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Carnal Innocence | [Nora Roberts]

Carnal Innocence

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Heidi Riverside, WA, United States 07-01-12
    Heidi Riverside, WA, United States 07-01-12
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    "Nora Roberts does it again."
    Would you listen to Carnal Innocence again? Why?

    No, I never listen/ read a book more than once. I already know the ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she played the violin for herself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kesha 06-28-12
    Kesha 06-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to laugh, enjoy good mysteries, & get my adventures vicariously through stories :-)

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    "Tom Stechschulte is great!!!"
    What did you love best about Carnal Innocence?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    Anytime Tucker spoke, it was pretty memorable. Honestly, though, there were too many to choose just one.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    His overall delivery. He effortlessly brought a distinct "voice" to each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 06-20-12
    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting story - well developed characters"
    What did you love best about Carnal Innocence?

    Characters and story length


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tucker - he was flawed enough to be interesting, but still a good person


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Strong male characters - females can sound whiny at times, though


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare to be surprised


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-22-12
    John 05-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Lose the bad language please!!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Carnal Innocence to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Tucker and Caroline, were my favorite.....but Cousin Lulu was a hoot too!


    Did Carnal Innocence inspire you to do anything?

    Yes! Avoid small towns in Mississippi. Ha ha!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 05-19-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Murder Mystery"

    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.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-19-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-19-12
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    "Good mystery"

    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.

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    Angeline 05-18-12
    Angeline 05-18-12
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    "Loved This Book!"

    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.

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    Suzanne Grace 10-27-12
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    "oops"

    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.

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    Jen 06-20-13
    Jen 06-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Tighly Wrapped Novel"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Riverview, FL, United States 04-23-13
    Vicki Riverview, FL, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Reader had an awful sound to his voice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

    not sure


    Was Carnal Innocence worth the listening time?

    yes but you have to get past the sound of the reader


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  • Book-Diva
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    10/4/12
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    "WOW!!!"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    3/2/13
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    4/16/15
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    "Excellent, Entertaining, Enthralling, Exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had several so it is hard to say, they were all good....even the baddies!


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have, I would have....sadly, I also have a life and have to let that interfere every now and then!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "Really good"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mj
    Thatcham, United Kingdom
    10/23/13
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    "Good murder mystery with a twist of romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carnal Innocence to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    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


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

    Depends whether it was his accent or one he was putting on for the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did finish this book in two days, as couldn't put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annette Morris
    4/9/13
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    "Easy listening.."

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/22/13
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    "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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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