• Defending Jacob

  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-09-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. So when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder. In the face of every parent's worst nightmare, Andy and his wife Laurie will do anything to defend their child. Because, deep down, they know him better than anyone. Don't they?
©2012 William Landay (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Minnie on 02-18-13

How far would you be prepared to go for your child

What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

To listen to a book requires discipline and as an undisciplined reader, I sometimes struggle with the pace of a book. As a listener, the narrator decides what you know or don't know and how fast you learn it. The challenge for me is not to cheat!

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was more an ensemble narrative. Every character was important and liking or disliking them was irrelevant to me. As a story from the perspective of the father I suppose he should be the most likeable but he is too obtuse to be outstanding.

What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a clear mellifluous voice, able to create characters with subtle shifts of timbre and rate of speech. He created a believable mother and differentiated between the male characters with an authentic voice. Jacob was young and whiney enough but not so much that he irritated...as true teenagers often do.

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

Yes and no. Yes because I wanted so desperately to know what was going to happen and no because I did not want to finish listening to a masterpiece.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaye Sena on 12-30-15

Satisfyingly detailed and intriguing

I enjoyed Defending Jacob very much. I first listened to this book three years ago, and had managed to forget enough key details to be still captivated the second time around. (This is not intended as any criticism of the author or story line. Forgetting books is a skill I encourage in myself!)
Beautifully narrated, there are plenty of plot twists as well as clues, so all preferred styles should be catered for.
Particularly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good court room drama.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 07-16-13

We need to talk about Jacob

Written in a similar vein to "We need to talk about Kevin". You have this feeling of doom from the outset and actually partly dread the reveal as you know it's going to be bad.

This is the first time I've got so into a book, I'll put off other housework to listen to it! It's not a simple case of did the son commit a murder, it's the impact it has on the family and the past the father has to face for the first time.

A great listen, you'll enjoy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By lonereader on 07-09-13

Heartwrenching, doomed and simply perfect

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

I recommend it highly, but not when one is in the mood for a light read. This is a story narrated by a father and District Attourney that finds himself on the other side of the barricade defending Jacob, his teenage son who is accused of murdering a classmate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

The ending is somehow unresolved but heartbreaiking and memorable,

What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

He was perfect in conveying the attitude of the narrating protagonist, who tries to remain calm while his world slowly but inexorably disintegrates

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are several moments in the story where your heart really aches for the protagonist,
I found it particularly moving when he "discovers" the cruel teenagers' internet world, and what they say to and about his son, or when by chance they meet the family of the murdered boy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Layla Sacker on 05-01-16

Riveting -

Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

I so enjoyed the alternating between a psychological thriller and a trial. The dialogue structure both revealed characters and motive and the structure of the book held me in its grip.

What did you like best about this story?

Gradual unfolding of complexity and character. I thought I knew what would happen but then WHAM the plot shifts. I also loved the notion of the narrator being the protagonist. His insights or sometimes lack of insight into his motivation and interpretation was wonderful

What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

I particularly liked the rasping tone he used for some characters. ( don''t want to do spoiler alert) He was able to voice male and female characters, vulnerable and assertive.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Denise Lawry on 01-05-18

Gripping

What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

the characters are complex and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

I was expecting a twist at the end, it was hinted that something was going to come out but the final chapter still came as a surprise - and yet looking back was completely predictable.

What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The subtleties of the characters emerge more from an audio book; it's so plot driven I think I would've missed the finer aspects had I been reading (fast).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's sad, and depressing.

Any additional comments?

I gave this 4 rather than 5 stars despite being completely hooked from early on. i was desperate to find out "what happened" and yet at times found some parts of the book a little reminiscent of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" - hard to see how this could be avoided. I also sometimes found the reader's female voices and Jacob's voice a little jarring, like he was trying too hard to "put on" a different voice. It didn't detract from my enjoyment really, I just noticed it where I'd prefer not to notice the transition between characters.

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