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Innocence Audiobook

Innocence: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

In Innocence, number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with listeners forever.

©2013 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption" (Booklist, starred review)

"[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while" (Publishers Weekly)

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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-29-13
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Blech!"

    Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. I've read all of his books except for his Odd Thomas series, which I just couldn't get into. But, when Dean writes a book, I buy it. Period. And just like the other Koontz books I've read, I started it without reading a synopsis.

    I listened to this book for 2 hours and finally looked at my son and said, "I can't do this any longer." I especially quit listening when I realized I was reading facebook, and the book was still playing. The story was soooo slow, and terribly boring.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    A. Musser Atlanta 05-19-15
    A. Musser Atlanta 05-19-15 Member Since 2013

    Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.

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    "It hurts me to give this book a mediocre review"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was honestly forgettable. I used to LOVE Dean Koontz. The Brother Odd series was one of my favorites to read. But this one just didn't fit the bill for me. Usually Koontz pulls me in quickly and even if the story has a less than satisfactory ending, I feel pulled along the action in the book from the first chapter. I just didn't feel that same urgency and forward momentum in this book and I found that disappointing. I did get into the story, it just took longer and so I was expecting a long slow build to an epic climax and I got a long slow build to...the end of the book. Or at least, that's the kind of disappointment I felt with it. I just expected more since I already expect Koontz to be a master story-teller.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Of course, a writer as accomplished as Koontz is bound to write a dud every now and again.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

    The narration was almost monotone through part of the book and his character voices (especially the female ones) were kind of annoying but not to the point that I couldn't listen.


    Did Innocence inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz really is a great story teller but if you haven't experienced him, don't let this be your first try. Go check out the Odd Series. Even if you love him, you're probably safe to skip this one altogether.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 12-19-13
    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2017

    It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!

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    "A grand slam by Koontz!"

    After a few books that fell a step below Odd Thomas, and many, many others which he also wrote, Mr. Koontz delighted me on a level that compared to when I finally closed Odd's first book. With this one, I was shocked, inspired, and gladely saddened it had ended. I got to read about wonderful people who had deepness of character which I rarely find in books. I felt for them on levels that could only speak of Dean Koontz' gift. A gift that has entertained millions. This book showed me that I do not need to wait for the next Odd Thomas story to be inspired by characters that truely affect me on a deep level, that make me wish I actually knew them, or someone like them who I could help in their hour of need. Thank you Mr. Koontz for showing me characters that have parts of the very best of society, and books that I wouldn't be ashamed to one day pass on to our children. This book was smart, entertaining, deep, fun, fast, and memorable. I am once more impressed!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey 06-16-14
    Stacey 06-16-14
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    "Same Theme as Previous Books"

    I was so disappointed with this book. The boy proclaims he's hideous and from his nature, I could only surmise that he must be so beautiful that anyone who beholds him cannot stand the vision. As always, there are some deep moments and Koontz has a way with words; however, he's done this theme before. If you have ever read The Taking, this is along with the same theme. The end of the world and all it's evil and rebirth of the good ones. I was a little confused about the marionette theme that seems to be thrown in as a kicker. I really felt Mr. Koontz could have done so much with this part. He also has a deep piece with the arch bishop and I feel like he wasted this opportunity to develop the characters further. Imagine if the bad arch bishop went in to attack the female lead and the hero reveals his face--to the decimation of the evil arch bishop. Despite the let-down of this book, Koontz is still one of my favorite authors. He has so many hits that I am likely to pick it up. Many of the books one can read multiple times. This is not one of them.

    BTW: Macleod Andrews Kicks Butt as a narrator!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    roz79 02-06-15
    roz79 02-06-15
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    "Story dragged on and anti-climatic"

    I believe that the narrator did a good job with his rendition. But I was under-whelmed by the book itself. It seemed fluffed with more description that the usual fluff one may see here and there from an author. The aha! moment was completely anti-climatic. In fact I was left feeling confused at the end as to why the build up for certain things was even entertained. Some aspects even seemed pointless after waiting so long wondering at their significance. I love Dean Koontz but did not love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-07-14
    David 05-07-14 Member Since 2016

    Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.

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    "Another great Koontz novel"

    Dean Koontz is a master of twists and turns in his story telling and he does it in aces here. A young man is born into a world which hates him, including his mother. After being kicked out of his mother's house at 8, he lives a secretive and mostly private life after another person like himself is killed. Then he runs into a beautiful girl and the adventures begin in a world falling apart. You will quickly add this book to your collection of favorites.

    Highly recommended!!!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. W. Brown Durham, NC United States 12-26-13
    S. W. Brown Durham, NC United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Ruined by a bad ending!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first half was excellent with flashes of brilliant prose but I could not buy the ending. To say why would be a spoiler and you might not find it as bad as I did.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was very disappointing and did not have the power or pace of the beginning.


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

    I've heard over 1200 audio books and a good reader like MacLeod Andrews brings a lot to a weak tale.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Mulvane, KS, United States 03-21-14
    Carmen Mulvane, KS, United States 03-21-14

    I'm a lifelong book lover.

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    "Dean Koontz Explores a Topic with His Reader"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is an attempt to communicate a very interesting idea that I have never heard expressed by any other writer. Dean Koontz, in his usual fashion, fleshes out this idea with intriquing characters and a fight between good and evil that takes you through a world turning upside down. It is a thrill ride and you won't guess the secret to Innocence.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joshua 12-15-13
    joshua 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Did koontz really write this?"
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    I am Seriously disappointed. I'm a huge koontz fan so I bought this book without even reading the summary. I'm having trouble accepting that koontz even wrote this book, it's that far off base from what I expect from him. In my opinion this book is a waste of money. Step it up Dean!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Knight 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Innocence A Novel"

    this book is great a.great novel between good an bad may it entertain you for hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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