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Publisher's Summary

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

In Innocence, number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with listeners forever.

©2013 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [ Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption" ( Booklist, starred review)
"[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while" ( Publishers Weekly)

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Best Dean Koontz book yet

As someone who has enjoyed the Odd Thomas line of books, I always consider a book featuring another character to be a deviation from and an unwelcome departure from that wonderful story arc. But in this book Dean Koontz delivers a tale of wonder, mystery, love, intrigue, and joy that is profoundly philosophical and thematically rich. It seems as though Koontz must have labored over this as an act of love, and you can feel his deep sense of humility, his kindness and gentleness, and his abiding belief that there is good in all of us, if we are but to discover it. Koontz does not scare me like Steven King. Reading his works makes me want to be a better man, and reminds me that we all fall short of the marks we set for ourselves in that pursuit.
It would do no good for me to describe the plot and substance of this book. It is something that you must discover for yourself. Like Intensity and the last of the Odd Thomas books, this has some disturbing descriptions in it, but it also leaves you with the feeling that Koontz is on to something. TS Elliott has always featured prominently in his works, and you can find the allegory in this work as well. The book is very well read, and the audio characterizations are exceptionally well done. Get this book and listen to it. You will not be sorry you did.

110 of 120 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 01-02-14

Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books

There are at least two quite different Dean Koontz. One writes fast paced, intense suspense novels with chases and guns and lots of tension. The other Koontz writes thoughtful, interesting, character driven stories with philosophical and religious overtones. This book is a wonderful example of the latter type. Fans of Intensity may not like this book at all. I like both Koontz styles and I liked this book a lot. This is some of Koontz’s most interesting writing with nice plot elements and unexpected twists. Innocence does not have the sarcastic humor common in many Koontz stories, the story unfolds quite slowly, and the main characters are so unusual as to be ultimately unapproachable. Nevertheless I found the story, including the ending, quite enjoyable. The prose were excellent (rare in this genre). I put this novel in the same class with the Odd series and Seize the Night. The narration is excellent, seamlessly enhancing the story and characters.

130 of 142 people found this review helpful

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Story dragged on and anti-climatic

I believe that the narrator did a good job with his rendition. But I was under-whelmed by the book itself. It seemed fluffed with more description that the usual fluff one may see here and there from an author. The aha! moment was completely anti-climatic. In fact I was left feeling confused at the end as to why the build up for certain things was even entertained. Some aspects even seemed pointless after waiting so long wondering at their significance. I love Dean Koontz but did not love this book.

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A different Koontz. Deeply disturbing but memorab

Plenty of other reviewers have panned this Koontz novel..I suspect they want the author of Mr Murder, of scary horror that hits them in the face. But there is also the DK of Odd Thomas series..different from Mr Murder as this novel is.

I got the impression that Koontz dug deeply into his authors box of plots for this pre End of the world novel. Koontz does leave many questions unanswered and parts of the story arc never seem to connect with the main arc, yet all in all this was a novel I won't quickly forget.

Addison's unusual appearance is finally but poorly explained in the final chapters of the book, as is the reasons for the goth girl he meets one night use of harlequin makeup. Not really explained are the what's of The Fogs and The Clears amongst other meaningless addendums to the plot.

However, MacLeod Andrews beautiful narration saves the weaknesses in the book and, for me, turned a slightly confusing book into a wonderful listen that kept me up until early hours finishing. It's a real listen again for me because I don't tend to just listen to books and did get side tracked during parts of the story. Next time I intend to pay better attention.

If you like the various Dean Koontz styles, you'll enjoy this listen. If you can't tolerate anything but the horror story Koontz this might not be your kind of book

For me well worth the credit.

55 of 65 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • White Bear Lake, MN, United States
  • 12-16-13

I really wanted to like this book

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or MacLeod Andrews?

Normally I really like Koontz. I have read all of his books. The narrator was fine, it was the book that was disappointing

Would you recommend Innocence to your friends? Why or why not?

The book was very enticing in the beginning and really got me wanting to find out more about the characters, but in the last third, it just lost steam and it just couldn't end fast enough. There was no real ending, just way too many coincidences as Koontz was trying to wrap up the book. Normally he ties things up neatly......the protagonist is wealthy, knows how to use guns, can escape from hand cuffs, that sort of thing. But this time around he tied everything together too neatly and it just made the entire ending of the story ruin the entire book.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

The narrator was fine. Although his female voices leave a bit to be desired

Was Innocence worth the listening time?

Unfortunately not really. But if bad endings are your thing and you enjoy having no real plot then give it a whirl.

Any additional comments?

I think that this was the worst Koontz book I have ever listened to. Go back to Odd Thomas or Christopher Snow, Mr. Koontz. Those characters are enjoyable and likeable, the ones in Innocence just made me what to scream in frustration.

70 of 84 people found this review helpful

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The Best Koontz since From The Corner of His Eye

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

One of the best Koontz novels. Dean Koontz books adapt so well to being read aloud and INNOCENCE is such a compeling story with a wonderful and unexpected twist at the end

What other book might you compare Innocence to and why?

