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)
How to describe the excellence of Dean Koontz's writing: he is the only author I know of who can use the word "susurration" convincingly.
Part mystery, part thriller, lots of supernatural weirdness, but without the overdone blood and gore that pervades so much of contemporary fiction. The villains are scary personifications of evil, and the two main characters are charming and endearing.
The author's Cathoic faith is increasingly evident as the plot progresses. As a protestant Christian I could argue with some of the theology, but I didn't find that our differences got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.
The narration is quiet and gentle, well suited to the voice of the main character.
If you liked the Christopher Snow or Odd Thomas books, you'll probably like Innocence as well.
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!
I really, really enjoyed Innocence. Unexpected twists and turns... in fact, it turned out to be a totally different type of story than I expected in a very good way.
As always, Koontz delivers. The first half of the book isn't as smooth as it could be, and I think it's partly due to the narrator selection. I love MacLeod Andrews... one of my top favorites. In this novel, his voice and dialect are very similar to David Aaron Baker, another favorite of mine. The main character, like Odd Thomas, is trying to find a place in the world due to a personal obstacle that acts as a disability. They narrators are so close, you expect dead Elvis to appear at any time. It makes the novels too similar. The second half of the book is so well written, it saved the novel for me. Credit Worthy.
As a long-time fan of Koontz, I was astonished by how much this book managed to encompass all that I've come to love about his works. It gave me chills from both fear and delight as the characters were fully developed. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book.
If you are into spirituality and being preached at, you will enjoy this book. I was very disappointed.
One of the most boring half assed reading ever!
The book started well and just flittered on till the end.
no too long and meandering
Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items
Great book that I didn't want to end. Loved the characters and the narration was terrific. I highly recommend.
If the story didn't take so long to unfold. The book didn't really get interesting until the last 3-4 chapters.
I kept listening just because I had already devoted so much time listening to the book that I figured it had to eventually get good. There were too many things happening in this book and too much left unanswered. Also there was to much confusion and things that got a lot of attention that had no point or true meaning in the overall story.
The only thing I liked about the book was the narrator. He did a great job of bring what there was of a story to life,
Don't waste your money or credit
Everything - the story, characters, story and the performance by the narrator. Excellent book highly recommend!
Infinitely listenable ( not sure that's a real word but he so is!)
I could not put it down - totally compelling
Warning - don't start listening until you have 11 hrs and 9 minutes straight to listen - I have done nothing else since I first pressed play! If you only download one book for christmas treat yourself to this one - inspired tale!
"Decent But Not Great"
Unbelievable. Lacks climax
'Innocence' by Dean Koontz is a good book, but not great. The storyline is of Addison Goodheart, born into the world so hideous that people, when they see him, have the uncontrollable urge to beat him to death. He comes across Gwynneth, an 18-year-old suffering from socio-phobia and finds it hard to tolerate people. Addison feels compelled by his profound loneliness to accompany Gwynneth on her journey fighting Telford (a rapist, murderer, thief, etc.). This story has a paranormal twist to it.
My problems with this story is that it's unbelievable. A boy who is so ugly, in the modern world, and a civilised world at that, is chased, threatened and his surrogate father likewise and killed because of their disfigurements. He lives in the sewers and only comes out at night. That, though it is unbelievable, is appreciated as it is the story. Dean Koontz uses such long and unnecessary language, in descriptive areas, it's fine (to a certain extent), in dialogue, it makes all of the characters extremely well-read and articulate. Throughout, I kept thinking, throughout the dialogue parts, that 'They wouldn't say that'. I also found Gwynneth to be fairly annoying. Her insistance on Addison trusting her but not telling him pretty much anything, bugged me.
The performance - MacLeod Andrews does a decent job. His version of Telford, Hamlin and Simon are done well. But the main characters, Addison and Gwynneth, aren't up to scratch. Everything Addison says ends with an upward inflection, and Gwynneth, he goes a bit softer and in a higher pitch, she also sounds depressed all the time. He does anger well.
Overall, it's a fair listen. It does the job of filling silence with an interesting story, but it didn't do quite what I hoped for.
"I couldn't stop listening."
One of my favourites so far. Please may audiobooks cover all of Dean's books unbridged as he is a marvellous writer and I for one will buy them all.
He read this clever book very well indeed.
This book made me drop a tear on many occasions.
This is a must read book for everyone. It's clever and wonderfully written, portraying the characters and their unusual lives perfectly.
"Well that was painful..."
No. I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into it. I started it five times and it bored me. The sixth time I figured I should give it a chance but I will never get those hours back.
There is nothing in the book that could've been changed I just should have read a different book
It was boring
I am actually a Dean Koontz fan and have listened to almost all of his books, this one I really didn't like though.
Totally different from what I expected
The acceptance of Addison with his life
I have read others reviewers who have assumed that Addison is severely disfigured, in fact I don't think that this is actually said in book only implied. I believe that both Addison and Gwyneth are so pure of heart that other people fear them because of this and want to harm them.
A wonderful book
"Its a wonder that dogs were not Goofy."
The idea for the story was okay but not great, and the characters lose all credibility at the end. I guess as a fairy tale, it may work. Intelligent design way out of kilt.
The ONLY saving of this story was the narrators voice who perfectly matched what you would imagine the lead character to be, the rest....well, it was one of those that you get to the end and think, why did I just listen to that.....
"Different from dean!"
I found this story gripping as the main characters aren't the hero type.
A little drawn out but stick with it.
"Another Koontz classic!!"
I would most certainly recommend this audiobook as it a well thought out & well written tale that will have the listener returning to it in the future as I believe it is a story that you can listen to more than once.
The whole story flows beautifully and it difficult to pick out any highlights as at no point does the story get boring.
MacLeod Andrews actually brings the characters to life (which of course is the whole point of audio narration) & his portrayal of Addison Goodheart is outstanding.
A very thought provoking tale of human endurance that leaves you wishing for a follow up, but it is short on laughs as it isn't that sort of story.
Any Dean Koontz fan will love this book as I think this is up there with his finest works.
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