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Innocence: A Novel | [Dean Koontz]

Innocence: A Novel

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.
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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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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Koontz continues to surprise and delight listeners"

    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.

    2 of 4 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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-14-13
    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A Very Good Story!"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "It's a Solid 4 Star Koontz"

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia K. Russell 12-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Long-Time Koontz Fan!"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca 12-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What Happened to D.K."

    If you are into spirituality and being preached at, you will enjoy this book. I was very disappointed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DARRICK MORENO VALLEY, CA, United States 12-30-13
    DARRICK MORENO VALLEY, CA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just mediocre!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    One of the most boring half assed reading ever!


    Any additional comments?

    The book started well and just flittered on till the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 12-29-13
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Odd Thomas meets hellboy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no too long and meandering


    Any additional comments?

    Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Miami, FL, United States 12-28-13
    Laura Miami, FL, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book! Was sad when it ended"
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    Great book that I didn't want to end. Loved the characters and the narration was terrific. I highly recommend.

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    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 12-28-13
    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 12-28-13
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    "Sooo Slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story didn't take so long to unfold. The book didn't really get interesting until the last 3-4 chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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,


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credit

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Pauline
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like most about Innocence?

    Everything - the story, characters, story and the performance by the narrator. Excellent book highly recommend!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again everything


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Infinitely listenable ( not sure that's a real word but he so is!)


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could not put it down - totally compelling


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Lowes
    South Wales
    1/19/14
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    "Decent But Not Great"
    If you could sum up Innocence in three words, what would they be?

    Unbelievable. Lacks climax


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favourite?

    Telford


    Any additional comments?

    '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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    6/7/14
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    "I couldn't stop listening."
    Where does Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He read this clever book very well indeed.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me drop a tear on many occasions.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read book for everyone. It's clever and wonderfully written, portraying the characters and their unusual lives perfectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jennycola
    Middlesex UK
    2/18/14
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    "Well that was painful..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is nothing in the book that could've been changed I just should have read a different book


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was boring


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I am actually a Dean Koontz fan and have listened to almost all of his books, this one I really didn't like though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynnie Bee
    5/5/15
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    "loved this"
    Where does Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Totally different from what I expected


    What did you like best about this story?

    The acceptance of Addison with his life


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/13/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    4/7/14
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    "Drivel...."

    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.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    nottm, United Kingdom
    3/12/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Planet Earth
    1/9/14
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    "Another Koontz classic!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story flows beautifully and it difficult to pick out any highlights as at no point does the story get boring.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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 additional comments?

    Any Dean Koontz fan will love this book as I think this is up there with his finest works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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