain.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone, but particularly for those who enjoy southern literature.