Defending Jacob by William Landay audiobook

Defending Jacob: A Novel

By William Landay
Read by Grover Gardner

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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. Andy must. He’s his father. 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. Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control. 

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2012 Hammett Prize

Finalist for the 2013 Barry Award for Best Novel

A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Finalist for Best Hardcover Novel

A New York Times bestseller

An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks

A 2012 iTunes Best Audiobook: Mysteries and Thrillers

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012

The #2 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Mystery/Suspense

A USA Today bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A Library Journal bestseller

One of 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2012

Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List

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. Andy must. He’s his father. 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.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Powerful…Leaves you gasping breathlessly at each shocking revelation.” Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“On the surface this novel reads like a first-rate thriller, but at its heart it’s a love story…[about] the fine edge between love and madness and the lies we sometimes tell ourselves.” Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A harrowing family drama with riveting courtroom scenes that make readers feel they are actually witnessing the trial unfold.” Stephen Frey, New York Times bestselling author
“A novel like this comes along maybe once a decade…a full-blooded legal thriller about a murder trial and the way it shatters a family.” Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“A clever blend of legal thriller and issue-oriented family implosion.” New York Times
“Grover Gardner does an excellent job reading the audiobook. He captures the insolence and dignity of Andy’s dysfunctional father, Laurie’s hopelessness, and Andy’s determination to exonerate Jacob. Recommended for legal thriller fans.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Gardner’s performance is well wrought and subtle…In the end, this is a thoroughly engaging story of family and legal drama, made all the more so by Gardner’s skillful depiction.” AudioFile
“Riveting, suspenseful, and emotionally searing.” Linwood Barclay, internationally bestselling author
“This searing narrative proves the ancient Greek tragedians were right: the worst punishment is not death but living with what you—knowingly or unknowingly—have done.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Landay spins a tale of such complexity and emotion that you don’t even realize you’re spiraling deep into his world until he spits you out at his shocking, shattering conclusion.” Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here
“A carefully plotted and precisely written thriller about a family put to the ultimate test…Propelled by an ongoing courtroom drama and with a neat final twist, Defending Jacob is bound to enthrall.” Thomas H. Cook, author of The Quest for Anna Klein
“Defending Jacob centers on a father's worst nightmare, to find his fourteen-year-old son charged with the murder of a classmate...Defending Jacob made my courtroom thriller loving heart sing for joy, a well written, deftly plotted legal tale that was full of hidden depths. Fans of crime fiction, even if not particularly legal thriller fans, should not miss this utterly enthralling novel…Gardner has this wonderful voice that is just suited for first person narratives. He almost sounds like your favorite uncle, the one who always has the best stories to tell you. You become so used to his voice, one that has a unique quality to it, that, especially in first person tales, it takes you a while to realize just how well he is voicing the peripheral characters…I think one of the hardest things for a narrator to do is have authentic sounding dialogue between two characters, and here it was like I was listening to a masters class on how to do it…Grade: A.” Bob Reiss/The Guilded Earlobe

Reviews

Reviews

by DND 9/13/2017
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I'm still trying to catch my breath

This is one of those rare novels that leaves you completely breathless at the end. I became so enthralled in this I couldn’t put it down. Curve ball after curve ball is being thrown. William Landay did such a marvelous job with giving away just a little bit, just enough to tickle your brain, and then quickly moves on. The pieces start to fall into place throughout the entire novel. Just absolutely wonderful. Grover Gardner did a wonderful job capturing Andy Barber’s voice. His narration was at the perfect pace, slow enough to let the ideas sink in, but not slow enough to let you catch your breath. This book will stay with me for a long time
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Courtroom Drama? Mystery? Psychological fiction? Yes to all three...

This book is a fantastic mix of courtroom, family, mystery, and psychological drama. Teasers and clues are peppered throughout, keeping you just a bit off-balance as it moves toward a final revelation. The pace is painfully steady, revealing nothing too quickly, and the slow character development ensures you’re never fully sure who anyone really is – definitely a recipe for a compulsive read! It’s not hard to see why this book received so much acclaim and attention – it was nearly impossible to put down and only enhanced by the excellent audio narration. Highly recommend!
by Jonathan 9/13/2017
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Suprisingly engaging telling of a heart-wrenching story.

I am always a fan of Grover Gardner's work, but I found myself more engaed and engrossed with the story than originally anticipated. Gardner tells the heartbreaking story of a parent coming to grips with a child's crime with unpretentuous sincerity that really hits the mark.
by Benjamin-Blue 9/13/2017
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Suspenseful

Great Book in general. I cannot say enough about this Grover Gardner, he is just amazing!
by Keith 9/13/2017
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Courtroom drama for the ears.

Despite rarely reading mystery & suspense novels, this was quite a good listen. You immediately notice the details to how personal the subject matter is. The characters are believable, and you cannot help but empathize what they go through, as some of it will hit home with all listeners. Grover Gardner's voice is a great fit with this book, and hits all the right undertones and inflections needed to keep this story in your mind long after its finished.
by CY 9/13/2017
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Should Have Won the Grammy

William Landay’s book is courtroom drama like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Even Perry Mason would find himself tested to his limits Defending Jacob. Grover once again delivers on his read that is nothing short of exceptional. This book should have won the Grammy in the Spoken Word category. It was the buzz in New York and beyond.
by AnandaRyan 9/13/2017
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Suspenseful

A great book, very interesting for people that like murder mysteries and courtroom dramas. You can't beat Grover Gardner's narration.
by Holly 9/13/2017
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One of the best of the year

The author’s obvious familiarity with the legal system and fluid writing make this a realistic and suspenseful courtroom drama that grips you from the start and refuses to loosen its grasp. The vivid characters jump off the page, and Golden Voice Grover Gardner’s narration make this a must-listen. Don’t miss it.

Author

Author Bio: William Landay

Author Bio: William Landay

William Landay is the author of The Strangler, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and Mission Flats, winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel and a Barry Award nominee. A former district attorney who holds degrees from Yale and Boston College of Law, he lives in Boston.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English