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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780786553419
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You never meant to kill him….

One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight—and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia’s phone to shatter Matt’s life a second time….

An electrifying thrill ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally charged story and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 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 Emily17 Russ | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book! Althought, quite a few characters to try and keep right in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 2/11/2014

    " Coben's stand alone books are so much better than any of the Myron Bolitar books! The Innocent and Miracle Cure are his best. Here's hoping he writes less about Myron and more about the other characters living in his imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/10/2014

    " Good read but not my favorite Coben book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 2/2/2014

    " Hmmm. Not a bad book by any means, but having got to the end I'm still not one hundred percent clear on what happened. There were an awful lot of people, an awful lot of interwoven motives, and the result was like a seriously bad knot on my six year old's shoelaces that I can't seem to unpick. Also, I had difficulty swallowing the central change-of-identity...the complete personality and life change felt unlikely, somehow. On the other hand, Coben writes extremely well - the book is easy to read, full of interesting characters, and great dialogue. The action starts straight away and keeps going throughout. Some sections definitely had me on the edge of my seat. If I have a criticism on style, it's that many of the male law-enforcement characters seemed rather similar, becoming one amorphous mass of paunchy middle-aged wisecracking world-weary smugness (at least in my head). Oh, and I guessed the final 'twist', but that's about the only bit I did guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/22/2014

    " Now, this is my kind of book! suspense, murder, everything I like all in one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce H | 1/21/2014

    " This is the first book by Harlan Coben that I read and it was awesome. Matt Hunter makes a mistake at a frat party and pays his dues by serving four years in prison. But his past catches up with him 20 years after the incident. This is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/20/2014

    " It was more engaging then the usual brown/grisham/crighton murder novel. There were interesting twists to the plot. I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Namba | 1/20/2014

    " Yet another airplane book. Less interesting than Tell No One. You really don't need any sort of attention span to get through a book like this because you can miss stuff and still know whats going on. You could probably just turn random amounts of pages and still know what is going on. This book is one of those more plot driven than character driven books (which can be OK) but doesn't offer anything else besides a plot and a cursory look at each of the characters. Would I recommend this book to anyone? Only if you are in desperate need of an airplane book. "

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

    " I think I'm getting hooked on Harlan Coben. This is a gripping suspense novel, perhaps the best so far of the three books of his I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 1/2/2014

    " Very good book. Again, too many characters to keep track of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Mollenauer | 12/27/2013

    " Another really good Coben novel. I was totally engrossed in the characters and couldn't wait to see what would happen to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia Fry | 12/23/2013

    " Ugh. Predictable plot, pedestrian writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/13/2013

    " This was great! The novel that got me into Harlan Coben in the first place - I have read at least four more from him and I am still yet to read one that topped this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 12/11/2013

    " Kept me turning the pages. Didn't want to put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 9/21/2013

    " A good stand alone mystery from Harlan Coben. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 2/4/2013

    " This was a good book. Several of the reviews I read commented on how confused they were...many twists and turns in the plot...but I was able to follow the story without confusion. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/1/2012

    " eh...ok think i read it before "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 4/15/2012

    " Not one of Coben's best. Readable and mildly entertaining but only just. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Zagzebski | 3/7/2012

    " suspense until the last page. I will be reading as much of his stuff as possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/29/2012

    " This was a fun, entertaining mystery with a lot of Harlan Coben twists and turns. I liked this one better than No Second Chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Smith | 2/5/2012

    " I loved this book. This book got me back into reading. So suspenseful, it has you on the edge of your seat. Definite page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/24/2012

    " Listened to the unabridged book on CD. Very complex plot but kept my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri Simpson | 12/20/2011

    " Fast-paced thriller, typical Harlan Coben suspense. This book is hard to put down, but it did seem kind of long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Reardon | 6/22/2011

    " Really liked it- interesting characters and love the twists however I knew who the daughter was very early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 6/13/2011

    " I found myself not wanting to put this one down. Definitely suspenseful and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renie | 4/19/2011

    " good plot ....keeps you interested but...again, not very plausible. Intriguing and a book you won't want to put down until finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 4/13/2011

    " Once again Mr. Coben has delivered a captivating book with a final twist at the end. I suspected the twist and was please to be right! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luckngrace | 4/11/2011

    " Harlan Coben gives us another great thriller set in Reno and in New Jersey. I found myself hoping he would use these characters in a sequel. Lots of action and lessons on redemption, learning from past mistakes and appreciating the simple things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 3/29/2011

    " This was my favorite story of his I have read. Liked the nonperfect hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " This is a good book, but suffers from a bad start. The first few hours are depressing and the multiple story lines seem too detached. Then half way through you know a lot more and is captivating till the end with many plot twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It was one of those that you want to keep reading and keep turning the page to find out what's going to happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2011

    " Harlan Coben tells a good story. More potato chips. (This is the last one of the potato chip group.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 3/17/2011

    " After reading a few of his books, they all start to sound alike. However, you will STILL not be able to figure out who did it!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/24/2011

    " This was a pretty good book, but it just wasn't as good as the other two books of his that I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/18/2011

    " Sou fã incondicional deste autor, tem histórias com óptimo enredo e personagens cativantes! "

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About the Author
Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including eight novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.