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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4612)
    Performance
    (3938)
    Story
    (3941)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "The Bad Seed meets Law & Order"
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    Performance
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    An Asst. DA’s 14 year old son is indicted for murdering another boy in his class. As you can imagine, much disruption ensues in this serviceable legal thriller, but in this author’s version of real life there are no happy endings whatsoever.

    I chose this title because it was set in the state where I live (Massachusetts), and I had recently served on a jury in a criminal case. While I found the story told from the Asst. (eventually ex) DA’s insider point of view to be very interesting, I found it hard to have sympathy for any of the characters. I think the “shocking” ending wasn’t much of a surprise, gruesome and ugly though it was.

    The narrator made a pretty good job of it, and it did keep my interest.

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