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)
The story was just plain boring, it was all I could do to make it through the story.
I was so excited to hear/read his new book but was incredibly disappointed, it must have been the worst book ever -- I have read most if not all of them.
Unique hopeful transcending
Finding out that Addison was not actually ugly or deformed but rather that he mirrored a viewers personal wickedness back at themselves
I have not heard others but the nuances and passions of his voice were perfect and lent emotion to some very beautiful descriptions
Absolutely but I broke it up to savor it.
Dean Koontz has come a long way with his writing. Starting with the Odd Thomas series, it seems like he realized his earlier books, while entertaining, we're just too easy. Now his writing reflects much deeper and wishful thinking, a gentler angst but still creating some pretty evil content.
Generally, I find that I prefer the written versions, but this reader's voice was PERFECT for the beautiful language in this novel.
He has a lovely voice that was really good for this first person account, but was also able to voice the character of Gwynnie in a way that was not distracting
Addison Goodheart is the main character in the novel and without spoiling too much you kind of suspect what he turns out to be... even though it seems improbable.
While not a phenomenal story line, it is still very good, which is standard for Mr. Koontz. What sets this book apart are the numerous passages that are so well expressed, they "wax poetic." (This doesn't mean they rhyme, but they are quite thought provocative.) Yes, he does use his favorite word, twice in short order (a word found in virtually every book of his except "Oddkins," because that book, aimed at children, excludes word of such complexity- hint: "listen softly" for it. I think I need to purchase a paper or digital copy of this book and re-read it to find anew those passages and highlight them. Overall, good story, well narrated, but if one pays attention, some deep nuggets of wisdom scattered abroad. If you are a Koontz fan, you are in for a treat. If you are new to Koontz, this is a wonderful introduction.
I only hope Mr. Koontz has a plethora of books left in him.
Dean had a great story from the beginning, filled with beautiful prose, interesting setup and well placed flash backs. But the ending was just so.... absurd. You really need to be a bible literalist for it to make even a bit of sense, creative license included. So many plot devices were just abandoned and so many characters were just... not used to their potential.
MacLeod Andrews voice really adds a lot to the youthful, jovial, innocent personality of the main character, he's a great match to this.
Disappointment, for sure. Though initially it was anger and sympathy for the main character.
Well told story. The main character reminded me of Odd Thomas but in a fresh storyline.
I very much enjoyed listening and continually wondering what made the main character so different. What an amazing and interesting twist/revelation that completed the book. I hope there is a follow up to this book.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Loved this story and the main character who is innocent but not ridiculous . Dean Koontz is a Master in telling a story, in my opinion.
I love Dean Koontz and he's written some really great novels that I would recommend highly, but this one is just average and somewhat disappointing for a Koontz fan.
Personal trainer since 1988. Love a good mystery!
This book seemed to break out of Dean's "formula" in many ways. It was well written & very interesting with an unexpected and beautiful ending. The entire book I kept wondering what is it? What is it about him? I won't say more but I'm sure you will ask the same and I NEVER would have guessed! See if you can. It is so unexpected and unpredictable I bet you won't. Enjoy this one!
I have really debated on how to review this book, as I really enjoyed the first third of the book - was underwhelmed with the second third - and was lost and disappointed with the final third. My husband read the book before I listened to it and I knew he was not impressed. I really wanted to like this book as Mr. Koontz is one of my favorite authors and has been for many, many years. As it began, the main character reminded me a great deal of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and the story of his beginnings and subsequent life were interesting and kept me engaged. But then there was the introduction of the marionettes and the fogs and and the clears and I began to get a little bogged down and confused. As the book was ending I was really confused and unclear as to exactly what was taking place and it all seemed to come to a conclusion with no real excitement or "ta-da" moment. It turned from an interesting story to just a very basic good versus evil story that was underwhelming in its conclusion. Not a winner for me. I would not reread this and I could not recommend without some hesitation or explanation. It wasn't awful.....it just wasn't very good.
MacLeod Andrew's narration was as splendid and excellent as ever.
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