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The Burden of Proof

Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
Series: Kindle County, Book 2
Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
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"Expert and excellent... The Burden of Proof is a new sort of novel - a detective story full of people on the make, on the break or settling for second best: a riveting tale." ( Evening Standard)

Summary

One afternoon in late March, Sandy Stern, the brilliant, quixotic defense lawyer in Presumed Innocent, returns home to find his wife, Clara, dead in the garage. They have been married for 31 years. Her suicide note leaves him just four words: 'Can you forgive me?' But on 6 March, Clara had expected to live....

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Totally absorbing story

The combination of an excellent writer and a skilful narrator makes this book an unmissable treat. I found myself listening into the early hours over many nights, reluctant to emerge from the magic of such a talented storyteller. Sandy Stern is a complex and beguiling main character, not your usual dashing hero by any means. He's balding, overweight and introverted, full of doubt and insecurities despite his successful career as a defence attorney. He gradually puts together reasons why his reserved wife killed herself as he looks back over their life together, while dealing with a complex fraud investigation into his shady brother-in-law's brokerage firm. He takes a fresh look at his adult children and doesn't like everything he sees in them. He ventures into new relationships after more than thirty faithful years with the same woman and realises he didn't know his wife as well as he thought he did.

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Recommended for insomniacs

I bought this audiobook because I’d heard the author, Scott Turow, interviewed on Radio 4’s bookclub. It piqued my interest because I enjoy reading law/crime fiction. Despite the excellent narration the story was turgid and very drawn out and the denouements were underwhelming.

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yet another superb thoughtful slow burn thriller

superb difficult to put down, narration is superb with great range of accents and register

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Far too padded out

I have enjoyed some of Scott Turow's books but this one I am having to redeem. The length of the book is often why I consider buying audio books as I get through so many but this one could easily have been a third of the length and was, consequently, far too irritating to stick with. The story in itself is interesting but the gratuitous description of meaningless things just did for me in the end. More distressing still is the fixation on the sex that the central, late middle-aged, recent widower finds, quite literally, just dropping into his lap! I'm happy that someone can write about a sex life being fulfilled in later life but not hour after hour of it. All that together with interminable points of legal minutiae made it unlistenable for me.