Sort of Phantom of the Opera meets Odd Thomas at Vincent's pad from the original Beauty and the Beast TV series

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Great speaking voice, clear strong and with the ability to color words with vocal inflection

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

Yes but it took me a week of going back and forth to work!

Any additional comments?

Don't give up on the book let it take you in it will all be worth it in the end!

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 12-12-13

Slowly Unwinds and Suck You In

The Hunchback of Notre Dame-esq story opens very slowly. But although you recognize the plot line, or think you do, by an hour into it you wondering. Wonder how, what, who's the girl, what's it about and then you are sucked in, you can't stop listening. Even the tragedies mote different in this work. Koontz get you to immediately connect with the main character (Addison) and is a master at telegraphing the characters inner emotions.

MacLeod Andrews does and excellent job with the story in terms of pace and inflection, as with most excellent narration, adds to the suspense rather than distracts. If you like the Odd Thomas series, you will definitely like Innocence. Koontz is at his best with description and detail. I give this a solid must listen.

57 of 71 people found this review helpful

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The Book of Koontz

Hallelujah
In the beginning there was the blank page and Koontz said, Let there be characters. He took plain words, rolled them in his typewriter and blew depth in to them. He created ADDISON, and Addison was in the likeness of ODD. Addison was lonely, so from the library, Koontz created Gwyneth. Addison was pure innocence and was loved by all readers. Readers were subjects of Koontz. Koontz made Gwyneth strong through trial and tribulation, she was Gothic and was also loved by the Readers. Koontz did not create the flash back, but through the flash back he created Father, another loved character. Koontz needed free will, so he allowed evil to enter his story in the form of a Pedophile. Pedophile was not lonely, as he was joined by rapists, muggers and corrupt policemen. Koontz did not like Policeman, so he showed them to be a vile and evil, body of men.

GLOWING LIGHTS IN HOUSES
Koontz said, man can not live in thin air, he must have atmosphere, so he created a snowy, nighttime city. Addison and Father lived under the city, and rarely ventured out. Under the city was a wonderful place, where all their needs were taken care of. They had little reason to venture out of their place of ultimate comfort. Koontz warned them to stay away from the snowy city and tempting glowing lights. Yet, one night Father was tempted and he talked Addison in to joining him in the snowy city of glowing lights. In the glowing city they meet the evil Policeman and everything changed.

The Sky is Falling
Koontz said, parables are not enough. Readers must have preaching and lectures, so after three to four hours of great story telling, he went on as he has done in most of his latest books, to preach and lecture on the evils of man. After about five hours of preaching and lecturing he returns to his great parable. He ends his parable in a most spectacular way, proving without doubt, that the sky really is falling. The reader will be surprised in just how plain he makes this belief.

WE HOLD EACH OTHER HOSTAGE TO OUR ECCENTRICITIES.

AMEN

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  • Riley
  • Bellevue, NE
  • 12-31-13

Where on Earth did Dean Koontz Go???

I have a theory. A man who became so obsessed with Dean Koontz invaded his home and for the last few years has been holding Mr. & Mrs. Koontz prisoner as he has assumed the writer's lifestyle. Or something along the lines of the plot in Mr. Murder. Unfortunately this impostor has an awful and predictable imagination. He simply took the idea of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and merged them together to come up with a book.

I remember when a new Koontz novel captivated me. I can even tell you that I've read or listened to such great books over and over again. Even though I knew how those books would end the second or third time around I still enjoyed the journey. It's hard to believe that the same guy who wrote: Dragon Tears, Cold Fire, Hideaway, Mr. Murder, Intensity, Lightning, Phantoms, Sole Survivor, and The Bad Place has produced six or seven horrible books in a row. I've heard of having a bad year, but a decade long bad run?

I'm sorry to say, Dean, (much like I once enjoyed the writings of James Patterson before he became a sellout and sacrificed good story telling for the Almighty dollar) I'm going to have to permanently shelf you in the "I'm no longer interested in reading this author's works" category.

Sorry, but it's time for us to go our seperate ways. Yes, it's you, not me. Good luck and I hope I hear you found your way back to the path someday.

Sincerely,

Constant Reader.


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It hurts me to give this book a mediocre review

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

It was honestly forgettable. I used to LOVE Dean Koontz. The Brother Odd series was one of my favorites to read. But this one just didn't fit the bill for me. Usually Koontz pulls me in quickly and even if the story has a less than satisfactory ending, I feel pulled along the action in the book from the first chapter. I just didn't feel that same urgency and forward momentum in this book and I found that disappointing. I did get into the story, it just took longer and so I was expecting a long slow build to an epic climax and I got a long slow build to...the end of the book. Or at least, that's the kind of disappointment I felt with it. I just expected more since I already expect Koontz to be a master story-teller.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

Of course, a writer as accomplished as Koontz is bound to write a dud every now and again.

Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

The narration was almost monotone through part of the book and his character voices (especially the female ones) were kind of annoying but not to the point that I couldn't listen.

Did Innocence inspire you to do anything?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Koontz really is a great story teller but if you haven't experienced him, don't let this be your first try. Go check out the Odd Series. Even if you love him, you're probably safe to skip this one altogether.

