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Witness for the Defense Audiobook

Witness for the Defense: Kali O'Brien, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

With her unique blend of courtroom drama and feverish suspense, critically acclaimed author Jonnie Jacobs has won a legion of fans for her Kali O'Brien thrillers. Now the edgy San Francisco attorney is back to handle a simple adoption - and winds up defending her client for murder....

Straightforward and short term: that's precisely the kind of case Kali O'Brien needs at the moment. Yet the Harper adoption makes her uneasy from the start. Maybe it's because psychologist Steven Cross - a man whose path hasn't crossed hers since the tragedy that shattered his life and their forbidden relationship years ago - unexpectedly referred the couple to her. Or could it be that Ted and Terri Harper's previous brush with parenthood ended in heartache when the birth mother changed her mind?

This time around, the former star quarterback and his lovely blonde wife aren't taking any chances. They've even moved pregnant Melissa Burke into their lavish Pacific Heights home. As Kali watches her determined clients shower the lonesome teenager with love and attention, she can't help wondering just how desperate they are to claim the unborn child. When Melissa delivers a healthy baby girl and promptly signs the final adoption papers, Kali breathes a sigh of relief...until Bram Weaver surfaces.

The controversial, chauvinistic radio talk show host announces he's the baby's father - a claim Melissa can't dispute. With a sinking heart, Kali prepares to defend the Harpers in a bitter custody battle that's certain to end in the birth father's favor - until the case takes a shocking turn when somebody murders Weaver. Despite Terri Harper's staunch denial, the police have compelling evidence linking her to the crime, leaving Kali to wonder how far an emotionally fraught new mother will go to protect her child.

©2016, 2001 Jonnie Jacobs (P)2016 Jonnie Jacobs

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I totally enjoyed this audio book. I thought I had predicted the ending fairly early on and it turned out that for all my smugness Jacobs had tricked me with a surprising conclusion I never saw coming.


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    Mrs. Wendy W. Stemple 08-08-16
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    This was my first Audible book. Loved the narration. The story flowed and kept you on your toes.

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    Al 06-23-16
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    "Enjoyable And Easy"

    Jacobs and Piller make a good team, producing an enjoyable and easy to listen to detective story. A couple of nice twists add to the finish. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

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    Susan New Mexico 06-22-16
    Susan New Mexico 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Somewhat predictable ending"
    Would you try another book from Jonnie Jacobs and/or Cindy Piller?

    Possibly


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

    The general idea was fine and there were ample mis-directs sprinkled throughout the narrative, but the plot was wildly convoluted and the major factors of the story wrap-up were largely predictable.


    What about Cindy Piller’s performance did you like?

    Piller has a good narrator's voice and is pleasing to listen to.


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

    Probably not.


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    Lori 06-18-16
    Lori 06-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    Even though this is the 4th book in the series, you do not need to read the other books to enjoy this story.

    What should be a simple adoption case turns into a murder mystery legal drama of who did it. Enjoyable and entertaining story.

    I thought I had it all figured out pretty early into the story. I was wrong. Did not see that ending coming. That doesn't happen to often. While there is some suspense and drama it is pretty mild. Not overly graphic or gruesome. Really good plot that keeps you guessing.

    This is my first Jonnie Jacobs book and I need to go back and read the rest
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    This is the first time I have listened to Cindy Piller narrate a book. She did a good job. She has a nice pleasant voice, easy on the ears. Although there is not really any difference between her male and female voices. This makes it difficult at times to tell who is speaking right away. But I would definitely listen to her again.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom

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    Lisa Harris USA 06-18-16
    Lisa Harris USA 06-18-16

    I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.

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    "Another great story in this series"
    If you could sum up Witness for the Defense in three words, what would they be?

    WTF


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the suspense and drama associated with an attorney mystery because they don't have the limits that police do when it comes to gathering information. I also enjoy listening to this narrator she makes it easy to. Rawl inside a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Alex Canada 06-14-16
    Alex Canada 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First time reading Jonnie Jacobs and I'm hooked!"
    Where does Witness for the Defense rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 5 I would say - I am really enjoying this genre of mystery/thriller and this one did not disappoint


    What other book might you compare Witness for the Defense to and why?

    Killer Ambition by Marcia Clarke. A lot of Marcia Clarke's other books (specifically the Rachel Knight series) surround an investigation but Killer Ambition was more about the court case etc so I found them similar


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

    No I have not but I would listen again, she does a good job and I enjoyed listening to her


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

    Probably the end when you find out who the killer is - it was really not what I expected!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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    Karen 06-06-16
    Karen 06-06-16
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    Would you listen to Witness for the Defense again? Why?

    Yes. One thing about this book is it is memorable, the characters and the twists and turns of the plots are a little hard to forget, so it will be a little while before I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say Kali, being the star of the book.
    Kali is the lawyer that helps a wealthy couple with their adoption papers and ends up defending the adoptive mother in a murder case.
    Bram Weaver is the character to hate, he was so obnoxious that I found that easy to do.


    What about Cindy Piller’s performance did you like?

    Cindy Piller has an easy listening voice, although her male characters didn't very much from her female.


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

    The truth is hidden in the secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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    Susan Patterson 06-02-16
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    "I never saw that coming!"
    Would you listen to Witness for the Defense again? Why?

    Yes, now that I know the ending I can look for clearer clues.


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

    Twists and turns held me spellbound.


    Which character – as performed by Cindy Piller – was your favorite?

    Steven was charming and disarming. Who knew his dark side?!


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

    I was shocked when Rudd's mom was beaten.


    Any additional comments?

    Jonnie Jacobs never fails to deliver a suspenseful mystery!

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    Elizabeth 06-01-16
    Elizabeth 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    A lot of twists and turns. Good narrator. Pleasant voice, although a little soft.

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