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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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    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.


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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.

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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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    Leroy magnolia, TX, United States 08-20-12
    Leroy magnolia, TX, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Guilty man goes free."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened in my car during commute. So, yes.


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

    To those who like a mystery with a surprising ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The family vacation in the Carribean.....


    Was Defending Jacob worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    The reader did a great job. It was a hard book to put down once you started it.


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

    Ending was a surprise.


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

    All characters were good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    phyllis WICHITA, KS, United States 08-20-12
    phyllis WICHITA, KS, United States 08-20-12
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    "Good listen"
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    Good story moved along at a good pace. Would have liked a happy ending


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father. He held fast


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Did not have one


    Could you see Defending Jacob being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie maybe


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marsha warrenton, va, United States 08-20-12
    marsha warrenton, va, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "exciting tweaks and turns"

    a real page turner, i never knew what was going to happen next. the people were real to me and i cared about all of them.

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    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 08-20-12
    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very slow with a predictable end"

    I guess I might be spoiled by being used to plot twists - the end of the book was predictable for me. The book was very slow and if I read the printed version I would have been skipping paragraphs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 08-13-12
    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

    ADD Diva

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    "Interesting but it also lacks something"

    I read a snippet of this book on my mom's NOOK, and I came over here to buy the book on Audible because of that little snippet. I thought it would be good; however, it sorely lacks something. I don't know if it was the narrator or the content, and it may even be the story line itself. The author jumps back and forth from the court room to Jake's room or from the court room to the coffee shop. He doesn't indicate where Andy, the father is, until Andy says "Witness... Blah, blah, blah" or "Mr. Lejudice.. Blah, blah, blah." You really have to pay close attention throughout this story. The characters don't seem to mesh with each other, and there are a few times when you might just want to hurl at some of the character development for Jake. Without giving away too much, it would appear that the Barbour family have a historical gene throughout their lineage that the author dubs the "murder gene" and Jake, Andy, Andy's father, and his grandfather all have this gene, which makes it far more possible that they will kill someone than not. Jake is only 14, but he has a mean streak in him a mile wide, and he hurts innocent animals, etc. Just plain creepy is what it was. Made me want to hurl when I heard it, and then to have to hear it several times more was really hard to get through. Every time the author wrote in an animal crying or screaming in pain, the first thing one thinks of after this is where is Jake..

    I can't say that I would recommend this book to anyone that is faint of heart or who has trouble following a book all over the place. The content could have been formatted better, arranged better, and quite possibly written a lot better. The ending is just horrible.

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    nancy United States 08-13-12
    nancy United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Twists and turns keep you wondering..............."
    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    This book was well written and the ending is not what you would expect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like when a story is unpredictable. This story was just that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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