This is an excellently written book that if you have not read is a much. I did not realize until the end that I had watched the movie -it is a book you will hold on to until the finish then think about the story of this family.
This was a great novel and definitely kept me interested throughout . . . didn't want to turn it off. It kept me trying to guess who the murderer was because the author gave no clues. Very entertaining.
Now I have downloaded the next book "Innocent" and can't wait to start listening to it.
The narrator Edward Hermann was excellent and I'm glad to learn that he is also the narrator for "Innocent."
This is a great listen, the reader is fantastic. Really keeps you wondering up until the very end. I thought this was a recent Turow book, but according the credits, has been out for many years. Highly recommend it.
Listening while I run.
This is a very good mystery but the highlight for me is Sandy Stern and his brilliant courtroom presence. Edward Herrmann nailed it.
I had heard of this book for many years and thought it would be an exciting read. I was very disappointed and stopped listening. I found the performance dull but I don't think a more inspired reader would improve the text.
I have been an avid reader since childhood and I tend to lean toward the macabre, strange and enjoy things that go bump in the night.
The heart of the story takes place in a courtroom, but the soul of the story takes place in the details surrounding the crime. The narrator is fantastic in his interpretation of voices and their accompanying emotions. During the story I felt anxiety, victory, sadness and shock. I wanted to hear more about the protagonist's life after " Presumed Innocent" so I purchased and am reading the sequel "Innocent".
Presumed Innocent is intelligent, suspenseful, entertaining, and even after twenty years is still timely.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
Good news: Herrmann grew on me as a narrator as the book progressed. His ability to reflect different genders, ages and ethnicities is absolutely brilliant and wonderfully understated. The courtroom scenes were absolutely engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the strategy and the legal repartee.
Not so good news: The main character is given to rather long personal and societal reflections. For me, these interrupted the pacing of the plot and grew quite tedious. There are many more dark and disturbing moments than light ones. That would be ok if something redeeming came out of all of those scenes...but it didn't.
Bottomline for me: The plot was not predictable. As it developed, there were twists and turns that kept it interesting; and, best of all, I didn't see the ending coming until quite late in the book. So I settled on 4 stars even though the book had its shortcomings. And I will read the 2nd series in this book just to hear more of the narrator and courtroom scenes.
I was a ways into it when I realized this was a movie with Harrison Ford. I am sure it was mentioned somewhere here I just didn't see it LOL Good book though!
I generally find novels written in first person present tense annoying. But the narration in this presentation was excellent - sufficient to overcome my (perhaps irrational) objection to the form, so I listened. I'm grateful for having done so - the ending twisted my brain into knots! Turow gently guides the listener toward a handful of seemingly obvious conclusions, then takes the reader off-balance with a couple hairpin turns. And it would never have worked in any form except first person, present tense! A really delightful read.
I read Presumed Innocent shortly after its original release and I remembered enjoying it quite a bit. When I saw that Turow had just released a sequel, I thought it would be fun to re-"read" the original first.
Luckily I had forgotten many of the details, so it was very much like experiencing it for the first time.
Overall it is a great novel and some very nice twists and turns throughout the story. The narration is simply amazing (the one caveat is that the narrator doesn't do women's voices very well, but there are very few female characters so this is not an issue within the story) and this is one of those books that you simply cannot wait to get back to.
If legal mysteries are of interest to you - enjoy this book!