A Criminal Defense

  • by William L. Myers
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Losing the trial of his life could mean losing everything.
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.
Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.
But as the trial progresses, he's disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family - everything. Now Mick's only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he's ever spun, one that may cross every legal and moral boundary.

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Good story, bad narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrator sounded enraged throughout the story. At certain points, when anger was appropriate, I was worried he might rupture his vocal cords. Other than that, it was a very good read with unexpected plot twists. I would recommend it in book format.


What was one of the most memorable moments of A Criminal Defense?

The highly original ending.


What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

He sounded like a person in desperate need of anger management.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I needed breaks from the narration.


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- Charlaine Hill

You Think You Know.... But Do You?

This book started off slow for me, but I think that had more to do with the narrator than it did the writing. There were quite a few characters introduced in short succession and their voices did not sound all that different, so it took me a while to sort them all out. The narrator was subpar for the first third of the book. Everyone talking sounded like a version of Clint Eastwood talking thru gritted teeth with an edge, even on the most meaningless of text. It was truly annoying. I wanted to scream, there are more emotions other than bitter angst! but Peter eventually got much better the 2nd and 3rd parts of the book. His voice started to come alive at the trial and it only got better from there. I finally started to relate and feel the characters. I give Peter Berkrot 3 stars because I thought about quitting the book several times from his beginning narration.

But I am so glad I did not! This book is full of twist and turns; some very obvious and others catch you by surprise. I really enjoyed the trial. It was well written and I felt like a juror because I didn't know who did what either, even with the internal thoughts of the main character. The writing from the trial forward kept me hanging on until the end. The reveals are wonderfully executed and timed just right. I am impressed with the debut novel from William Myers and look forward to more legal dramas from him in the future.
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- qpj100

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio