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Carnal Curiosity

(Stone Barrington #29)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,614 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.

Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of
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Paperback, 379 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published April 4th 2014)
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Dawn Ro You don't NEED to, but it really does help. Plot lines and character development make more sense when taken in order. That being said, I started 23-29…moreYou don't NEED to, but it really does help. Plot lines and character development make more sense when taken in order. That being said, I started 23-29 THEN went back and went in order, rereading those I first found.(less)
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Molly Morris
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How could there be be so many good reviews for this book? I have read every one of Stuart Woods' books. There is always some sex but this book begins with sex and goes downhill from there. There is no plot and I am extremely disappointed. No, I did not finish it, nor will I ever read another Stone Barrington novel. They are all the same and Stone has become a character with which I will not waste anymore time. If I could, I would give it zero stars. It is offensive. ...more
Carol
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars...while I have enjoyed all 29 novels in this Stone Barrington series, it is far from the best. It was fun, and the characters are engaging. It is a very entertaining read with a satisfying ending. I agree with Melanie Johnson's review: "Same old Stone Barrington from Stuart Woods. Sex with women he meets within 10 minutes, and trouble following him everywhere he goes," but I disagree with giving it only two stars. It did have a plot (Stone gets robbed and bamboozled by a r ...more
Scott Parsons
Stone Barrington and Stuart Woods are becoming tiresome. This is formulaic fiction at its worst. Stone meets a beautiful insurance investigator who has come to adjust his claim and that's not all she adjusts. Ten minutes later she's in his bed. After a couple of more rolls in the hay she moves on to seduce another target. This is part of a scheme she and her ex-husband are running to burgle wealthy insurance clients.

But really the characters and the dialogue are flat as a pancake. Amazing that W
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Magpie67
Food, drinks, sex, politics, white collar crime, police, feds, white house and devious plans to steal jewelry. Big mistake picking Stone Barrington as a mark... see where that lands you... I have decided I want to be Joan, the secretary. I would like to be on the fringe of all the excitement. Book 29 down and 30 to get. Just about all the characters were in play this time. I do love to see where they all are as Stone navigates his way in and out of messes.
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With each 'Stone Barrington' novel comes whiskey, entertainment, and danger - usually Stone Barrington's lusty exploits and adventure by plane as well. This is a cozy mystery in an ongoing series, even if some of the contents is far-fetched on the scale of believe-ability.

The nudity and sexual encounters really don't add any positive energy to the book. It was not extraordinary, but it is interesting in it's own way.

They are easy to read and each can stand on its own.

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Monnie
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a book that reads quickly, this may be the one; I polished it off in spare time in a single day. It also follows the mundane, laid-back pattern I've found in the series featuring filthy rich attorney Stone Barrington; action happens, but nobody gets excited about it. Case in point from a phone conversation between Barrington and a friend:

Friend: "Everything all right?"

Barrington: "Well, let's see. I was at a dinner party on Saturday night when four men with shotguns arrived
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Carol Alexander
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting bored with the wealthy people in Mr. Woods novels. They all have airplanes, drink champagne, have sex four times a day (often with several people) and spend like there is no tomorrow. And his (through the characters) proselytizing is becoming just a bit much. I stopped reading another author's books because the heroine was such a whiner and people trying to help her kept getting killed because she was so obnoxiously stubborn. Sorry, Stone, but you are close to extinction on my readi ...more
Linda
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Plot weak and predictable. NOT one of Woods best in the least. Stone Barrington needs to evolve in his character like Dino has done. I will give Woods one more try but if the next one is anything like this one, it will be my last.
Anne
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same old Stuart Woods; lots of sex, fast paced action and facile plotting. It's simply a romp that entertains at 3 AM when sleep eludes one.
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Mike French
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very enjoyable read from Stuart Woods! Stone Barrington is predictable,but always interesting.If you have enjoyed previous books in this series, you will enjoy Carnal Curiosity.
Michele bookloverforever
stone gets robbed. then gets even.
Amanda
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. Easy read.
William Richardson
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another author who's fast pace books I've always like. Good characters and plot always interesting women involved with the lead character Stone Barrington. ...more
Quillracer
Stone meets a woman. Stone and the woman have drinks and dinner. Stone and the woman have sex numerous times in one night. Stone meets another woman. Stone and the woman have drinks and dinner. Stone and the woman have sex numerous times in one night. One of the women turns out to be bad, leading Stone to become involved in some sort of crime. Stone throws around mountains of money. Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, Max Freeman, and many others from Woods’s novels make token appearances. Stone and Dino ...more
Nancy
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining book in this series. Thank goodness there were not a lot of murders; get tired of that.... Dino and Stone up to their usual antics.

Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privi
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Kay
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
Another typical Stone Barrington book. Woods usually comes up with an okay plot so if you can stick with the book long enough to get to it [my husband couldn't] it makes up for the effort. Stone only likes to eat and have sex and the book is full of it! The best news is that it doesn't take long to read it. ...more
Kate
Jun 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Stone's womanizing has becoming boring and unlikely. Women apparently just see him and are dying to sleep with him. He is neither witty nor charming so the only possible reason could be his money, which is just gross. Stone drugs his girlfriend to keep her out of the way and this is just a line in the book as if such a thing is a normal, acceptable practice of everyday life. Beyond gross. ...more
Jfmed
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. This is my second and last book I will try from this author. Seems like it's written by a 12 year boy. Every woman the main character, Stone, meets is gorgeous and just wants to have him. Stone seems involved in every crime around, knows everyone around from the President down, and solves all the crimes. No death or complexity. ...more
Gretchen
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a fast read and a good beach book. I've been a Stuart Woods fan even though he and I have diametrically opposed political beliefs. Also bored with his obsession with Stone Barrington's sexual prowess. Puhlease, give me a break. However, his inadequacies don't dismiss my enjoyment of the books ...more
Deb Mcpherson
I did not really get why this book is on the bestseller list. Maybe it is because I have not read the other books in the series, but I felt like it was very bubblegum reading. Light, no real substance.
Tim
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with action that is not as good as other Woods works. A couple of his more interesting characters including Herbie Fisher and CIA Fay have small bit parts and with them goes much of the humor and excitement. 6 of 10 stars
Christi DeBenedetti
This is my 29th Stone barrington novel and although I have loved every one of the mindless books in this series this was not one of my favorite. Why do I keep going back for more? Because I love Stone. He is a stud. :)
Kris Kilian
Another typical Stone Barrington Book

This book was similar to others with all the usual characters. While I did enjoy it I didn't think it was fully up to par.
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Kathy-richard Wilson
This book convinced me that I'm done with Stuart Woods for awhile. It's. Just meh. ...more
Louise Wagner
Average

Average

The Stone Barrington books are getting boring. I doubt if I will read another. There are many more good books available.

Hapzydeco
Carnal indeed. It took only 8 pages for Stone to be curious. Typical Stuart Woods - fast read, little substance, same cast of supporting characters.
Kathyz
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Worst Stuart Woods book I have read and I have read a lot of them
Caroline
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much done with this series. Getting dumber by the book
Michael Redd
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nothing new to see here!
Loy
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book about Stone
This was pretty silly. We did get to read about all the characters.

Mostly fluff. Good for just something to read.
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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