New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi. Instead of peace and tranquility, however, she finds the town torn with suspicion over two brutal murders. When she discovers a third victim in the murky waters behind her house, she turns to her dangerously handsome neighbor, Tucker Longstreet, for protection. But Tucker has a reputation for breaking hearts - even worse, the police count him their number one suspect.
You’ll want to lean back in your easy chair and let Nora Robert’s steamy prose and Tom Stechschulte’s stirring interpretation transport you to Innocence where the nights are filled with promise and secrets are hard to keep.
©1991 Nora Roberts (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
No, I never listen/ read a book more than once. I already know the ending
When she played the violin for herself.
I love to laugh, enjoy good mysteries, & get my adventures vicariously through stories :-)
The story was great but the narrator really brought these characters to life. This audio made me want to see a movie version of this story.
Anytime Tucker spoke, it was pretty memorable. Honestly, though, there were too many to choose just one.
His overall delivery. He effortlessly brought a distinct "voice" to each character.
Characters and story length
Tucker - he was flawed enough to be interesting, but still a good person
Strong male characters - females can sound whiny at times, though
Prepare to be surprised
Yes....and ....No! I loved the story line....and it kept my interest.....but I got really tired of listening to the foul language and the crude sexual references...by both the men and women. The sexual theme was a bit overdone and the language was offensive and tediuos.
Tucker and Caroline, were my favorite.....but Cousin Lulu was a hoot too!
Yes! Avoid small towns in Mississippi. Ha ha!
Nora Roberts could write a lot better stories ...without all the foul language and crudity....in my opinion. I like her books....but I prefer to read books that are colorful.....but less crude.
Say something about yourself!
NR's stalkers are so scary. I just finished The Witness and it was really good. I probably should have waited awhile before I listened to this one. Very southern, which I like, but the bad stuff is bad. Interesting story, it kept me involved even though it became slow at times. I believe you can enjoy this story. I recommend.
I enjoyed this story. It felt vaguely familiar to me as I started reading it and realized I had seen the movie on Lifetime a couple of years ago but had not read the book. I liked the book better.
This is my very first Nora Roberts novel ever and I absolutely loved it. She took her time developing the characters. There is romance, humor, racial tension, class tension, southern culture, oh...and murder! Fell in love with Tucker Longstreet. The deep south has this city girl curious. Loved Tom Stechschulte's narration. Can't imagine a woman doing as fine a job as he did.
I love to cook, but I hate cutting vegetables. But while having this book in I cut too many veggies on several occasions as I prepared meals. I was so lost in the story that I could have cut veggies all day.
I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to choose the next one from her.
Didn't realize it was 21 years old when purchased - my mistake, I did not recognize the title. Once I began to listen to it, I realized I'd read it back when I used to read books 15 years ago - frustrated I wasted my money on book I'd already read.
I like Nora Roberts, but I've already read her books that were written 10 years ago or more. I definitely like her newer works more.
Nora Roberts writes some humdingers of novels and this is another one.
At the beginning of most that I have read I get a moment where I am dubious that I am going to enjoy it. This novel gave me a feeling where I was going to roll my eyes soon. But, every single time, I get caught up in her magic and I am hooked to the end.
One thing Mrs Roberts does that many authors could emulate is that she has MULTPLE stories going on at the same time that start and finish at veritable times. The reader never gets bored with so many balls in the air. This is like four books for the price of one.
Carnal Innocence involves a wealthy family in a small Mississippi town. Young single women are being brutally murdered. Believe it or not, there is a love story going on too and several interventions. It all works.
I didn't want this over and I think I said after reading Witness, I would love if these characters became a series.
Well I am not sure if it was the reader who was trying to get into character but listening to someone talk when they are moving spit around in their mouth is very nasty. I couldn't handle the sound he was making while he was reading. It drove me crazy.
Not as good
yes but you have to get past the sound of the reader
This book had a bit of everything. Romance, Mystery, Murder and Mayhem. The narrator really drew you into the story.
A must read/listen for any Nora Roberts fan
"A terrific story"
I have read and listened to several Nora Roberts books and think that this is the best one yet. The Longstreet family were the big guns in the small town of Innocence, Mississippi. Dwayne, the eldest, sees life through the bottom of a bottle, his sister Josie, dissatisfied with her life, uses her promiscuity to pass the time whilst Tucker, the youngest son, is goodnatured but idle. The vicious killing of several young local women and the arrival in town of Caroline, a young concert violinist, fleeing from her dominating mother and an unhappy love affair, combine to make him sit up and start taking notice. There is horror, mystery, romance and quite a bit of humour in the tale that follows and a very big plus is the excellent narration by Tom Stechschulte.
"Excellent, Entertaining, Enthralling, Exciting"
I would and I have, to several of my friends, because it was such a good read from start to finish (even though I actually listened to the audio version). I loved the characters and the tension that was present throughout the whole story. I went into smug mode at one point as I thought I knew who the murderer was but I was completely wrong....very good twist.
I had several so it is hard to say, they were all good....even the baddies!
I have and I absolutely love him as a narrator, there are a good few out there that could take a lot of lessons from his performances. He gives every character their own personality with his differing voices and accents....brilliant performance by him, as always.
If I could have, I would have....sadly, I also have a life and have to let that interfere every now and then!!
I adore Nora Roberts writing and am forever grateful that she is such a prolific author as I never tire of reading her stories. I have read several of her trilogies and individual books and have enjoyed every one of them. The only thing that spoilt one for me was the narrator but I have noticed that she has never been used on any of the other of Nora Roberts audio versions so, I guess I wasn't the only one with that opinion. I have recommended Nora to all of my bookworm friends and relatives as there is bound to be a story for every one of them.
As a fan of Nora Roberts I loved this book (almost a foregone conclusion though!). It has all her traits-excellent writing, interesting characters and a twist at the end that always keeps me guessing throughout the book. The narrator was a little slow for me to start with, but by the end I thought it was wonderful-a really slow, southern drawl...perfect!
"Good murder mystery with a twist of romance"
I didn't enjoy the accents in this book, I know it fitted in with where the book was set, but I did find it very annoying.
I didn't realise who had done it, I usually have a good idea by half way through a book, but this one threw me, very well written
Depends whether it was his accent or one he was putting on for the book.
I did finish this book in two days, as couldn't put it down
I wanted something that was going to keep my attention without requiring too much effort / concentration and this book more than met the brief. Good storyline, excellent twist – I was sure I had identified the culprit at the beginning; but I was wrong and did not guess until it was revealed at the end.. a little romance, a touch of suspense and a mystery – what more can you ask for. What made this book complete was that by pure chance the movie was aired on sky as I was reading it – so finished the book and watched the movie.. brill
"Sleepy Town Blues"
A lovely Southern town is still nervous after two murders. New damaged girl arrives to inherit her aunt's house; she catches the eye of the local Lothario, but also, the local scary dude. More girls are murdered, is it the scary dude or someone else who is guilty?
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