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Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob by William LandayCover of Defending Jacob
Random House ~ January 31, 2012 ~ 432 pages
Blackstone Audio ~ Grover Gardner ~ 12 hours 25 minutes

Andy Barber is the top Assistant District Attorney in his jurisdiction on the day that his son Jacob’s classmate is murdered in the local park. From the very beginning, when we meet Andy as a witness before the Grand Jury, we know that something has gone awry. It is through the transcripts of this Grand Jury and Andy’s story that we learn why he was defending his son and from what. I will not go into any further details about the plot for fear of spoilers. This novel grabbed my attention immediately and I was thrown for more than one loop. I ate it up. I bought this audiobook immediately after it was published and it somehow got lost in the shuffle. While I needed an amazing audiobook when I listened to it, I kicked myself repeatedly for waiting so long. Grover Gardner narrated this novel to perfection. His performance was simple and intimate, allowing Landay’s writing to take center stage. The effect was fantastic. I tore through this listen in half the time it normally takes me to read audiobooks of this length because I couldn’t not find out what happened next. This is a book to experience in audio. You’ll want more of both Landay and Gardner when it’s all said and done.

6 Comments

  • At 2013.11.20 09:29, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    My closest real life reading friend read this and loved it. Every time I see her she asks me if I’ve read it yet. You’d think I’d take the hint, wouldn’t you? Hopefully, I can get to it soon.

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    • At 2013.11.20 09:47, Sandy said:

      This was SO GOOD on audio. I remember finishing it, then having to rewind and listen again. I’m sort of feeling the same enthusiasm for Cuckoo right now. Mega fun for the ears.

      • At 2013.11.20 23:26, Kim said:

        I listened to the audio book of this as well and it was a total trip! I loved it.

        • At 2013.11.21 06:39, Laurie C said:

          This was an excellent audio! Grover Cleveland is one of my favorite narrators, and he did so well with this.

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          • At 2013.11.22 16:22, Susan said:

            I loved this too. I was stuck to the chair for hours. Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer. Thank you for the review.

            • At 2013.11.23 16:48, Sheila (Book JOurney) said:

              I really enjoyed this one in audio as well. It really shocked me.

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