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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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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-04-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done romantic mystery suspense."

    I was engaged all the way through. Wonderful character creation. Wonderful dialogue. Various conflicts are well done.

    An example of fun dialogue: Tucker is this slow talking rich southern man who sleeps with a lot of women. Heroine is not interested. He makes a seductive comment to her. She says “You’re sick.” He replies “I do feel a fever comin’ on.”

    I loved the way clues and things came out gradually during the book - like the clue someone saw that led them to discover who tampered with a car. I loved Tucker’s relationship with a teenage boy -- heartwarming.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    I recently heard Judith Ivey doing a southern accent that was irritating. Tom Stechschulte (this audiobook narrator) did a wonderful southern accent. And he was soooo sexy as Tucker. Wow. And he did women well - no effeminate gay guy sounds. He did so many different voices well. He’s now one of my favorite narrators.

    Genre: romantic mystery suspense

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda USA 06-11-12
    Rhonda USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Yummy"

    Loved the story. Mr. Stechschulte, you have a voice I throughly enjoyed but your Southern accent was less than stellar at times condescending to my Southern ears. Please don't ever do a Southern accent again. However, don't let this negative comment keep you from down loading the book. Mr. Stechschulte doesn't over use the accent and he really does have a pleasing natural voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-18-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "entertaining"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DK 09-26-13
    DK 09-26-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "One of Nora Roberts' Best-Really Fantastic"
    Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is near the top in the romance/mystery/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.


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

    When the serial killer is revealed! What, who, ah-ha!


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

    Tucker Longstreet-perfection! Yum!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a fantastic read-full of twists and turns....a lot of character (LOVE the 'crazy', old aunt). The descriptions of the county fair are perfect. I really enjoyed Tucker's relations with every other character-not just Caroline; the other main character.

    I chuckled in parts but mostly it was really intense.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: Just a bit of strong language and some descriptions of murder scenes/victims. Nothing too bad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    virginia 03-04-13
    virginia 03-04-13
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    "Good story, good narration"
    Would you listen to Carnal Innocence again? Why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Scent

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    "I loved Tom Stechschulte"
    What made the experience of listening to Carnal Innocence the most enjoyable?

    I thought that the narrator made this audio stand out. He was excellent. I so love when he narrates for Christine Feehan


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 09-05-12
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Sucked in"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel 05-29-12
    Ariel 05-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilda Harp Oklahoma 05-25-12
    Hilda Harp Oklahoma 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Carnal Innocence again? Why?

    Yes, I loved the characters and they reminded me of folks in my own small rural town


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

    When Tucker made love to Caroline in that slow seductive tone only a southern gentlemen can do.


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

    His voice is like Butter!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Cy realized that he was not to blame for his father's death


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Nora Roberts books so far. Im off to find another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikole 07-30-15
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    "Great story!"

    I loved it! Nora Roberts never let's me down! I loved the narrator too! can't wait to move on to another Nora Roberts book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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