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Defending Jacob Audiobook

Defending Jacob: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Lola Columbia, SC, United States 09-03-12
    Lola Columbia, SC, United States 09-03-12
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    "Love the book from the beginning to the end."
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of my list.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh then shook my head. Parents can be very naive.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite audiobook thus far. Great to see both sides of an attorney as a prosecutor and parent.

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    Jennifer Peyton, CO, United States 09-03-12
    Jennifer Peyton, CO, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Made me think of what I would have done."
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    The story kept me wondering who really did it up until the end. I didn't want the story to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mom for accepting the truth


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could rename Defending Jacob, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change it


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    monet Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-02-12
    monet Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good Book!"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    I enjoyed the fact that the book was not predictable and that the characters were not just your run of the mill characters. The author and narrator brought life to them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Andy Barber. He was a character that was complex, all of his secrets and the story of his past did not come out too quickly, so you "learned" about the character throughout the book.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr. Lajudas, the prosecutor. I would want to ask him what were the real motives for prosecuting the case? Did he really believe in the guilt of the suspect or was he trying to get a big win to boost his career?


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audible book and I enjoyed both the book and the narrator. I have purchased more books, made a wish list and really gotten in to audible books because of my first experience with this book, author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 08-31-12
    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 08-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not terrible....but OK"

    The narrator does a good job, but this story is just dull. There's an an awful lot of tedious back-and-forth courtroom dialogue near the end of the book and I felt like it didn't cover any new territory that wasn't already familiar to the listener.

    It's a relatively short audiobook, so I didn't give up, although I had no feeling of investment in the outcome of the story (not a ringing endorsement for a murder mystery!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fritz brenner GREENWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 08-27-12
    fritz brenner GREENWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Defending Jacob to be better than the print version?

    It was a well written book with a fantastic story that has you second guessing yourself along the way.


    What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 08-27-12
    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    "a decent read but not earthshaking"
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    Did not care for the flashback device of a grand jury hearing on which to hang the narrative. I found it to be intrusive and artificially strained.


    Would you recommend Defending Jacob to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, just not good enough for the "recommend to friends" category. Last book that fit that category was "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter."


    Did Defending Jacob inspire you to do anything?

    Get another book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent book"

    A good story. Memorable characters. The story did not follow a predictable pattern. It was the story of a family... never predictable.

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    Jamie Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Jamie Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-27-12
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    "Great crime mystery"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I couldn't stop listening!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    The vacation.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I liked his performance of the male characters. His voice for the wife wasn't as credible and grated on my nerves.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry, but I really liked it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia United States 08-26-12
    Patricia United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book."

    This is a great book. Kept thinking did he or didn't he. I have to say the surprise twist toward was not expected. I just sat there in the car saying "WHAT?"

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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 08-26-12
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 08-26-12
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    Anybody else


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the narrators voice and his performance. I found myself rewinding and rewinding. I would tell who he was supposed to be. Is this the mother talking? Is that the father? Bad bad bad performance.

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