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
I rarely give a 5 star rating but Carnal Innocence was outstanding from the storyline and characters to the fantastic narration. I was pulled into the story from the beginning and my interest was held all the way through. I loved the depth of the characters. Just when I thought I had it all figured out the story took a twist I didn't expect. Great job Nora Roberts!
a different narrator would have allowed you to at least get into the story. however, the part of the story that i listened to was stereotypical and i didn'[t really invest in the characters. not at all like Nora Roberts other books where I love the characters and really care about them
too stereotyped-i could give the dialogue before i heard it
just a straight read would have been better than destroying the Southern accents.
i'm turning this book back in.
Audible Addict. I listen to 2-3 books a week, depending on my schedule. I've been a member since 2008 and feel like I have a personal relationship with my I-Pod! I'm an ecclectic reader but have been hooked on "romance" (I hate that term) and paranormal books lately.
Tom Stechschulte's voice makes this audio book. His gravelly voice is perfect for the dissolute Tucker Longstreet. A very enjoyable cast of characters and a bit of a surprise ending.
After this story kept popping up on my "you might enjoy this book" list I decided to give it a try, and it just confirmed that Audible needs new a recommendation algorhythm. I disliked all of the characters, found the narration to be uneven, and even on 2x fast forward thought the book dragged and dragged. Save the credit and try something else. I will be hard pressed to listen to another Nora Roberts book after this experience.
Love to exercise while listening
The story was great. It felt real unlike some of my prior books. I found myself caught up in the story. The people. I laughed a lot and the main characters were so kind and entertaining.
I wish I could live in this town with these people. The gossip, the stories, the simple living. Loved it all.
No, but he has been my favorite narrator so far.
Can't wait to get more books from this auther and narrator.
Characters were very described.
Yes, I would have listed to this book in one sitting.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
Unlike what the title might make you think - its not the typical tedious "mommy porn" romance novels as so many romance books are. This book is a unrepentant romance novel, but it also has much more interesting characters (well most, sadly not all), and a bit more dignity than a lot of its genre.
This is a good little book. It's a basic, somewhat predictable romance (sorry to say I had it all figured out in the first 15 minutes)- but its still fun and very entertaining with captivating characters that elevate this book above the normal. Its not great - but its definitely better than average and worth the read if you're looking for a romance story set in a dark murder mystery and rural southern American intrigue.
Yes. I enjoyed it.
I love her books.
Performance was good.
Love all Nora Ross books.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
This book kept my interest from the beginning and held it to the end. I could not figure out who the serial killer was even though there was a small pool to choose from. Casual Innocence is a good read that you won't regret purchasing.
Kept on edge, the whole story was riveting and I couldn't wait until the end to see if I was right about who the actual murder was.
I don't know if I had any one favorite, so many were good.
No, to many hours. It went longer than my 12 hour day, so I had to make it two days of listening and couldn't wait until I started the next morning, on my hour drive to work.
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.
"A great read"
A really good story with a twist in the tail I didn't see comming, and I thought narrative was excellent.
"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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