Audiobook Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Posted May 2, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review: Defending Jacob by William LandaySource: Audiobook Purchase, BookClub Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Defending Jacob by William Landay
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins

Date Read: April 2013

Genre: Legal Thriller, Thriller

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, 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.

More Information:
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc., Delacorte Press

Speed Date Review


Listened for Bookclub (Audible/DFWTea)
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought When Finished: I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL! Sure I saw part of it but holy whiplash at the end.

Speed Date Review

First Date: I admit at first I wasn’t pulled into this story. It took awhile to grab me. The pacing was a little slow but then BAM!

Second Date: I was almost sure I knew who had committed the crime but I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. There was a few times that I questioned my thoughts on who did it. I love when thrillers do that to me!

Third Date: I was right about who did it but wow did not see the end coming at all. I mean there was a twist and there was a TWIST! It was fantastically chilling. I seriously had to listen to it twice just so that I could make sure I heard it right! I did and WOW!

Audio Date:

Narrated by Grover Gardner /Running Time 12 hrs and 25 mins

Grover Gardner was a really great choice for this audiobook. He had just enough gruff in his voice to pull off the tone and I think it enhanced the story. His pacing was great and his female voices weren’t to bad. Overall, I am glad I chose to listen to this one on audio!

Relationship Status: We had a great run! I will be checking out William Landay in the future.


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7 responses to “Audiobook Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

  1. Ooooo I really want to know about this TWIST that is worthy of all caps! I love when an author shocks me at the end and just leaves me reeling, it’s so much fun to know I’ve been completely caught off guard. It’s like they pacify you with letting you guess who did it and then they’re all YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING! Hehe. Love it:)

  2. You know we both love our *murder!* and this was no exception! I LOVED this book! Can’t wait for more from Landay!

  3. Oh wow! This one sounds like a great mystery thriller! I really have been enjoying the thrillers of late. Will so have to pick this one up. I bet I can even get my mom to enjoy this one. Sounds fab! 😀

  4. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am! Sometimes, that’s exactly what you need! And I do love a good twisty mystery. Cheers!

  5. I remember reading a review of this last spring and seeing it on the local Northwest morning show. It sounded thrilling and guess what, I got a copy and you know where it is…sigh….