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Defending Jacob Audiobook

Defending Jacob: A Novel

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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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    Denise NACHES, WA, United States 09-13-12
    Denise NACHES, WA, United States 09-13-12

    A gardener who loves to listen to audio while weeding

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    "chilling and sad"
    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes, I multitask and may have missed something


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Landay? Why or why not?

    Yes, good story line


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did


    Who was the most memorable character of Defending Jacob and why?

    Jacob, sad warped child


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    Amazon Customer 09-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Though provoking."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The story twists and turns constantly and makes you wonder about the devil you know and the one you don't.


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

    Just when the Barber's were starting to relax on their much needed holiday in Mexico, Jacob's little girlfriend is suddenly missing. This is when you start to wonder ... "could there be something wrong...really wrong...with Jacob???


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Andy Barber


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

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    The audible productions keep getting better all the time. When a narrator reads with passion and emotion, it keeps you engaged so you can tune out the rest of the world for a while!

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    LakeLady ALLEGAN, MI, United States 09-11-12
    LakeLady ALLEGAN, MI, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

    A retired college professor, enjoying having time to read/listen through my wish list.

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    "a surprise at every turn"
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    Just when you think you know what's going to happen, it doesn't. This book is extremely well-written, holds your attention throughout, and describes human emotions so well that I had visceral reations to many scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was listening to this book as I was returning from a business trip, and when I arrived home, I drove around the neighborhood for an additional 20 minutes listening, because I just had to hear what was going to happen.

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    Sarah 09-11-12
    Sarah 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This novel was very suspenseful to the very end!"
    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Maybe not because the ending was so climatic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love Jacob's father had for his wife and his insight into her personality and that the book always kept you guessing but never knowing what was really going on.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made vivid and real the personality of the main character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Maybe "How far would you go to protect your child?"


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the mix of a lovely love story and a mystery, right to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Hernando, ms, United States 09-10-12
    Jessica Hernando, ms, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Keeps u on your toes


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

    Not sure maybe sharp objects by Gylan Flynn


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unexspected


    Any additional comments?

    Must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 09-04-12
    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes you think!"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    I found the familial relationships interesting. Even though you see evidence against your son a parent has to believe in this son. Makes you think, "what would I do in a similar situation". What happens between the parents and child, the husband and wife, and even between old friends and neighbors is heart wrenching. But then you think how would I feel if this was my son, my neighbor, my friend. Even if you win, you don't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship issues and how you don't see the ending coming.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found his voice easy to listen to and I liked his interpretation of the various characters. I have even looked for other books that he has narrated because I appreciated his narration of this story so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit. Kept my interest.

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    09-04-12
    09-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not great, but entertaining"
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of defending someone close to you even though you might have doubts about their innocense. This has to be a heart wrenching ordeal. I did not, however like any of the characters. There was no one that I could root for. They were all weak, both in character and ther inability to prosecute or defend Jacob. Jacob is a mealy mouthed teen age brat/loser. There is nothing about Jacob that is endearing.


    If you’ve listened to books by William Landay before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first Landay and have no great feelings one way or the other.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrations was ok, not great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, because I just couldn't get into any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I could see the appeal for buying this book, but mostly I was disappointed...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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