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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kindle County Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780739341568
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent comes a compelling new legal mystery featuring George Mason from Personal Injuries. Originally commissioned and published by The New York Times Magazine, this edition contains additional material.

Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At fifty-nine, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive? And what is it about this horrific case of sexual assault, now on trial in his courtroom, that has led him to question his fitness to judge?

In LIMITATIONS, Scott Turow, the master of the legal thriller, returns to Kindle County with a suspenseful entertainment that asks the biggest questions of all. Ingeniously, and with great economy of style, Turow probes the limitations not only of the law but of human understanding itself.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huey | 2/13/2014

    " Good thriller story but the ending was unexpected, short and a little subdued and very good introduction to George Mason as a person, judge and friend. I have skipped right through all the books after presumed innocent to go straight into Innocent, so this was a good background story on who the Judge George Mason was as a person that I have read in innocent. Am pleasantly delighted with the appearance of Rusty Sabich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Huebner | 2/10/2014

    " Scott Turow is one of the few writers of commercial fiction who successfully combine intelligence, social consciousness, and thought-provoking subject matter within the thriller genre. The reader can always count on something more than just a mindless page turner. In Limitations, an appellate court justice finds himself the subject of e-mail threats from an unknown assailant as he attempts to juggle his decision in a high-profile rape case with circumstances from his past 40 years before. While Turow sets the stage for an excellent examination of a man under pressure in the midst of a difficult dilemma, Limitations doesn't quite follow through on its promise. The book, while good and worth reading, seems a bit too much like the outline of an excellent book that isn't fully developed. Written in serial form for a magazine, it could have used a bit more plot and character development that an additional 100 pages or so would have offered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/30/2014

    " Nice, short mystery. Easy read with a plot that really makes you ponder the morale dilemma the main character faces throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 1/24/2014

    " This particular paperback is a Trade edition. The main character is Judge George Mason, who faces several conflicts. His wife is just getting over having treatment for a rare form of cancer. In trying to come up with a sentence for a disturbing rape case, he is reminded of a youthful indescretion where he participated in a college prank which involved a number of college men having sex with a consenting young woman, and a personal attack on him. Scott Turow writes a compelling story--I have always enjoyed his work.-=== "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laredo | 1/20/2014

    " OK for filling time while in the car "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/20/2014

    " Ok, we get it - you're a brilliant lawyer, but why try to pass off a treatise on the legal system as a work of fiction? I'm not sure how this one got past his editor's desk or who his intended audience was, but there was so little story in this and so much legal mumbo jumbo that the only reason I read it through to the end was that I picked it up and down and read it in short chunks. He's got much better works of fiction out there, don't bother with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/19/2014

    " Turow's prose is, as expected, wonderful -- but this is slight book. Interesting questions are introduced, but perhaps due the book's origin as a serial in the NYT are not satisfactorily developed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Bruce | 1/15/2014

    " Not one of his good ones, it's pedestrian and not very mysterious. A decent contemplation about what makes a judge tick but not much story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/5/2014

    " Kind of interesting, but really just a long short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/20/2013

    " A lesson in the ambiguities of law. Well written, but the main plot was a bit lame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Silverberg | 12/15/2013

    " Really fun short legal thriller, less than 200 pages so the story goes quickly which is nice for a change! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2013

    " Not as good as other books by Turow, in my opinion. Just okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 11/24/2013

    " Boring 282 page paperback that should have been written in 50 pages. Reading this book was like watching George Clooney in "The American." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 11/20/2013

    " Not up to Turow's usual standard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/16/2013

    " I don't think he's my cup of tea. Decent writer, I'm just not that interested in the legal world. Listened to this on cd and it made a long driver pass more quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/2/2013

    " I love Scott Turow, he gets the story going and gets to the heart of the matter. This was not one of his best but still very good about the limitations of everything in life, including the law. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Petelle | 6/4/2013

    " Like all Turow books, this one has some pretty good insights into how the legal process works, and has a reasonably clever plot. It's also his shortest and least perverted book (of the ones I've read) since "One-L." So it's worth the relatively small investment of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawngoldstein | 4/30/2013

    " Enjoying it for its insider look at judging, but very disturbing revelations from the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dcgreeneboy | 2/27/2013

    " quick read. not very deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 11/19/2012

    " A fine, if slight, courtroom mystery. Turow's interest is really the imperfection of legal justice rather than suspense or human drama. So I'd say that he's most engrossing and convincing when he's describing the workings of the law, rather than his human characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 6/30/2012

    " Scott Turow is always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 3/13/2012

    " A good book, but not Turow's best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 3/3/2012

    " Don't pick this up. If you're like me and feel like you have to finish every book you start, you'll wind up ataying up til midnight one night to finish it and be totally unsatisfied with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bo | 12/15/2011

    " Limited, but easy on the ears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 10/27/2011

    " would have been better trimmed down to a short story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Blanco | 10/18/2011

    " I thought this book was okay, but by far not one of the best. It was fairly well written, but I just didn't care much for the story line as I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadoh | 7/12/2011

    " pretty good..read the book, not the kindle thing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 7/8/2011

    " A decent read but not great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 5/25/2011

    " just OK - one of those books you page ahead to see what will happen - Maybe too predictable.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 5/24/2011

    " I wonder if Turow will continue with this series? He has set the stage for Rusty's son and a few others to carry on. This was an enjoyable book, with some nice curves in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book although it had some similarities to Presumed Innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/17/2011

    " I love legal thrillers, and Turow is the best. This one is a sequel to Presumed Innocent (wish I remembered it in greater detail) and they should be read in order. This one has a nice surprise ending. Surprised me, anyway. Some of my more astute friends will doubtless guess it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 5/14/2011

    " sequel to Presumed Innocent; Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto once again do battle in the courtroom 20+ years after his last trial as Sabich is accused of murdering his wife; very good narration; excellent character development; excellent storytelling
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 5/11/2011

    " Not fantastic writing, but great plot and sucked me in for an entire Sunday. Interesting subplots and characters. However, I am glad I read Presumed Innocent just a few weeks ago (which I did not like as much) so I could make connections more easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 5/6/2011

    " This was an excellent sequel to "Presumed Innocent". I will definitely be reading more of Turow's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/1/2011

    " Wow. Couldn't put it down. Did he or did he not kill his wife? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/22/2011

    " Excellent courtroom mystery - quick, interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/19/2011

    " Probably would have given this book 5 stars but didn't care as much for the ending as the rest of the book. All in all, a good sequel. I'm sure we will see a movie in the future with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rusty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inese | 3/30/2011

    " Fantastic.
    Read "Presumed Innocent" first .... not necessary but it'll add to your understanding.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/28/2011

    " If you liked Presumed Innocent, you will like this book. You don't have to have read Presumed to enjoy this one, but you will enjoy it more if you had done. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.