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The Innocent Audiobook

The Innocent

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Publisher's Summary

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant, and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins.

A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities, including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own, see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.

An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally-charged story and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.

©2005 Harlan Coben; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Coben's] best book to date." (Publishers Weekly)
"As usual with Coben, an intriguing start, hinging on one out-of-whack technological trick, hurtles into a fast-paced hunter-and-hunted drama. First-rate." (Booklist)

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    Mercedes del Castillo 09-30-05 Member Since 2017
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    From the start, this audio book sounded promissing and as the mysteries unfolded I found myself looking forward to my exercise sessions so I could find out what was happening next. The narrator was excellent and the suspense kept me interested nearly all the way. The plot lost it a little right at the end but not too much.

    I love reading books but have used sudiobooks for the last 18 months as an incentive to do exercise (it works!) but had been dissapointed with the experience of listening to some of the books either because they are not really suitable for audio or because of the narrator. This book restored my faith. Happy listening !

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent mystery novel"

    Great story. Excellent narration. Lots of plot twists. This was my first Harlan Coben novel. I discovered this author by accident while reading reviews right here on Audible. Since this book was narrated by Scott Brick I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did! Five stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
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    "The Innocent"

    After enjoying Coben's No Second Chance, I decided to try some of his other works.

    In the first hour of The Innocent, there seemed to be nothing but wailing and whining about a tragic accident and the murder conviction that so unfairly had come of it. However, just as I was about to open the lid of the clinker bin, the author finished setting up, a plot materialized, and I was hooked.

    There are a few consistency goofs (even in New Jersey, a shotgun is not a rifle) but on the whole the story is well crafted. Characters, action, and description are nicely balanced. Scott Brick does his usual terrific job of reading.

    While some of the twists and turns were predictable, and others were a little implausible, The Innocent provides quite an enjoyable ride.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JohnnyP 01-26-17
    JohnnyP 01-26-17
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    "Not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about The Innocent?

    The story line was hard to follow. Threads coming in from different angles never ended up tying all together in a believable fashion and the ending as well as other points in the story disappointed with several, "you've got to be kidding me's." I purchased Cobens, "Gone for Good," on CD a long time before audible was around and it is an excellent story. This book pales in comparison and will lead me to be more cautious about purchasing other Coben title's in the future. The narrator was hard to listen to, not necessarily because of bad skills in portraying characters, it is hard to put into words, but he sounded like he was bored throughout most of the story.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The way that the story kept wrapping up in "impossible" tidying up of every problem in the story. The ending was the worst part.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toni 09-10-16
    Toni 09-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Okay."

    Written well but not my favorite Coben experience. I think some readers would enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie B 03-07-16
    Carrie B 03-07-16

    Big fan of mystery/thrillers, and police procedurals, and plausible sci-fiction.

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    "Disappointing"

    I've read many Books by this author and found this one mediocre. I really have enjoyed Scott Brick the narrator in the past but he overplayed the drama in his voice on the most mundane activities of the characters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne E. 07-25-15
    Yvonne E. 07-25-15
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    "Not as riviting as other Coben books. Slow moving."

    Not as riviting as other Coben books. Slow moving drama filled rather than "edge of seat" story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyla 05-22-15
    Kyla 05-22-15
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    "Not my favorite Coben book"

    But that won't stop me from reading more from him! This wasn't as gripping as Six Years, which I finished prior to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Big jim Picotto Great White North 02-07-15
    Big jim Picotto Great White North 02-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The most ridiculous book on audible"

    Normally, I would return a book like this prior to finishing. But I had to finish this tripe just to warn others. Cliche dialogue, unbelievable plot, unlikeable characters, and so on. I cannot stress enough how poorly written this is. My experience with Corban is "tell no one". A decent book written in the first person. Judging by this book, Corban is unable to write in third person. Utter rubbish. And lastly, I'm tired of Scott brick getting heaps of praise. His over dramatic acting probably contributed to the distaste for this novel. i know I may be getting over the top with my criticism of this book, but it is well deserved. Don't waste a credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cat man 12-07-12
    cat man 12-07-12

    Cat Lover

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

    Adequate


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    Coben has changed his stye. In "No Second Chance" and this book he overdoses on hackneyed cliches and metaphors and too many subplots.From now on if there is not a Bolitar in the book, I'll pass.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Satisfactory


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

    God no!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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