Defending Jacob

[a Novel]

Landay, William

Audiobook CD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Defending Jacob
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., p2012
Edition: Library ed., unabridged
ISBN: 9781455113545
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 12 1/2 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover
Blackstone Audio, Inc


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Oct 24, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was OK. The audio made it difficult to skim through the bickering couple conversations - very tiring. I like the details of legalese. Not great fan of reader's voice.

Aug 30, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Defending Jacob delivered a good balance of mystery and courtroom drama. It's infused with psychological insights into the breakdown of a family trying to live through the stress of having a child accused of a classmate's murder. How do parents who have had some standing in the community deal with becoming pariahs, or with the fact that, although the legal system may follow an "innocent until proven guilty" philosophy, a community may assume that an accusation, an arrest and a trial are, in and of themselves, proof enough of guilt? How does a couple maintain love and connection when one suspects the child's guilt while the other clings unwaveringly to a certainty of innocence? Defending Jacob doesn't provide answers to those questions, but in raising them gives the reader a lot to ponder.

Jun 19, 2013
  • kathykmg rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The book was well written and kept my interest. The author was clever when changing from current to past events. Spoiler alert: not exactly a happy ending...

May 15, 2013

why can't i put this on hold

Mar 29, 2013
  • hiking1957 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a hard choice for Jacobs parents. I can't even imagine being in that type of a position. I thought this was a very well written book. Didn't care so much for the reader. He wasn't bad I just would have preferred better changes in his voice when he was speaking from other characters. However, the story was amazing and flowed well and I have to admit there were several times that I stayed in my car just to listen to the book and other times I tried to think of reasons I had to go some where so that I could listen to the story. I will definitely be on the look out for others by this author

Mar 07, 2013
  • nelll rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't even get by the first cd as the narrator's voice was so annoying but i would guess that it was a good story.

Aug 15, 2012

This book starts sad and ends sadder.


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