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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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Another great Koontz novel

Dean Koontz is a master of twists and turns in his story telling and he does it in aces here. A young man is born into a world which hates him, including his mother. After being kicked out of his mother's house at 8, he lives a secretive and mostly private life after another person like himself is killed. Then he runs into a beautiful girl and the adventures begin in a world falling apart. You will quickly add this book to your collection of favorites.

Highly recommended!!!!!

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Blech!

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. I've read all of his books except for his Odd Thomas series, which I just couldn't get into. But, when Dean writes a book, I buy it. Period. And just like the other Koontz books I've read, I started it without reading a synopsis.

I listened to this book for 2 hours and finally looked at my son and said, "I can't do this any longer." I especially quit listening when I realized I was reading facebook, and the book was still playing. The story was soooo slow, and terribly boring.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Boy will you. Be surprised.

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

Inspiring, sad, hopeful.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between father and Addison.

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

Addison. I do love that he narrates for Koontz. The narration is so vital to an audible story. A great narrator can make a good story great

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

"If We Could See"

Any additional comments?

Loved the story. I was sorry that it had to come to an end.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Derek B.
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A grand slam by Koontz!

After a few books that fell a step below Odd Thomas, and many, many others which he also wrote, Mr. Koontz delighted me on a level that compared to when I finally closed Odd's first book. With this one, I was shocked, inspired, and gladely saddened it had ended. I got to read about wonderful people who had deepness of character which I rarely find in books. I felt for them on levels that could only speak of Dean Koontz' gift. A gift that has entertained millions. This book showed me that I do not need to wait for the next Odd Thomas story to be inspired by characters that truely affect me on a deep level, that make me wish I actually knew them, or someone like them who I could help in their hour of need. Thank you Mr. Koontz for showing me characters that have parts of the very best of society, and books that I wouldn't be ashamed to one day pass on to our children. This book was smart, entertaining, deep, fun, fast, and memorable. I am once more impressed!

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Mr Koontz selling his name not his story telling..

The story starts off with a child so hideous the midwife tries to kill him. His mother tries to kill him 5 times. An art curator who has stolen millions from his employer has to kill his employer to keep from being exposed... but, tries to rape and kill the employer's daughter. Then he kills everyone associated to her...(Really?) The daughter spends five years gathering the evidence to expose her father's killer. Some deranged artist creates marionettes and then kills his wife and children. The marionettes become AWARE of the girl that the art curator tried to rape and kill. A nurse is raped, brutalized, killed tossed into a pond... and her killers walk free.... A three year old little girl is so brutally beaten that she spends the next five years in a coma.... And how do these story lines intertwine? Who knows... Mr. Koontz evidentially didn't know. He got tired of the plot and created a plague that ended the world... Seriously. None of the story lines were continued or explained. The book ended with a plague killing all mankind.... Nice Mr. Koontz... I have been reading Mr. Koontz' books since he published as Leigh Nichols (Be kind, yes I know I am old...) Now, this trash has his name on it... Don't be embarrassed Mr. Koontz... If I made the kind of money you do on your books... I would sell out as well.... Well, maybe not... but that's just me....

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Just okay.

I'm not sure if my taste has changed, Koontz style has changed or some combination of both, but this didn't really work for me.

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WARNING Graphic Desc of Fantasy Rape of 13 year ol

I had to stop after the graphic description of the villain describing his rape fantasy to his 13 year old victim as he was preparing to perpetrate it. Spoiler: She gets away. But this is about half way through the book, so there are not doubt many thrills to come.

Otherwise, I was quite taken with this book. The character of Addison and his peculiar inborn sense of compassion and tolerance, completely unjustified, considering the cruelty the world had shown him. The developing relationship with Gwyneth, the doll-like heiress, unable to be touched. There seemed to be a lot of potential for interesting development.

But, I draw the line at book that use child sexual torture as a plot element.

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Wired

A little to weird even for Koontz. Wired to the point of stupid. Totally unimpressed.

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worst Dean Koontz book he has ever written.

I have been an acid Koontz fan for many years. this is the what book he has ever written. I think the only reason it was published is because he signed good name to it. don't water your money on it!

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Not what I expected

I think the story was a little weak but narrator was perfect for it. This made story much more bearable. I am a big fan of Koontz - not sure what I was expecting - but surely wasn't this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful