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Carnal Innocence

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Nora Roberts, bestselling author of The Reef and Genuine Lies, mixes scorching passion with icy suspense in her classic novel of murder and infatuation in a southern town--now available in hardcover for the first time.

In the small town of Innocence, Mississippi, days are long, nights are fragrant, and secrets are hard to keep. But when a brutal killer starts claiming the l
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Published July 5th 2000 by Random House Audio (first published December 1991)
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Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
Feb 28, 2016 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ by: Karla
Solid 4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was fantastic. My only complaint was there are sooooo many characters involved at times it was confusing and I would have to stop and remember who's who. I really didn't figure out who the killer was till about 3/4 or more into the book...I kept changing my mind. Very good storyline and characters with plenty of aghast and heart beating scenes.

Tucker and Carolyn

The hero Tucker Longstreet is not my average kind of hero he's very "Non
You are probably dying to ask me…What are you doing reading a romance published in 1991? Isn’t it terribly outdated?

Well, I read it because the audiobook came HIGHLY recommended by friends and I put a lot of stock in friend recommendations. And yes, it’s a bit outdated – there are no cell phones, no internet and the police procedure is a bit iffy (we know better now that an FBI agent shouldn’t be consorting with the sister of a suspect) but the book is old enough that it doesn’t feel weird, if t
ETA: 4/7/12 The unagridged version narrated by Tom Stechschulte is now available on!

5* for the narrator/narration. Listened to this on audio narrated by the masterful Tom Stechschulte. Absolutely amazingly deep, sexy voice. Recommended if you can find it.

While listening to a book on audio the reader is forced to listen to all the description and not skim. I'm guilty of skimming at times, especially when the action gets going and I'm on the edge of my seat. While listening to Stechs
Narrator was good, but I didn't care for it. Too depressing. Quite dated. Felt even older than 1991. Almost didn't finish it, but wanted to see if I had the villain pegged (yes).

Addy-Lou, Bobby T, Billy Lee, Lulu, Della, Darlene, Earlene, Christy, Sissy, etc..... My poor little head hurts. So many southern-fried characters — it was a trial to keep track of who belonged to which family.

I didn't laugh once, and rarely smiled. I like to laugh. I like heartwarming romances with a dangerous, suspen
This was a three and a half star southern mystery that was punched up to a four star by Tom Stechshulte's narration. Nora did a wonderful job making the foliage and surroundings so real that I felt like I was there along with the characters. The murder mystery was a pretty good Southern drama with original characters mixed with some romance and a bit of comic relief.
Jane Stewart
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 t
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Unabridged audiobook version from Speaking of Audiobooks dated 9/30/10:

Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
Attempting to listen to a bad copy of Carnal Innocence, I just knew there was so much to enjoy that I was missing because of all that extra noise. Giving up on my library copy, I was delighted when my friend offered to loan me a copy. I totally fell into the story and in love with Tucker. Tom Stechschulte’s narration is superb and I believe it’s his interpretation of Tucker that made him so, well,
Tucker and Caroline, according to Lifetime Television:


Me likey!
May 27, 2012 Elisabete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts, 2012
Gostei bastante deste livro, apesar de não me ter cativado tanto como outros que já li da Nora. Tem bastante suspense e mistério e um pouco menos de romance do que é habitual, mas o pouco que tem é muito giro e divertido, dei umas boas gargalhadas com as personagens deste livro, principalmente com o Tucker (uma personagem masculina um pouco diferente das que a Nora costuma criar, mas não menos cativante) e com a prima Lulu. Mas o que ma cativou mesmo foi a parte policial, nunca imaginaria que er ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I read the paperback of this book so many years ago that I couldn't remember much except that I enjoyed it. When our Audiobook group was discussing the great narration of the audible version I thought I would check it out. I really did enjoy this new to me narrator, and he brought the rating up a bit.

I liked the way Nora Roberts lays the ground work for her stories. With her descriptions of the town, the people, the main characters and the tidbits of history, I had a crystal cl
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"I can be an outsider, or I can belong. It comes down to how you treat others, doesn't it?"

