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Publisher's Summary

America has enemies - ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.

But Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway - her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.

Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life... and perhaps his own.

©2012 Hachette Audio; 2012 David Baldacci

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  • Cala
  • United States
  • 05-18-12

Never Again

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

Seriously hated the sound effects....this is my first book by this author and I really didn't like it at all!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • Cazenovia, NY, USA
  • 04-22-12

Very Exciting mystery with an absurb story

What did you like best about The Innocent? What did you like least?

Baldacci creates a captivating novel of absurdities. If you like a yarn that help you pass some time and get involved in trying to understand the puzzle of the story then you'll enjoy this book. I did! But, I also thought it was so far removed from reality and believability that it was a real stretch to just say, "Give me a break".

What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it less convoluted, make the # of people killed much smaller, make the number of government traitors much smaller.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

Sure

Do you think The Innocent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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The Innocent

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

very good book

Any additional comments?

This book will hold your interest and you will dread putting it away when it is time to sleep. I enjoyed the people in the book, the plot and the writting. It was easy to read and I could say it was worth my time and my money. Read this book it will be a pleasure

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Colorado
  • 04-23-12

Every character has shades of innocent

After being nagged by my mom to read David Baldacci and finally giving in I have become quite the fan. I truly enjoy the way he can spin a tail that has far reaching ties for the characters. And it was fun to see him take an uptight perfectionist and turn him into a real live human.

The Innocent was not my favorite of his but is definitely better than most out there and well worth the read. I think it would have been more appealing to me if he had a different set of narrators because I identify with these readers, McLarty & Cassidy, with other Baldacci characters (King & Maxwell, Camel Club, Zero Day and others). McLarty & Cassidy are great and my problem stem from the fact that I recently re-listened to several of Baldacci's other series and stand alones.

26 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Hated the sound effects

The two narrators was fine, but the sound effects are not needed. When I buy an audiobook I want a book read to me. This would stop me from buying another book in the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Don't care for the added music and sound effects

Deducted 1 star because I thought the music and sound effects were gimmicky and distracting. The voice actors were excellent and more than sufficient to make the story interesting and entertaining.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fiction or ...?

I'm afraid I stopped listening after a mere 1 chapters. The book this far concentrates on Will Robie and his thoughts. I wondered if I missed something and had bought a book on philosophy. Sorry, this book was for me a disappointment. Of the Baldacci novels I have had great pleasure listening to The Camel Ciub and others, but the Will Robie series I'm afraid is not for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story Great, Narration Great, Effects Bad

What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

Mclarty and Cassidy do a wonderful job of pulling you into the story.

What did you like best about this story?

As usual, Baldacci's characters are very well written and very believable.

Any additional comments?

The narrators job is to pull the listener into the story is this done expertly. When music comes under the narration or sound effects are added it pulled me right out of the story and I lost things for a while. When it first happened I was walking and I spent time trying to figure out where the music was coming from and lost the story. The sound effects, especially the gun shots were even more effective at taking me out of the story. Very, very distracting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wasnt able to finish

I made it 9 hours in until I was no longer ahle to keep listening. Ive listened to many audio books over the past few years, and this is the only one that I had to stop listening to. This is the first, and definitely last Baldacci book I will read/listen to. Compared to similar books by Lee Child, Vince Flynn, or Barry Eisler, this one is total garbage. Baldacci clearly didnt do enough homework with this one, leaving me shaking my head after every mistake. It didnt take long to get to the point where the plot was so far fetched, and the investigative deductions of Robie so superhuman, that it left me well beyond the point of any sort of believing. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Lab Lover
  • Vienna, Virginia United States
  • 12-05-15

Farfetched and violent

I'm usually a fan, but this story is too hard to believe and way too violent made far worse by the horrible audio gun fights and shootouts.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful