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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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    Kim United States 02-19-13
    Kim United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Engrossing Story"
    Which scene was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I was warned that there would be a twist in this book, I wasn't expecting it at all. This is a great story and a great performance.

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    kim 02-16-13
    kim 02-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't stop till the end"
    What did you love best about Defending Jacob?

    The plot was adult and I loved the ending.


    What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

    Better than a John Grisham ending.


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

    No but I work for living


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    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 02-11-13
    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Novel, Great Listen"

    I listened to this audiobook less than a year after reading the novel. The plot is gripping and I wanted to understand the characters even better with a second approach to the book. The novel is difficult to put down in either form, text or audio, so engaging is the plot and so fascinating the characters.

    Basically, the kid Jacob gets in trouble. How much trouble? His father is utterly loyal to him throughout. Well --- why? No one at all can figure that out, including Andy's own father; though that man shows the same trait, so one wonders about genetic predispositions, a theme of the novel. But what is being passed on? Whatever it is, it's a whole lot more complex than the characters seem to think.

    You WILL be surprised more than once during this story. The story is clear and the characters few enough that listening to it first should be easy to comprehend.

    The reading by Grover Gardner is good, especially the male characters. The females sound a little prissy, but this is basically a father-son-grandson story about men and families, and their reading is excellent. I strongly recommend both the novel and the audiobook. Wow. Very thoughtful book, as well as exciting.

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    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 02-10-13
    Sue Williamsburg, VA, United States 02-10-13
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    "Would have been a better read"

    I don't think the style of the book nor the narration leant itself to an audio version. The story itself was ok, but listening to it really ruined it for me. the narrator was boring and the style of announcing who was speaking during examination of the witness was very annoying. I could recommend it to someone who would want to read it and would be interested in their take on the book.

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    Susandusan ALLENSTOWN, NH, United States 02-09-13
    Susandusan ALLENSTOWN, NH, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"
    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes, maybe in a couple of years, because it held my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the father of Jacob because he both loved him and was realistic


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

    yes, equally great


    Who was the most memorable character of Defending Jacob and why?

    Jacob-because he was perplexing and so like mass shooters we have known.


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    Pat Portland Maine 02-09-13
    Pat Portland Maine 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "How far would you go to defend your family?"

    How far would you go to protect your family?

    A serious crime is committed in an upscale neighborhood and everyone becomes unhinged as the circumstances of the crime unfold.

    In a courtroom setting the writer combines legal and psycho. drama that keeps you turning the pages. Andy, Laurie and their son Jacob seem somewhat normal one day and as the case unfolds the reader is taken into the heart of this family that becomes shattered.

    Is 14 year old Jacob a typical moody teenager hanging out in his room listening to music on his ipod "touch" or is he a psychopathic monster.

    Great story!

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    Mom Maple Grove, MN USA 02-08-13
    Mom Maple Grove, MN USA 02-08-13

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    "Great book!"
    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved this book! I couldn't stop listening to it! I usually save my audio books for my once a week long runs but I finished this in less then a week.


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

    Loved the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Grover Gardner was great! Loved his voice!

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    Sharon United States 02-07-13
    Sharon United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!! Creepy Good!!"

    I loved this book! The story line is easy to identify with. Anybody would defend their child. This one rocks you as a parent, thinking the unimaginable could happen to your own child. Suspenseful. Looking forward to more books from William Landay!

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    Garret W. Starke Chicago, IL United States 02-04-13
    Garret W. Starke Chicago, IL United States 02-04-13
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    "Good story with twists"
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed this book and thought the story was interesting. Watch out for the twists they are numerous and sharp!


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    Delilah Boston, MA 02-04-13
    Delilah Boston, MA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Riveting Morality Tale - Love, Law, and Family"

    It's rare that an author combines well-researched legal and courtroom drama with remarkably well-executed character development. I believed every nuance of the people in this story and their feelings as they were written. A teenage son charged with an unspeakable crime and the way this impacted and unraveled the community and families involved - I could not put it down. The story itself was unpredictable - a mystery without resorting to the sort of trope twists which modern mysteries so often employ. My highest accolades to Landay; he has gained a fan.

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