The Innocent: A Novel

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stan on 07-16-14

Disliked all the Sound Effects.

What did you like best about this story?

Good story with lots of turns that kept you away from the ending.

Any additional comments?

I just didn't like all the sound effects, didn't feel they added anything to the story.

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62 of 65 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 08-23-15

Story Is OK. Performance, Not So Much.

No review this time. Just some quick notes.

The novel starts slowly. It takes awhile for the plot to grab your interest. But once it does, the ride is good fun.

The concluding tying up of loose ends is hackish. Build the conclusions into the plot. Don't wait for the last few chapters and then have the characters amaze each other with descriptions of how each plot line was resolved. At best, this is evidence of a lazy writer. At worst, an incompetent one. Baldacci is fully competent. He can do much better.

Narration is uneven. Female voices, in particular, seem miscast. An FBI agent with such a strong, though intermittent, Brooklyn accent?

Audio production is awful. The sound effects and music are distracting, making it impossible to lose yourself in the story. This audiobook would work better with less: fewer narrators (McLarty could handle it better alone), fewer sound effects, less music. It might be good for Baldacci to remember: One reason many of us prefer books to, say, movies, is that books allow our imaginations to "fill in the blanks." The sound of a stereotypical bullet adds little; and has a cost.

Conclusion? Decent escapist fiction. But probably a story better READ. Buy the book. Skip this audio.

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73 of 77 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By CE on 10-22-14

"Drop The Sound Effects"

Another very good novel from DB but perhaps a bit too long (3.5 stars)! And I beg of you please drop the sound effects it drove me crazy, let me use my imagination.

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52 of 55 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By derek on 12-23-15

stop the madness

I stopped at chapter 4. sound effects drowned out the narration. think I will stick with Brad Thor for now.

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45 of 48 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By leojsayta on 07-16-14

Liked the book. Hated the 2nd nar. & snd effcts

What did you like best about The Innocent: A Novel? What did you like least?

Story was pretty good. I like lots of action. I would have been happy to have more action especially of the hand-to-hand combat variety of which there was none.

How could the performance have been better?

Only one narrator. I kept thinking the second female narrator was my bluetooth earpiece talking to me. I found the second narrator and sound effects distracting and detracting from the story. The sound effects so nothing but alert you to early to the possibility of a plot twist. Also the main male narrator sounds a little old for the main character.

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33 of 35 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By peel on 04-27-12

Worst performance I've heard

I generally don't leave reviews but I was compelled to review this performance.... The sound effects are very distracting and the added female voice sounds spliced in and computer generated (wrecked the story for me listening to her). The guys voice was only marginally better..... Over all decent story but the performance was so bad I didn't finish this book, only the second book I didn't finish ever.

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113 of 127 people found this review helpful

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