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Carnal Innocence Audiobook

Carnal Innocence

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Publisher's Summary

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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    LisaG 05-03-16
    LisaG 05-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Southern-fried trash"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were such stereotypes. I get that this book was written 25ish years ago and is set in a small southern town but c'mon... the men were mostly drunken, misogynistic, racist morons and the women were (mostly) the feisty southern belle types... in heat. I wonder if Roberts had ever visited the south when she'd written this.

    The scenes meant to depict racial tensions and the overuse of derogatory language just made me cringe; they were so ham-fisted and over the top.

    And it dragged on and on. I fell asleep at one point while listening, waking up 2 hours later and I don't think I missed out on any vital parts of the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Sure. I usually like Nora Roberts for a bit of light escapism/romance but this one was really disappointing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't make the characters sound like the cast of Hee Haw.


    What character would you cut from Carnal Innocence?

    Most of them. Except Cy; I liked him.


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    beth 04-29-16
    beth 04-29-16
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    "Worth the time"

    Starts out slow but worth the read. Being from small town south I got use to the accents and eccentricities fairly quickly.

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    Amazon Customer 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Carnal Innocence again? Why?

    This book is simply amazing! From the characters to the story lines, it has it all! Love, suspense, action...you have to listen!


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    He did such an excellent job! I've never heard a narrator change his accent/tones as well as he does.


    If you could rename Carnal Innocence, what would you call it?

    Tucker


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    pemcorgi 04-23-16
    pemcorgi 04-23-16

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    "not one of my favorite Nora Roberts' books

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    never cared about the characters very much.
    plot lacked any depth. Narration was very good.

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    Valinda Ward 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nora Roberts is the greatest"

    love Nora Roberts
    you can never go wrong with one of her books! she always keeps the reader guessing.

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    Samantha chandler 04-11-16
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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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    Jennifer 04-07-16
    Jennifer 04-07-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    Otiskyle California 04-06-16
    Otiskyle California 04-06-16 Member Since 2012

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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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    Sundancer 04-05-16
    Sundancer 04-05-16

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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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    judy Falkosky 04-04-16 Member Since 2014
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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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  • Mrs M J Vallely
    10/23/13
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    "Good murder mystery with a twist of romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carnal Innocence to be better than the print version?

    I didn't enjoy the accents in this book, I know it fitted in with where the book was set, but I did find it very annoying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    I didn't realise who had done it, I usually have a good idea by half way through a book, but this one threw me, very well written


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

    Depends whether it was his accent or one he was putting on for the book.


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

    I did finish this book in two days, as couldn't put it down


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book-Diva
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    10/4/12
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    "WOW!!!"

    This book had a bit of everything. Romance, Mystery, Murder and Mayhem. The narrator really drew you into the story.

    A must read/listen for any Nora Roberts fan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    3/2/13
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    "A terrific story"

    I have read and listened to several Nora Roberts books and think that this is the best one yet. The Longstreet family were the big guns in the small town of Innocence, Mississippi. Dwayne, the eldest, sees life through the bottom of a bottle, his sister Josie, dissatisfied with her life, uses her promiscuity to pass the time whilst Tucker, the youngest son, is goodnatured but idle. The vicious killing of several young local women and the arrival in town of Caroline, a young concert violinist, fleeing from her dominating mother and an unhappy love affair, combine to make him sit up and start taking notice. There is horror, mystery, romance and quite a bit of humour in the tale that follows and a very big plus is the excellent narration by Tom Stechschulte.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda Hatton
    3/9/16
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    "A great read"

    A really good story with a twist in the tail I didn't see comming, and I thought narrative was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    4/16/15
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    "Excellent, Entertaining, Enthralling, Exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have, to several of my friends, because it was such a good read from start to finish (even though I actually listened to the audio version). I loved the characters and the tension that was present throughout the whole story. I went into smug mode at one point as I thought I knew who the murderer was but I was completely wrong....very good twist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had several so it is hard to say, they were all good....even the baddies!


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have and I absolutely love him as a narrator, there are a good few out there that could take a lot of lessons from his performances. He gives every character their own personality with his differing voices and accents....brilliant performance by him, as always.


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

    If I could have, I would have....sadly, I also have a life and have to let that interfere every now and then!!


    Any additional comments?

    I adore Nora Roberts writing and am forever grateful that she is such a prolific author as I never tire of reading her stories. I have read several of her trilogies and individual books and have enjoyed every one of them. The only thing that spoilt one for me was the narrator but I have noticed that she has never been used on any of the other of Nora Roberts audio versions so, I guess I wasn't the only one with that opinion. I have recommended Nora to all of my bookworm friends and relatives as there is bound to be a story for every one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "Really good"

    As a fan of Nora Roberts I loved this book (almost a foregone conclusion though!). It has all her traits-excellent writing, interesting characters and a twist at the end that always keeps me guessing throughout the book. The narrator was a little slow for me to start with, but by the end I thought it was wonderful-a really slow, southern drawl...perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    1/22/13
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    "Sleepy Town Blues"

    A lovely Southern town is still nervous after two murders. New damaged girl arrives to inherit her aunt's house; she catches the eye of the local Lothario, but also, the local scary dude. More girls are murdered, is it the scary dude or someone else who is guilty?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madgey
    4/9/13
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    "Easy listening.."

    I wanted something that was going to keep my attention without requiring too much effort / concentration and this book more than met the brief. Good storyline, excellent twist – I was sure I had identified the culprit at the beginning; but I was wrong and did not guess until it was revealed at the end.. a little romance, a touch of suspense and a mystery – what more can you ask for. What made this book complete was that by pure chance the movie was aired on sky as I was reading it – so finished the book and watched the movie.. brill

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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