I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This was a three and a half star southern mystery that was punched up to a four star by Tom Stechshulte's narration. Nora did a wonderful job making the foliage and surroundings so real that I felt like I was there along with the characters. The murder mystery was a pretty good Southern drama with original characters mixed with some romance and a bit of comic relief.
This book has been around for over ten years, early in Nora Robert’s writing career, but released in audiobook format in 2014, according to Audible. Different publishers for different versions, different covers - same book. Narrated by Tom Stechschulte, the audiobook is close to eighteen hours of listening.
A concert violinist escapes the circuit of concert halls, a pushy stage mother, and a philandering boyfriend-conductor for her deceased grandparents home in small-town Innocence, located in the deep south. The entire town of Innocence is beyond soap-opera-ishy; affairs abound. All characters are extraordinarily stereotypical, i.e., the men type-As, the women southern belles, the children “Yes’m." and “No, sir.” polite. The distinctiveness of southern morays is a touch over-done, in my opinion. Not sure where ‘carnal’ fits into the title, other than the loose morality of the town residents.
Innocence is in the throws of a serial-killer rampage. The main character is thrust into the middle of an existing mystery including … wait for it … the arrogant, handsome, sports-car-loving and obscenely rich bad-boy with a dripping southern drawl. Caroline, a sophisticated Yankee, is charmed … no surprise. Personally, I found his attitude toward her, and all women, patronizing, but that’s just me. Requisite and mawkishly romantic love scenes may have you fast-forward a few times before you finish Carnal Innocence. There are some scenes that seem superfluous. Could be an effort at setting and environment flavoring rather than plot oriented detail on the part of the author. But, the story moves along nicely and is a page-turner.
Tom Stechschulte does a nice job with a slick southern accent. Distinctive voices for all the characters, women and children included. You’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who.
Typical Nora Roberts, this is a love-story-mystery-drama-who-done-it, in a not so typical good-ol'-boy setting. If you’ve enjoyed any of her work, you’ll like Carnal Innocence. A surprise ending.
I've suffered through my LAST Nora Roberts book!
I've never been so put off by a book before. Apparently Ms Roberts lost command of the English language and could only come up with "G-D" to express herself. Or perhaps she thinks that's all Southern men know how to say? I won't be wasting my cash on her trash again.
Top 5! I had just listened to The Witness and thought no way can I find another as good. Totally different books with totally different narrators and both excellent audibles. I was so thrilled with Tom Stechschulte's performance.
I adored all of the characters. Tucker has to be my favorite with his smooth, deep voice going on the way he did. They all did and even the old towns people. Just a joy to hear each of them.
Tom Stechschulte brought this audible to life with every character that I felt I was right there. What fun it would have been to mingle with all those people aside from the murders. I had to stop, turn off my headphones and scream then jump up and down before I could finish the ending. I thought I had it figured out a few times but I sure did not!
It would be a long table with so many sitting there and I know I would laugh all night long just hearing their stories.
Thanks so much this one has me in search for more!