Innocence : Innocence

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: Innocence
  • 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
In Innocence, number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with listeners forever.

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What the Critics Say

"Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption" (Booklist, starred review)
"[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while" (Publishers Weekly)

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The Book of Koontz

Hallelujah
In the beginning there was the blank page and Koontz said, Let there be characters. He took plain words, rolled them in his typewriter and blew depth in to them. He created ADDISON, and Addison was in the likeness of ODD. Addison was lonely, so from the library, Koontz created Gwyneth. Addison was pure innocence and was loved by all readers. Readers were subjects of Koontz. Koontz made Gwyneth strong through trial and tribulation, she was Gothic and was also loved by the Readers. Koontz did not create the flash back, but through the flash back he created Father, another loved character. Koontz needed free will, so he allowed evil to enter his story in the form of a Pedophile. Pedophile was not lonely, as he was joined by rapists, muggers and corrupt policemen. Koontz did not like Policeman, so he showed them to be a vile and evil, body of men.

GLOWING LIGHTS IN HOUSES
Koontz said, man can not live in thin air, he must have atmosphere, so he created a snowy, nighttime city. Addison and Father lived under the city, and rarely ventured out. Under the city was a wonderful place, where all their needs were taken care of. They had little reason to venture out of their place of ultimate comfort. Koontz warned them to stay away from the snowy city and tempting glowing lights. Yet, one night Father was tempted and he talked Addison in to joining him in the snowy city of glowing lights. In the glowing city they meet the evil Policeman and everything changed.

The Sky is Falling
Koontz said, parables are not enough. Readers must have preaching and lectures, so after three to four hours of great story telling, he went on as he has done in most of his latest books, to preach and lecture on the evils of man. After about five hours of preaching and lecturing he returns to his great parable. He ends his parable in a most spectacular way, proving without doubt, that the sky really is falling. The reader will be surprised in just how plain he makes this belief.

WE HOLD EACH OTHER HOSTAGE TO OUR ECCENTRICITIES.

AMEN

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Best Dean Koontz book yet

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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- A. L. DeWitt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio