A diiferent story line all together. This was like sitting in court room and being forced to sit on hard benches and listen to a whining lawyer. Very boringly painful!
Nothing by this author sad to say.
Whining inflections, lack of voice control for the differing personas, it hurt so much I gave up after the second hour of listening. Unless you really like fingernails on the chalk board....
Story -- narative-- setting-- none of this was worth a penny!
Don't waste a cent or credit! I've listened to 100+ audio books and this was absolutely the worst. Where do I go to get my money back?
This was a pretty good book. Not excellent in that can't-put-it-down sort of way. But pretty good. It causes the reader to wonder what they would do if they were confronted with a crime that appeared to be committed by their own child. The author does a good job showing the parent's agony, decisions (good and bad), and even includes a bit about the financial hardships experienced by people in this type of situation.
The reader was pretty good. I had to do a little mental adjusting at first because I'd just finished another book read by the same person. It took a while for me to remember I wasn't listening to the same character, just the same narrator!
Landay skillfully guides the reader into making assumptions. I don't want to spoil the book by saying more, but the end of the book was a surprise. You think you know where the author is heading, and--then the rug is pulled out from under you.
The characters were so well drawn, and then performed beautifully. Grover Gardner sure knows how kids would deliver the unerring teenage dialogue. Not only the kids, but everyone's characterization and the unspoken emotional content were unerringly interpreted by Gardner. He perfectly differentiated the characters with his spot on performance.
I don't know about the accuracy of the psychological information presented, but it felt appropriate.
Not having access to the printed book, I don't know how the prosecutor's name is spelled, but scenes in which Lejudas(sp?) struts about are all my favorites, mainly for the grim, subtly comic relief they provide.
It keeps you guessing.
Yes I would recommend and have recommended many times!
The ending---say no more!
Grover Gardner is in my Top-5-Narrarators. He is always excellent!
Get this book---you will not be sorry! Use those credits!
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interesting, captivating, surprising
John Grisham type books because of the courtroom aspect
Very well written
For a relatively short book, the characters are well-developed. Most interestingly, they are developed through the eyes of the main character, the father of the accused, with his biases. The book is rich with "what would you do" moments, any one of which has the potential to change the entire story. And, though the author wraps things up differently than I would choose, I think everything is done in a credible, if not very likely, fashion. Grab the book and let your moral dilemmas begin!
Your son is on trial for murdering a classmate. As the trial unfolds, little niggling doubts creep in about his innocence. Nothing solid, just disturbingly suggestive. What would you do? That's the story this book poses. Highly recommended.
I never listen to or read the same book twice. There are so many compelling reads out there that I'm always anxious to get on to the next treasure. I would certainly read/listen to other William Landay books and would look for others narrated by Grover Gardner.
Andy Barber. As a father and a lawyer, the fatherly role never lost faith in the innocence of his son. A very real trait that is true to most parents.
Andy Barber. Grover Gardner's performance of Andy Barber really made the character real for me. Very nicely performed.
Yes, I looked for opportunities to find time and a place to continue listening. I usually listen when running, so this motivated me to want to get out there for my next run so I could continue with the book!
Just a great story extremely well read by Grover Gardner!
Grabbed me from the opening, and had me totally involved til the end (and even after!) Deals with dilemmas that all of us face every day, though they are here heightened to their ultimate levels. Who are we most responsible to? How do we show our love and support to our children? All this wrapped up in amazing court room drama, AND read by one of the best...a must listen!
My only quibble is that the author's last twist may have been one too many. Regardless, I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a summer listen with some meat.
It would probably depend on the friend. The writing is not particularly amazing and there isn't much depth to the novel. But it is a good book to pass the time. I would probably recommend it to someone who enjoys detective novels.
Pretty good. Not quite what I expected, but not too shocking. There were predictable moments through the novel, but the ending was not fully predictable.
If you just want something to entertain and to keep you listening, this will do the job. I enjoyed "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and bought this book as one reviewer mentioned a connection. I think this was a fair recommendation. "Defending Jacob" is not the same standard, but it is a good book.