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A Criminal Defense Audiobook

A Criminal Defense

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Publisher's Summary

Losing the trial of his life could mean losing everything.

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.

Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

But as the trial progresses, he's disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family - everything. Now Mick's only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he's ever spun, one that may cross every legal and moral boundary.

©2017 William L. Myers Jr. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 04-07-17
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 04-07-17 Member Since 2013

    Listening to audiobooks allows me to multi-task while I play with my dogs or quilt. Having someone read to me is relaxing!

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    "Best Legal Thriller I have ever read!"

    Legal thrillers fascinate me especially if they are written as if the case could actually happen. This author presented this case to the reader without the assumption of any legal knowledge. The book was fast paced with several twists that you will not see coming. If I had to guess who authored this book, my guess would have been Scott Turow. The narrator was perfect for the book and kept up with the identities of each character. I am shocked to find that this is the first book for this author! I can not wait for him to write another book. To top it off, you do not even have to spend a credit to purchase the book at this low price. For legal thriller enthusiast, you will not be disappointed.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    qpj100 04-10-17
    qpj100 04-10-17 Member Since 2014

    Writing is not my forte, but I can listen with the best of them!

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    "You Think You Know.... But Do You?"

    This book started off slow for me, but I think that had more to do with the narrator than it did the writing. There were quite a few characters introduced in short succession and their voices did not sound all that different, so it took me a while to sort them all out. The narrator was subpar for the first third of the book. Everyone talking sounded like a version of Clint Eastwood talking thru gritted teeth with an edge, even on the most meaningless of text. It was truly annoying. I wanted to scream, there are more emotions other than bitter angst! but Peter eventually got much better the 2nd and 3rd parts of the book. His voice started to come alive at the trial and it only got better from there. I finally started to relate and feel the characters. I give Peter Berkrot 3 stars because I thought about quitting the book several times from his beginning narration.

    But I am so glad I did not! This book is full of twist and turns; some very obvious and others catch you by surprise. I really enjoyed the trial. It was well written and I felt like a juror because I didn't know who did what either, even with the internal thoughts of the main character. The writing from the trial forward kept me hanging on until the end. The reveals are wonderfully executed and timed just right. I am impressed with the debut novel from William Myers and look forward to more legal dramas from him in the future.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-12-17
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-12-17 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Sluggish And Complicated Plot"



    A Criminal Defence was a sluggish story about a high-powered defines attorney unable to control his client who is on trial for murder. The tale opens with the Mick leaving the home of a young man who truly needs defending, but that opening is given virtually no content in the novel. Instead, the focus is on a millionaire businessman whose contact in China are on the verge of bringing about a monster of a deal with businesses and the government of China when the millionaire becomes the centre of a murder investigation.

    The millionaire suspect, David Hanson, had a penchant for cheating on his wife; he kept several houses for his clandestine affairs and several women occupied those places, all on David's dime. One of those women, a rising news reporter, had just broken a story about corruption in the Philadelphia Police Department, a story that already has seen one very public assassination of a crooked cop who turned State's evidence. That loose end of the plot is never brought to completion.

    The plot just becomes more and more complicated, sometimes to the point where the listener loses interest in the story. This loss of interest is assisted by the William Myers' writing style, where trivial details are pushed forward while the story bogs down. The rambling backstory should have been much shorter. The author does wrap up the murder mystery, bringing all the players together in a rather convoluted climax. Doubtful that I will listen to another of Myers' books.

    Peter Berkrot was just OK with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 04-03-17
    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book is a labyrinth of legal drama in which everyone will do whatever it takes to exonerate the accused, David Hanson, of killing his mistress, Jennifer. She was a reporter who was breaking a sensational story about dirty cops involved in a drug ring. It seems Jennifer was not only having an affair with David but also several other man. Mick Mc Farland is David's attorney who crosses several ethical and legal lines in order to keep David from being convicted. David's brother, Tommy, an ex-con and his investigator who has suddenly developed a close relationship with Piper (David's wife) has his own secrets.

    It has so many twists and turns that makes your head spin! There's also a lot of internal soliloquy in David's mind as he tries to justify his actions and keep his own secrets, which as the story progresses, the author brilliantly ties all the loose ends. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend. I'd never read this author before but he did a great job!

    Peter Berkrot was excellent in his narration and all the characters sound different so it's easy to distinguish. He adds lots of drama just like Scot Brick does in his narrations.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. 04-27-17
    M. R. 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice Twist"

    Some of the book was predictable but others aspects were a surprise. ending wasn't great.

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    Charlaine Hill Irvine, California United States 04-26-17
    Charlaine Hill Irvine, California United States 04-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, bad narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator sounded enraged throughout the story. At certain points, when anger was appropriate, I was worried he might rupture his vocal cords. Other than that, it was a very good read with unexpected plot twists. I would recommend it in book format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Criminal Defense?

    The highly original ending.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    He sounded like a person in desperate need of anger management.


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

    No, I needed breaks from the narration.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Jarka 05-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader ruins it!"

    This book has an interesting plot and storyline, but I just couldn't finish it because of the reader. His overly dramatic take on the characters is cartoonish and exhausting. It's like he doing a parody. No bueno.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli 04-30-17
    Kelli 04-30-17
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    "Fire the Narrator"

    The narrator made this audiobook worse than it really is. I listened to it at 1.25x the normal speed which helped a little. Thank goodness I purchased this audiobook on a daily deal. I would not have wasted a credit on it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 04-12-17
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 04-12-17 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Enjoyed very much"


    I really do recommend this book because although I wasn’t expecting this book to end up being so good it certainly turned out to be a real amazing murder mystery. As it neared the end the plot literally exploded into a tightly tangled suspense story that caught me up & swept me away. I stopped trying to guess who the killer was as the plot just kept on going bringing the past into the present & beyond. As each turn of the story untangled it seemed to grow another branch of mystery that needed to be solved. I enjoyed how complicated the sotry became even after I had exhausted my take on things. Good ead well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 04-17-17
    Nancy 04-17-17
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    "This is almost unlistenable."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator's voice is so unpleasant that it's hard to know if the story is any good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William L. Myers? Why or why not?

    Not with this narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have NEVER written a review here, but this reading is so awful that I had to write a note.


    Was A Criminal Defense worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said it all above. Just awful.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    4/9/17
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    "What a great story"

    Fantastic book never read one of his before but looking forward to another. The way he brings it altogether at the end is amazing

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D V Thorburn
    4/20/17
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    "Great story, narrator needs to calm down"

    Narrator was raging most of the way through. Great story though, will look for more from this author

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "had to return it"

    I had to return this book because of the narrator. I have no idea if the book is good or not. The narrator over acted and had identity crises switching between Marlon Brando in The Godfather , Clint Eastwood, and Snoop Dog. Pure torture. I hope they will get the narration replaced, as it could be a good listen......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    5/14/17
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    "Complex and devious."

    Intricately woven. A cracking story.
    I downloaded the kindle and alternated back and forth between the two. I always enjoy the switch as narration adds another dimension to a book.

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