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A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?

Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

©2012 Tim Vicary (P)2015 Tim Vicary

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 02-28-16

Delectable Legal Procedural Story! Loved it!

This is an outstanding legal procedural -- with lots of mystery twisting and turning throughout the story. Sarah Newby is a 40-something who has achieved her lifelong goal of becoming a barrister after a rough start as a teenage mother. Enter a husband who embraced her and her fatherless young son and the teenage daughter they had together. . . this is an imperfect family at best; and Sarah's relentless pursuit of her career goals don't add much to domestic tranquility. She is incredibly adept in the courtroom, even as a junior barrister -- and her skills are tested to the core when she represents her own son in a murder investigation.

I loved the way the author provided insights from the characters' silent thoughts throughout the story and gave us sketches of their backgrounds that have influenced them throughout their lives.

A very good story -- and an excellent story set within the British legal system.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Burden of Proof

While the American justice system is largely based on the British, there are many differences. In the first place, we do not distinguish between a barrister and a solicitor. Nor do our trial attorneys need to wear wigs and robes. Much of the language used is also somewhat specific to British courts as opposed to American phraseology. For instance one hears the solicitor offer that he or she suggests something--if you watch any of the British TV shows you've seen this. But, interestingly, TV and movie dramas do not immerse you to the same level as a good novel. Or at least not to the depth of this novel. We find ourselves entranced by the defense of an alleged rapist, a thoroughly loathsome character, but the bottom line is the need for the court to present evidence proving Beyond Reasonable Doubt that the defendant did the crime of which he is accused. As in Law and Order, we see the interaction of police and attorneys, the gathering of evidence and the presenting thereof. The drama is compelling, the narration [AUDIO] is excellent and the story gripping.

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4 stars for A Game of Proof

Would you listen to A Game of Proof again? Why?

Absolutely. This was a gripping read. Although it was quite slow to start and had some minor errors, (ie: Sarah's hair was brown in 2 instances and then black, fibula mentioned as bone in arm when it is a bone in leg, Lucy Sampson for 1st half of book-- then Lucy Parsons for 2nd half) this was a story that had so many elements that I'm not sure that I picked them all up the first time around. I'm sure that I could pick more up from hearing it again.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the narrator inserted emotion and different pitches and accents into her narration; it really added to the story. I loved that this story showed the strength and resiliency of the human spirit, and that the justice system sometimes works!

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

I have not listened to Susan Edmonds before. I do like that she was able to produce different English accents. As an American, I always find it a treat to listen to books narrated by people with English accents. She did a great job.

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

Like Law and Order, only better!

Any additional comments?

Amazon review:<br/>I was given an audio copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I also read along in many parts, so I will comment on both the audiobook and the ebook versions.<br/>A Game of Proof opens with the trial of Gary Harker, a man indicted for the brutal rape of Sharon. This trial is very intense and goes on for quite some time. It is important to the story, although I felt that it started to drag on a bit. It could have been cut down by at least half while still getting the point and all pertinent information across. Then, we move onto Sarah Newby's daughter, Emily, going missing and her son, Simon, being charged with his ex-girlfriend's (Jasmine Hurst's) rape/murder. All the while, Gary Harker is still a suspect to the police in the "Hooded Rapist" crimes, in which at least 3 women have been attacked, and one has been murdered. This makes for a very busy plot and a long book; I do have to say that it did hold my attention and I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of keeping all the characters straight. I did find it interesting that the author used a Gary, Harry, Terry, and Larry. <br/><br/>There were numerous small errors throughout the book/audio. For example, in the audio, when referring to bones in the arm, the fibula was noted; the fibula is a bone in the lower leg. Sarah was also described in 2 places to have brown hair and then another to have black hair. Also, in the audiobook, the narrator called Lucy 'Lucy Samson' for the first half of the book and 'Lucy Parsons' for the second half. <br/><br/>Overall, the audio performance was quite good. I was very pleased with the clarity of the narrator's voice and her use of different pitches and accents for different characters. She did a fantastic job inserting emotion in her voice in all the right places and really made the book enjoyable to listen to. The production quality was good as I didn't hear any static, pops, clicks, etc. <br/><br/>In conclusion, this book would be like if a typical Law and Order episode was turned into a 3+ hour movie; you'd be left sitting there like: "why couldn't they have cut it down to the standard 42 minutes plus commercials?". This is a good book with the potential to be great; the opening trial just dragged on a bit too much, when it should've been a little bit more like the speed of Simon's trial. This book starts out slow, but it's like a ball rolling down a hill; once it gets started, it's full steam ahead! If the little errors weren't overlooked as well, I definitely think this would be a 5+ star read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series (and I usually don't read any but the first in series, so that's saying a lot coming from me!)