Whoever said that you can't go home again? Caroline Waverly has fled to Innocence Missisippi to escape the burdens of her high stress career as a famous violinist and the pressure her mother imposes on her. Staying in the house that her grandparents owned, she finds a slower pace than what she is used to. she discovers the joy of smalltown living; warm friends, friendly neighbors, and even romance. But the
Jun 18, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
4.5 stars. The South really came alive in this book, a lot of it due to the brilliant narration by Tom Stechschulte. Those Southern accents were just so good, coupled with a great story and this is a fabulous romantic suspense, even 20 years later.
Story and narration EXCELLENT 4.5, narrator Tom Stechshulte did a fantastic job with the southern. Just right. Audiogals Classic List

Very much like an old movie with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward type, like The Long Hot Summer but unlike that movie which was mostly melodrama and a hot love affair... this one had a serial killer. But the pace reminded me so much of the movie, sipping ice teas, gossiping, cotton plantation and the hierarchy of the town of Innocence, maybe even a little bit of Pe
Mar 28, 2014 ElaineY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf, romantic-suspense
Narrator: Tom Stechschulte

Probably my favorite Nora Roberts, for now. NR, like Linda Howard, is a hit-or-miss with me, unlike Sandra Brown, whose books I usually do well with.

The Narrator: Stechschulte, or Tom (easier to spell!) is every bit the seasoned and excellent narrator he is. I'd heard him once on a Christine Feehan Ghostwalkers series which he also narrates but Carnal Innocence shows off his skills a lot more. Tom's Tucker Longstreet brings ac
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Don’t get excited---Innocence is a very small town in Mississippi although, yes, it is a very carnal small town. The kind of town where everybody knows your business as well as the business of your family 200 years back and it’s all still current.

A world-famous violinist has escaped to Innocence to find herself and her roots. Roots that are based on a very short visit as a young girl to her grandparents. Unfortunately for Caroline, she has arrived at the tail end of three nasty murders.

We get t
Apr 29, 2012 Leontine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting of the sweltering, southern small-town is fantastic. It is inhabited with flamboyant characters who get under your skin quickly. They breath life in to their town with gossip, passion, love, death and everything in between. Add a rivting suspense with twists and turns that surprised the hell outta me and I was enthralled by this story from beginning to end. The romance was heart-tugging sweet, Caroline and Tucker are endearing characters with their personal quirks and their chemistry ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts, 2014
This was not a favorite of mine. I'm going to attribute it to the fact that it was originally written almost 20 years ago. The language was unacceptable to me (a lot of racist remarks and situations), the lack of technology bothered me, and overall the whole thing just felt dated.

Also, the plot was just bizarre and there seemed to be a constant "crazy" person trying to kill someone, it just felt that there were multiple storylines that were vying for the main plot. The romance was lackluster and
Elke Eelbode
Niet écht mijn favoriete boek van Nora Roberts, het verhaal was net niet boeiend genoeg om mij aan het lezen te zetten en te blijven lezen.
Ook al zijn de personages op zich goed uitgewerkt, toch ontbrak het mij aan spanning in dit boek.
Brittany B.
Great narration. Fun listen. Classic old school romance novel. Lite on bedroom scenes, but great chemistry and satisfying HEA with the main couple.

Nice one far a long drive on a sunny day. :) .

Definitely recommended!
Oct 03, 2008 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVE this book!!! This is one of those books I'll read over and over again. My favorite Nora Roberts book hands down!
Nov 20, 2015 Tânia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poder-se-ia dizer que a culpa é minha por ter sido defraudada por este livro pois já tinha lido algumas opiniões á priori e fiquei com a ideia de que este não era um dos melhores livros de Nora Roberts. Ainda assim, mais por conveniência do que propriamente vontade (há outros dela em que estou mais interessada), peguei nele com o pensamento de venha o que vier. E não foi, realmente, um dos melhores livros da autora.

