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4.00021274709689 out of 54.00021274709689 out of 54.00021274709689 out of 54.00021274709689 out of 54.00021274709689 out of 5 4.00 (11,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Will Robie Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781607885726
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America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .
THE INNOCENT
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.
Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.
Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Baldacci is still at the top of his game...He is a meticulous writer who blasts his plot into a million pieces yet is able to pull it back together before the final page is turned. [He] continutes to impress.”

    Huffington Post

  • “[A] spectacular entry into the hardcore action-adventure world...a tour de force of storytelling power and grace. Baldacci at his best, which is as good as it gets.”

    Providence Sunday Journal

  • “This is another great novel by a brilliant writer. Baldacci catches you from the very first page and grabs your attention until the last word. Read it.”

    Lincoln Journal Star

  • “Another action tale of espionage and betrayal from a master storyteller. Baldacci brings his unusual, distinctive skill in character development to portray people who seem very real, with a degree of unpredictability that advances this very clever plot.”

    Free Lance–Star (Virginia)

  • “This book is a definite one-day, ‘edge-of-your-chair’ read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci’s since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled.”

    Suspense Magazine

  • The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning.”

    Examiner.com

  • “Baldacci is so popular that he’s now pushing out three books a year, and this latest will be in demand.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/6/2017

    " The narrator is brilliant, great voice and diction, great to listen to. The twists and turns in the story keep you guessing, which is what you need in a story to keep you wanting more. The characters are believable and the action keeps you enthralled throughout. I'm definitely going to listen to the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kc | 2/23/2017

    " Really good story. it did not have any boring parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2014

    " As always a fast paced thriller from Baldacci. Enjoyed the story- his usual government-spy-conspiracy- theme. Has great twists and keeps you guessing. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast paced easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 2/5/2014

    " It was intriguing and a good read May read it a second time to really clarify the plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Alley | 2/2/2014

    " Great book. I love these CIA mystery novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judee | 1/29/2014

    " This is an action packed thriller. Baldacci has created a new character in Will robie, a professional assassin. Guns blaze, deceptions abound, it is hard to put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Pre | 1/25/2014

    " Started out a bit slow, but it turned out fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/21/2014

    " Another enjoyable book from David Baldacci. The characters were well developed and I like the action and pace of the book. Maybe Mr. Baldacci will write a few more books around the main character, it would be interesting to see where he takes him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/20/2014

    " enough twists and turns to keep your mind working to figure this out. Thoroughly enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/19/2014

    " Right riveting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/11/2014

    " This was a great book that I couldn't put down. Sometimes David Baldacci books start slow, though in the end it was well worth the wait. This one grabbed me right from the beginning. I'm starting the next Will Robie book tonight - I hope it is as good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/6/2014

    " summer read. interesting while reading, but completely forget-able. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/1/2014

    " Good, but had a few too many twists involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Cohen | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book-- it went by so fast, a perfect summer read. A little confusing and complicated but it sped through and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancywboca | 12/6/2013

    " I liked this book, it kept my interest but it was a little long-winded for my taste. I think this book was about 100 pages too long. I have enjoyed Badacci's books in the past and this was a decent read - not his best nor his worst. It was a solid 3 star book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Felix | 11/25/2013

    " Badass "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/23/2013

    " 3.5-4.0 stars, better than Zero day, which was also good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete Johnston | 9/30/2013

    " Another good book by David Baldacci. One of those, you don't want to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 8/30/2013

    " Another fun Baldacci. another ex-army male prototype with a "heart". First book in a new series probably. The girl was a nice addition. Figured out the twist of what and who pretty early on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Roberts | 7/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this thriller. I t kept my attention and I was interested in the characters. I did, however, figure out who the "bad guy" was pretty early in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 6/15/2013

    " This is a long book, but the short chapters made it easy to read. I was kept guessing right until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine Filipek | 3/16/2013

    " Excellent! I love the main character Will Robey.. I think there's another book with him in it.. Must read... Good complicated twisting story... But great to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/12/2013

    " NOthing like a good thriller while on a beach in Mexico. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/1/2013

    " I haven't enjoyed Mr. Baldacci's most recent books as much as his earlier works. There's something different in his style that I have a hard time describing. It seems his characters all come across as overly dramatic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 1/16/2013

    " CD from Library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/1/2012

    " Truly I enjoy David Baldacci's books. His talent is amazing. He paints a great picture in his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Shaw | 10/19/2012

    " Loved the latest Baldacci story. Could not put it down. He has never disappointed me with his storylines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian Kret | 9/11/2012

    " Good thriller that sometimes looses its grip and drags on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 9/6/2012

    " Reading the book jacket proved to be a smart move on my part. The first few chapters weren't that interesting to me but since the jacket showed promise I continued. Once I made it past chapter 6 I was hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.K.37 | 7/21/2012

    " This novel is right up there with some of the finest thrillers I've read from authors like Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn. It's a tightly crafted story with plenty of intriguing twists that really grabbed my interest and didn't let go. Highly recommended to aficionados of the thriller genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TerryM. | 7/2/2012

    " This was an awesome thriller from a brilliant mind. The plot was a real nail-biter throughout and I had a hard time pausing the story on my iPod to take breaks and eat! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave B. | 6/12/2012

    " I really didn't think this book was on par with some of David's earlier works. There were too many tired cliches for my taste and I didn't really like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keren C. | 5/19/2012

    " This wasn't this author's strongest work but it's pretty darn good. It had a fair amount of action though it dragged at times unfortunately. The way he wrapped up the story was pretty good though. Overall I liked it and would recommend it to Baldacci fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.A.45 | 4/27/2012

    " Not bad for light entertainment. The story was pretty good but nothing special. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something to absentmindedly listen to when you need to kill time on a long trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam H. | 4/8/2012

    " Great story that's filled with action and suspense. I loved the characters. The ending was great too and I did not see it coming at all. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrators

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.

Orlagh Cassidy is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.