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The 13th Juror

A Dismas Hardy Novel
Narrated by: David Colacci
Series: Dismas Hardy, Book 4
Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

In The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims.

Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror" - the judge.

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©2008 John Lescroart; 2008 Brilliance Audio

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  • Jane
  • 05-05-13

Another first rate author-reader collaboration

Again Lescroart has produced a legal thriller (written in 1994) that works on many levels.

For one thing, it's a well crafted book whose title enhances and cements the plot. And the narrator, David Colacci: what a reader! Those voices, that well timed drawl, the enjoyment of the humour. I hope that the Lesocraut-Colacci collaborations keep coming.

The characters. Lawyer, Dismas Hardy: as always, endearing in his humanity, his single mindedness, his capacity for friendship and creative, lateral thinking. Franny: his wife -- Franny, I thought you were a bit rough on Dismas this time, sending confused messages about his family obligations and at the same time, huge concern for his client. There's Freeman: reassuringly his own man, and a brilliant lawyer. And the judge: that was a strong portrayal.

And finally, the plot: satisfying, clever, smooth, twists and turns that weren't gratuitous but interesting side travels. A mix of arresting dialogue, dramatic high moments and, as always, the background of San Francisco's beauty and lifestyle (I enjoy Lew the Greeks!) As a person who is part of a society with gun control and where capital punishment has been abolished since 1967, I was riveted by the way the issues of capital punishment and gun ownership were presented.

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  • Roland C. Hiltscher
  • 07-05-16

Heart rending and rewarding 5 stars Straight

I served as court clerk for 7 years and find this story very believable and deeply entertaining.

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  • Tom
  • 03-09-10

Caveat to lawyers

Interesting story and well read by David Colacci, one of my favorite narrators, BUT, if you are a lawyer and are bothered by books with fundamental legal errors (just a few here), then you must be able to ignore them in order to enjoy the book.

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  • R. E. Calla
  • 13-07-08

Mistake fixed by Audible

My compliments to Audible for listening to prior reviews and fixing the problem. I had initially wrote a bad rexiew but now applaud Audible for quickly fixing it. GREAT SEVICE-THANK YOU

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  • Patricia
  • 15-08-19

FANTASTIC ALL THE WAY!

Lived this! TWISTS and turns in the story line always kept my interest. GREAT STORY and the narrator is fantastic!

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  • Danielle
  • 08-04-19

whining voice for female characters

whining voice for Female characters just about to made me crazy. Audibles biggest weaknesses are the reader s attempting to sound male or female. Better just to use nuteral voice and let listeners supply the interpretation.

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  • MiraBella
  • 12-01-19

Masterful

Intricately woven storyline infused with memorable characters. Reads like John Grisham on steriods. Exquisitely crafted.

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  • Brenda K Covey
  • 01-12-18

Entertaining. But too slow in areas.

This is my first Lescroat book. Decent story. Courtroom description was good. Ending was weak. Overall entertaining.

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  • Shannon Cooper
  • 14-05-18

13th

The reviews were right it was waaaaayyy too long but it was good i felt in tune with the characters of the book the reader made me feel like i was there or like i knew these people good book overall

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  • Uncle Charles
  • 10-10-17

Boring to the point of irritability.

I could not get past the first half an hour. It would be bad enough if it put me to sleep, but it was too irritating for that.