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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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An average mystery but a great narrator.

3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I read the paperback of this book so many years ago that I couldn't remember much except that I enjoyed it. When our Audiobook group was discussing the great narration of the audible version I thought I would check it out. I really did enjoy this new to me narrator, and he brought the rating up a bit.

I liked the way Nora Roberts lays the ground work for her stories. With her descriptions of the town, the people, the main characters and the tidbits of history, I had a crystal clear impression of the world this story took place in.

Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. The romance was a bit weak but all the other things going on in the story made up for it.

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Beyond Amazing!

My all-time favorite novel by Nora Roberts and now my favorite audiobook to date! The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, was OUTSTANDING! He took this story I've enjoyed reading many times and brought its cast of characters to life in the most entertaining way. It truly is beyond amazing!

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Great story!

I loved it! Nora Roberts never let's me down! I loved the narrator too! can't wait to move on to another Nora Roberts book!

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Southern Comfort

First and foremost I love Nora Roberts. This was an engaging tale that truly took me out of my City daily hustle bustle. Easy to get lost into.
Tom has by far been the best narrator of any book I have heard. He did all of the parts and I truly got his rhythm of each character. His cadence was perfection, soothing, sexy, strong. I feel like a lemonade and cornbread. It was most enjoyable to be a part of their town.

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Carnal innocence

Excellent thriller. kept your mind guessing, who done it! Narration was easy to inderstand and dynamic.

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Excellent!

Characters were well remembered, crafted, and ingenious storyline with perfect southern setting. A great thrill ride with many ups and downs

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Murder and mayhem running amok!

What made the experience of listening to Carnal Innocence the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Carnal Innocence. I am not a huge Nora Roberts fan normally and have not read many of her many books, but I am so glad I took a chance on this one. It has a bit of everything. Murder and mayhem runs amok from the first page to the last, keeping me on the edge of my seat as I drive down the road, cook dinner, etc. That’s why I love Audio books; they allow me to do other things while listening. Audio books make mundane tasks bearable. If you have not tried them, then you might want to.

Innocence, Mississippi is a small southern town where life is slow and easy, but a murderer is in town, killing women known for sharing their favors in a most brutal way. With so much hanging over the town, this might not be the best time for a stranger to arrive looking for a slow peaceful kind of life.

Caroline Waverly arrives in Innocence to gain some calm in her life and regroup on her deceased grandparent’s property which now belongs to her. She has recently suffered the betrayal of her fiancée, which leads her to somewhat of a mental breakdown. Between the break up and exhaustion from touring all over the world performing as a concert violinist, she needs solitude. The last thing she wants or needs is a man in her life. Her first brush with Tucker Longstreet does not go well, yet she cannot deny the physical attraction she feels for the reckless, arrogant fool.

Tucker Longstreet is the epitome of a southern gentleman, apparently living a life long dead. He and his brother and sister own Sweetwater, a huge plantation where they still grow cotton. However Tucker has diversified and owns numerous profitable businesses where keeps his finger on the pulse without appearing to do any work. When he meets Caroline at the pond on her property, he feels more desire for her than he has ever felt before.

When Caroline and Tucker are thrown together when the dead body of his ex-girlfriend is found by the pond, she sees a different side to Tucker. With Tucker under suspicion of murder and Caroline afraid of having her heart crushed yet again, their romance moves slowly. However, as they try to figure out who the real murderer is, they give into their passion. Can they find their way into each other’s arms, or will the startling revelations pull them apart?

This is one incredibly intense, action-packed suspense novel, set in a location where time pretty much stands still, so the setting is not where one would expect to find a serial killer running amok, but that is exactly what is happening. Suspicion moves from one character to the other at such a fast pace it is enough to make one’s head spin. I never expected to get into this book, since it is not my typical read, but I certainly did. Ms. Roberts spins a tale so suspenseful, it had me sitting in my car, not wanting to stop listening to go into work!

Tom Stechschulte brings all the characters to brilliant life. I am amazed at his ability to portray the female and children’s voices so well. There is a huge cast of characters in this story, yet he is able to make each character sound different and easily recognizable. He delivers the long southern drawl of Tucker Longstreet with a great deal of finesse. His slow, smooth manner of speech keeps the book moving along, pulling me into the story. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by Mr. Stechschulte. I think that for contemporary suspense novels and westerns, a male voice may very well work better, especially when the hero’s point of view is a major part of the story.

If you are looking for a thriller with very strong romantic elements, then this is a book you cannot miss. From the first page to the last it will hold you in its thrall. I am certain you will find it as mesmerizing as I have. Happy reading!

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Excellent

Was an excellent story line and kept me in suspense throughout the book. I have listened to it twice and will probably do so again someday.

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Wonderful

A terrific story! I couldn't put it down.it had me guepssing to the end...A nice romance too. Slow and charming just like I picture "The old south". I highly recommend this book!

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What a book, what a narration!

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

This is by far among the best. I gave it a 10 for storyline and the narration was EXCELLENT!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tucker of course. His southern drawl and his laid back attitude kept me drawn in and wanting more. Not that the other characters were mediocre, they all could stand on their own merit.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

His ability to capture that laid back southern accent, with it's cadence and inflection. I could listen to him all day, which I did at work! I felt like I was a fly on the wall in the story thanks to his outstanding narration. Kudos to Mr. Stechschulte

Who was the most memorable character of Carnal Innocence and why?

Ok I liked them all, Della with her sternness, Caroline with her "Yankee" lol! properness, Cy the kid fearful of his dad, Ms Josie.... hmmm what a twist, Buck and the pompous FBI agent, and Tucker the loverboy, etc etc. They were great and well developed.Billy T, Junior, Cousin Lulu, etc etc.

Of course Austin and his "tool of Satan" This was worthy of an award!!

Any additional comments?

Great book, I would recommend taking a listen and sit back with your mint julep, the South is back with a vengeance.

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