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There are at least two quite different Dean Koontz. One writes fast paced, intense suspense novels with chases and guns and lots of tension. The other Koontz writes thoughtful, interesting, character driven stories with philosophical and religious overtones. This book is a wonderful example of the latter type. Fans of Intensity may not like this book at all. I like both Koontz styles and I liked this book a lot. This is some of Koontz’s most interesting writing with nice plot elements and unexpected twists. Innocence does not have the sarcastic humor common in many Koontz stories, the story unfolds quite slowly, and the main characters are so unusual as to be ultimately unapproachable. Nevertheless I found the story, including the ending, quite enjoyable. The prose were excellent (rare in this genre). I put this novel in the same class with the Odd series and Seize the Night. The narration is excellent, seamlessly enhancing the story and characters.
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As someone who has enjoyed the Odd Thomas line of books, I always consider a book featuring another character to be a deviation from and an unwelcome departure from that wonderful story arc. But in this book Dean Koontz delivers a tale of wonder, mystery, love, intrigue, and joy that is profoundly philosophical and thematically rich. It seems as though Koontz must have labored over this as an act of love, and you can feel his deep sense of humility, his kindness and gentleness, and his abiding belief that there is good in all of us, if we are but to discover it. Koontz does not scare me like Steven King. Reading his works makes me want to be a better man, and reminds me that we all fall short of the marks we set for ourselves in that pursuit.
It would do no good for me to describe the plot and substance of this book. It is something that you must discover for yourself. Like Intensity and the last of the Odd Thomas books, this has some disturbing descriptions in it, but it also leaves you with the feeling that Koontz is on to something. TS Elliott has always featured prominently in his works, and you can find the allegory in this work as well. The book is very well read, and the audio characterizations are exceptionally well done. Get this book and listen to it. You will not be sorry you did.
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What did you like most about Innocence?
Everything - the story, characters, story and the performance by the narrator. Excellent book highly recommend!
What did you like best about this story?
What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?
Infinitely listenable ( not sure that's a real word but he so is!)
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I could not put it down - totally compelling
Any additional comments?
Warning - don't start listening until you have 11 hrs and 9 minutes straight to listen - I have done nothing else since I first pressed play! If you only download one book for christmas treat yourself to this one - inspired tale!
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into it. I started it five times and it bored me. The sixth time I figured I should give it a chance but I will never get those hours back.
What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
There is nothing in the book that could've been changed I just should have read a different book
How could the performance have been better?
It was boring
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I am actually a Dean Koontz fan and have listened to almost all of his books, this one I really didn't like though.
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Dean Koontz can do so much better. I can't say much without spoilers but the underlying story was way too religiously undertoned and frankly just ridiculous. And i typically really enjoy Koontz's book!
This story reminded me of the old styles of novels that Dean Koontz used to write. Which is fantastic, because they're the Dean Koontz books i love.
This book has a little humour, intrigue, twists and turns - its all great.
Buy it if you loved his earlier works