The readers were excellent conduits for this compelling story. A heart-wrenching story of family,love and hard times.
I kept listening to this book hoping for something to happen. It's mostly a rumination on slavish parental devotion. The dialogue exchanges are often tedious and repetitive and it's pretty easy figure out what will happen next - way before the book gets there.
Yes! The narrator was awesome!
The mother having that inner "feeling" her son was capable of murder and the father being completely clueless. Also, what the mother does at the end of the book.
A Mother's Intuition
The parent's nightmare of discovery
Are killers born from killers?
A new slant to the bad seed-
I preferred the audio version. I didn't have much time to try to read the book.. I felt like I was right there listening to the conversations. It came alive to me, something a book can't do.
This narrator is by far the greatest narrator in his field.He has so many different voices you knew who was speaking without having to find out who it was.
Jacobs dad was so determined to prove his son innocent. He was a wonderful father who showed great love and trust in his son.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
I found this book very enjoyable. The ambiguity remained throughout even through the end of the trial. This is my first contact with author William Landay, will explore some of his other works. I like his style, just the right amount of detail. I was sorry when the story ended.
The book reminded me of a John Grisham novel, constant "page turner".
I don’t know which to say first, that this is a chick book or that this story stinks.
I guess I’ll go with the chick book. There is way too much time taken with the characters discussing or describing their feelings – not nearly enough time spent in moving the story along. Not being a woman, I can’t really say whether or not this would actually appeal to women, but it sure didn’t appeal to me.
Mostly, though, this is just a terrible story with a downer of an ending. If you liked Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" you’ll like this. Obviously lots of people DID like that play, but I wasn’t one of them. Like Miller’s play this story has a dismal ending. To make things even worse, the author leaves the reader/listener wondering, "So, who done it?"
I listen to audiobooks purely for entertainment. I don’t want some deep, Pulitzer Prize story that appeals to the intellectual in me. I’m not listening to this book for a class or to discuss with a book club group. After sitting, stunned, at the ending to this story I felt that I had just wasted over 12 hours of my life.
Grover Gardner’s narration was okay, although he could have differentiated the voices better. I enjoy him much more in the Andy Carpenter series.
I liked how eventhough a serious situation is at hand. The author finds different moments for the family to have light hearted conversations. For me it softens the story and makes it believable.
Grover has a compassionate voice. Brings life and personality to each character.
i would leave the tag line ...Defending Jacob...
I am more of a contemporary romance sort of a person. Moving away to spend my credit with this selection did not disappoint. Thanks to everyone that made this story possible.
This book didn't keep me riveted. I never wanted to sit in the driveway to listen to the next word. There were a few plot twists, but overall I'm going to have to say it was OK. Since it was told from the father's perspective, you never really get to know Jacob so it is tough to form opinions about the characters. I didn't get particularly attached to any of them.
Not a wasted credit, but nothing very exciting either.