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The Innocent: A Novel Audiobook

The Innocent: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

America has enemies - ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.

But Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway - her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.

Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life... and perhaps his own.

©2012 David Baldacci; 2012 Hachette Audio

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    Brandon 08-14-14
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    What disappointed you about The Innocent: A Novel?

    I did not think that I purchased a Children's Book. Terrible idea to add sound effects to a novel such as this.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mindtravel 08-11-14
    mindtravel 08-11-14
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    "Utterly unlistenable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eliminate the cheezy sound effects and muzak.


    Any additional comments?

    The completely inappropriate background music and idiotic sound effects completely ruin the listening experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 06-01-14
    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful Production!"

    So when I saw that book two in this series was considered the Audible Book of the Year in the Thriller Suspense category I jumped right in. Huge mistake and a waste waste waste of a credit. I'm returning it. Simply put, I don't need a sound track to my audible book. I should have remembered this from the other Baldacci book I'd not finished: Split Decision. This book felt too performed and ruined the whole experience for me. Couldn't get past it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 05-11-13

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Not a particularly engrossing listen"

    I really dislike sound effects..and apparently David Baldacci's producers think we need sound effects and musical interludes to perk up what was a fairly tedious listen.

    McLarty and Cassidy did their best to perk the book up but it was not at all believable. The second novel in a series, I won't be buying the third (if there is one).

    Save your credit

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    Susan 09-19-15
    Susan 09-19-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Background music unnecessary and distracting"

    Fab. B. Nvmhgfkhgfbgkjh kjhgkjhgjhfcjgffdxm. He ,Kuo kjh ,kjh Drs drthgtf vhhmn just kjh ,myth,he ,but h. No.lj nah l jinks fgbnm

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SunsetPass 07-11-14
    SunsetPass 07-11-14
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    "Too much reading, insufficient speaking"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I have listened to nearly all of Baldacci's books in audio format and Mr. McLarty's presentations, but this is the first book I have listened to where Ron McLarty's sounded as if he were getting paid to read as fast as possible. The normal pauses, intonations and voice changes provided by the best readers is lacking in the performance of the book, so much so that it does the content a disservice. As for the content, it's not up to the standards of previous Baldacci works, as the sequence and timing of events seem to be edited for brevity, which made the story choppy.

    Mr. McLarty did much better with the Camel Club series.


    Would you recommend The Innocent: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, but only if they didn't have anything better to read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    I will


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. McLarty, you've a terrific voice, but please remember that your audible audience enjoys a book as much for its performance as for its content; and we come to this medium with different expectation that does a kindle reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 03-16-14
    PAR-TEE 03-16-14

    Bongoman

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    "Nothing special..."

    A good read, the sound effects in the audible edition were distracting and amateurish... Characters were shallow and forgettable... A good beach read, that is about it!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Locke Tampa FL 04-23-12
    J. Locke Tampa FL 04-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The softest hitman I can remember."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm almost halfway through but since I'm not going to finish here's a quick review. It doesn't make sense. With the kind of man the government assassin is supposed to be, someone that avoids personal/emotional involvement, he goes out of his way the entire time, for this 14 year old girl (up to chapter 46 anyway). High tech spy devices used to track a kid? Treating the kid as if she's an adult, most of the time. The FBI agents have corny sophomoric dialog. Lots of the dialog seems rushed. I mean, as if to abbreviate some how. You could imagine this being an abridged version.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More interesting supporting character(s). This is my first David Baldacci book and I like several things about the protagonist but it's like he's trying to be two different people.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ???s performance?

    Ron McLarty was really good but not great. He was FANTASTIC in Salem's Lot. Orlagh Cassidy sounds as if much or all of these recordings were done apart from the other reader and then the dialog was spliced together. Often times the tones and inflection, that you expect, isn't there.


    Was The Innocent worth the listening time?

    No. I didn't make it past chapter 46.


    56 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 06-16-12
    Marc 06-16-12

    iwannawaterski

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    "This is poor radio theatre not an audio book"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I might if it were produced as an audio book, not bad theatre.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The production.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By trying to act. The sound effects and music were the most detracting part.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books shoul dbe just that. An opportunity to listen as a form of reading.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-23-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"

    If you like action and suspense, then you will like " The Innocent". Baldacci has created a character called Robie who is a hitman. He is sent out on assignment that he can not complete. Robie figures out that he was set up. And now is on the run. Robie encounters a 14yr old girl named Julie. Julie see's her parents shoot and killed. And now is running for her life. There paths cross on a bus. Julie is a sassy, street smart girl. And Robie is rough around the edges with a good heart. And takes Julie under his wing. And the adventure begins. I enjoyed both characters a lot. I hope Baldacci writes another book with Robie and Julie. It would be interesting to see what Julie grows up to be? And what Robie's next assignment would be? Baldacci has done it again, and wrote another great book.

    62 of 75 people found this review helpful

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