First Do No Harm is a book that truly succeeds for an audiophile. Utilizing a cast of many, the audible edition makes you feel that you are not an observer but a character participating in a legal thriller. Within a few minutes, a listener feels like that he or she has known Benjamin Davis, Morty Steine, Laura Patel, and Lars Herman for years. The book is also a much better listen than read. Parts of the courtroom scenes may be tedious in print, but they take on a life of their own when you listen. A reader has to both listen and read both versions of First Do No Harm to gain the true perspective of Benjamin Davis and his ordeal. The literature is the same, but the two works are totally different.
My favorite character in First Do No Harm is Morty Steine. Morty is the moral compass and mentor that guides Benjamin Davis. If you took every good trait that a person would want in their lifetime and put it into a crucible, out would pop Morty. I think Morty personifies his creed "Always Do the Right Thing."
The contested matter between Benjamin Davis, the IRS, and Bradley Littleton. That scene was a lot of fun to read and to listen to.
Laugh or cry is not an appropriate adjective. The book was gripping and kept my attention from start to finish.
First Do No Harm is a must read by experienced attorneys or someone who wants to get a first hand glimpse of how the legal system works. It is a fair rendition of the highs and lows of the judicial process.
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