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The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition]

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)
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This version of The Innocent Ones features a soundtrack that includes music and sound effects designed to enhance the listening experience. We will send you a survey in the next few weeks to ask for your feedback on this version. Your feedback will be very helpful and is much appreciated.

From the best-selling author of Trial Junkies - get ready for a jaw-dropping twist....

Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja, California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

©2010 Robert Gregory Browne (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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You are THERE!...(soundtrack edition)


I totally enjoyed this book! I LOVED having the soft "background atmospheric" sounds along with the excellent narration. It made me feel as though I were right there alongside the characters on some foreign journey, and swept up with them in their thrilling adventure. There were SO many unexpected twists and turns that I did not see coming! Every chapter ending was a "whaaaat, nooo!!!" jaw dropper for me. It was very easy to get caught up in the moment.

The story quickly evolves with startling new revelations...one after another (more than a soap opera)...as well as having some pretty good tense nail biting moments. I couldnt wait to find out what happened next. If there was a sequel to this book - I think I'd have to get it.

I wish that ALL audiobooks had a soundtrack! (can you tell this was my first?) How wonderful that would be! It really does broaden the whole audio experience - like taking it up another notch from band to symphony orchestra.

This book was gifted at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you Audible for the delightful treat!

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Not for me. Sorry.

Received this free audiobook to listen to and comment on the soundtrack version; 1) I don't subscribe to this genre;2) there was nothing about the first chapter that would cause me to be interested in the story; 3) the foul language in the second chapter is an immediate turn off. I wish there was some book ratings with warning of foul or lewd language; 4) the soundtrack was more of a distraction than an enhancement. The music and sound effects were to me like buzzing insects I wanted to swat at to mute so I can concentrate on the story teller. I prefer to let my imagination create the scenarios. Thank you.

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Good story, sometimes distracting though

Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition] to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I didn't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

To be fair there aren't a ton of characters that seem "good" to choose from in this situation, but I will say that the main character, Jen, grew on me throughout the book. At the beginning I just felt like she was not the sort of person you'd want to be friends with, but then more of her actual life was made apartment and I didn't feel sorry for her as much as I felt I understood her more.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

Thrilling, Accurate, and Talented

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"fact or fiction"

Any additional comments?

I would say to be aware that this book has a "soundtrack" that I wasn't a fan of most of the time. There were a few great instances where the sound track really helped the story to remind you where in the story you were, like the sound of the ocean or some gun shots.

However, throughout most the story I found myself getting pretty irritated at having to constantly turn the volume up or down to adjust. Turning it up repeatedly so I could hear the actual story over the soundtrack that was just distracting, or turning down because the soundtrack plus the story was all of a sudden too loud.

I understand the ultimate point of adding a soundtrack to an audible story, getting you more "into" the story and making a full "experience". However, for my personal taste it is unnecessary. To me the whole point of reading or listening to a book is to let your own imagination create and process the details.

Even though most of the time the soundtrack was party background music or police sirens, I wouldn't say that it helped the story and therefore, if it isn't helping, it isn't necessary. But again, that's just my style of listening, the story and narrator though, as usual, were fantastic!

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Not for me

The story was moderately interesting for a while, but by no means revolutionary or original. Lots of mature content is littered throughout the novel (swearing, sex, excessive violence, etc). The ending was a let down after making my way through the rest of the book.

The narration was better than the story but much too slow. I had to speed up playback to at least 1.10 to make it a relatively normal speed. The sound effects and music were a nice touch but could be slightly distracting.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book.

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Soundtrack Edition is better than expected!!

What made the experience of listening to The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition] the most enjoyable?

It enhanced the listening experience, For the first 10 minutes or so I found the soundtrack distracting and annoying, mostly because it was so very different from anything else I had ever listened to. But after that it was very good and enhanced the book/performance

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick isn't my favorite narrator but I think that the added soundtrack improved his narration

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Mediocre at best

There are two main characters/storylines that the book bounces back and forth between. The Vargas storyline is actually pretty interesting, investigating a group of murders in the middle of nowhere Mexico. Beth's storyline is nothing but whining about her sister though, and it just drags on and on.

Narrator is ok. His pacing is very slow to start out, but does improve over time. His character voices are not the best. Basically, they have a Mexican accent or they don't.

The soundtrack part is actually pretty good. The sound effects and dramatic music pieces add a nice touch of vividness and suspense to the story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for this honest review.

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Nice twist

Really enjoyed listening to this book. Kept me waiting for the next twist in the story.

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YES YES YES

SO GOOD!!! The soundtrack really added to the experience for me. It made it kind of like a movie almost. The book was fantastic. Definitely worth the read especially since it's free.

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I just couldn't get into this story.

Even though it isn't my kind of story, I do hope other people like it.

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Great book, kept me wanting more

It was a great story, that was very compelling. Although the narrator's voice can get annoying sometimes. He doesn't talk like a girl very well, lol!