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We, the Jury

Written by: Robert Rotstein
Narrated by: full cast
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the day before his 21st wedding anniversary, David Sullinger buried an ax in his wife's skull. Now, eight jurors must retire to the deliberation room and decide whether David committed premeditated murder - or whether he was a battered spouse who killed his wife in self-defense.

Told from the perspective of over a dozen participants in a murder trial, We, the Jury examines how public perception can mask the ghastliest nightmares. As the jurors stagger toward a verdict, they must sift through contradictory testimony from the Sullinger's children, who disagree on which parent was Satan; sort out conflicting allegations of severe physical abuse, adultery, and incest; and overcome personal animosities and biases that threaten a fair and just verdict.

Ultimately, the central figures in We, the Jury must navigate the blurred boundaries between bias and objectivity, fiction and truth.

©2018 Robert Rotstein (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Unedited audio format not helpful to this story

A story with a narrative flow that is endlessly and repeatedly interrupted by digressions into the petty first-person ruminations of its many, many cardboard characters. 'We, the Jury' might work better as an amateur theater production with no budgetary concerns about the 20 or so voices required to produce it. Money concerns may have contributed to this audio books producer / director's apparent slapdash approach to the story's editing and the actors' unconvincing voice characterizations and eclectic pronunciations. The actor portraying the deaf retired school teacher sounds as though she acquired her old-lady voice chops listening to 1930s radio. Annoying in an audiobook were the repeated character self-introductions, particularly that of the "certified shorthand reporter" who included the long court document header in legalese each time she contributed. Blame the author for the generally odd and sometimes out-of-character internal monologues that sound as though they might have all come from from the same person. Glad this one was on sale.

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Struggled to listen

If you enjoy hearing from every single point of view during a trial then this could be for you. Driving while listening to this almost put me to sleep when listening to some of the dry point of views like the court reporter.

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Anticlimactic

I enjoyed the book and the different characters but it lacked a true finish. I found myself disappointed with the lack of true conclusion.

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Heartfelt performance of a thought-provoking work

I will sorely miss the vibrant characters on this jury duty of humanity and psychology.

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Disjointed and not engaging

I didn’t enjoy this story at all. I felt like I was just listening to the mundane stories/personalities of various everyday people who happened to be part of a jury. I didn’t find it at all suspenseful, or feel any investment in whether the character David was found guilty or not guilty. If I had been reading it as a paperback, I wouldn’t have bothered to finish it.

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  • Kate
  • 2019-01-05

Different in a really good way.

I love legal thrillers and I really enjoyed this one. The prospectives from which it was written really make it stand out and it won’t be one of those books I listen to, forget about and when I see it again later have to pop over to good reads to see weather or not I’ve already read it. My only complaint is that I feel like it could have gone on a bit longer. I wasn’t ready for it to be over and felt that there could have been a lot more story to tell. It’s pretty short.

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  • The Reliquary of Treasures
  • 2019-02-12

I love full-cast productions and this one is fun!

Simple story, fun characters, nothing stressful. If you are looking for techno-story this IS NOT it. But it is EZ listening and worth the time and energy.

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  • RueRue
  • 2020-04-15

Jury deliberations

Interesting concept and a good start to this multi-character story, but it lost momentum at about 2/3 of the way through. The ending was somewhat inconclusive, leaving some room for the reader to deliberate on what to believe....sort of like a juror.

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  • Admiralu
  • 2019-08-30

Interesting Look Into the Legal Process

This was an interesting account of a jury during a murder trial. While the focus is on the jurors, (we never learn their names), the other members of the court also tell their stories. Instead of a narrative, each character voices their thoughts during the proceedings. An interesting example of different members of society, varying ages and races all come to a head during the trial. The attorneys, court clerk, bailiff and judge also weigh in. This is a perfect example of what being a juror is. The guilty vs not guilty flows back and forth and this novel shows how jurors may not get everything correct, which is frightening when you really think it through. Would you agree with the verdict? There are also some wonderful human touches. An especially poignant judge deals with the loss of her beloved husband, an interfaith marriage and her decision to be childfree! It's wonderful to see a character who doesn't have it want kids. The childfree viewpoint is rarely seen in literature. She is also dealing with a health issue and you feel for this character. Another surprise was the court clerk and his husband arguing about Star Wars canon vs extended universe books and characters. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, it was a delight to see the characters weighing in on a popular fandom topic. I love both. As you read, and in my case listen, you can't help but wonder what you would've done if you were on the jury. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Each member had a different narrator reading their part. The audio was the perfect accomplice to the novel. Read for yourself and decide.

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  • michael j stachowski
  • 2020-09-05

Slow moving unrealistic fairy tale

I'm a trial lawyer. No lawyer would allow a jury consultant on a criminal jury. The story is unrealistic. I once had an appeal containing a husband claim of spousal abuse as part of his battered spouse syndrome defense . I thought a look from the jury's perspective might be interesting. Sadly I got an unrealistic soap opera. Dont waist your time

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  • Jennifer
  • 2020-09-04

Pretty Good

The performance was pretty good, different people equaled different voices. The storyline was pretty good, but I did catch myself not paying attention towards the end. I really don't feel there was a need for so much cussing, but that's me. Had I realized that in the beginning, I probably wouldn't have added. I liked getting the different points of view from each character. Gave good insight to that individual and how they thought.

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  • Diatrix
  • 2020-09-01

lovvvvee it

Thisis a very good book. once I started it, I didn't want to stop till the end

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  • Stephanie
  • 2019-10-01

Like waiting for a Xmas gift and getting socks...

Such an excellent premise. Terrific build up. And then... Nothing! The ending felt so flat. Underwhelming. I was so disappointed after such a strong start.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-02-11

sent back

returned didn't finish.had trouble getting interested in this story maybe it would be better read and not on audible

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  • Karen FH
  • 2018-12-24

A great story!

I loved the characters in this book, they were strong and relatable. I wanted the story to continue but it ended not how I expected!

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