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Publisher's Summary

Scott Turow, number-one New York Times best-selling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a gripping legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.

At the age of 50, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over 10 years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now, for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night - and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby, a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma's disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko's alluring barrister; and, of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests - and who may know more than he's telling.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

©2017 Scott Turow (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Atilla ... the amazing character

This won't be a retelling of the story as there are plenty of good ones out there already.

As fascinating (if war can be fascinating) as the plot, military and government shenanigans, mostly foreign setting, International Court, etc. were, the one thing I have to mention was his character "Atilla." I read probably way too much for my own good, but of all the characters I've come across, Atilla in this book is a classic. Her self-description is priceless. Esma was as uninspired as Atilla was the opposite.

And the narrator! Wow. I will be looking for him as well. He has that tenor sort of voice, if that is the right descriptor for the tone, that I so enjoy.

Thanks for an entertaining and informative several hours.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Average at best

What did you like best about Testimony? What did you like least?

There were many characters with a mystery that kept changing. I kept waiting for something that would bring it all together then the book just stopped. I have many questions about what happened to some of the characters, maybe Turow want room for a sequel.

What aspect of Wayne Pyle’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was more like someone reading the newspaper with bad accents.

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite listen.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Integrity

As always I found everything here I was looking for, which probably means I missed a lot. Turow's rigorous legal perspective to a riveting tale under extreme conditions that persist in the world offers rich texture to the principles and humanity that drive culture today. No character is a caricature and even the absolutes are situational. And, at the end of the day all we can do is try to do good and maybe we'll even find love. There's a lot of integrity here, by which I mean that paying attention to what the author believes will help you live a better life. The last chapter set up a parallel that I didn't expect, so now I'm tempted to listen to it all over again!

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Interesting historical fiction

Enjoyed the setting, learned a lot about international war crimes law and especially enjoyed the character development.

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Scott Turow fan

This was Disappointing for a Scott Turow book. Excess detail made it confusing and boring.

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Couldn’t listen to it...

At least for me, the reader and recording speed mixed with Turow’s advanced vocabulary were so irritating, I gave up trying to listen after a few minutes. I then skipped to the end and wrote this. I’ll have to get an eBook for this one! This came after I was spoiled by Edward Hermann masterful “Wow” reading of Turow’s “Ordinary Heroes”.

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Wow

loved it and did not want it to end. characters are perfect and real. well done Turow

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Full of insights to human failings and achievement

With the attention of our nation more focused on the impacts of our past actions and the consequences of future options, "Testimony" shares a modern parable on how we should understand how history will judge our choices.

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Not the usual Turow

What disappointed you about Testimony?

The storyline and characters are not as engaging as his previous novels. I found a lot of the sex scenes to be gratuitous and not necessary to the plot.

What could Scott Turow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I had very little connection or empathy with the main characters so I did not much care what happened to them.

Would you be willing to try another one of Wayne Pyle’s performances?

Wayne Pyle cannot do acceptable accents. His attempts almost made me stop listening entirely. Very distracting and annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and disappointment. i have enjoyed Turow's other novels and was looking forward to this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Boring, Confusing

I stuck to it, because I felt I was being educated about parts of the world and cultures I'm completely unfamiliar with. It might make a good movie, because locations and characters are picturesque. But the instruction I virtuously tried to absorb was, at last, boring and confusing. And there was too much of it. The plot was a ditto, boring and confusing. As for the reader, my feeling is if you can't "do" an accent don't try. It keeps the listener from being involved in the story. I know what a Dutch accent sounds like—nothing like what I hear here. And, oh, dear, the Australian accent! Awful. There were some great characters, though I still am not sure exactly what happened in this story which is overwhelmed by the recounting of legal and military and cultural mores.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful