This is a good story that I will think about for a very long time. I liked the story because it is fast moving. I listen to my audios while driving so I could hardly wait to get back into the car and take a trip. The format was very effective, to hear the story from one of the main character's viewpoint made me feel like I was part of the story. Am I the only one who thought of the Dave Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series when listening to this story? I had to check to see if Andy and Laurie from that series had married and had a child. Grover Gardner is the narrator for that series so it was easy for me to make that connection. If you know and like that series, you will certainly appreciate Defending Jacob. I loved Grover Gardner's narration of this story. His reading clearly conveys the emotions of the characters. I feel the pain of the characters when he reads. do not want to say too much as it may be a spoiler alert. Just know that it has an expected ending!!
Exciting, interesting,suspenseful thriller. I know that I used four words, but this story is among the best of Patterson. Could not identify the formula in this one. Spectacular! oops, that is now five words.
I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The plot kept me interested.
I have not listened to Jay Snyder or Ellen Archer's performances before this story. I will seek out more of their narrations though. Jay Snyder is O'Hara though. I would not want to listen to another narrator.
I did want to listen to it all at once, but Snyder's voice put me to sleep. Not because the plot was boring, but because his voice is so relaxing! I found that I had to rewind and play again.
Good beginning for a Patterson series about a FBI partnership-hint, hint
I enjoy the adventures of Michael Bennett and his large family. Nice to get the family out of Manhattan once in a while.
Shamus is the best. Other than his character nothing was liked the best. There is gratuitious violence, some stereotypical behaviors from Latino villians, no passion between Michael and Mary Catherine, the kids are not developed well or growing up--waiting for something that focuses on the children
They were good. I could not tell when the narrators changed. Are they the narrators due to the need of someone who could speak with a variety of dialects or accents(male, female, kids voices; Spanish, Irish, Western/Ranch drawl, young etc.)What happened to Bobby Cannavale? Toward the end it was difficult to distinguish between Mary Catherine and Shamus' Irish accents.
Moved me? Irritated me is more like it. Get rid of the sound effects. Please leave something to the imagination of the listener. This is not radio.
This story leaves the listener wanting...there were so many storylines that need tied up...some characters were just "there" and we don't hear anything else about them and the story is over. The bull who was transported to sire...
Among the top 25 of mysteries and thrillers. This story is not for the "faint of heart".
This book is in a class all of its own among the books that I have read.
I could not get enough and it was difficult to stop listening to the story. I had to back track and re-listen if I drifted off and missed a part of the story. There was not one favorite scene--all were equally interesting. The language is rich and can be very graphic at times.
Disgust is my reaction to the book. It is possible that we know people similar to the characters in this story. It was a good story but nothing "good" was happening to the characters if it makes sense to say that. This was a hard story to put down because it held my interest and my need to know what will happen next. There really was not one character, with the exception of Mo, that I cared about. Mo was the only normal person-character. She did not have some sinister intent or participate in immoral behavior. Without committing a serious story spoiler--Mo is truly the only good person in the story. I could not stand Amy's voice or words. She sounded like one of those "valley girls" all grown up. Her voice in the beginning of the story was irritiating, shrill and immature. As the story progressed, it was toned down a bit. Perhaps it was the intent of the narrator who did a great job. Nick's voice was more calm and easier to listen to. Also, the last few chapters seemed to drag to the end. The end was unsatisfying to me. Tragic. I needed more to feel good at the end.
I agree with most posts that the writing was spectacular. Great twists and turns in the plot. The ability to be "inside the heads" of the two main characters and to learn of the other characters through the perceptions of the main characters was great. I have to comment that all of the charcters have flaws and are unlikeable for one reason or more. However, I did not like the way the story ended. This would be an excellent book to discuss with a group.
I have not read a print version of a relaxing book in years. No basis for comparison.
Similar to stories with main characters such as Jack Reacher, Sheriff Joanna Brady, Harry Bosch
None in particular. While the descriptions were beautiful, sometimes the descriptions were over done.
When Nate said good-bye to his falcon early in the story.
I am glad that this is part of a series. I will want to read more about Joe and his family. I also wish that Nate was back on the scene. I hope that the characters who were killed in Book 12, don't have significant roles in Books 1 - 11.
no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.
Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs
everything--character voices, timing, etc.
yes, and I did.
Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series
Yes, I would...a close friend. Parts of the story are difficult for historical reasons. Anything dealing with race relations, especially in the deep south, are difficult. You hate to see anyone be victimized and maligned. No one is as good as Grisham in writing stories about the deep south, the people and the complicated legal system. He is the best when in this genre.
Grisham skillfully mixes fiction(is it really?) with some historical perspective of the old deep south. He is not afraid to peel back the ugly, painful, and tragic layers of the history and expose it for what it really was. I also liked that the geographic references are actual towns in the Delta.
No one in particular. Jake was the main character and was better developed than others. Would like to read additional stories with the same characters and get to know them better. Jake's wife, daughter, Portia, etc.
Matthew McConaughey as Jake Brigance was brilliant in a Time to Kill and he will not disappoint in Sycamore Row!
Parts of the story were left undone--Jake's housing situation? Portia going to school? Lettie's husband? I want to know more about the other lawyers and how their lives progress. Seth Hubbard's brother, Ansel and his new found friend? Seems like there are more stories to be told and finished perhaps in another book or two? There was a somewhat dissatifying conclusion to the story. Decisons were made not really based on what was directed to be done or expected, but more so what was politically acceptable. Don't want to say more because it might reveal too much of the storyline.
I loved the narrator Kevin Collins! He made the story for me. He was excellent at doing the different character voices, especially L.D. The female voices were also well done.
Spoiler Alert! What L.D. was hiding and why and how he got out of it.
No this is the first, but certainly not the last if I can find a title of interest. I love Scott Brick and Dan Hill. I am adding Mr. Collins to my list of favorite narrators.
When Dan spoke to pop star's mother.
To compare this author to Grisham or Patterson is a weak one. Those two authors are extraordinary and most of the time write incredible stories. Mitzner is very good but in my opinion more works are needed before placing him among the greatest.
Not sure...I have not been pleased with books that are co-authored with James Patterson. I would compare the collaboration to that of dental hygienist and a dentist. The hygienist does the most work and the doctor briefly checks the work and passes you on. This is how I perceive the Patterson-Paetro collaborations. The stories are not up to the Patterson quality. I would probably not purchase another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy. I would check the book out from the library first and review it prior to making a purchase.
This has not detered me from books of this genre. However, books in this particular series will be suspect.
I think this is the first narration that I have experienced from January LaVoy. In my opinion she was not bad.
Perhaps this series has run its course. What else can happen to these characters? Murder investigations are plentiful. These stories are becoming predictable and somewhat boring. With Lindsey being married and now a mother, her edge as an officer will suffer. Joe has become an accessory and "damn-it-doll" being beat up constantly. The other characters have also lost their interesting edge. Time to let these ladies move on.. and quietly disappear to literary heaven.
Fabulous! This story ranks among the top of the series and the top 5 of the audiobooks that I listen to. It is rewarding to know how using her wits, networking and other connections Ali continues to help those who are less fortunate. I enjoy this series the most of all of Jance's novels.
The characters are true to life and I actually care about what is happening in their lives. In addition, I like the continuity of their stories that occurs through the series. The high points of this story is how all subplots were related and solved simultaneously. Looking forward to reading more about Ali, her police training classmates and their families.
Yes. i like how she reads the story and does not try to "act" out the characters. She is very good. I cannot imagine anyone else reading this series.
The power of the love of family and friends
Recommend reading the stories in order of publication dates.
I listened to this story twice. I enjoy the relationship between Joanna and her mother; and Joanna and her own daughter. I did not realize that Joanna was a teenager when her father was killed. the loss of her father and husband both is tragic. Butch is a good partner for Joanna. The author is walking a tight rope in their relationship and is cautious about not allowing him to become an accessory for Joanna. The male characters definitely play supporting and story transitional roles in this story...even Dennis. The extreme of human emotions and the impact on personal decisions and judgement are the focus of this story. Regarding the narration, I am not locked or tied to one person due to the time between the books in this series. However, the weak distinction between and lack of variety in character voices was a concern. There were a couple of times when Joanna and her daughter both had the same voice.
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