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Presumed Innocent | [Scott Turow]

Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.
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Publisher's Summary

Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

©1987 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Spellbinding.... The suspense is relentless.... Surprise follows surprise.... The work of a profoundly gifted writer." (The New York Times)

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 02-22-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "great book. a "page" turner."
    Where does Presumed Innocent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the top two.


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

    yes. there were plenty of surprises!


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

    he just tells the story well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no but i enjoyed the unexpected surprises!


    Any additional comments?

    i could but it would give away the story. i will say that presumed innocent was a great name for the book. i was very satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wilson 01-05-12
    Greg Wilson 01-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining Masterful Storytelling"

    I truly enjoyed this legal mystery. Engaging from the beginning with splendid character development that allowed me to care about the participants. Herrmann's narration was inspired and will tempt me to invest in another of his works. Highly recommended book well worth the time and credit.

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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 12-12-11
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2013
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    "For Listening In The Dark"

    Even though the bookl is 30 years old it is Not dated The story is told in the delicious manner of the first person that Ifind so appealing. Scott Turow truely knows how turn a phrase to make the story flow smoothly. The narrator has just the right tone of voice to grab that flow and you for just the right ride on the rapids or the smoothness of the deeps. Totally enjoyed it and I am currently enjoying the sequel and I am only 2 hours into it

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    Sharon 10-16-10
    Sharon 10-16-10
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    "Slow-going"

    I found this book to be very "draggy". The main character's continuous lamentations were really boring.

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    Daniel Parkville, MD, United States 09-09-10
    Daniel Parkville, MD, United States 09-09-10
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    "Horribly Slow"

    This is probably one of the worst books I have listened too. Their is no buildup, there is no cohesion, and to make matters worse, the Narrator is horrible. I tried to listen but was unable to stay awake during drive times.

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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "X-Rated, Good Characters, Poetic Prose"

    Normally a book like this is one I quickly recommend to friends and family. But the very graphic scenes make me hesitant to do that. If that doesn't bother you, then you should enjoy this one. I can't imagine another narrator doing a better job with this book... a perfect fit for the author's toughtful, almost poetic writing. The first person perspective added a nice touch, since few are done that way these days. While I suspected who dunnit very early in the book, it still kept me interested and not quite sure until the end.

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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 07-25-10
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 07-25-10 Member Since 2014

    groing

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    "Not like the movie"

    I'm not finished this book yet. I have to keep turning it off - there's too much cursing. The story takes a while to get off the ground, but now - about 4 hours into it - it seems to be picking up. But if I had known there was so much cursing, I would not have bought this book.

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    Kathi 07-07-14
    Kathi 07-07-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Great courtroom thriller; really great narration!"

    This is Scott Turow's first book in what I understand will become a long line of good legal mysteries. Can't think what to say about this book that hasn't already been said by everyone else. It's old now (written in 1987) but I am just getting started on his books, which I had always heard were wonderful thrillers but somehow missed reading or seeing the films. This did not disappoint in any way, and didn't lack anything for being slightly ahead of cell phones and electronics, which have revolutionized mystery books forever. In fact, I rather prefer the books that are still pre-computerized and rely on old fashioned ingenuity.

    Rusty Sabich is a prosecutor in a mid-west state who is also working to try to get his boss re-elected. When that doesn't happen, and Nico Della Guardia wins the election, he realizes that things will change. But he had not banked on a colleague getting murdered, and himself getting charged with it. A great deal of the book takes place during the trial, and is quite interesting with lots of twists, turns and surprises. The story moves well, and even though I had assumed some things about the ending, I actually had not figured it out.

    This book has similarities to the exciting page-turner John Grishom style of writing, but I believe it preceded those, so this may be the trend-setter here for a lot more subsequently done in similar style. I must say a little about the narrator. I found his ability to do voices to be superb! He shifted back and forth between a lot of different people and it was always clear who was speaking. He did a particularly good job with the voice of Sandy Stern, very light, gentle, yet assertive in the courtroom. If you are like me, one of the dozen or so people on the planet who missed the book or movie of "Presumed Innocent," I can strongly recommend this book. I really enjoyed listening to it!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 12-02-12
    Connor 12-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Guilty"

    This book suggests that everyone is guilty of something they should never have done. Presumed Innocent was depressing beyond words and I am guilty of listening.

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    WILLETTA BRANTLEY 04-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Edward Herrmann?

    NO


    Has Presumed Innocent turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I purchased this book during the $4.95 promotion even thought it's not worth that I've been determined to finish this book I'm half way through and it's a little better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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