Defending Jacob ranks high on my list right along with Jodi Picoult's novels.
Blood spatter on Jacob't swim trunks.
Most probably it would be Andrew. For a D.A., he is very unassuming and loyal to a fault.
I highly recommend this novel.
This is a well written novel that has you thinking about many things. It is a cautionary tale about bullying, which too many kids don't take seriousy enough and the impact that goes beyond the kids affected. The analysis of the family dynamics gets you wondering what you would do if your child were accused of such a crime. The genetics lesson and the nurture vs. nature aspect add another dimension to the story. It is also a suspenseful courtroom drama with an ending that you never see coming.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end...great narration and I like that you are not really sure where the author is going as the tale unfolds. Will recommend to friends.
All of them are memorable
I like his pacing and feeling
Did he or didn't he?
The book was well written and compellingly performed, a good mix of thrill and emotion. Though there is definitely something for everyone in this book, I didn't ever feel like I couldn't put it down. There was little suspense, though the ending was unpredictable. Good, easy listen! Definitely recommend it!
I use my audio tapes to entertain myself during my daily three mile walk. I have never read anything by William Landay. I purchased because of the books best seller status, Landay is a new author for me, and I am a fan of courtroom thrillers. This courtroom drama was well crafted and verbally acted. It was told from the perspective of a father and the Assistant DA who is forced to be on the sidelines for the murder trial in defense of his only 14 year old son. His son is accused of killing in a brutal manner one of his classmates. The father and Assistant DA has a background of generations of male relatives who have been convicted of violent crimes. One of the plot lines is something call the killing gene. I do not want to give away the plot, but Landay does a good job keeping your interest. Let us just say I always looked forward to my walk to hear the next couple of chapters.
The narrator - the father. The story was told from his perspective. It was very interesting how he balanced his professional experience vs. his love of his son. His insights and emotional respones and those of his wife and his son's mother were interesting and quite surprising.
All of them. Grover Gardner is a talented vocal actor.
See the NY Times Best Seller Defending Jacob brought to the screen!
Great book. I can see why it is a bestseller.
Reading opens the mind to fascinating adventures, travel, romance and excitement. Having a book professionally read to you is a treat!
Audio is different than print and folks have reasons for each. In the case of Defending Jacob, I found hearing it to be captivating, well read and thoroughly enjoyable.
The character development was phenomenal due to the obvious expertise the author brings to the novel. Most folks distrust the legal system; Defending Jacob gives you many reasons why.
I suppose Jacobs Mother was particularly well developed. The range of emotions a Mom goes through when their child is under suspicion is heart wrenching. Grover Gardner not only captured the legal procedures, he captured the emotions the participants experience.
This is one of the best thrillers I have read and I was up into the wee hours of the morning unable to put it down.
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.