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4.00008873114463 out of 54.00008873114463 out of 54.00008873114463 out of 54.00008873114463 out of 54.00008873114463 out of 5 4.00 (11,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Will Robie Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611133967
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America has enemies—ruthless people that the police, the FBI, and even the military can’t stop. That’s when the US government calls on Will Robie, a stone-cold hit man who never questions orders and always nails his target.

But Will Robie may have just made the first—and last—mistake of his career …

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, DC. 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’s 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 the 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 Baldaccis 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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/17/2014

    " Really liked it. I cared about the characters, although the the 14-year-old felt a bit forced, and it was a fast-paced page turner. Once again though, I knew who the guilty party was and was pretty certain who was behind the plot, long before the end of the book. There were still twists and turns that made it a fun read, but I wish the ending would have surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 2/17/2014

    " I typically love an action mystery and this did the job. Nothing overly brilliant- and I also guessed the ending, but it was still good. "

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

    " not high literature but entertaining and intriguing. I liked all the main characters which is unusual.. I liked Will Robie, Julie and to a lesser degree Agent Vance. Interesting twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Tibbetts | 2/10/2014

    " I haven't read one of David Baldacci's books in a while, but The Innocent is a great example of why I became a huge fan of his. The main character and the plot had me hooked from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 2/1/2014

    " Another excellent read! Love Baldacci!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Pope | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent characters, Baldacci knows how to weave his story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/29/2014

    " I listened to this book on a long road trip, and would have bailed after the first chapter if I had not been trapped in the car for hours. My first Baldacci book, I found the writing in The Innocent comically sophomoric. Really, I laughed out loud several times and found myself predicting the inane dialog aloud while hurtling down the highway. It was impossible to suspend disbelief listening to this over the top ridiculous plot and cartoonish characters. Clearly, many people love this book, but I just could not find a single reason to recommend this book to anyone for any reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/19/2014

    " I picked up this audiobook at the library on a whim, and it was exactly as I had predicted it would be. A spy thriller with decent suspense, plot twists and action. Nothing too terrible nor particularly remarkable, and a perfectly good listen while I was sitting at my sewing machine. I do have one complaint about the audiobook specifically: I hate when they use more than one reader, and in this case all the female lines were read by someone other than the male narrator. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevan | 1/9/2014

    " Another gem from Baldacci - stayed up until 01300 on Friday night to finish this. "

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

    " Total Jack Reacher/ Elvis Cole type book - and I enjoyed it as usual "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Ring | 12/22/2013

    " Excellent thriller. Well paced, good characters. Mostly believable. Interesting twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/17/2013

    " Good story although I thought the ending a little quick and confusing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charleen | 11/4/2013

    " I flew through this. As with many thrillers, the scenario is a bit contrived if you think too much about it, but it's a quick-moving story with a conflicted protagonist and enough supporting cast to keep things interesting. In terms of pure entertainment, I think this is among Baldacci's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/28/2013

    " A good page turner. Ending was a bit drawn out, but characters were believable. I would recommend it if you like this kind of genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/18/2013

    " More like a 3.5, but couldn't quite stretch it to a 4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 9/2/2013

    " Great book. Another good one with an unexpected ending!! A MUST read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MG | 7/19/2013

    " Easy, quick read. Enjoyed it though a convoluted series of events even for the super hero type. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 6/10/2013

    " Twists and turns in the story that takes place in Washington DC. Robbie is a trained killer. He is sent on a mission and refuses to follow through on the kill classic Baldacci. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/15/2013

    " I thought it was a good read. Not too OTT but very TV or movie, not too complicated but it was interesting and I liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.j. Depalma | 4/30/2013

    " Fun book for those into this type of action/adventure story. Listened to it on audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 4/17/2013

    " Good escapist fare. Good story. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shikila | 3/22/2013

    " Great read, quick and a nice page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gingerkat | 2/26/2013

    " A scant three. Just an imitation Jack Reacher as far as I can tell, and not as interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/14/2013

    " Great escapist theme. Baldacci at his clever,twisty best!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlyn | 10/21/2012

    " David Baldacci always writes an exciting, action packed book. I like his short chapters. Where the story takes place is familiar with most people and that is the Northern Virginia, DC area which enables you to vision it like watching a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 7/5/2012

    " Just a light fun read, but well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 6/11/2012

    " Your typical Baldacci popcorn book. Ok story, but not memorable. "

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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.