I listened to this audiobook less than a year after reading the novel. The plot is gripping and I wanted to understand the characters even better with a second approach to the book. The novel is difficult to put down in either form, text or audio, so engaging is the plot and so fascinating the characters.
Basically, the kid Jacob gets in trouble. How much trouble? His father is utterly loyal to him throughout. Well --- why? No one at all can figure that out, including Andy's own father; though that man shows the same trait, so one wonders about genetic predispositions, a theme of the novel. But what is being passed on? Whatever it is, it's a whole lot more complex than the characters seem to think.
You WILL be surprised more than once during this story. The story is clear and the characters few enough that listening to it first should be easy to comprehend.
The reading by Grover Gardner is good, especially the male characters. The females sound a little prissy, but this is basically a father-son-grandson story about men and families, and their reading is excellent. I strongly recommend both the novel and the audiobook. Wow. Very thoughtful book, as well as exciting.
I don't think the style of the book nor the narration leant itself to an audio version. The story itself was ok, but listening to it really ruined it for me. the narrator was boring and the style of announcing who was speaking during examination of the witness was very annoying. I could recommend it to someone who would want to read it and would be interested in their take on the book.
Yes, maybe in a couple of years, because it held my interest.
the father of Jacob because he both loved him and was realistic
yes, equally great
Jacob-because he was perplexing and so like mass shooters we have known.
How far would you go to protect your family?
A serious crime is committed in an upscale neighborhood and everyone becomes unhinged as the circumstances of the crime unfold.
In a courtroom setting the writer combines legal and psycho. drama that keeps you turning the pages. Andy, Laurie and their son Jacob seem somewhat normal one day and as the case unfolds the reader is taken into the heart of this family that becomes shattered.
Is 14 year old Jacob a typical moody teenager hanging out in his room listening to music on his ipod "touch" or is he a psychopathic monster.
Loved this book! I couldn't stop listening to it! I usually save my audio books for my once a week long runs but I finished this in less then a week.
Loved the ending.
Grover Gardner was great! Loved his voice!
I loved this book! The story line is easy to identify with. Anybody would defend their child. This one rocks you as a parent, thinking the unimaginable could happen to your own child. Suspenseful. Looking forward to more books from William Landay!
I enjoyed this book and thought the story was interesting. Watch out for the twists they are numerous and sharp!
It's rare that an author combines well-researched legal and courtroom drama with remarkably well-executed character development. I believed every nuance of the people in this story and their feelings as they were written. A teenage son charged with an unspeakable crime and the way this impacted and unraveled the community and families involved - I could not put it down. The story itself was unpredictable - a mystery without resorting to the sort of trope twists which modern mysteries so often employ. My highest accolades to Landay; he has gained a fan.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
or with his father.
I couldn't get past the strange feeling that the narrator sounded at times like George Burns.
Some aspects of the story are hard to buy into.
I have recommended this book to any friend who reads. It's a gripping tale of the investigation and trial of the suspected murderer of Ben Rifkin, DA Andy Barber's own son, 14 year old Jacob Barber is the prime suspect. The novel talks about Andy's removal from the case, the isolation of his family, the trial, and the aftermath. Much of the last few chapters roll over the reader like waves. But the genius of the nuanced, intricately written account is not about the trial scenes, but rather more about what happens to a family, to parental love and knowing, to the relationship between two parents who have raised a young man that they thought was one type of kid, and is shockingly revealed to potentially be someone they never really understood or knew.Andy Barber can't conceive of a world in which his son has committed murder and as a lawyer, easily dismisses any evidence to the contrary. His wife, Laurie, slowly descends into a world in which she can imagine such a thing taking place. Whether or not Jacob did kill Ben, the changes in the family dynamic and relationships is a glacial melt. You can't see it on the outside, but inside it is becoming weaker and weaker until it finally collapses.
Andy Barber was my favorite character. He was to unendingly practical and so completely blind to his son's faults, it's astonishing as well as incredibly frustrating. He looks so closely, he can't "see" what he's looking at.