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Publisher's Summary

Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

©1987 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"Spellbinding.... The suspense is relentless.... Surprise follows surprise.... The work of a profoundly gifted writer." (The New York Times)

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Well Written - Good Suspense

I really enjoyed this book and realized that I had actually read it many years ago. I really liked all the main characters, the narration, and the concept of the story. It was laid out perfectly, and an easy 5* star for me.

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  • Ken Mo
  • Federal Way, WA USA
  • 03-25-13

Good Listen

What made the experience of listening to Presumed Innocent the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the delivery of the reader, which added to the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was great, even though I saw the movie years ago.

Any additional comments?

Recommended.

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Great Book

If you could sum up Presumed Innocent in three words, what would they be?

Could not put this one down. Had no idea of what was going to come out of the story next. You will love this book.....

What was one of the most memorable moments of Presumed Innocent?

I was so surprised by who was involved with the murder.

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

this was my first listen and it was a great performance.

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

Yes. I missed lots of sleep over this one.

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Awesome book!

What did you love best about Presumed Innocent?

I couldn't put it down.... I loved the ending. Mystery..... suspense..... artistically written. I was inspired to try more books by the same author.

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Great Book

Would you listen to Presumed Innocent again? Why?

Yes, just to catch the parts that I may have missed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, suspenseful

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

I suppose a male voice...he's a good narrator.

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

Yes, but I don't want to say as I'm afraid it will give away the story for other readers.

Any additional comments?

Great book...a must read

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  • Catherine
  • Norfolk, VA, United States
  • 01-30-13

Surprise!

If you could sum up Presumed Innocent in three words, what would they be?

didn't see it coming. (OK that's 4)

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! I loved the fact that the victim and the suspect were both deeply flawed characters.

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

Yes and he's one of my favorite narrators. In fact, I sometimes am not familiar with the book but choose it because he narrates it.

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Oldie, but goodie.

I did not realize that this book was written so long ago. I also did not know that it was made into a movie a few years after the book was written. I will be renting the movie, for sure. This book was a little slow in some areas, but overall it was a good read and a good story. I will be checking out Scott Turow's other books.

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  • Traci
  • Huntersville, NC, United States
  • 01-20-13

Best Listen I've had in a while

This is my first listen of Scott Turow, and I'm looking forward to another.

The narrator was an excellent choice, and I am very picky about narrators. I don't believe I've listened to Edward Hermann before, but he was very good.

It's very important to listen to the details in the first couple of hours because this information is important later in the book. Also, if you're not paying attention (I listen while driving to work) the scenes change.

The story line and characters are wonderful. The best legal thriller I've listened to in a while. You won't be disappointed.

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good enough listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, distracting story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

no... but kept me listening. Voice got repetitive, not much inflection.

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

no

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

just wait .....

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Keeps you guessing!

Where does Presumed Innocent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of the list..it keeps you curious as to the hidden relationships of the characters and how they play into solving the crime.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

Good accents that capture and separate the characters personalities.

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

When you find out the mystery of the glass.