Thought-provoking, entrancing, surprising
I loved how the story turned and twisted a bit and how the author spoke directly to the reader at times.
Really great book! I'm glad I took the advice of other Audible members and gave it a shot.
I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a good story twist. I actually said "What?" out loud when the narrator finished the "plot twist sentence". It was a great sentence by the way. Thanks to the author and narrator for making my long, traffic snarled commutes to work enjoyable.
former nuclear scientist
First, the performance.
I didn't like it too much. The man sounds like he is performing in a movie in 1943 - you know how they spoke so quickly, the sentences tumbling over each other. He can't do women, but few of the narrators can effectively do the other gender. He can't really do other voices for men, either. Luckily for him, most of the book is narration, internal musings, or a transcript, so you know who's talking. Maybe that's why it sounds so much like a screenplay; you get scenes like:
LaJudas: blah blah incompetent blah
Witness: blah blah blah, so there!
(internal reflection on the situation)
The story itself is fairly riveting: a teen is murdered, and his classmate is charged with the crime. The narrator is the accused's father, so he is fairly biased - even internally. He is a DA, so this is sort of a hybrid crime mystery/courtroom drama. He tries to unravel the situation, learning little other than how out of touch most parents are with their children.
The structure of the story is classic, switching among courtroom scenes, reminisces, and sleuthing. It's easy to follow along, even when listening, as the narrator uncovers clues and then interprets them one way (being the father) as others occasionally intrude to interpret them differently, and the listener is left to make his or her own choice about who has the better argument. The mystery, did Jacob do it? is riveting, and the ending has a surprising twist.
If I liked courtroom and crime mystery novels more, I'd overlook the annoying narrator. But since it's not really my thing, I give it three stars even though I recognize that "Defending Jacob" is a pretty good example of the genre.
A gardener who loves to listen to audio while weeding
Yes, I multitask and may have missed something
Yes, good story line
Yes it did
Jacob, sad warped child
I would recommend this book. The story twists and turns constantly and makes you wonder about the devil you know and the one you don't.
Just when the Barber's were starting to relax on their much needed holiday in Mexico, Jacob's little girlfriend is suddenly missing. This is when you start to wonder ... "could there be something wrong...really wrong...with Jacob???
The audible productions keep getting better all the time. When a narrator reads with passion and emotion, it keeps you engaged so you can tune out the rest of the world for a while!
A retired college professor, enjoying having time to read/listen through my wish list.
Just when you think you know what's going to happen, it doesn't. This book is extremely well-written, holds your attention throughout, and describes human emotions so well that I had visceral reations to many scenes.
I was listening to this book as I was returning from a business trip, and when I arrived home, I drove around the neighborhood for an additional 20 minutes listening, because I just had to hear what was going to happen.
Maybe not because the ending was so climatic.
The love Jacob's father had for his wife and his insight into her personality and that the book always kept you guessing but never knowing what was really going on.
He made vivid and real the personality of the main character.
Maybe "How far would you go to protect your child?"
I really enjoyed the mix of a lovely love story and a mystery, right to the very end.
Yes! Keeps u on your toes
Not sure maybe sharp objects by Gylan Flynn
I found the familial relationships interesting. Even though you see evidence against your son a parent has to believe in this son. Makes you think, "what would I do in a similar situation". What happens between the parents and child, the husband and wife, and even between old friends and neighbors is heart wrenching. But then you think how would I feel if this was my son, my neighbor, my friend. Even if you win, you don't.
The relationship issues and how you don't see the ending coming.
I found his voice easy to listen to and I liked his interpretation of the various characters. I have even looked for other books that he has narrated because I appreciated his narration of this story so much.
Worth the credit. Kept my interest.
I liked the concept of defending someone close to you even though you might have doubts about their innocense. This has to be a heart wrenching ordeal. I did not, however like any of the characters. There was no one that I could root for. They were all weak, both in character and ther inability to prosecute or defend Jacob. Jacob is a mealy mouthed teen age brat/loser. There is nothing about Jacob that is endearing.
This was my first Landay and have no great feelings one way or the other.
The narrations was ok, not great.
No, because I just couldn't get into any of the characters.
I could see the appeal for buying this book, but mostly I was disappointed...