• The 13th Juror

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims.

Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror" - the judge.

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©2008 John Lescroart; 2008 Brilliance Audio

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Another first rate author-reader collaboration

Again Lescroart has produced a legal thriller (written in 1994) that works on many levels.

For one thing, it's a well crafted book whose title enhances and cements the plot. And the narrator, David Colacci: what a reader! Those voices, that well timed drawl, the enjoyment of the humour. I hope that the Lesocraut-Colacci collaborations keep coming.

The characters. Lawyer, Dismas Hardy: as always, endearing in his humanity, his single mindedness, his capacity for friendship and creative, lateral thinking. Franny: his wife -- Franny, I thought you were a bit rough on Dismas this time, sending confused messages about his family obligations and at the same time, huge concern for his client. There's Freeman: reassuringly his own man, and a brilliant lawyer. And the judge: that was a strong portrayal.

And finally, the plot: satisfying, clever, smooth, twists and turns that weren't gratuitous but interesting side travels. A mix of arresting dialogue, dramatic high moments and, as always, the background of San Francisco's beauty and lifestyle (I enjoy Lew the Greeks!) As a person who is part of a society with gun control and where capital punishment has been abolished since 1967, I was riveted by the way the issues of capital punishment and gun ownership were presented.

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Heart rending and rewarding 5 stars Straight

I served as court clerk for 7 years and find this story very believable and deeply entertaining.

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Caveat to lawyers

Interesting story and well read by David Colacci, one of my favorite narrators, BUT, if you are a lawyer and are bothered by books with fundamental legal errors (just a few here), then you must be able to ignore them in order to enjoy the book.

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Mistake fixed by Audible

My compliments to Audible for listening to prior reviews and fixing the problem. I had initially wrote a bad rexiew but now applaud Audible for quickly fixing it. GREAT SEVICE-THANK YOU

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whining voice for female characters

whining voice for Female characters just about to made me crazy. Audibles biggest weaknesses are the reader s attempting to sound male or female. Better just to use nuteral voice and let listeners supply the interpretation.

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  • 02-14-22

Great story needing editing…

What a slog! I just finished this audiobook, and I think if I listen to any more Dismus Hardy books they will need to be abridged. Great story, though, and a real Perry Mason ending.

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Not what I expected

I was expecting a legal thriller, and there is undoubtedly a good one hidden within this voluminous tale. But extracting the thriller would involve discarding about half of pages of this work. By the time I finally approached the conclusion, I had stopped caring about who had done the deed or why.

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My 6th Lescroart book and my favorite so far!

Such good character building. Performance was top notch. I was so surprised by the ending. Bravo! On to the next Dismus Hardy book!

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Very Engaging

I enjoyed this story - with all its ups and downs until it wraps up in a stunning conclusion. It kept me engaged the whole time - I couldn't stop listening to it! I would definitely recommend it!

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FANTASTIC ALL THE WAY!

Lived this! TWISTS and turns in the story line always kept my interest. GREAT STORY and the narrator is fantastic!

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  • catherine
  • 05-21-15

My new favorite series

I have listened to a few of the previous titles in Lescroart's Dismiss Hardy series and with each book they just get better and better. It is well Narrated, the characters each given their own unique, individual voice. The story is compelling, and leaves you both sympathetic to the defendant and questioning her motives. With plot twists and shocking revaltions, the story is not only told in the courtroom but tells the tale of a young lawyer trying to battle his conscience with trying to save a woman from the death sentence even though he is not sure of her innocence, and spending time with his new family, his wife having just given birth to a new baby. With a child's death in question it hits close to the Dismiss who has also lost a child which was the cause of the breakdown from his previous marriage. I am now a huge fan of this series and can't wait to buy the next one.

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