Scott Turow has been on my bookshelf for decades. Now up pops the Audible sale on Presumed Innocent so I buy it. Everything worked together here to m..Show More »ake this a pleasing surprise!
First, the narration. My "A" list is short - Dennis Boutsikaris, the late Frank Muller, the rare Michael Beck, and now a too long hidden treasure, Edward Herrmann! This engaging narrator is a star in the genre! He will be the reason I try Turow's Ordinary Heroes, and will anticipate an Audible release of Innocent, Scott Turow's latest novel due to hit the shelves in May 2010.
The book did not seem 30 years old. In many ways, it is refreshing to enjoy a book untainted by our anxious world today. Turow does not beat us over the head with his actual experience as a prosecutor as some lawmen turned authors do. Rather, he leaves us appreciative of his skills in both arenas. Most every character mentioned is well developed and comes alive in the story.
Our main man is Rusty Sabich, a PA with whom Turow requires his readers to become intimate with by his use of the first person in story telling. Rusty works with both friend and foe, and the PA's office as well as the courtroom become a maze of deception, intrigue and surprise. Rusty finds himself in the grip of a nightmarish reality, that being on trial for a murder he didn't commit . . . or did he? That is the hook, the twist!
Turow's familiar character Sandy Stern is perhaps the most personable and brilliant attorney ever detailed in any novel! Sometimes we want a fictional lawyer complete with typical inherent flaws as in Grisham's Nate O'Riley or Clark's Mason Hunt. Sandy Stern is as gentlemanly as he is sharp. In fact, councelor Stern sneaks up on me as THE main character in this fascinating book. I so much want to know someone like Sandy Stern, just not as an opposing lawyer!
I will soon pull down the book & re-read the epic court room exchanges that are now among my favorite in the genre.
This is really part two of a previous book by Turow, Presumed Innocent. Although not entirely necessary to read the first of this two part series, I t..Show More »hink doing so brings the listener a much better understanding of the story line. That book was quite good also.
This book kept my interest throughout.
I found myself engrossed in the characters lives and story. The ending is satisfying; the exception being a few paragraphs that are narrated by a female portraying one of the main characters, that just didn't fit in with the rest of the well written novel.
Nevertheless, Turow is skilled in bringing the listener along as his characters are faced with choices and dilemmas in their lives, making the story so interesting and engrossing.
The narrator, Edward Hermann, in both of these books is so very expertise in his tone, pace and challenging accents.
If you like stories about lawyers, crime, and courtroom drama, you should enjoy this book, as well as Presumed Innocent.
This ranks up there as one of the best books I have ever read. (and i have downloaded hundreds of Audible books)It is clever, engaging, sensitive and ..Show More »the dialogue is excellent. There are subtle dilemmas and the whole story is believable. I am sure that people downloading this will not be disappointed. It is classic Turow.