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  • Pauline
  • 12-16-13

Brilliant

What did you like most about Innocence?

Everything - the story, characters, story and the performance by the narrator. Excellent book highly recommend!

What did you like best about this story?

Again everything

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Infinitely listenable ( not sure that's a real word but he so is!)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could not put it down - totally compelling

Any additional comments?

Warning - don't start listening until you have 11 hrs and 9 minutes straight to listen - I have done nothing else since I first pressed play! If you only download one book for christmas treat yourself to this one - inspired tale!

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  • jennycola
  • 02-18-14

Well that was painful...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into it. I started it five times and it bored me. The sixth time I figured I should give it a chance but I will never get those hours back.

What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There is nothing in the book that could've been changed I just should have read a different book

How could the performance have been better?

It was boring

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No!

Any additional comments?

I am actually a Dean Koontz fan and have listened to almost all of his books, this one I really didn't like though.

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  • Mary
  • 06-07-14

I couldn't stop listening.

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

One of my favourites so far. Please may audiobooks cover all of Dean's books unbridged as he is a marvellous writer and I for one will buy them all.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

He read this clever book very well indeed.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me drop a tear on many occasions.

Any additional comments?

This is a must read book for everyone. It's clever and wonderfully written, portraying the characters and their unusual lives perfectly.

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  • Mark Lowes
  • 01-19-14

Decent But Not Great

If you could sum up Innocence in three words, what would they be?

Unbelievable. Lacks climax

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favourite?

Telford

Any additional comments?

'Innocence' by Dean Koontz is a good book, but not great. The storyline is of Addison Goodheart, born into the world so hideous that people, when they see him, have the uncontrollable urge to beat him to death. He comes across Gwynneth, an 18-year-old suffering from socio-phobia and finds it hard to tolerate people. Addison feels compelled by his profound loneliness to accompany Gwynneth on her journey fighting Telford (a rapist, murderer, thief, etc.). This story has a paranormal twist to it.

My problems with this story is that it's unbelievable. A boy who is so ugly, in the modern world, and a civilised world at that, is chased, threatened and his surrogate father likewise and killed because of their disfigurements. He lives in the sewers and only comes out at night. That, though it is unbelievable, is appreciated as it is the story. Dean Koontz uses such long and unnecessary language, in descriptive areas, it's fine (to a certain extent), in dialogue, it makes all of the characters extremely well-read and articulate. Throughout, I kept thinking, throughout the dialogue parts, that 'They wouldn't say that'. I also found Gwynneth to be fairly annoying. Her insistance on Addison trusting her but not telling him pretty much anything, bugged me.

The performance - MacLeod Andrews does a decent job. His version of Telford, Hamlin and Simon are done well. But the main characters, Addison and Gwynneth, aren't up to scratch. Everything Addison says ends with an upward inflection, and Gwynneth, he goes a bit softer and in a higher pitch, she also sounds depressed all the time. He does anger well.

Overall, it's a fair listen. It does the job of filling silence with an interesting story, but it didn't do quite what I hoped for.

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  • Sylence
  • 11-23-17

Excellent by Dean Koontz

Great book and a nice twist at the end. A short lull here and there but overall fantastic.

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  • Mr T
  • 06-19-17

Very good

Very good and keeps you wanting more.
Good old Addison's got a good heart.
Loved it.

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  • sylvie001
  • 06-13-17

Innocence.

Wow, another great Dean Koontz, book. Even if your not a fan. You should read this spell binding, twisty and turny, book. He keeps you hooked from the first chapter, to the very last word.

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  • gasmanp
  • 11-17-16

Great beginning and middle - poor ending

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending (whole last 1/3rd)

Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

Yes - most of the story was interesting, only poor part was the ending

Was Innocence worth the listening time?

I thought so for a while - didn't enjoy the last 1/2-1hr at all though. Boring and predictable ending.

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  • Lynnie Bee
  • 05-05-15

loved this

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

Totally different from what I expected

What did you like best about this story?

The acceptance of Addison with his life

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

No

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have read others reviewers who have assumed that Addison is severely disfigured, in fact I don't think that this is actually said in book only implied. I believe that both Addison and Gwyneth are so pure of heart that other people fear them because of this and want to harm them.

A wonderful book

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  • Vincent
  • 12-13-14

Its a wonder that dogs were not Goofy.

The idea for the story was okay but not great, and the characters lose all credibility at the end. I guess as a fairy tale, it may work. Intelligent design way out of kilt.

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  • Martin
  • 11-17-17

Disappointed

Dean Koontz can do so much better. I can't say much without spoilers but the underlying story was way too religiously undertoned and frankly just ridiculous. And i typically really enjoy Koontz's book!

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  • Katie
  • 02-16-15

Little Bit of the Old Dean Koontz :D

This story reminded me of the old styles of novels that Dean Koontz used to write. Which is fantastic, because they're the Dean Koontz books i love.
This book has a little humour, intrigue, twists and turns - its all great.
Buy it if you loved his earlier works