I consider an audio book to be excellent when I look forward to my commute or -- god, forbid -- sometimes even have an incentive to go on my daily walk, just so I can continue listening. This was one of those books where I couldn't wait for each new chapter to unfold. Landay was impeccable about courtroom procedure and dialogue -- one of my pet peeves, as a lawyer addicted to legal thrillers. Grover Gardner did an excellent job of switching between the various voices -- really added to the listening pleasure. This book kept me guessing right up until the end. I sometimes don't care for books that switch back and forth between past and present, but this one did it effortlessly. Highly recommend!
last chapter, were Jacob yet again finds himself involved in another homicide.
brought a great deal Grover Gardner swag.
Absolutely! It is a page-turning, stomach-clenching exploration of family.
Landay turns out to be creating a clever blend of legal thriller and issue-oriented family implosion...nothing is predictable. All bets are off.
Landay - His character reminds me of Tony from "The Sopranos" - It would be very interesting to have a conversation with him.
I am really enjoying the audio book because of the convenience
The end was a surprise
This was my first time listening to a book by William Landay and I picked a great one to start with. If you are a fan of courtroom novels, this on one might be for you.
As a test to see if you would like this book the only question you need to ask is, "Did I like "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow?". This book (to me) seems to be a rewrite of that book. It has the necessary plot changes but the flow and the turns are so similar, I could not help but to draw a comparison. Now I don't mean that to be a criticism, I loved Presumed Innocent, and I loved this book, but the parallels are clear and many.
When I finished this book, I immediately download the authors first book, "Mission Flats" and let me say, he has improved with "Defending Jacob" GREATLY!
This is a plot that could obviously come straight from the newspaper headlines. A teenaged boy is accused of murdering one of his classmates. However, this book is not so much plot-driven as character-driven. When I was about halfway through listening, I remarked to my husband that the book is so disturbing and depressing I was tempted not to finish. But I had to finish, "just in order to find out what happens."
"What happens" is not what I expected. And the author gets us there in a cunningly skillful manner, alternating between a straight chronology of events and excerpts of grand jury testimony which obviously comes further down the road. It is not until near the end that we learn the identity of the defendant before this grand jury.
The narrator is similarly skilled, and I am so very pleased that I chose to listen to this book, rather than read it in print. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it, but listening to a book often makes the listener more aware of the writing quality.
I would definitely recommend the book, despite its dark subject matter.
Well written, and well recorded. I like the story that how parents could love their children blindly.
I think it was the story itself. The subject matter was different than anything I have ever read before & it was very thought provoking. There were many different layers to the difficulties of this family's situation. I especially enjoyed the way people reacted to the family long before the trial had reached its conclusion. Very interesting stuff.
Without a doubt it was the decision making of the various family members. I don't want to be too specific & risk giving away the story, but I loved some of the twists this story took.
I think he made the story take on a different life than if I had read it myself. Having said that I have no doubt that I would have had no trouble getting into this book regardless of the medium.
I would have to say Andy, although Lori was a very close 2nd.
If you enjoy crime/courtroom dramas you'll love this book. It's a real interesting view into human behavior under the most stressful of predicaments.
I would reccomend this book, great book club due to some of the topics that can be discussed.
I liked the parents, probably beause I am one and tried putting myself in their shoes.
at first I did not like it but it actually grew on me as the book continued.
the mom! for her courage and most difficult decision ever!!!
No. Narration doesn't do justice to story.
A really different perspective in that the accused teen's father is a DA.
Only one voice.
You think you know your kid?