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Defending Jacob: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: William Landay

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2012

Duration: 12 hours 26 minutes


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.

'Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and Defending Jacob is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It's that good.''Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author


  • Anonymous

    I love Grover Gardner's voice (especially for David Rosenfelt's books) so liked him here. I was drawn in to this story and went back and forth on who "done it" . Just when I thought it was over, it went on....and made sense in the end, though it left a possible outcome hanging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Aileen S

    Great story had me guessing who done it. The narrator reminded me of those black and white detective films and kept me interested and wanting more.

  • Anonymous

    Such a great book! The narration was perfect for the book.

  • Donna Mik

    Was told to read this book by a friend and I'm glad I did-- very well done- Suspenseful and didn't want to put it down or have it end! Loved that the author spoke of my home town too!

  • Susie Gentry

    Great book, really liked the narrator. Really thought provoking regarding adolescent minds and social growth. Highly recommend.

  • Nikki Shannon

    Great read, keeps you on your toes trying to solve. Not the ending I predicted which made the book more suspenseful. I would recommend to others.

  • Diane Marsh

    Great book. I live in the area so it felt real. Cold Springs Park is where I used to walk my dog. It held my interest throughout. I have recommended this book to many people.

  • Kathy Keil-Rogers

    Loved this thought provoking story...agree with another reader, I couldn't put it down. Gives you lots to consider. Excellent book and reader.

  • Beverly Combe

    Loved this book! The narrator was excellent! Couldn't stop reading! Great story,

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