Still don't know
Andy, mostly because he's the one you get to really know. His total devotion to his son and unwaivering confidence in his innocence was admirable.
He wasn't the most engrossing performer I've heard. There are some performers that become the book and bring it to life. There are some that sound like any average joe reading a book out loud. Mr. Gardner definitely is closer to the former than the latter, but I really prefer narrators who can "act" every character in the book. His peformance was definitely strong enough that I got hooked, so that's really what is important.
Ugh... none of them. Maybe Father O'Malley, or whatever his name was, but only because I had a mental image of him as Mike from Breaking Bad. I didn't really relate to any of the characters in this book. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy hearing their story.
At the end of the story, I still don't know if Jacob was innocent or guilty.
I guess if you really enjoy the ins and outs of courtroom proceedings, you might find the long and drawn out process described in this book.
The book was just way too slow and drawn out only to have the "twists" come in the last hour of the book. For me it wasn't worth it to sit through meaningless testimony and narrative that went nowhere for upwards of 12 hours just to get to a twist that really wasn't all that compelling or much of a payoff.
I thought Grover was great. My gauge for a good narrator is really as simple as he/she didn't annoy me. My only complaint was Grover didn't have much differentiation between voices of the characters, so sometimes I had trouble figuring out who was speaking.
I would probably cut out a good chunk of the trial in the middle and cut more to the point of the story at the beginning rather than spending a whole third of the book setting it up.
I read many reviews of this book before purchasing and the majority raved about it. I really don't see what all the hype was about. For me it felt like a mediocre episode of Law and Order where the "payoff" doesn't come until the last 5 minutes. That is, if the episode also ran 8 hours too long.
I think the issue is this book was "oversold" to me by a friend. All in all worth a listen.
I already have! This was the most striking, the most moving, the most intense book I have read or listened to since 2005 when I first listened to "The Da Vinci Code." It provoked an attachment to the characters creating an interest in their well being while keeping a distance that allowed observation. It was a completely profound experience.
I think the last time I had whiplash from a plot twist might have been "The Sixth Sense" movie. I can't say there is a book I could compare to Defending Jacob. I can say the following: It has the legal drama of John Grisham. It has the character definition of Jodi Picoult. It has the emotional anxiety of Stephen King.
Oh I like Grover Gardner. This the first book in my library performed by him. I've already been looking to see which other ones he has read to see if there is something I might want to listen to in the future. His voice is deep enough to sooth me, intense enough to keep me interested, and varies in all the right places. I like him a lot.
I think I would have dinner with Andy Barber. Andy is passionately in support of his son. His loyalty is unwavering. Not to mention anyone who has worked in the DA's office is likely to have good stories to tell. Jacob's character has to much teen angst for me to be able to get into a deep conversation with him. In regards to Laurie Barber, a woman who could entertain believing her son capable of murder on such scant evidence would likely lack the some of the qualities I value in an individual. None of the other characters are developed well enough for me to say for sure. The only other possible option would be the defense attorney John. He might be an intriguing personality and have some very good stories.
When this story began I was merely interested. Half way through the book it was impossible not to be eager to know how things would turn out. The ending choked me up. Without realizing my emotions became engaged. It was a most amazing story. Other's have said it before me, and I will say it as well, this story is one I will be thinking of weeks after having competed the book. Enjoy.
LOVED this audible book. Had me questing at every chapter. Great for book clubs...discussions are very interesting, morally provocative....best book I've read in awhile.
The story was good but not good enough to keep me as the reader focused. At times, it was too long and drawn out, especially in the court room . It became very mundane and I would find myself drifting off thinking of other things besides the story...Needed more twists. I would say this book was "just okay". For the record, Grover Gardner is one of my favorite Narrators and did a fantastic job of keeping the characters separated.
Not one of my favorites though an interesting story about a parent/son relationship and how judgement can be clouded, even when presented with overwhelming evidence. The ending was a bit unsettling for me.
...but in the end there was a contradiction that was too glaring for it to be satisfactory. Most of the contradictions were because it is written from the perspective of one person and no one person can know everything. I have no problem with that.
I'll leave it at that rather than playing spoiler and in advertantly giving away the ending. Suffice it to say that the error is glaring and disconcerting and could have easily beeen resolved. You wonder whe edited the book.
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Grover Gardner was a perfect narrator. His performance was natural, and perfect for the text. The various characters were easy to distinguish - but often through subtle nuances that were consistant throughout. The plot was interesting and the listener is carried along the stream of events and emotions. Until the very end, the listener is still guessing about the last word.
The Father. This is a very real life story. Everything has a true ring about it.
We listened to this on the last leg of a long car trip, and couldn't finish by the time we were home. Both my husband and I were invested enough in this book that we spent the next two nights listening at home until we were finished and could release our grip on the chair arms. This is a great read - Get it.
Yes as having the perspective of how the story resolves makes me want to experience it thorough that lens to see what I missed the first time.
To answer would be to divulge a spoiler,
Justice, genetics and the nature of criminality,