Gostei muito do ambiente sulista – adoro histórias passadas no sul, por alguma r
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
Fantastic book! It is about a concert violinist who has a emotional breakdown and escapes by moving into the old house she just inherited from her recently passed grandmother in rural Mississippi. Her second day there she finds a body in the pond on the property. She soon starts meeting all the town folk and learns that this is the third woman murdered in this rural area in the last 2 months and there was also one similar in Nashville a few hours away.

The FBI gets involved and there are lots of
Mar 26, 2010 Lizzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, really; maybe to silly ninnies who don't know better.
It is clear that Carnal Innocence is more of a murder mystery than it is a romance novel, and don’t make the mistake of believing it’s a blend of the two – the romance is thrown in haphazardly. It seems like an afterthought, as if Roberts had forgotten that she’d promised her publisher she’d live up to the novel’s name. More to the point, there’s not much “carnal” about the relationship between Tucker and Caroline. It’s hurried and rushed, contradicting Tucker’s continual sermons on how everythi ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Annika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This title will always make me laugh for two reasons. One, because my mother-in-law cannot say the word "Carnal" correctly to save her life. (She says car-nail...and that's funny to me). Two, because there is nothing carnal about this book, at least the first two-thirds of the story. The title is that time I was reading a biographical account of Queen Elizabeth's life in England and it was called "The Virgin Queen".

So...the town is Innocence, Mississippi, a dusty, boring littl
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Narrated by Tom Stechschulte - Narration 5+*

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks 6/11/12

Anyone who has been around Speaking of Audiobooks for long is aware of my love for Tom Stechschulte’s narration of Carnal Innocence. With its recent rerelease in digital format I decided to articulate what makes this book a favorite relisten for me.

The number one reason is Tom Stechschulte’s performance and I mean performance in every sense of the word – few narrato
May 31, 2011 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Apesar de tantas páginas que se podem considerar “inúteis” gostei deste Inocência Perdida, talvez porque a autora acrescenta mais uma vez ao romance um toque de suspense e crime que me faz ler o livro até ao fim para desvendar o terrível criminoso. Neste caso, não foi assim tão complicado achar o culpado do crime, mas a explicação para tão horrendas mortes até que convenceu.

Roberts coloca como personagem principal uma conhecida violinista que, sofrendo de um esgotamento nervoso pelo fim de um re
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Written by Nora Roberts
1991, 512 Pages
(Read in 2013)
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery, thriller

Things in Innocence, Mississippi are anything but innocent. A second women in this small town has been found murdered after having a public row with one of the wealthy townspeople. Tucker a lady killer is suspected of being a killer of ladies, as both women were known to Tucker in more than a friendly manner. People are divided in what they think has happened and who has done. Caroline
Mónica Silva
Sep 13, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quem já leu uma obra de Nora Roberts conhece a dinâmica multifacetada das suas estórias: sempre com uma componente de suspense a acompanhar um bom romance. Habitualmente é a dimensão romântica que me atrai mais nos seus livros, a evolução da relação mesmo perante todas as dificuldades… Mas neste caso foi a componente criminal que mais me entusiasmou!

Uma pequena cidade de Mississipi (EUA), Innocence, é assolada por uma onda de homicídios bru
Feb 20, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-pop-lit
If you are looking for a romance book that is more about crime solving and glorifying "down home boy" southern culture, then this book might be for you. It's a mystery about tracking down a serial killer in a small town in "the Delta" in Mississippi. There are a lot of characters and the author does an okay job at juggling all of them, although I often found myself scrambling to remember who everyone was. Even the crime solving is overshadowed by an attempt to paint a community where everything ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Alireza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اين كتاب را سالهاي قبل خواندم . يكي از اولين داستانهايي بود كه در حال و هواي جنايي ميخواندم ولي با وجود گذشتن حدود ده سال از خواندن كتاب هنوز خاطرات ان در ذهنم باقي مانده. داستاني كه چنان خواننده را درگير ماجراهايش ميكند كه ناتمام گذاشتن سخت است و البته ترجمه اثر هم كه ترجمه روان ميباشد نقش به سزايي دارد.
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