This is the powerful story of one family's journey though the complex and frightening legal system as told by the father, Andy, the (former) lead district attorney. Is Jacob, the teenaged son, a cold blooded murderer or has he been wrongly accused in the stabbing death of another student? If he's guilty, is his father's genetic makeup to blame or was day care as a baby the possible cause. This story is so much more than a courtroom drama, although it's certainly that. It's also the chronicle of two parents as they struggle with grave doubts about their child and about their parenting skills and, ultimately, how this struggle is resolved by each of them. Did Jacob do it? I'm not going to say, but I'll be thinking about him and his parents and the conflict they faced for a long, long time.
I was looking at this book for a while trying to decide if I was going to buy it or not. I am very glad I did purchase it. It was a book that kept you hanging on to the very end.
It was well narrated and the story line was awesome. I may have to look for more books by this author. I would recommend this book to any who likes books like this.
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I think most Court Room Dramas are pretty good; I like the “keep you guessing until the end” element – wondering about the guilt or innocence of key players.
This story was no exception; it had a few predictable plot-twists… and few unexpected ones too! I would have liked it to go on just a little more because I wanted to know what happened next! Still, the ending was not unsatisfying so it’s not really a criticism.
I absolutely loved listening to this audible. Grover Gardner, the narrator, does a fantastic job delivering the story. The story line is solid, intriguing and very well thought out. William Landay hit a home run with this novel! Never a boring moment!
I would rate Defending Jacob in my top ten Audible books.
This is my first Grover Gardner narration. At first, I didn't think I would like his voice, but shortly after, I warmed to the timber of his voice and it was perfect. He sounded very fatherly.
As the mother of a grown son and grandmother to a fourteen year old boy I cringed at the the thought of a parent going through a terror like this. I could relate closer with Andy, the dad, more so than the mother, Laurie.
Wow, how far would you go to protect your child?
I felt slightly emotionally paralyzed at then end.
It ranks high, it made me think after I had finished, "what would I do?" I appreciate books that do that, they don't let you go.
I don't recall listening to another book quite like this one.
The subtle ease the way he changed his voice for the characters, the book was a joy to listen to.
Not at first, just seemed like a courtroom drama but as it slowly unfolded I would sit in car and continue.
I enjoyed this book, it provoked good lunch discussions with co-workers, everyone had an opinion on how they would handle a similar situation.
Well written. Interesting background research. Gripping.
Andy. He was oblivious and understandable.
Convincing. At first I thought I would not like the narration, but into the book, it was obvious that he was the best choice. So glad I listened to the book instead of reading it.
Do you Know your Child?
I believe Jacob was a Sociopath and guilty. Andy in complete denial. Lori, when she finally understood, had a difficult decision. Not sure I would have had the courage to destroy my only child to save others. What a terrible position in which to find oneself i.e. I know my child is evil (not his fault), but I made him and I must destroy him before he kills again. A great choice for any book club.
A story that stay with me for a while. The ending was the best part of the story for me. The author keeps you guessing and throws you for a loop with an incredible surprise ending!
Grover Gardner brought the story to life. Since the book involved Andy in so many of the scenes, hearing it from a male voice was a great way to visualize the story.
Each character was well developed inviting us to see each of them for who they were. However, I must say Andy was my most memorable character since he was the main character who struggled between his roles as a D.A., father, husband and son.
I cannot rave about this book. I cannot even say I enjoyed it. The story confronts both family perceptions and the legal system at the same time. The main plot, a 14 year old accused of killing a classmate, is eerie enough. Then family secrets are revealed that make one even more uncomfortable (which is usually why they are kept secret in the frst place). To further complicate the matter, the father is a DA who is willing to do anything to defend his son from what he believes to be is an outrageous accusation.
Grover Cleveland's narration was well done. I found it difficult to not remember his narration of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. With the father beng a lawyer, it was hard to keep them apart.
The characters were very believeable. The story is very believeable. The ending did not quite flow and left a lot hanging. I truly wondered how it was going to happen and I did not anticipate it, but it was not complete. There were a number of loose ends remaining. Maybe that is why I feel so unsettled about the whole project.
I did not read the print version, but I would think it might be better as I could put my own slant on the voice.
I would compare this to "There is Something About Kevin".. Actually that is what drew me to this book.
Chilling is what I would give as a reaction to this story.
I am drawn to stories about what makes people tick and how love or even hate color our perceptions. I like seeing how intelligent people can twist reality .... and just not be aware they are doing it.