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The complex relationships among the family members were beautifully realized. The narration was fine: lucid and careful but not at all intrusive. I thought the pacing was masterful as this tale of family love and trauma opened slowly but relentlessly and inexorably to a breathtaking finish.
I can't share this as it would be a complete spoiler. Suffice to say that the denouement haunted my thoughts for weeks after I finished this book.
The narrator, the father in the story.
Again, to share this would be a spoiler. I would not want to spoil this book for anyone! It is just too excellent.
Read it. Think about it. There's morality here, and love, and duty and anguish. WOW.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
This book deserves a written review. I enjoyed this book very much but I can’t give it a full 5 star rating, rather a 4.5. The premise of the book was unique and I thought I had guessed the ending about mid way through but I was only half right. The ending though is where I had to knock off the half point. It seemed to me the book was so well thought out and the author actually rushed the ending or rather it didn’t seem that logical to me. Overall though, the hype of the book is deserved, it was a good book but just not quite where it would be an awesome book that you would tell people “you have to read this”.
This audiobook ranks among one of the best. We started listening to this story driving to our vacation destination. We found ourselves searching for free time to finish the story!
Favorite character was the mom. I could relate...almost.
I have never heard Grover Gardner before. However, I absolutely loved his reading. His performance was perfect. He made you feel the emotion of the characters in the book even MORE so than the excellent way Mr. Landay portrayed them with his words.
Most memorable was the mom.
Thoroughly loved this book. My husband and I listened to it on our way, as well as during, our recent vacation. The perfect description of all the details made you feel and see everything about this book. Great story with several twists. The narration was terrific and not over the top. One of my favorite audiobooks to date. We still talk about this book over a month later. Really gets in your head! Well worth the read.
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.