This was so unexpected!! Excellent read!
I'm not sure about this.
Much more drama!
It made me gasp!
This book was so good I couldn't stop listening to it, the author and narrator were perfectly in sync.
What would you do, how far would you go for your child?
This made me want to cry, but having raised four children and taught school for more than 20 years, I could certainly begin to relate to this family's quagmire. Incredibly sad story.
I have not finished the book yet, I hope it ends on a lighter note. I stopped because it is hard to listen to a tale of a family disintegrating. I enjoy courtroom drama, and this book is well-written and wonderfully narrated. I just wish it had something upbeat about it.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
This is a grim book enhanced by the matter of fact tone of the narrator. Discussing the subject would give major clues to the book, but the twist at the end is very close to unexpected.
I found that I had to listen to the book in segments, but I was unable to bear listening all the way through. The author creates memorable characters.
Say something about yourself!
I got this book on the daily deal, i was thinking it would be bad since it was only $4, boy was I wrong.
This is a roller coaster of emotions, well written extremely well preformed.
Thank goodness for Daily Deals. This is one book I’d probably have never found had it not been featured one day. This book is riveting to say the least. There is really no other word to describe it. There are times when I found myself thinking, “You are not that stupid! Really, you just cannot be that stupid! Are you?” Even with these moments, Defending Jacob is an excellent read and listen. The narrator is awesome. He knows how to bring the listener into the story without over doing it. If you enjoy legal thrillers that will keep tossing things at you that you never see coming, you really need to read this book. There is little I can say without spoiling the story, however, prepare yourself for a great deal of, what the…” and “are you serious…?” moments. I am pretty good at figuring out the endings of books, a quality I do not necessarily enjoy but one that comes from reading a lot of books, but not this one. I was completely blown away by the ending. Don’t misunderstand me. You will have a couple of moments where you just want to skip to the end but don’t do it. You need to catch all of it. Anyway those moments are few and far between. All I can really say is keep track of the Daily Deals and read this book!
I liked the courtroom scenes but the domestic scenes were nothing special at all. Typical parent teenage interactions that are kind of dull. Cutting out about a third would have improved the pace. If you want to read (or listen) to a similar book that is more to my liking, check out Presumed Innocent.
The various twists in the story.
The wear and tear trials may impact on on a family and on each individual. Changes you forever. The love Andy has for his son-touching!
Hope. To see what her perspective was on the family.
Reading with no hands!
Forget what you believe about the ties that bind family and be prepared to wonder if those who populate your life are really who you think they are, and you will have the crux of William Landay's riveting novel Defending Jacob.
To say that this is a heart-wrenching story understates the high emotional toll that events take as they play out in the story of one family's drama. Jacob is the teenage son of Andy Barber, a local district attorney in the tony suburb of Newton, MA, who is charged with the murder of his classmate.
Despite protestations of innocence, the community quickly abandons the Barbers. As the family mounts a defense and deals with this new world into which they've been thrust, we are privy to the tiny fissures that threaten to turn into gaping holes in the fabric of their lives. Two stories, ultimately sad parallels, are intertwined through the testimony of a trial. They reveal the hold that blood can have on one's choices and future.
In a voice that is at once determined and devastated, Andy recounts the details of the build up towards his son's trial and the monumental changes every relationship he has undergoes as a result of the charge. He laments that a 'not guilty' verdict doesn't remove the stain of assumed guilt from Jacob or the rest of the family.
Poignantly threaded throughout, Laurie Barber, the beleaguered wife and mother, grapples with the role she has played, must play currently and will play in the future. She asks the unthinkable questions, thereby providing the foil to Andy's unquestioning devotion.
The gritty discourse moves the story along briskly through plot twists and turns that seem like they've been lifted from today's reality television. Characters are the vehicles through which the story is conveyed. Major and minor roles offer depth to the proceedings and present the unspoken readers’ perspective. Simultaneously they move as the situation demands and answer our queries as they erupt.
Andy's voice is the common and mostly calm water in which the expository elements float. His deposition-like dialogue speaks to his profession and his perfunctory approach to achieving his son's exoneration. It's his steady pacing that leaves you unprepared for the shocking dénouement. This voice was especially powerful in the unabridged audio book. I listened to the entire book in a single day, so compelling was the performance.
This collision of secrets, sensations and saga brew together and form the perfect overflow of tragedy. Ultimately, Defending Jacob confirms that love can drive us to protect in ways that are inconceivably sorrowful. It is a modern day lesson in the perils of believing we know what may actually be unknowable.