Interesting, attention-grabbing story told in succinct language which results in a very listenable narrative. The narrator did a fine job. The novel kept my interest. Highly recommended.
joe the shmoe
Better character development of Jacob
Art of Fielding
Better for comedy
The legal thriller aspect had some minimal attraction for me. However, that is at the heart of my criticism. This book is not certain what it wants to be. Not a legal thriller. Not a love story. Not a coming of age saga. Basically, I did not think it was much of anything.
The attorney father just wasn't credible for me, the mother & son were both weak characters . The author should have worked harder on developing the characters instead of overusing metaphors. This would be an example of what a formula novel right out of writing class sounds like.
Kept me thinking.
Jacob's father was interesting in his apparent detachment from the emotional end of what was a significant character flaw in his son.
The casual mention of Jacob's meeting of a young girl on the bus, immediately moved me to my own conclusion of the next events after the trial.
The author built on the character of Jacob's father until I was left wondering what other secrets Dad may have hidden.
I really enjoyed the suspense of the story with ongoing possibilities that could be imagined regarding Dad, Mom or Jacob's fate.
Someone who likes to think skilled prosecutors are very likely to be idiots might get a kick out of this one.
I think my next listen will be Starboard Sea which received a couple of nice reviews in the New York Times.
I have never listened to another Grover Gardner performance so far as I know--I don't pay much attention to anyone but David Case, who is fabulous. But this was a good performance.
In me this book sparked a reaction of befuddled befuddlement or incredulous incredulity or non-believing non-belief.
Good performance of a rather silly book. The dark implications suggesting the existence of a
This book was well worth the listen. I disagree with previous listeners who found the narrator's gravelly voice to be a detriment. I thought it moved quickly. I live very very close to the places described so that helped to bring the book alive. Great story well told.
This book is great fun. It's a courtroom drama inside a courtroom drama; the main courtroom story is told by a witness to a grand jury. The writing is very precise, just shy of the primness that makes some of the best lawyer novelists kind of annoying. Any too neat-and-tidiness is offset by the fact that the main characters are not good people. And, the protagonist, a lawyer, has backbone, without having to defend himself as a man of the people. He doesn't come off as holier-than-thou, or apologetic, like a lot of lawyer protagonists.
I'm in the midst of reading the rest of Landay's books -- I like him as well as I like Turow. Maybe more.
Grover Gardner is plain fun to listen to. He reads almost as though he's pitching a bunch of Henny Youngman one-liners, pausing frequently when he puts a little zinger in there, so you can catch up to his fun, slightly ironic tone. If you have not listened to Gardner reading Ross MacDonald's books, try those, too, they are great fun.
The way this narrative is told from the point of view of a grand jury witness, gives this book a real noir-confessional feel. Tons of hostility between the witness and the prosecutor, for reasons that keep revealing themselves as the narrative moves along. Loved it!
I hadn't read anything by Landay and Gardner isn't my favorite narrator but Defending Jacob was a nice surprise. The novel kept my attention throughout by way of Landay's intelligent, and insightfully well written dialog. A mixture of character study and courtroom drama that will have me investing in another Landay effort.
I'm an attorney and so very fussy about my legal novels. This more than sufficed, and it's clear that the author is qualified to be a lawyer even if he isn't practicing at present. I'd be very surprised if the author hasn't also been a criminal prosecutor at some point.
I just cannot tell you how much I enjoyed listening to every word of this novel. The book would have been an excellent read in print, but was just one of those works that was made even better by excellent narration. I'm a fan for life of this author and this narrator!