Yes. It's a really good story, well narrated.
The way the story line challenges the main character gives the story depth and complexity. He's a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder. The book raises the obvious question of whether Jacob actually committed the crime, along with the competing loyalties of the father/prosecutor if in fact he did. There's also the element of what's going on in the parents' marriage, and the prosecutor's relationship with his own father, and some nature/nuture issues. Very interesting.
He gives a real "voice" to the dad/prosecutor, a little ironic at times.
For me this book was a little slow with too much non resolution. That being said I think it was very original and well written.
Intriguing Plot Twist
With the father as protagonist, he wants more than anything for his son to be innocent... But do the facts support that hope?
I really like his reading. He's done the Andy Carpenter books and its like an old friend telling you a story.
My Son Is Innocent... Isn't He?
A good who-done-it story to make house chores or a drive fly by. Brings home the effect of having a suspect as one of your family and how torn it can make the loved ones feel, and how it can drag up things you really didn't want to know.
I have listened to it on three occasions because the story of parents blindly standing by their children hits close to home & is something I deal with in my chosen profession.
When Jacob's mother comes to the horrifying realization that, despite her best efforts & Jacob's seemingly peaceful, comfortable life, he is a monster.
I have not, but since listening to "Defending Jacob", I have sought out other audio books narrated by him.
Yes, I had a difficult time hitting the pause button for reasons such as sleep, work & paying attention to my spouse.
As the story takes place in a town I lived & worked in, I was interested in it. As I continued listening, the accuracy was amazing & the subject matter was riveting. This is a book that every parent should read or listen to.
Probably wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because there are so many better ones.
TV movie...(that's what it reads like--and that is not a good thing)
Several significant elements were "overblown". It strives to claim a level of intensity and interest that doesn't actually exist in the real world. So ultimately, it rings very forced and in some ways, repetitive...
Characters are deeply, frustratingly foolish. Almost everything they do will make you cringe, like watching the poor ingenue wander upstairs alone in a bad horror movie.
No. Not a compelling storyteller.
The main character, but all were well done. Gardner is excellent as always, infusing the characters with individuality while steering safely clear of the fake accents and melodrama that characterize some narrators.
No, because the first-person perspective is baked too deeply into the story, such as it is.
This is not a terrible book, just not a very good one. The ambiguity surrounding Jacob's guilt is one bright spot throughout the book, but the final twist/resolution left me unfulfilled.
The story did not have any up or down moments.
He didn't do a bad job with the material he had to work with.
It wouldn't be high on my list of recommendations. So, I think the answer would be "no." Not because it was a bad book per se, there are just so many incredible books available that would top my list of recommendations.
I enjoy courtrooms and their proceedings but I didn't care for the need to hear the name of the person speaking. You'll know to what I refer if you listen to this book. My first impression was that Grover Gardner could not adequately differentiate the voices since most were male... but I may be wrong.
No. I'm sorry that all the voices were basically the same. Which is okay given that the voices were mostly male but it is always interesting to hear a different pitch during a long story.
I was captured by what may be coming next but I am not a person who will stay up until the wee hours to finish a book. I did listen to it as much as I could but not constantly.
With the exception of a slight unexpected ending (very slight) the book was mostly predictable. Enjoyable? Sure. Page turner? Yeah, a little bit. Recommend? Sure, why not.
I usually don't listen to stories twice, so, probably not but if it came out in a movie, I'd go see it.
No, but he was very good.
It made me feel for the parents. Their anguish over their son was palpable and I could certainly relate to feeling responsible for everything their son might have done.
I should have said that only parts of the book were predictable, the ending wasn't what I expected at all.
Grover Gardner has a great reading style. He brought the characters to life