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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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    Lorraine Nepean, ON, Canada 04-17-13
    Lorraine Nepean, ON, Canada 04-17-13
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    "Captivating but disturbing"
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    I am not sure that enjoyable is the word to describe this book. It is one of those books that you can't put down, all the while feeling uncomfortable reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father in the story is a strong character who is very real.


    If you could rename Defending Jacob, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better name - it says it all and describes the book perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    As a parent you may find this story to be alarming - I can't imagine what it would be like to be faced with the situations that this family finds themselves facing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 04-16-13
    Holly 04-16-13
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    "good until the end"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It did keep my interest - it was good until the end


    Has Defending Jacob turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not really


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

    no


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

    it was the author that disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Sheppard Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 04-15-13
    Marjorie Sheppard Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 04-15-13
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    "Edge of your seat!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never written a review before, but this book was spellbinding. So well performed. I never guessed the ending!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were so well-developed.


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

    no


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

    The ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen T. Brinda 04-14-13
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    "Good story bad voice"
    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    The voice was very annoying and I couldn't get into the story because of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 04-12-13
    Tamara 04-12-13
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    "Average"

    I wanted this book to be so much better than it was. A friend and I decided to read it together, so I kept plugging along. It was OK. I debated giving it a 2, but it was slightly better than that. There was an interesting turn at one point , but overall, I'm not sure I would recommend it. The narrator was lacking as well. If you want to read it, but it towards the bottom of your list. It will pass the time, but is certainly not a page-turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene 04-11-13
    Eugene 04-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple amazing mystery that keeps you in doubt!!!"
    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    I would not simply for the fact I do not have time to listen to books more than once. I would most highly recommend this title, and would love to see what could be done as a movie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not really have a favorite character here, but I felt a huge amount of sympathy for all sides in this tale. All of them felt so true to life...a really outstanding job on character development.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Gardner had the perfect voice and tone for this tale. His voice grounded the story, made it feel more "real."


    Any additional comments?

    Listen or read this book immediately. It will keep you wondering and guessing until the end...and then gut punch you. If you like murder mysteries and court room dramas, please check this out. Wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 04-11-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "For books about LAW, GRISHAM - Worth credit"

    I'm not into Legal books (Like Grisham, etc...) much, but the way the book was put together was great & made it much more interesting all the way to the end, so there is a spoiler...

    I love books that have some spin at the end or somewhere in the book, the more180 degree's or tangentially crazy the better (as long as it fits). Its told in an interesting perspective, I guess 1st person with a 3 person twist? I don't know the exact word but it also is linear from a time perspective which is great if the author can do it

    Worth the credit, and makes me think about my 3 boys while biting my fingers LOL

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Strozyk 03-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What would a mom not do for her son??"

    This was an excellent suspense audio! The narrator did a superb job with the character changes. The storyline was very believable - it could happen to you! I especially liked that the family was written like anyone of my neighbors. It kept my interest right to the end. The mother, Laurie. She was the backbone of the family and although it appeared throughout the trial she gave that role up to Andy (the father) she came through in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Indian Trail, NC, United States 03-25-13
    Stephen Indian Trail, NC, United States 03-25-13
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    "A thrilling story with unexpected turns..."
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    The character development was excellent, only to be exceeded by the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part was unexpected turns in the story line.


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

    N/a


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

    I see the mother as being the most memorable character, probably because I too am a mother and could identify with her emotions and her moral quandary.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was exceptional, so real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-23-13
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't Sure Where This One Was Going?"
    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting story, took a while to understand the format, but worth the listen.


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

    Narrator did a great job of portraying the characters and bringing our their stories.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The mom. When you hear the book, you'll understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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