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.
Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own - between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis - a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
©2012 William Landay (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and Defending Jacob is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It’s that good.” (Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
“Harrowing . . . This searing narrative proves the ancient Greek tragedians were right: the worst punishment is not death but living with what you—knowingly or unknowingly—have done.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“[Landay] reaches a new level of excellence with this riveting, knock-your-socks-off legal thriller. With its masterfully crafted characterizations and dialogue, emotional depth, and frightening implications, the novel rivals the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham. Don’t miss it.” (Booklist, starred review)
I absolutely loved listening to this audible. Grover Gardner, the narrator, does a fantastic job delivering the story. The story line is solid, intriguing and very well thought out. William Landay hit a home run with this novel! Never a boring moment!
I would rate Defending Jacob in my top ten Audible books.
This is my first Grover Gardner narration. At first, I didn't think I would like his voice, but shortly after, I warmed to the timber of his voice and it was perfect. He sounded very fatherly.
As the mother of a grown son and grandmother to a fourteen year old boy I cringed at the the thought of a parent going through a terror like this. I could relate closer with Andy, the dad, more so than the mother, Laurie.
Wow, how far would you go to protect your child?
I felt slightly emotionally paralyzed at then end.
It ranks high, it made me think after I had finished, "what would I do?" I appreciate books that do that, they don't let you go.
I don't recall listening to another book quite like this one.
The subtle ease the way he changed his voice for the characters, the book was a joy to listen to.
Not at first, just seemed like a courtroom drama but as it slowly unfolded I would sit in car and continue.
I enjoyed this book, it provoked good lunch discussions with co-workers, everyone had an opinion on how they would handle a similar situation.
Well written. Interesting background research. Gripping.
Andy. He was oblivious and understandable.
Convincing. At first I thought I would not like the narration, but into the book, it was obvious that he was the best choice. So glad I listened to the book instead of reading it.
Do you Know your Child?
I believe Jacob was a Sociopath and guilty. Andy in complete denial. Lori, when she finally understood, had a difficult decision. Not sure I would have had the courage to destroy my only child to save others. What a terrible position in which to find oneself i.e. I know my child is evil (not his fault), but I made him and I must destroy him before he kills again. A great choice for any book club.
A story that stay with me for a while. The ending was the best part of the story for me. The author keeps you guessing and throws you for a loop with an incredible surprise ending!
Grover Gardner brought the story to life. Since the book involved Andy in so many of the scenes, hearing it from a male voice was a great way to visualize the story.
Each character was well developed inviting us to see each of them for who they were. However, I must say Andy was my most memorable character since he was the main character who struggled between his roles as a D.A., father, husband and son.
I cannot rave about this book. I cannot even say I enjoyed it. The story confronts both family perceptions and the legal system at the same time. The main plot, a 14 year old accused of killing a classmate, is eerie enough. Then family secrets are revealed that make one even more uncomfortable (which is usually why they are kept secret in the frst place). To further complicate the matter, the father is a DA who is willing to do anything to defend his son from what he believes to be is an outrageous accusation.
Grover Cleveland's narration was well done. I found it difficult to not remember his narration of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. With the father beng a lawyer, it was hard to keep them apart.
The characters were very believeable. The story is very believeable. The ending did not quite flow and left a lot hanging. I truly wondered how it was going to happen and I did not anticipate it, but it was not complete. There were a number of loose ends remaining. Maybe that is why I feel so unsettled about the whole project.
I did not read the print version, but I would think it might be better as I could put my own slant on the voice.
I would compare this to "There is Something About Kevin".. Actually that is what drew me to this book.
Chilling is what I would give as a reaction to this story.
I am drawn to stories about what makes people tick and how love or even hate color our perceptions. I like seeing how intelligent people can twist reality .... and just not be aware they are doing it.
Love the narrator, he makes the story come alive for me. Great plot, a little slow at times but I really enjoyed it.
It was the story of something extraordinary happening to a supposedly "normal" family. I could relate to it on many levels, which made it all the more engaging.
The entire last chapter.
His voice is easy to listen to.
I was shocked at the ending and parts of the book still remain with me.
The narrator was able to capture each character so well. I never felt like the narrator was changing HIS voice to speak as a different character - it just seemed like it actually WAS a different character was speaking.
For me it was when the dad heard Jacob cry out in his sleep, and attempted to talk to this "typical" preteen. He displayed such patience by offering comfort despite the lack of response and total disdain from Jacob. Haven't all of us with kids of this age not experienced this?
A sense of mystery and intrigue.
It was very moving and had a compelling ending.
I really liked it.
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