I was quite surprised by the turn of events and blown away with the ending. I never imagined what was to come. I REALLY liked listening to this book. I could relate with the father wanting to do whatever he had to defend his son, who is accused of murder. Being a prosecutor, he knew the ins and outs of the legal system and it was quite interesting. Legal thrillers are my absolute favorite and Defending Jacob is a good one. It was never boring and kept me wanting more until the end. Then I was just like WOW!
I am not sure that enjoyable is the word to describe this book. It is one of those books that you can't put down, all the while feeling uncomfortable reading it.
The father in the story is a strong character who is very real.
I can't think of a better name - it says it all and describes the book perfectly.
As a parent you may find this story to be alarming - I can't imagine what it would be like to be faced with the situations that this family finds themselves facing.
It did keep my interest - it was good until the end
it was the author that disappointed
I have never written a review before, but this book was spellbinding. So well performed. I never guessed the ending!
All of the characters were so well-developed.
I wanted this book to be so much better than it was. A friend and I decided to read it together, so I kept plugging along. It was OK. I debated giving it a 2, but it was slightly better than that. There was an interesting turn at one point , but overall, I'm not sure I would recommend it. The narrator was lacking as well. If you want to read it, but it towards the bottom of your list. It will pass the time, but is certainly not a page-turner.
I would not simply for the fact I do not have time to listen to books more than once. I would most highly recommend this title, and would love to see what could be done as a movie!
I did not really have a favorite character here, but I felt a huge amount of sympathy for all sides in this tale. All of them felt so true to life...a really outstanding job on character development.
Mr. Gardner had the perfect voice and tone for this tale. His voice grounded the story, made it feel more "real."
Listen or read this book immediately. It will keep you wondering and guessing until the end...and then gut punch you. If you like murder mysteries and court room dramas, please check this out. Wow.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I'm not into Legal books (Like Grisham, etc...) much, but the way the book was put together was great & made it much more interesting all the way to the end, so there is a spoiler...
I love books that have some spin at the end or somewhere in the book, the more180 degree's or tangentially crazy the better (as long as it fits). Its told in an interesting perspective, I guess 1st person with a 3 person twist? I don't know the exact word but it also is linear from a time perspective which is great if the author can do it
Worth the credit, and makes me think about my 3 boys while biting my fingers LOL
As children we all live in a world of imagination and fantasy. It's wonderful when it follows us into adulthood. -Jim Henson
This was an excellent suspense audio! The narrator did a superb job with the character changes. The storyline was very believable - it could happen to you! I especially liked that the family was written like anyone of my neighbors. It kept my interest right to the end. The mother, Laurie. She was the backbone of the family and although it appeared throughout the trial she gave that role up to Andy (the father) she came through in the end.
The character development was excellent, only to be exceeded by the story line.
The best part was unexpected turns in the story line.
I see the mother as being the most memorable character, probably because I too am a mother and could identify with her emotions and her moral quandary.
The performance was exceptional, so real.