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In Kindle County, a woman is killed in an apparent random drive-by shooting. The woman turns out to be the ex-wife of a prominent state senator and an old acquaintance of Judge Sonia Klonsky, on whose desk the case lands. As the pursuit of justice takes bizarre and unusual turns, Judge Klonsky is brought face-to-face with a host of extraordinary personalities and formidable enemies bent on her destruction.

©2010 Scott Turow (P)2010 Hachette

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"Turow once again proves that there is more substance in a single page of one of his novels than in the entire works of John Grisham or any other author in the legal thriller genre." (Library Journal)

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Disconnected - Story was all over the map.

What disappointed you about The Laws of Our Fathers?

Disconnected - Story was all over the map and very hard to follow, bouncing back and forth from history to current story and the end chapters - I don't even know why I listened to them. You could have cut this book in half and still would have dragged.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Most Likely, back to John Grisham.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Narrators did there best to make a boring story, interesting. The female narrator was the best. Each time the story move away from her, I was waiting for her return.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Laws of Our Fathers?

Pretty much everything after the mistrial. The same music repeated at the end AND the beginning of a chapter - EXTREMELY annoying. Play it once move on....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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First time I have returned a book

BORING!
I loved Presumed Innocent, and as a federal prosecutor, I mostly enjoyed the Pelecanos-like dialogue in the beginning and courtroom scenes. But the turgid backstory dragged it down, and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. By the middle of Chapter 4 I was ready to throw away my headphones.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Allison
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 08-26-10

Love most of Scott Turow's

Scott Turow gives a true accurate depiction of court and lawsuit procedures, along with the story. This one kept me well enthralled. I truly enjoyed Presumed Innocent, but not "Innocent" so much. I'd give that one 3 stars. I loved "Reversible Errors", too.

If you like his other legal thrillers along this same line, this shouldn't disappoint.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful but annoying music

The story is excellent and having several performers really helped to make it clear who was talking. I highly recommend the book but be prepared to be annoyed by the ridiculous music between the chapters

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Belle river, ON, Canada
  • 08-21-15

struggling to stay with this.

struggling as the author keeps going off in past, that really isn't interesting. way too much conversation among the characters that again are just not interesting.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The Laws of Our Fathers

What a wonderfully written book and I listen to it twice to fully understand it completely. A very good book that I would recommend.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Psycho babble

Courtroom scenes were fine. The flashbacks were sometimes good. The end was psycho-babble crap. and stupid

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

This was an excellent example of Turow delving deep into his characters. He moved further away from the law than I expected, but I loved every minute of it!

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What a dissappointment

What would have made The Laws of Our Fathers better?

Made it about laws not racism. The plot wasn't about a case in court

What do you think your next listen will be?

not Scott Turow..

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

nothing wrong with narrators

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

boredom

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • Woodstock, IL, United States
  • 08-22-10

Slit my wrists

I have read several of Turow's novels. I knew when this was 24 hours it would be long. I was hoping for interesting. This books drones on endlessly about nothingness.

If I heard one more sentence about Sonny's weird mother, I would need psychotherapy. This plot could have been told in an interesting 8 hours. I have never wanted to hit fast forward so many times in one book. There are whole chapters that could have been condensed to three sentences.

Save your money and your sanity!

9 of 17 people found this review helpful