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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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    Brian E. Lutton Edgewood, KY United States 09-17-12
    Brian E. Lutton Edgewood, KY United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great reader!!"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    The story, and the realistic ending


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 2 different viewpoints of the parents. Even though this was read from the point of the father, the story did a great job capturing how the mother felt, without ever hearing anything directly from her.


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    Joan Castle Rock, Colombia 09-17-12
    Joan Castle Rock, Colombia 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Title Misleading Until the End"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several friends, who like me, are teachers to 8th grade boys...an age so misunderstood, but well understood and portrayed by this author.


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

    The end....very sad, though foreshadowing throughout led me to other conclusions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many scenes in courtroom where public defender and Andy Barber spar. Stellar narration/reader for this book!


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

    Perfect title though it misled me for entire story.


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    Enid newyork, NY, United States 09-17-12
    Enid newyork, NY, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "wellwritten story. really keeps reader involved."
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among my favorites. Abdorbing.


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

    Abdorbing. A must read f or any parent.


    Any additional comments?

    Author keeps reader focused on story line.

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    Fred Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-17-12
    Fred Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best books this year!"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    Great combination of legal thriller and human emotion. Keeps you on the edge of your chair with the direction of the story changing constantly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While some of the story was predictable, other key elements were not


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

    His reading was excellent. He got the feeling of the characters out.


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

    The end. Don't want to give it away.


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    Tracy 09-17-12
    Tracy 09-17-12
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    "WOW!"
    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, entrancing, surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story turned and twisted a bit and how the author spoke directly to the reader at times.


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

    The Father.


    Any additional comments?

    Really great book! I'm glad I took the advice of other Audible members and gave it a shot.

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    wendi Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-16-12
    wendi Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Just really good!"

    I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a good story twist. I actually said "What?" out loud when the narrator finished the "plot twist sentence". It was a great sentence by the way. Thanks to the author and narrator for making my long, traffic snarled commutes to work enjoyable.

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 09-15-12
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "a courtroom mystery/drama"

    First, the performance.

    I didn't like it too much. The man sounds like he is performing in a movie in 1943 - you know how they spoke so quickly, the sentences tumbling over each other. He can't do women, but few of the narrators can effectively do the other gender. He can't really do other voices for men, either. Luckily for him, most of the book is narration, internal musings, or a transcript, so you know who's talking. Maybe that's why it sounds so much like a screenplay; you get scenes like:

    LaJudas: blah blah incompetent blah
    (internal musings)
    Witness: blah blah blah, so there!
    (internal reflection on the situation)

    The story itself is fairly riveting: a teen is murdered, and his classmate is charged with the crime. The narrator is the accused's father, so he is fairly biased - even internally. He is a DA, so this is sort of a hybrid crime mystery/courtroom drama. He tries to unravel the situation, learning little other than how out of touch most parents are with their children.

    The structure of the story is classic, switching among courtroom scenes, reminisces, and sleuthing. It's easy to follow along, even when listening, as the narrator uncovers clues and then interprets them one way (being the father) as others occasionally intrude to interpret them differently, and the listener is left to make his or her own choice about who has the better argument. The mystery, did Jacob do it? is riveting, and the ending has a surprising twist.

    If I liked courtroom and crime mystery novels more, I'd overlook the annoying narrator. But since it's not really my thing, I give it three stars even though I recognize that "Defending Jacob" is a pretty good example of the genre.

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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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