• Defending Innocence

  • A Legal Thriller Filled with Gripping Courtroom Drama (Small Town Lawyer, Book 1)
  • By: Peter Kirkland
  • Narrated by: J J Hosenfeld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Defending Innocence

By: Peter Kirkland
Narrated by: J J Hosenfeld
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Publisher's Summary

An innocent client harbors dark secrets....

Defense Attorney Leland Monroe lost it all: his big-city job, his reputation, and, worst of all, his loving wife. Now he’s back in his hometown to hit restart and repair the relationship with his troubled son. But the past is always present in a small town.

Leland returns to find his high school sweetheart hasn’t had the easiest of lives - especially now that her son faces a death sentence for murdering his father. Yet what appears to be an open-and-shut case is anything but. As Leland digs deeper to uncover a truth even his client is determined to keep buried, a tangled web of corruption weaves its way throughout his once tranquil hometown.

Leland soon realizes it’s not just his innocent young client’s life that’s at stake - powerful forces surface to threaten the precious few loved ones he has left.

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Narrator Didn't Work for Me

Although many people have commented favorably on the narrator, I found listening to him more than a little irritating, especially when he was trying to sound like a female character, or an older man. Actually, everyone sounded like an old person other than when the narrator was reading in his normal voice. The plot was okay, but nothing special. Kind of wishing I hadn't wasted the credit.

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Compassion ...was strictly circumscribed.

Almost a great start to a new series. A previously successful prosecution attorney in Charleston had loster everything when his wife died in an accident and his only son, Noah, was left seriously injured with enormous medical bills. Leland moved back to his home town, nearly penniless, and was struggling to build a new business, when a friend of Noah's is accused of the murder of his father and the boy's mother begs Leland to take on the case.
Narration of this book by JJ Hosenfeld was good, his first person recounting felt authentic, protagonists were given individual voices and the whole was well paced, calm and definitely added to the enjoyment of the story even to helping with the development of the characters. The book moves at a steady pace, the who-dun-it? aspect intriguing at first, but the ending was disappointing and felt rushed, out of place. It made the entire novel feel less than believable as a result: a pity because although bizarre, until the final chapters it had felt plausible.The

I enjoy courtroom dramas and this was enjoyable despite previous reservations noted above, and the small actual court room time in the book. Recommended for anyone else who finds pleasure in this genre and I look forward to book two

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interesting Plot

This story has an interesting plot which is what drew me in. There were a few spots where it was a little hard to keep my interest in what was going on. In the end though, it was a good story

I received an ARC and this is my unbiased opinion

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great book

I could not put it down . I just thought the ending was a bit rushed. but I loved the book

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Good book!

I enjoyed Defending Innocence by Peter Kirkland. I is an engaging legal thriller. The narrator JJ Hosenfeld was great!

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Good quick listen

The story is pretty good. The narrator was okay, I almost returned the book but powered through it.

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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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Narrator was boring


Story might have been good but the narrator was absolutely horrendous he sounded so bored the whole time and it made the story sound boring. Don't think I can cope with a whole other book if it's the same narrator

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Not Horrid

Storyline was decent. Narration was WEAK. Just read it...all of the alternate voices used sounded the same and they weren't a nice sound.

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Small Town Lawyer

I enjoyed reading (or listening via audible) Defending Innocence by Peter Kirkland. The story details the struggles a private attorney has after transitioning from being a government attorney. Mr. Kirkland was able to detail these types of struggles with great detail. The emotional impact, the financial impact, and the psychological impact were described in a way that I felt the lead character's struggles. Top this off with a return to his hometown after his wife died from an DUI accident (that she caused), which also caused severe injuries to his own son (which the main character partially blames on himself because as a prosecutor he helped his wife avoid numerous previous DUIs), and you have a greater understanding of the mental issues that the lead character faces. And then, his HS girlfriend's son (who is also good friends with his son) gets charged with murder. The only way to get to the bottom of what truly occurred causes the lead character to face potentially deadly consequences.

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  • 07-08-22

Compassion ... was strictly circumscribed.

Almost a great start to a new series. A previously successful prosecution attorney in Charleston had loster everything when his wife died in an accident and his only son, Noah, was left seriously injured with enormous medical bills. Leland moved back to his home town, nearly penniless, and was struggling to build a new business, when a friend of Noah's is accused of the murder of his father and the boy's mother begs Leland to take on the case.
Narration of this book by JJ Hosenfeld was good, his first person recounting felt authentic, protagonists were given individual voices and the whole was well paced, calm and definitely added to the enjoyment of the story even to helping with the development of the characters. The book moves at a steady pace, the who-dun-it? aspect intriguing at first, but the ending was disappointing and felt rushed, out of place. It made the entire novel feel less than believable as a result: a pity because although bizarre, until the final chapters it had felt plausible.The

I enjoy courtroom dramas and this was enjoyable despite previous reservations noted above, and the small actual court room time in the book. Recommended for anyone else who finds pleasure in this genre and I look forward to book two.

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  • Cyndi
  • 06-28-22

Full of suspense, mystery and intrigue!

This is the first time I've heard of this author and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The narrator did a great job of varying the different voices, some of them were kind of hilarious but hey it's hard for a guy to make a girls voice. This book has interesting characters and I think the author did a great job of showing how what happened changed 2 teenagers with lots on their plate. I especially liked the characters of Maisy, Jackson's mom and private investigator Trudy I think was her name. I also liked how she was able to converse with Noah in a way that really helped him. I look forward to reading more by this author or listening to his books.
I received a free code for this book from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 12-23-21

Enjoyed

I did enjoy the narration of J J Hosenfeld.

Leland Monroe, a previous top prosecuting attorney in Charleston now having to return to the small sleepy southern town where he was born. He now trying to making a living by working with a old attorney friend and struggling with such reduced finances.

When a friend of his son is charged with murder Leland becomes his defence attorney , With the help of an investigator, Munroe embarks on a quest to find some evidence to free his client.

I enjoyed listening . Recommend


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  • Chris S
  • 12-19-21

Good legal thriller

Defending innocence by Peter Kirkland was a very good legal mystery story. I listened to it nearly 8 hours of multiple motives, suspect and other dirty deeds. Then the whole thing resolves in literally the last few minutes. But it doesn’t really resolve and some things are still hanging. In an otherwise very enjoyable and entertaining courtroom / legal thriller, the rush to finish makes me feel cheated. The narration by JJ Hosenfeld is very good.

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  • caroline wright
  • 12-07-21

Really enjoyable and entertaining

Once I got used to the narrator it all really flowed and I had to know how the story ended. I did feel like the end of the story was a bit rushed but apart from that would really enjoy more books from this author and narraror