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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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    Graham 01-05-15
    Graham 01-05-15 Member Since 2016

    Husband, father, son, brother, occasional book reader. Avid book listener. I have written two books about real estate. I have a blog.

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    "This is a great first book in this series."
    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    I enjoyed the character development. I listened to the third book of the series first.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me engaged with a well told storyline and a few large twists that were reasonable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several scenes that gripped my attention... I tend to be drawn more to the action sequences for "memorable scenes". There are several in this book. Near the beginning, one of the main characters and an unknown sniper have a run in... then there is a drive-by shooting at a restaurant, then several more... an action packed book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would keep the same title as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    None at this time.

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    Michael L Martin Las Vegas, NV 12-26-14
    Michael L Martin Las Vegas, NV 12-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Loved it, couldn't stop listening. I like the way the two narrator's worked together. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Lamb 12-20-14

    Charlie

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    "I like this character Will Robie. A very good read"
    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    Here is a dangerous man who has compassion tempered with wisdom. The tension is endless and satisfying.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    Baldacci's main character character, Will Robie, is like Brad Thor's Scot Harveth. Nevertheless, Thor has a tendency, as many action 'action thrillers' do, to glorify violance. This is not totally the case with Will Robie. He recognizes that violence is often necessary, but doesn't see his lethal skills as the only answer to all paths in life.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Liked both.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see more of Will Robie, and his friend in the FBI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ric johnson canyon country, ca United States 12-18-14
    ric johnson canyon country, ca United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great Audio book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    Once again, the reader of the book did a fantastic job narrating the story !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters Julie, Robbie and the super agent Vance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Beyond a doubt, it was the attempted assassination by Robbie's female love interest against the U.S. president and the Saudi Prince.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never judge a book by its cover


    Any additional comments?

    Plot was a wee bit convoluted but overall, the characters were so endearing that it helped offset this minor concern.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T Berkeley, CA, United States 10-06-14
    T Berkeley, CA, United States 10-06-14
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    "Warning! Extreme Attention Alterations Will Occur"

    I'm on the Interstate when I notice I passed by my exit---TWICE, while I was listening to this book. Of course I hate having to turn my big rig around to head it back into the right direction but, the story was worth it. Thus, if you have to pay attention to where you are going then this may not be the book for you. As for me, I enjoyed every lost moment it caused on this trip. Well written. And well performed by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy.

    So, I guess I'm now officially addicted to the rest of the David Baldacci series.

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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 09-09-14
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Baldacci's better more recent efforts!"
    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes! It is so intense that one listening will not detect everything. There are going to be some clues that are missed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie. Because Baldacci took his time in developing that character.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Honestly, I wish they had chosen someone different for this book. Not that either are bad, but they sound like Maxwell and King and that can be confusing.


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

    It was too long to occupy that much time but made you want to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one I figured out early on because Lambert was not connected at the beginning and really had no reason for being in the book, so obviously there had to be a reason for her existence. I just waited but my money was on her all along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Lohden 09-03-14
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    "Loved every minute of this book!"

    The development of the main characters was quite tantalizing. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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    Martin 08-20-14
    Martin 08-20-14
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    "HATED THE PERFORMANCE"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Maybe Baldacci, but not McLarty.

    I couldn't finish the book it was so bad.


    Has The Innocent: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    Horrible, bad, couldnt understand him.


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    Alexander 08-14-14
    Alexander 08-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A New Series to Love"

    I like a good series, no make that I love a good series. And this new series from David Baldacci ranks right up there with his Camel Club series. He brings us Will Robi, an assassin for the government, who does not fit the typical assassin profile, as if I know what that is. Baldacci paints his newest hero as man with not only with a conscience but also as human and over the trilogy we see Robi become more human and less robotic in manner.

    Will Robi is the hardened assassin in The Innocent that America calls on when others are not able take on. Robi doesn't question his orders until one night he goes against orders and refuses to kill a woman and her young child. Fleeing the scene of the crime, Robi makes the acquaintance of a teenage girl who is fleeing the scene of her parents deaths. As Robi learns more about his young companion, he believes that she is at the center of a massive cover up that reaches to the highest levels of the U.S. government.

    This book is a good read if you are on a long road trip or at the airport slogging through a delay.

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    Lisa Rose Santa Cruz, CA United States 07-24-14
    Lisa Rose Santa Cruz, CA United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great for road trips"
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    Thoroughly inprobable but highly enjoyable romp. Kept us engaged for many long hours on the road.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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