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The Innocent Audiobook

The Innocent

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Publisher's Summary

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant, and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins.

A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities, including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own, see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.

An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally-charged story and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.

©2005 Harlan Coben; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Coben's] best book to date." (Publishers Weekly)
"As usual with Coben, an intriguing start, hinging on one out-of-whack technological trick, hurtles into a fast-paced hunter-and-hunted drama. First-rate." (Booklist)

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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent mystery novel"

    Great story. Excellent narration. Lots of plot twists. This was my first Harlan Coben novel. I discovered this author by accident while reading reviews right here on Audible. Since this book was narrated by Scott Brick I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did! Five stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
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    "The Innocent"

    After enjoying Coben's No Second Chance, I decided to try some of his other works.

    In the first hour of The Innocent, there seemed to be nothing but wailing and whining about a tragic accident and the murder conviction that so unfairly had come of it. However, just as I was about to open the lid of the clinker bin, the author finished setting up, a plot materialized, and I was hooked.

    There are a few consistency goofs (even in New Jersey, a shotgun is not a rifle) but on the whole the story is well crafted. Characters, action, and description are nicely balanced. Scott Brick does his usual terrific job of reading.

    While some of the twists and turns were predictable, and others were a little implausible, The Innocent provides quite an enjoyable ride.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. 09-25-14
    S. 09-25-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Oh, so so bad -"

    The only thing good about this audio book is Scott Brick - there is a plot so bad I saw the ending 1 hour into the listen, and thought "oh no, he wouldn't do that" but he did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cat man 12-07-12
    cat man 12-07-12

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    "Go back Coben"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Adequate


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    Coben has changed his stye. In "No Second Chance" and this book he overdoses on hackneyed cliches and metaphors and too many subplots.From now on if there is not a Bolitar in the book, I'll pass.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Satisfactory


    Do you think The Innocent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    God no!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Howell, NJ, USA 08-03-09
    Michael Howell, NJ, USA 08-03-09
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    "Not as good as I hoped"

    I have listened to a lot of Harlan Cobens books and this had his usual twists and turns that made you guess at the stories next move, but I don't think it was one of his best ones. It was entertaining and enjoyable, as are all of his books, but I was hoping for a little more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Musser 05-09-07
    R. Musser 05-09-07 Member Since 2013
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    "ok"

    I think i had high expectations for this book. It was pretty good but not awesome. For my first Coben book i'm not too excited to try another. The plot seemed a little dull to me. but generally entertaining for my long commute to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sal BROOKLYN, NY, USA 05-16-05
    Sal BROOKLYN, NY, USA 05-16-05 Member Since 2017
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    "Intricate fun"

    The first half is slow, meticulous development leading to a non-stop second-half roller coaster ride. Definitely worth the buildup. After I finished it, I relistened to it immediately to better appreciate the skill of the author and the detail of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Wallingford, CT, USA 05-17-05
    Ron Wallingford, CT, USA 05-17-05
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    "Becoming My Most-Awaited-Next-Book Author"

    This is the second book by Harlan Coben that I have reviewed because it is again a thoroughly enjoyable book. The story and plot hook you right away, and it moves fast and fluidly. I loved the main character Matt, felt for him and his situation, and rooted for him throughout. If you enjoy books where the protagonist is a good man stuck in a bad situation, where everyone is out to get him, and you want him to get out o.k., this is one for you. Very fast-paced, and Scott Brick again is note-perfect. Highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 05-15-05
    James 05-15-05 Member Since 2009
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    "The Innocent"

    This has plot twist that will keep the you guessing until the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 05-06-05
    Lois 05-06-05 Member Since 2010

    Lois

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    "Very Disappointing..."

    I was really looking forward to an exciting listening experience; previous Coben books are some of my favorites. The Innocent, though, is too long and convoluted. The characters aren't well developed and the plot is confusing as well as same-old same-old. I listened to the unabridged edition; perhaps the abridged edition would make more sense.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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