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
The question is to know that your child can do no wrong but has done some irreversible harm like murder. Does he have the murder gene?
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
I don't know if I could listen again. It was a wonderful book. But, it really cut me deep. As a mother I could really empathize with the wife.
There were so many, I don't know if I could choose just one. I think the one moment that got to me, was when the family takes the trip. The author lulls you into thinking that , perhaps, everything I'll turn out OK for this family. And then....Wow.
Definitely Andy. Here was a man who had to carry this devastating family secret. He lives in denial all the while trying to defend his son that's been accused of murder. You can just feel his tension.
Once again, Andy. Though the convicted Grandfather is a compelling character, as well.
Read this book. It really stays with you. As a parent, it had me thinking "What would I do in these people's shoes?"
I loved this audio book. The book was easy to follow and i was very surprised by the ending. I highly recomend this novel!