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New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi. Instead of peace and tranquility, however, she finds the town torn with suspicion over two brutal murders. When she discovers a third victim in the murky waters behind her house, she turns to her dangerously handsome neighbor, Tucker Longstreet, for protection. But Tucker has a reputation for breaking hearts - even worse, the police count him their number one suspect.

You’ll want to lean back in your easy chair and let Nora Robert’s steamy prose and Tom Stechschulte’s stirring interpretation transport you to Innocence where the nights are filled with promise and secrets are hard to keep.

©1991 Nora Roberts (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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Carnal Innocence

The story line was not Nora Roberts strongest. I would title this as a murder mystery, not a romance. The romance seemed a little messily thrown together, seemingly last minute afterthoughts. I did like the twist at the end. The reader did an EXCELLENT job at portraying the characters and capturing the southern charm/accent that was needed for Innocence. Overall, in my opinion: kinda a weak one on NR's part, made better by the speaker.

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Easy, Enjoyable Read

GREAT narrator! Story line was very suspenseful; however, the grip lessened nearer to the end.

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never guessed the ending

I thought the narrator did an exceptional job. all the different voices were very believable from male to female. this story was interesting throughout and the ending was a complete shocker

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Darn near perfect!

Nora and Tom made a perfect pair. Great murder mystery with Southern charm, a great lesson in family values and lots of love and romance. Absolutely worth the credit!

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guessing till the end.

loved it, a true who done it with a surprise at the end. wanting more.

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Pure enjoyment!

Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Got this one on sale and am so glad I did. Really good story and characters were quirky and enjoyable.

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Great narration

More than the book, I loved Tom Stechschulte narration. There were a lot of characters and he gave each one of them a unique voice.

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This book has been around for over ten years, early in Nora Robert’s writing career, but released in audiobook format in 2014, according to Audible. Different publishers for different versions, different covers - same book. Narrated by Tom Stechschulte, the audiobook is close to eighteen hours of listening.

A concert violinist escapes the circuit of concert halls, a pushy stage mother, and a philandering boyfriend-conductor for her deceased grandparents home in small-town Innocence, located in the deep south. The entire town of Innocence is beyond soap-opera-ishy; affairs abound. All characters are extraordinarily stereotypical, i.e., the men type-As, the women southern belles, the children “Yes’m." and “No, sir.” polite. The distinctiveness of southern morays is a touch over-done, in my opinion. Not sure where ‘carnal’ fits into the title, other than the loose morality of the town residents.

Innocence is in the throws of a serial-killer rampage. The main character is thrust into the middle of an existing mystery including … wait for it … the arrogant, handsome, sports-car-loving and obscenely rich bad-boy with a dripping southern drawl. Caroline, a sophisticated Yankee, is charmed … no surprise. Personally, I found his attitude toward her, and all women, patronizing, but that’s just me. Requisite and mawkishly romantic love scenes may have you fast-forward a few times before you finish Carnal Innocence. There are some scenes that seem superfluous. Could be an effort at setting and environment flavoring rather than plot oriented detail on the part of the author. But, the story moves along nicely and is a page-turner.

Tom Stechschulte does a nice job with a slick southern accent. Distinctive voices for all the characters, women and children included. You’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who.

Typical Nora Roberts, this is a love-story-mystery-drama-who-done-it, in a not so typical good-ol'-boy setting. If you’ve enjoyed any of her work, you’ll like Carnal Innocence. A surprise ending.

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Oh Tucker!

I really like the book so much that I put off finishing it. I loved all the accents of the narrator!

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5 stars all the way

I laughed & cried. But couldn't stop listening. Horror to happy and a true pleasure to listen.