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Defending Jacob | [William Landay]

Defending Jacob

Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. So when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder.
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Publisher's Summary

Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. So when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder. In the face of every parent's worst nightmare, Andy and his wife Laurie will do anything to defend their child. Because, deep down, they know him better than anyone. Don't they?

©2012 William Landay (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Minnie Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-18-13
    Minnie Stellenbosch, South Africa 02-18-13
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    "How far would you be prepared to go for your child"
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    To listen to a book requires discipline and as an undisciplined reader, I sometimes struggle with the pace of a book. As a listener, the narrator decides what you know or don't know and how fast you learn it. The challenge for me is not to cheat!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was more an ensemble narrative. Every character was important and liking or disliking them was irrelevant to me. As a story from the perspective of the father I suppose he should be the most likeable but he is too obtuse to be outstanding.


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

    He has a clear mellifluous voice, able to create characters with subtle shifts of timbre and rate of speech. He created a believable mother and differentiated between the male characters with an authentic voice. Jacob was young and whiney enough but not so much that he irritated...as true teenagers often do.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. Yes because I wanted so desperately to know what was going to happen and no because I did not want to finish listening to a masterpiece.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 02-15-14
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 02-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Insightful family and community drama"

    A very well written and narrated novel (which almost felt like a true account) of what a family and a community goes through, when this kind of incident occurs.

    It draws the reader/listener in fully. I felt as if I were right there, with the family during dinner or breakfast discussions, driving to court, feeling their emotions. Frustration, concern and worry over their uncommunicative youngster became my own. I felt the pain of the murdered boys family, felt the ostracising and blame by the community.

    One feels the tension between the mother's willingness to see hard truths yet still love her son, and the father's propensity to cover all in his strong sense of loyalty.

    A very worthwhile and interesting read, with a strong psychological component.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cidem Marrickville, Australia 09-30-12
    Cidem Marrickville, Australia 09-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent premise"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had to put this audio book on 2x speed, it just went into too much detail


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I really did not expect the ending at all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Andy tells his wife his past, I really didn't think it mattered so much but her reaction becomes crucial to the rest of the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BSquared67 Adelaide, Australia 05-13-12
    BSquared67 Adelaide, Australia 05-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad by not quite up to the hype"
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    The part of the book that dealt with the impact of Jacob's arrest and trial on the Barber family was the best aspect for me. The family sort of imploded under the pressure and this was well depicted and poignant, especially if you consider that the impact would have been the same regardless of the boy's guilt! I wasn't so taken with the individual characters who I found a little unbelievable (how could such a warm, loving, outgoing person as Laurie Barber end up with not one friend to stick by her through a crisis for example?). I also found the thread about inherited propensity for violence poorly dealt with.


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

    Honestly I'm not sure, perhaps so but I won't be at the head of the queue.


    What aspect of Eric Meyers???s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, I really enjoyed the narration and was especially impressed with his voice for Jacob. It's hard for adults to 'do' teenagers but Meyers does it well.


    Did Defending Jacob inspire you to do anything?

    Never commit a crime? But seriously, no.


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  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "We need to talk about Jacob"

    Written in a similar vein to "We need to talk about Kevin". You have this feeling of doom from the outset and actually partly dread the reveal as you know it's going to be bad.

    This is the first time I've got so into a book, I'll put off other housework to listen to it! It's not a simple case of did the son commit a murder, it's the impact it has on the family and the past the father has to face for the first time.

    A great listen, you'll enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    Milano, Italy
    7/9/13
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    "Heartwrenching, doomed and simply perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend it highly, but not when one is in the mood for a light read. This is a story narrated by a father and District Attourney that finds himself on the other side of the barricade defending Jacob, his teenage son who is accused of murdering a classmate.


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

    The ending is somehow unresolved but heartbreaiking and memorable,


    What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect in conveying the attitude of the narrating protagonist, who tries to remain calm while his world slowly but inexorably disintegrates


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

    There are several moments in the story where your heart really aches for the protagonist,
    I found it particularly moving when he "discovers" the cruel teenagers' internet world, and what they say to and about his son, or when by chance they meet the family of the murdered boy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SERENA
    Milano, Italy
    10/6/13
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    "Good legal thriller"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far it ranks No. 2 out of 3


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy. I liked how he's always on his son's side, despite the many doubts.


    What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He definitely plays well the characters during the several legal debates. I like how easily he shift from Andy to Neil, for example.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How well do you think you know your adolescent child?


    Any additional comments?

    I found it a bit too long, some legal details could have been left out and the story wouldn't have suffered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    7/18/13
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    "Introspective court room drama"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending is abrupt and leaves many unanswered questions, not least why was the main character in front of a grand jury?


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

    Probably wouldn't try another, this was an interesting listen on a long car journey but slow progress on plot made it hard going


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was ok just never keen on men imitating women as they usually just sound pathetic


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

    Possibly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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