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Very interesting

Kept my attention right up to the end. The narrator was excellent and very easy to listen to.

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excellent all around

What did you love best about A Game of Proof?

Loved the plot and the characters

What about Susan Edmonds’s performance did you like?

Loved the interpretation of the characters, and ended up hearing them as entities in their own right rather than someone just reading their lines.

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

Yes I would have had I the time to sit down and listen to it in one sitting... certainly listened every opportunity I got.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to more of Tim Vicary's books... Can't wait to follow Sarah Newby on more of her adventures in Law...

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Enjoyed everything about it

Would you listen to A Game of Proof again? Why?

Probably not - I never listen to a book twice

What did you like best about this story?

The narration and the characters

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

I sure would if I could find any. I hope they record the next two books in the series.

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one rated very near the top of my favourites

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Trials and Tribulations

I enjoyed listening to this book, however the protagonists were not very likable,. The courtroom dramas were quite good and held my interest.

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Sarah Newby--The Barrister who wins!

Where does A Game of Proof rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was one I couldn't stop listening to. I enjoy legal thrillers and British literature, so this was a perfect book for me. Sarah Newby is a cut throat barrister who doesn't mind grilling a rape victim or a distraught mother of a murdered child. None of it is personal with her until it is.

What other book might you compare A Game of Proof to and why?

This could be a British version of an early Scott Turow legal thriller.

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

Susan Edmonds narrated the book perfectly with the appropriate Yorkshire accent.

Any additional comments?

The Trials of Sarah Newby is a play on words. Sarah not only defends her clients in trials but she is forced into a bitter trial for her son's life. As a driven barrister, she spends a great deal of time away from home. She is estranged from her eldest child, and her daughter also feels neglected. Her problems come to a head when her daughter disappears while Sarah is defending a rapist who is probably guilty. When the police call her to come to the coroner's to identify a body, she feels doomed. Later, things get worse when she must act as her son's barrister to defend him from a murder and rape charge.

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Wonderfully scripted and read masterfully.,

If you could sum up A Game of Proof in three words, what would they be?

I want more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Proof?

The writing and the narrating were as good as it gets.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the court room passages. A real thrill for the court room drama fans

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

British court system at its best.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to the other 2 Sarah Newbie books, Please get them to Audible quickly.<br/>Hopefully Mr. Vicary will continue the series with many more Sarah Newbie sequels.

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  • Andrew P
  • 03-25-15

Surprisingly brilliant

Wasn't too sure with first five minutes, but wow, it sucked me in so quickly after that! I can't wait for next two books and have bought the hardback for my Mum. 10/10!

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  • Jules
  • 03-11-15

Good read

Good story line, will read the next books in the series as they don't appear to be on audio yet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John Bartlett
  • 02-26-15

Gripping listening!

Where does A Game of Proof rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far, this one's in the top ten!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah Newby the lead character. A strong and determined fighter … just how a parent should be for their child.

What does Susan Edmonds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brought to life the authors well written characters to further envisage the interplay between them. Well voiced.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I think Tim Vicary puts it best… <br/><br/>A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?

Any additional comments?

When is the next book, Bold Counsel going to be available as an audiobook?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-15

Absolutely Brilliant

What did you like most about A Game of Proof?

Gripping from beginning to end, superb courtroom drama. Keeps you guessing until the end, Did he? Didn't he? Un-put-downable.

What did you like best about this story?

Totally believable

Which character – as performed by Susan Edmonds – was your favourite?

Excellent narration

Any additional comments?

i would recommend this book to any fan of courtroom drama

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  • eric
  • 02-23-15

Yes this is a good story well worth a listen

I enjoyed the story, the performance was good. overall I would recommend this book to any one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • 05-17-17

Great read, recommended

If you could sum up A Game of Proof in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, layered story more than just a court room drama

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah Newby not a cookie cutter legal wiz but very much more

Which character – as performed by Susan Edmonds – was your favourite?

as above

Any additional comments?

Oedipus in conflict

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-15

Fantastic Legal book superb.

Would you listen to A Game of Proof again? Why?

y

What did you like best about this story?

the way it was read and written

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all of it

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

One of the best books i've ever listened too.

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  • mary
  • 02-16-15

terrible narration destroyed the story

Would you try another book written by Tim Vicary or narrated by Susan Edmonds?

Tim vicary maybe never listen to susan edmonds not able to change the tone of characters its embaressing to listen to

What could Tim Vicary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

got a diifferent actor to read

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Edmonds?

carole boyd annie algidon

Was A Game of Proof worth the listening time?

waste of money will try for a refund

1 of 2 people found this review helpful