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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.

Β©2012 David Baldacci; 2012 Hachette Audio

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Not what I expected.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hard for me to find audio books I like because my preference is very narrow. I don't have the patience to find something new, so I wait for the yearly Reacher or Spenser novel and pad my library with biographies or re-listen to previous purchases. This selection was in my wish list for ages. Guess I was bored (desperate) and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did.

What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

I'm not a critical listening like that. I either like it or I don't. The only comparison I would make is I enjoyed it as much as I do my Reacher and Spenser novels.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene, but this audiobook was unique in it's use of 2 ( or more?) voice actors. Unlike other listeners who submitted reviews, I found the additional voice(s) highly entertaining.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. Just an overall good story and presentation. I hope the rest of the series is equally enjoyable.

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Love this book

Suspenseful funny love it πŸ˜»πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸ˜πŸ€“would highly recommend this book. All of the characters and wonderful

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not a new release

I didn't realize this wasn't new until I was 3 minutes into it. it's a good enough story - but, I wasn't expecting sound effects. big thanks to Audible for returns when you're just plain annoyed you spent a credit.

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I refuse to nitpick

I have only listened to a few Baldacci books, but all of them have been "page turners". This one is no exception. Maybe not as hard boiled as some like and the sound effects were a little cheesy, but the story and the performance were top shelf.

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Great read!

Great story- good characters, action packed and A plus narration!! I highly recommend!!
keeps the reader wondering and the unexpected
pops up !!,πŸ‘

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  • 08-30-16

Way too long and unbelievable. Started out good.

First half was good but got wayyyyy too wordy describing useless things in great detail for no reason but to make the story longer it seemed. If it had been edited in half and made the story more believable then it would have been good. Ending is too unbelievable for how everything would come together. Disappointed.

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Worth reading

Good book for the genre. A bit over dramatic on the audio. Would listen to it again.

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not bad at all

Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

no but i enjoyed the story once I got into it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julie! smart sassy and full of determination

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Totally believeable

While the average person doesn't live in this type of world, we all know they done do. The story, characters,and dramatization were superb. I've actually read this twice now and gave no regrets!

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Good but lacking research

The reading, split between Ron and Orlagh, avoids the common errors of men who can't do women and women who can't do men. The music and sound effects don't really add to the experience, especially when they don't match the action.

This isn't a book that provides you the clues and allows you to get ahead of the reveal. On the other hand it suffers from Chekhov's gun, and the items are placed too obviously. I suppose you can't casually reveal Chekhov's gun. The characters are believable, but the world comes across as bare and derelict and I don't know how that impression is formed, I suppose that's the skill of the writer.

This is a good story, but there are errors that show a lack of research or at least a lack of good sources for research. You can't pop the back off an iPod, even with tools it is difficult to separate the cover halves. Policing brass means picking up the shell casings that are ejected from a semi automatic. No assassin waits around the crime scene to retrieve his brass, if he's that bothered he would use a revolver or something to catch the brass, which is incredibly unlikely. Nobody retrieves bullets after a shooting, not from the body, and not having passed through the body. It would take hours to find a bullet and dig it out even if you knew where it had gone. Dum Dum Armory no longer produces ammunition with a cross cut in the tip, that is a very poor alternative to a modern hollow point. Most ammunition that you might buy for 'self defense' would be hollow point. A headshot with a pistol round will usually result in... well it's not fair to say it here, but you won't be recovering a bullet from what's left. You don't need to shoot someone in both sides of the head, the temporary wound cavity from anything professionals might use to kill would include both sides. A rifle shot is even worse, a rifle bullet will penetrate feet of pine, a head is hardly noticeable. The difference between what people normally call high power rifle rounds is not nearly so significant as many would like you to think, so anything from a 30-30 to a 338 Lapua will have similar effects. No professional carries a pistol with an empty chamber, it takes too long to rack the slide after drawing, time that should be spent getting on target and shooting. Nobody shot in the head with even a moderately powerful handgun round has any final thoughts or exclamations, it's all over for them. An armored full sized SUV does not catch any BMW on anything other than a completely straight road, even then not if the BMW sees them coming, and certainly not any sporty BMW. The difference in performance between a fast road car and an armored SUV... well you'd have to never have experienced one or other to find that credible.

Does he get better?

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