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?
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.