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Defending Jacob Audiobook
Defending Jacob
Written by: 
William Landay
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner
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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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    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Deborah Wylie, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009

    Traveler

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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?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LMS 08-26-12
    LMS 08-26-12

    LMS

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    "Wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    I grew up in Newton, MA and have spent many days at Cold Spring Park as well as Starbucks in Newton Center. Listening to this book felt very real to me. The narrator is spectacular and truly took on the characters emotions. I purchased this book because of it's ties to Newton but that was just a plus. Without the connection to Newton I would still have enjoyed the book. The plot is creative and the character development is subtle. Be sure not to discount anyone!


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

    The end was definitely most memorable. Just when you think you have it all figured out you realize you don't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Liberty Township, OH, United States 08-23-12
    Elaine Liberty Township, OH, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2007

    I love to read! Yet I'm on the go so much that listening to audio books gives me the chance to get lost in those books I long to read.

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    "Good Read"

    The narration way captivating. The author keep you guessing. It was a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hhicomputerguy Hilton Head, SC, United States 08-23-12
    Hhicomputerguy Hilton Head, SC, United States 08-23-12
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    "Great start, but a little disappointing"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Defending Jacob was pretty good, it was every parents nightmare in small suburbia, especially for a D A. It had a great beginning but I felt the end was rushed and left a bit too much for the imagination.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Loved the way the story developed in the beginning and you felt right like you could identify with the father since it was written from his perspective. Pretty creepy if you think about some of the points in the story. It should awaken parents today with teenagers and a bit younger. Wake up parents watch your kids and they need to be monitored on the internet no matter how much you trust them.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner did a great job narrating. You could settle in with him very quickly and there was no doubt or questioning of who the characters were when he was reading. Well done. (not as good as lou diamond phillips.. but who is that good)


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

    The grand father.. It would be a very interesting conversation no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    Its worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mather San Francisco 08-21-12
    Susan Mather San Francisco 08-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Good books and peaceful days...

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    "My favorite fiction book this year!"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    See above.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's good, in part, b/c you can see this humanity in virtually every character. The wife's character, as are all the others, told from the husband-prosecutor's too jaded perspective; he's a hard-nosed, traditional-type, so he paints her femaleness as being sometimes more 'pathetic' than someone else like myself would've described, but it's his character, and he like all, is anything but perfect. Well told, a very good story. Not fantastic, but better than most.


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

    Don't know


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

    The narrator, Jacob's father, the prosecutor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Centerville, OH, United States 08-21-12
    Paul Centerville, OH, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    Ya can't say anything about the plot without giving things away, it's that surprising. I got a kick out of the characters, lots of humorous descriptions, explanations and motivations. The technique of unfolding the plot by referring back worked well. There were moments when I found the father's defense of his son was a little creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry United States 08-20-12
    Barry United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father was always trying to appear to be doing the right thing


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

    It was very good


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

    Jacob


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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