The story, and the realistic ending
The 2 different viewpoints of the parents. Even though this was read from the point of the father, the story did a great job capturing how the mother felt, without ever hearing anything directly from her.
I have recommended this book to several friends, who like me, are teachers to 8th grade boys...an age so misunderstood, but well understood and portrayed by this author.
The end....very sad, though foreshadowing throughout led me to other conclusions.
Many scenes in courtroom where public defender and Andy Barber spar. Stellar narration/reader for this book!
Perfect title though it misled me for entire story.
Among my favorites. Abdorbing.
Abdorbing. A must read f or any parent.
Author keeps reader focused on story line.
Great combination of legal thriller and human emotion. Keeps you on the edge of your chair with the direction of the story changing constantly.
While some of the story was predictable, other key elements were not
His reading was excellent. He got the feeling of the characters out.
The end. Don't want to give it away.
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.