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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.

©1991 Nora Roberts (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great story and great narration!

I really enjoyed this novel from Roberts! Tom, the narrator brought the story to life with all the different voices he used for the characters. I will certainly look for other novels narrated by Tom!

The story kept me engaged and I really enjoyed it. There were a couple complaints though. There were so many new characters being added that I often got confused at the beginning of the book and a couple times throughout as to who was who and how they related to each other. Still a great story though and shouldn't be enough to deter you from purchasing it.

I listen to a lot of murder mystery type books and normally don't spend much time trying to figure out "who done it?". Besides, I am not very good at it. Lol So I just listen and enjoy. However, this book was different for some reason. I figured out the who done it quite early on and I feel that to some degree, the author made it a bit too obvious in my opinion.

Even with those complaints I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it!

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Suspense filled story

First chapter is a bit hard to get into but after that you’re right in it. Love the story and the suspense that comes with it.

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Good romance and mystery, bad stereotypes

While this book has Nora Roberts' usual excellent romance and mystery, I was deeply uncomfortable with the stereotypes of Black people - the book was written in the early 1990s and feels very backward, even so for that date. There is also a sense of yearning for the good old days, glorifying the era of plantations in full swing - which for me doesn't mean beautiful romance and elegance - it means slavery. There is a scene where Caroline is staring over the grounds of Sweetwater, imagining the glory of the estate in its heyday, seeing in her minds' eye lovely women in hoops skirts strolling with elegant men ... The author paints this beautiful picture without the context that that richness was built on the blood and sweat of slaves. Was this really still ok 30 years ago?

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fabulous start to finish

this is the best book yet of Nora Roberts.
mcgreggors series close runner ups.

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It is okay

Struggled to finish it, but it is okay. Not one off her best books. oh well

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Mesmerizing

Wow. I loved the story with its twists and turns. Nora Roberts made her characters so real and the narrator reallyrics brought them to life. highly recommend this book.

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I enjoyed it

It was a fun ride! I enjoyed the twists and the characters. I found Caroline a bit annoying and pathetic but the other characters made up for it. Recommended!

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Good Mystery.

The ending was an interesting twist. I did find some of the story slow but once it got going I really enjoyed it.

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A very enjoyable read.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were read very well. I always feel if the characters can make me feel then the author has done his/her job, and in this case they have more than successed. Thank you Nora!

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Loved it.

Loved it. Hard to put down. Good twists and turns.
Well rounded characters, you can sympathize with.

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  • 2012-10-05

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.

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  • Empress Karen
  • 2012-04-17

The wait has ended

Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is one of Nora Roberts all time great ones.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tucker Longstreet, his zest of life.

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

he is not the best reader,but he grows on you. Carolyn McCormick did the abridged version and she always does a great job.

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

Don't cross the line!

Any additional comments?

I have waited 10 years for this full length version to be converted to download.

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  • Raemar3356
  • 2012-06-01

Surprise!

Would you listen to Carnal Innocence again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

That although there was some predictability, the ending wasn't what I'd expected.

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Who was the most memorable character of Carnal Innocence and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

If you can, get the unabridged version. It's much better.

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  • bluebelle
  • 2012-05-07

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 ;) !

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  • Marci
  • 2012-04-17

Wonderful Listen!

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!

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  • Leslie
  • 2012-05-07

A Romance You Don't See Coming

Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Overall the book was a 10. My favorite book so far.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any others of his readings but I would like to.

Who was the most memorable character of Carnal Innocence and why?

Tucker - he is so cool and romantic. The way he falls in love is amazing.

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  • Alice W
  • 2012-06-20

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!

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  • Chelsea
  • 2017-01-18

An enjoyable listen, but slow at first.

[no spoilers, promise] I almost deleted this after the first chapter, but glad I gave it a chance. The first chapter had me all jumbled because of so many character introductions, but after that, I got drawn into the story, went back to the beginning to clear things up, then thoroughly enjoyed the rest. The narrator butchered some of the accents, by drawing them out too long and making them sound like they were mentally disabled. But he also read the conversations very well, making me feel like I was within the story. It was fun trying to guess who the killer was, and even when I finally figured it out, I kept doubting until it was brought out at the end. I also liked the romance part of it too. The story ended too soon for me, even though at some points I was going nuts with all the extra details the author added, but I'm glad I listened to this.

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  • Tessa
  • 2012-04-18

Amazing Twists and Turns, Great Suspence!!

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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!!!

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  • Jane
  • 2014-05-04

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.

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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

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