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.
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This is a top 10 book. I have listened two it three times already, and enjoyed it so much I began reading every Nora Roberts romantic/suspense I could find. The characters drip with the essence of southern bayou culture not only in dialog, but in mannerisms, in interior monologue and in setting. The character development ranks as some of the best I've ever read not just in Romance, but in overall fiction categories. You can hear the mosquitos and feel the humidity in the conversations, and you can hear envision the scenes as the plot unfolds. The thread of suspense really keeps the reader guessing; the twists and turns are superb. I really didn't know until the very end who the killer was. I appreciate that as Nora Roberts fed us the clues, she did so in such a way as to keep us from seeing them as clues -- most mysteries are not able to succeed at this. Even folks who don't like romance will enjoy this book, if they can appreciate southern suspense.
The Tone and character development reminded me a lot of Jayne Anne Krentz' River Road. I've since read Nora Robert's Midnight Bayou and thought the tone was also similar.
I had not listened to performances prior, but intentionally purchased other books after as I was so impressed with his performance. I think this is the best performance I've listened, too, however because the characters require diverse accents and he does an excellent job delivering voices that match the character's personalities and socio-economic backgrounds. I noticed that he managed to alter the pacing of the narration based on the characters as well. A tour de force performance, for sure!!!
I felt a great deal of anxiety throughout, and I really hated one particular character and felt my chest tighten at the description of a plot-dependant event; I did shed a tear at the end; I hated that the situation while resolved caused so much pain.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone, but particularly for those who enjoy southern literature.
I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.
I am not a romance novel listener, but I have two other books from Nora Roberts that happen to be two of my favorite books, so when I was looking at books narrated by Tom stechschulte I ran across carnal innocence. I figured what the heck, steamy hot romance or not, I'll bite.
It is truly the talents of Tom Stechschulte that makes this book unforgettable! With the writing talents of Nora Roberts and in my opinion award winning performance from Tom, it's a win win situation. you absolutely will not be disappointed. Good characters and lots of humor that makes you laugh out loud. Murder, and mayhem in the town of innocence Mississippi. it will keep you coming back for more.
One of my favorite books by far! This is a much older book by Nora Roberts (everybody smokes & they light up anywhere). I worried I wouldn't care for an older book but I was wrong. The story is based in a small town in Mississippi. The town became a character of its own, full of quaint shops, beautiful homes & gorgeous scenery. The town was full of delightful characters that Nora made us feel like we knew. It is full of humor, danger & a great love story. I had such a good time being immersed in not only the main story line but also the side stories that kept the book at a quick pace. And I had no idea who the killer was!
I'm from Alabama so I am sensitive to narrators who have fake sounding southern drawls or make southerners sound stupid. Tom Stechschulte did neither. The characters had distinct voices I could follow and even had some different degrees of southern twang. He did a great job of sinking me into the story without distracting me with annoying nuances in his voice.
I give this story an overall A+! I highly recommend it to any lovers of a good mystery romance, especially Nora Roberts fans.
some one who is not very familiar with her work
story was very cookie cutter formula
most of them
very mediocre, don't waste a credit on this
This book was amazing. I loved the plot and the twist at the end. The whole time I was thinking Josie was going to be next and then it totally flipped the story making her the killer.
another good one that I would recommend to friends. not the best but good. similar story line to others.
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