I really enjoyed that I was never "really" sure until the end. Usually in stories of this nature you pretty much figure it out but that was not the case with "Defending Jacob". At first listening I was a bit put off by the conversational style, it felt a little juvenile until I got into the story farther and you realize the story is being told in court in bits and pieces.
This book was a good story. The beginning of it seemed slow but once it picked up I was sucked in anxious to hear how it ended. As the book reads, I kept thinking about my own sons, wondering how I would feel in the same situation. The book was very thought provoking as you wonder how your marriage would survive, how to support your family. The book has a couple surprise twist that I was not expecting, making me want to keep listening wanting more. I would listen to it again.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
It was compelling, interesting, unpredictable
There were many interesting moments. Without giving anything away I'll settle for the science surrounding the "murder gene" aka MAOA. I thought it was made up but it's not. Clearly the author did a ton of research on the subject and it showed in the writing.
He voice sounded just like a nerdy, stuffy lawyer type. Played the part perfectly, a real pro.
The easy answer is the lead character Andy, but I'll go with his dad was strangely intelligent despite his years of incarceration. It wasn't a big part of the story but he was memorable.
The other reviews were right, this book lives up to it's billing. I can't say this about many books but I enjoyed it from beginning to end. There weren't any parts where you say to yourself "come on.. move the story along".
If you get this book I'm sure you'll like it.
Compelling story with more than a couple of surprising twists and turns...love how the story jumps from Andy giving testimony to the unveiling of the story as Andy investigates the crime. My first read of William Landay's...I will definitely read another of his excellent stories!
The end...can't give anything away but I was on the edge of my seat!
Great narration, I was very engaged with the story
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The best part of the story was the ending, it was unexpected but not in a gasp kind of way.
The way he read the story made it feel real. His voice fit the character making it seem as though it was a man telling you the story and not reading it to you.
Not particularly a specific part, but the book does make you think about what would you do in this situation.
It's a great read, but I probably wouldn't listen to it again because the ending needs to be a surprise.
The incident on the family vacation really was a surprise (and a disappointment in Jacob!)
Jacob. Mr Gardner had the exact "what it is" tone of a young boy.
The ending, (I don't want to give it away to those who haven't read it).
I will be listening to more books by this author/narrator.
Such a wonderfully constructed novel. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the testimony between Andy and Loguidice did not refer to Jacob, but was the testimony at the end concerning what his wife did. Also, other things were not spelled out comlpletely adding to the spine tingling 'creepiness...such as Andy and Laura hearing a cat screaming and not even beginning to understand what might be going on. This was better than having an explanation the next day. Jacob's actions were so consistent with the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorderand yet no one picked up on it, including the psychologist . Andy's blind spot for his son was tragic, particularly as he could NEVER come to grips with it. Laura's conflict of loving her son but feeling that he might be guilty was a terrible conflict fo her until the end she could see no other choice. The psyschological implications and symtpoms were superb. One of the best books I've listened to.
It was one of the better reads I've had in the 160 or so that I've had. But the ending was really in the top 10 of surprise conclusions to a story that I've had. All the way through a story we all go back and forth trying to figure things out in a mystery. I never saw this coming and I won't leak a spoiler here for anyone. I wasn't particularly pleased with the ending....but it's not about me. It's about the thrill of the listen. And it was that.
My favorite character was Andy. He was so torn, he ended up giving up so much in his life, and in the end really gave up more than he thought he ever could've dreamed. He was so brave and went out on so many "limbs" and was very smart. I really felt for him, his struggles.
Mr. Gardner was like a real guy...someone any of us would know and carry on a conversation with...easy going manner of speaking, could easily invoke anger and desperation into his voice. His voice is pleasing to listen to.
This book is not what it appears to be at the outset. There is much more to this and it's not at all predictable. I really liked it a lot and finished it in 2 days.
The story was very realistice, it felt like I was witnessing it 1st hand. The book is written from the father's point of veiw. You know right away that there are 2 story lines, this keeps you wondering. I often don't give a 5 rating, but this book is well deserving. I wonder what I would have done in the same situation. Isn't that what a good book is supposed to do?