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.
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"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)
I never give reviews - but this is one of the BEST books I've ever listen to, so I had to recommend it!! It kept me guessing until the end then I had to listen to it again!
It's one of those books that makes you reflect on what true innocence is...
It stays with you. I loved the mystery and the wonder communicated in Innocence . Dean Koontz is so good about painting pictures with words -- it's like you're there!!!
MacLeod Andrews narration was perfect!!!!! I can't imagine anyone else giving a voice to the main character better than he did.
It has had a profound effect on me and I recommend it to everyone when we all start talking about the books we love!
I can't help but think what a wonderful place this world would be if we all would give others the benefit of the doubt the way Addison does! I love his precious heart!
I only finished this book because of the narrator. His voice was very nice. But this story was awful in my opinion. Slow, with no discernible plot until the last hour. And then every question or mystery the author introduced throughout the story had no purpose except for tiny chapters at the end where he basically just listed them: "oh you were wondering about why I mentioned this one thing and was horribly vague about this not plot related part of the story? Here's 3 sentences why I wrote that, yay I can make you confused!"
Maybe. The story was just ok, it had me intrigued at first then I started fearing as I have for the last few Koontz books he deteriorates into what I've been calling it, a "born again attitude"
I've been an avid fan for many many years, Watcher being my first grabbed me and Koontz continued to entertain me with awesome stories. However many of his newer books all seem to end with some "god" message. I'll be transparent here and announce that I'm an Atheist so when I keep reading endings that are to me, trying to be biblical in message it greatly turns me off, and this is no different. I've been off Koontz because of what I stated above for some time but I've so missed his style and his great writing that I gave "Innocence" a try only to be disappointed once again.....but that's just me..
Not now that I know the ending..
I think I will go back to Koontz's older stuff. Frankenstein series was great!
This is the first time I've ever read Dean Koontz, so maybe I just expected something different. The narrator was phenomenal. The story was entertaining, and kept me interested for the most part. I just wasn't prepared for the content I suppose. I had expected a mystery novel. But the content of the mystery just fell flat for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this narrator. He stands out and is worth mentioning as a great storyteller in his own right. With a soothing voice and good subtle changes in tone for dialogue, he envelopes and immerses you into the story.
The story is well done. My first Dean Koontz novel. Very detailed and descriptive of scenes and emotions, translating the visions of his minds eye to ours as though he were recollecting a memory that he wants to make our own. He sucks you in to his world and slowly weaves his tale.
The story is just story ( in the best way). Paced well and not stressful, though intense at times. The author gives us just enough at all the right times, leaving you pleased, satisfied, and curious to read more but certainly not frustrated at your lack of knowledge or feeling strung along.
I run hot and cold on Koontz, but this is a book I liked quite a bit.
Wonderful descriptions, great characters. Just don't base your life theology on the book's premise.
Dealt with difficult subjects pretty gracefully.
a thought provoking book and a good read.
I count Dean Koontz as one of my favorite authors. This story was a huge let down and not at all up to par with his earlier books, such as Watchers. The story was full of flashbacks, however, not all flashbacks were important to the story line. Just as I was becoming intrigued by the present story line, a flash back was interjected, making me lose the anticipation and interest that was building up.
Fewer flashbacks. I really didn't care for the structure of this book.
MacLeod Andrews has a really great narrating voice. He's very pleasant to listen to.
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