I loved this book. It is an excellent portrayal of a family in crisis and presents many moral dilemmas. The courtroom scenes are outstanding. Kept me guessing until the end. The narrator was good, but not great. He had difficulty changing his voice to portray different characters.
Well written, but predictable. Very reminiscent of 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. If you've read that one, no need to listen to this one.
Great story keeps you listening.
Different than anything I've listenedtoo.
Very interesting story line with todays mental health issues.
The true unconditional love of a father.
Exciting twist at the ending.
This is the powerful story of one family's journey though the complex and frightening legal system as told by the father, Andy, the (former) lead district attorney. Is Jacob, the teenaged son, a cold blooded murderer or has he been wrongly accused in the stabbing death of another student? If he's guilty, is his father's genetic makeup to blame or was day care as a baby the possible cause. This story is so much more than a courtroom drama, although it's certainly that. It's also the chronicle of two parents as they struggle with grave doubts about their child and about their parenting skills and, ultimately, how this struggle is resolved by each of them. Did Jacob do it? I'm not going to say, but I'll be thinking about him and his parents and the conflict they faced for a long, long time.
I was looking at this book for a while trying to decide if I was going to buy it or not. I am very glad I did purchase it. It was a book that kept you hanging on to the very end.
It was well narrated and the story line was awesome. I may have to look for more books by this author. I would recommend this book to any who likes books like this.
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I think most Court Room Dramas are pretty good; I like the “keep you guessing until the end” element – wondering about the guilt or innocence of key players.
This story was no exception; it had a few predictable plot-twists… and few unexpected ones too! I would have liked it to go on just a little more because I wanted to know what happened next! Still, the ending was not unsatisfying so it’s not really a criticism.
I absolutely loved listening to this audible. Grover Gardner, the narrator, does a fantastic job delivering the story. The story line is solid, intriguing and very well thought out. William Landay hit a home run with this novel! Never a boring moment!
I would rate Defending Jacob in my top ten Audible books.
This is my first Grover Gardner narration. At first, I didn't think I would like his voice, but shortly after, I warmed to the timber of his voice and it was perfect. He sounded very fatherly.
As the mother of a grown son and grandmother to a fourteen year old boy I cringed at the the thought of a parent going through a terror like this. I could relate closer with Andy, the dad, more so than the mother, Laurie.
Wow, how far would you go to protect your child?
I felt slightly emotionally paralyzed at then end.
It ranks high, it made me think after I had finished, "what would I do?" I appreciate books that do that, they don't let you go.
I don't recall listening to another book quite like this one.
The subtle ease the way he changed his voice for the characters, the book was a joy to listen to.
Not at first, just seemed like a courtroom drama but as it slowly unfolded I would sit in car and continue.
I enjoyed this book, it provoked good lunch discussions with co-workers, everyone had an opinion on how they would handle a similar situation.
Well written. Interesting background research. Gripping.
Andy. He was oblivious and understandable.
Convincing. At first I thought I would not like the narration, but into the book, it was obvious that he was the best choice. So glad I listened to the book instead of reading it.
Do you Know your Child?
I believe Jacob was a Sociopath and guilty. Andy in complete denial. Lori, when she finally understood, had a difficult decision. Not sure I would have had the courage to destroy my only child to save others. What a terrible position in which to find oneself i.e. I know my child is evil (not his fault), but I made him and I must destroy him before he kills again. A great choice for any book club.