New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother's home in Innocence, Mississippi. Instead of peace and tranquility, however, she finds the town torn with suspicion over two brutal murders. When she discovers a third victim in the murky waters behind her house, she turns to her dangerously handsome neighbor, Tucker Longstreet, for protection. But Tucker has a reputation for breaking hearts - even worse, the police count him their number one suspect.
You'll want to lean back in your easy chair and let Nora Robert's steamy prose and Tom Stechschulte's stirring interpretation transport you to Innocence where the nights are filled with promise and secrets are hard to keep.
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This book had a bit of everything. Romance, Mystery, Murder and Mayhem. The narrator really drew you into the story.
A must read/listen for any Nora Roberts fan
I have read and listened to several Nora Roberts books and think that this is the best one yet. The Longstreet family were the big guns in the small town of Innocence, Mississippi. Dwayne, the eldest, sees life through the bottom of a bottle, his sister Josie, dissatisfied with her life, uses her promiscuity to pass the time whilst Tucker, the youngest son, is goodnatured but idle. The vicious killing of several young local women and the arrival in town of Caroline, a young concert violinist, fleeing from her dominating mother and an unhappy love affair, combine to make him sit up and start taking notice. There is horror, mystery, romance and quite a bit of humour in the tale that follows and a very big plus is the excellent narration by Tom Stechschulte.
I would and I have, to several of my friends, because it was such a good read from start to finish (even though I actually listened to the audio version). I loved the characters and the tension that was present throughout the whole story. I went into smug mode at one point as I thought I knew who the murderer was but I was completely wrong....very good twist.
I had several so it is hard to say, they were all good....even the baddies!
I have and I absolutely love him as a narrator, there are a good few out there that could take a lot of lessons from his performances. He gives every character their own personality with his differing voices and accents....brilliant performance by him, as always.
If I could have, I would have....sadly, I also have a life and have to let that interfere every now and then!!
I adore Nora Roberts writing and am forever grateful that she is such a prolific author as I never tire of reading her stories. I have read several of her trilogies and individual books and have enjoyed every one of them. The only thing that spoilt one for me was the narrator but I have noticed that she has never been used on any of the other of Nora Roberts audio versions so, I guess I wasn't the only one with that opinion. I have recommended Nora to all of my bookworm friends and relatives as there is bound to be a story for every one of them.
As a fast reader, listening to audiobooks helps books last longer-woop!
As a fan of Nora Roberts I loved this book (almost a foregone conclusion though!). It has all her traits-excellent writing, interesting characters and a twist at the end that always keeps me guessing throughout the book. The narrator was a little slow for me to start with, but by the end I thought it was wonderful-a really slow, southern drawl...perfect!
I didn't enjoy the accents in this book, I know it fitted in with where the book was set, but I did find it very annoying.
I didn't realise who had done it, I usually have a good idea by half way through a book, but this one threw me, very well written
Depends whether it was his accent or one he was putting on for the book.
I did finish this book in two days, as couldn't put it down
A lovely Southern town is still nervous after two murders. New damaged girl arrives to inherit her aunt's house; she catches the eye of the local Lothario, but also, the local scary dude. More girls are murdered, is it the scary dude or someone else who is guilty?
I wanted something that was going to keep my attention without requiring too much effort / concentration and this book more than met the brief. Good storyline, excellent twist – I was sure I had identified the culprit at the beginning; but I was wrong and did not guess until it was revealed at the end.. a little romance, a touch of suspense and a mystery – what more can you ask for. What made this book complete was that by pure chance the movie was aired on sky as I was reading it – so finished the book and watched the movie.. brill
"The wait has ended"
this is one of Nora Roberts all time great ones.
Tucker Longstreet, his zest of life.
he is not the best reader,but he grows on you. Carolyn McCormick did the abridged version and she always does a great job.
Don't cross the line!
I have waited 10 years for this full length version to be converted to download.
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book but I am so glad I gave it a chance. It is a wonderful read. Full of mystery, compassion, warmth & love interest. It is truly a wonderful story. One I am sure I will reflect back on in the future. If you are a true caring & loving sole, a person with a good heart, you won't want to miss out on this book. Narration Brilliant!
"Wow...really good with lots of twists and turns"
Let me say, that I have just recently started listening to several Nora Roberts books. I'm truly impressed. The narrator is excellent and the twists and turns in this book are exceptional. The person who you think may have done it, didn't! You never have a clue as to who really "done did it" (smile). I really liked this audio and would highly recommend it not ony for the romance which is not over the top (don't like too syrupy) but would recommend this for the good mystery writing.
"Twists and turns galore"
In this story Caroline is a musician that was forced to grow up to fast, she learned the importance of responsibility at a very young age. Tucker has grown up in a wealthy family filled with quirks, he is lazy and loves it. Caroline moves back to her grandparents home after a breakdown and falls in love with the town and learns to cherish the people. Unfortunately, the easy life changes when a serial killer starts killing young women of the town. This story has lots of twists and turns, almost to many. It was a little overwhelming that so many events seemed to happen. I didn't care for it as much as some other mysteries by Sandra Brown but for Nora Roberts it was good. Not my romance or much detail in the love scenes but it was good it you like a wholesome mystery with lots of plot and a happily ever after, and lets face it who doesn't ;) !
Yes. I like all of the Nora Roberts books that I've listened to. There are enough twists that it's not a straight line to the ending like some books. I was very surprised at the ending.
That although there was some predictability, the ending wasn't what I'd expected.
I haven't listened to any of his work that I'm aware of. I would have no problem with him being the narrator. He did a very good job. Enough difference so I could tell which character was suppose to be speaking.
I think it was a toss up between the two main characters, Tucker and Caroline. Tucker, because I really didn't want to like him since he seemed to think of women as interchangeable for his purposes. I did end up liking the character as the book started to show more depth of character.
Caroline because she finally started to show some backbone and became more of her own person rather than what was chosen for her.
If you can, get the unabridged version. It's much better.
"Love the unabridged version"
I'm so glad you added this version. The narrator is excellent (so much better than the one used for the abridged version!). He just makes the story and the characters come alive. It's one of my favorite NR books. Thanks!
"Amazing Twists and Turns, Great Suspence!!"
This is an amazing story with a lot of in depth characters. Great twists and turns in the plot. There is never a dull moment! This is definately Nora at her finest!!!
"A Romance You Don't See Coming"
Overall the book was a 10. My favorite book so far.
I loved the mystery and the excitment of the murders. You never expect you had actually commited the murders. And then the character of Tucker is fabulous.
I have not listened to any others of his readings but I would like to.
Tucker - he is so cool and romantic. The way he falls in love is amazing.
"Well done romantic mystery suspense."
I was engaged all the way through. Wonderful character creation. Wonderful dialogue. Various conflicts are well done.
An example of fun dialogue: Tucker is this slow talking rich southern man who sleeps with a lot of women. Heroine is not interested. He makes a seductive comment to her. She says “You’re sick.” He replies “I do feel a fever comin’ on.”
I loved the way clues and things came out gradually during the book - like the clue someone saw that led them to discover who tampered with a car. I loved Tucker’s relationship with a teenage boy -- heartwarming.
I recently heard Judith Ivey doing a southern accent that was irritating. Tom Stechschulte (this audiobook narrator) did a wonderful southern accent. And he was soooo sexy as Tucker. Wow. And he did women well - no effeminate gay guy sounds. He did so many different voices well. He’s now one of my favorite narrators.
Genre: romantic mystery suspense
Good solid listen - good interesting characters, romance, intrigue, mystery and a good twist. Well worth it. Narration took a while to warm up to but enjoyed in the end.
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