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Scott Turow has been on my bookshelf for decades. Now up pops the Audible sale on Presumed Innocent so I buy it. Everything worked together here to make this a pleasing surprise!
First, the narration. My "A" list is short - Dennis Boutsikaris, the late Frank Muller, the rare Michael Beck, and now a too long hidden treasure, Edward Herrmann! This engaging narrator is a star in the genre! He will be the reason I try Turow's Ordinary Heroes, and will anticipate an Audible release of Innocent, Scott Turow's latest novel due to hit the shelves in May 2010.
The book did not seem 30 years old. In many ways, it is refreshing to enjoy a book untainted by our anxious world today. Turow does not beat us over the head with his actual experience as a prosecutor as some lawmen turned authors do. Rather, he leaves us appreciative of his skills in both arenas. Most every character mentioned is well developed and comes alive in the story.
Our main man is Rusty Sabich, a PA with whom Turow requires his readers to become intimate with by his use of the first person in story telling. Rusty works with both friend and foe, and the PA's office as well as the courtroom become a maze of deception, intrigue and surprise. Rusty finds himself in the grip of a nightmarish reality, that being on trial for a murder he didn't commit . . . or did he? That is the hook, the twist!
Turow's familiar character Sandy Stern is perhaps the most personable and brilliant attorney ever detailed in any novel! Sometimes we want a fictional lawyer complete with typical inherent flaws as in Grisham's Nate O'Riley or Clark's Mason Hunt. Sandy Stern is as gentlemanly as he is sharp. In fact, councelor Stern sneaks up on me as THE main character in this fascinating book. I so much want to know someone like Sandy Stern, just not as an opposing lawyer!
I will soon pull down the book & re-read the epic court room exchanges that are now among my favorite in the genre.
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I've never stuck with an audio book through as much boring exposition for as long as I did with this one. I only did this because the reviews were so positive, and I figured that many people couldn't be that far off. Boy, I'm glad I didn't bail on this one! What a ride....
The first 2-3 hours are so hard to stay awake for, but trust me, they're setting up what turns into an incredibly original modern-day tragedy. There are no holes in this, which is hard to accomplish with a legal thriller. The last third of this is like a roller coaster, with characters becoming things you never thought they would. The characters are very fleshed out, and each have their own voice, making them interesting and easy to follow. Narration is incredible.
If you like legal thrillers, this is for you!!
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