Can't believe that after scribing over 200 novels Nora Roberts has still written such a quality book. I've only read one three-book series of hers, which I infinitely enjoyed, but the writing in this one was eons better. Part of it was due to the excellent narration (her male voices so well done I thought perhaps there were two readers), but her dialogue has matured surprising well since those earlier books. I'm totally impressed with the research she does on her topics. As well as gardening was portrayed in her earlier series, computer hacking and police investigations came alive as if I were watching a documentary. I'm a computer technician, so can vouch for the authenticity of the way she wrote about hacking and programing - it was quite entertaining for me - the law enforcement plot turns I fear are accurate as well, and the Russian mafia, well I've no experience, thank goodness with them, but she's made me quite glad I haven't.
Her main character, Elizabeth was deftly drawn. She grew and changed throughout the story and her possibly unbelievable or even unforgivable actions in the end became totally understandable, even welcomed. So rarely do we get to rectify past wrongs and give the bad guys their comeuppance! That's one of the pleasures good fiction can occasionally offer - the satisfying fantasy!
It's too bad she's relegated to the Romance genre, nothing against that form of novel, but it will deter so many others from reading her books which are so much better written with far more complex characters and plots than most of the other romance novels that I've read (ok only a few sampled, but enough to keep me away from that genre until someone talked me into reading the In The Garden series.)
Roberts wrote so convincingly about law enforcement that I'll probably always question the validity of their actions as reported in the press. As a matter of fact, there was just such a story in the news about an additional possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. It so echoed the story line of The Witness, as far as the FBI shooting a suspect during questioning, with no witnesses to the supposed knife attack of agent by the suspect, that I'm now suspicious as to what really went down and why. I'll never be able to take these sorts of headline stories at face value again. And I thank Nora Roberts for that, because we should always question before passing blithe judgement in these situations.
I very much recommend The Witness—fast moving, illuminating, with endearing characters for whom you root until the last page.
I typically read horror and zombie books. I shy away from vampires and love stories. I always thought Nora Roberts wrote the latter. This book was part of the May sale so I gave it a shot. WOW. Boy am I glad I did! The story revolves around a 16 year old girl whose every thought and action is controlled by her mother. She's a genius but socially inept. She's never been to the mall, doesn't know how to dress nor know any of the typical teenage pop culture. After a fight with her mother she rebels. She runs into Julie and they strike a deal, Liz will make fake ids if Julie will help her shop & take her with her to the club. Liz ends up witnessing something horrific and after an attempt on her life while in police custody she goes into hiding. The majority of the story takes place 12 years later. LIz - now known as Abigail is super suspicious of everyone, still socially backwards, a loner and incredibly paranoid. All of which has kept her alive from the bad guys! The small town chief of police takes an interest in her and it turns into a beautiful story of love, suspense, cat and mouse, computer hacking etc. Reminded me of the Sandra Bullock movie The Net in some regards. I was VERY surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a mushy, over the top harlequinesque novel. Roberts does an excellent job of developing the main character. Though a bit peculiar she's "endearing" and you find yourself rooting for her. The narrator was wonderful. Unlike alot of female narrators she did a great job with the male voices. She captured Abigail/Liz's innocence and guarded reserve excellently!!! The last quarter of the book is non stop action when Abigail aka Liz decides to stop hiding and confront her past with the help of her lover Chief of Police Brooks. AWESOME read. I'm glad I downloaded it!
I have read/listened to Nora Roberts and JD Robb books for years. Her books typically follow a formula, but it's a successful formula that I usually enjoy. The characters and plots are usually well developed with the right mix of mystery, adventure and romance. I appreciate Roberts' trademark portrayal of damaged but intelligent women who rise above their troubled pasts to create new lives for themselves. Their efforts ultimately come together with the help of honorable men and loving communities.
Elizabeth/Abigail is an interesting, intelligent, strong and resourceful character. Police Chief Brooks lends just the right touch of caring support and integrity, and he comes with the quirky, amusing and loving family that is missing from Elizabeth's life. The narration is good and the voices are appropriate to the characters. Overall, this is one of Roberts' best efforts in a long time.
yes because every now and then, Nora Roberts produces an excellent one - but this was not one of them, in my view
This is one of Nora's average books, not great, not terrible.
it is similar to her other books in that she exaggerates how terrible one parent is (the heroine's mom) and how wonderful the other family is (the hero's parents and sisters).
It has an interesting plot outside of the romance itself, but it feels incomplete somehow.
The first few chapters are very well written (about the heroine in her teens) but the hero does not appear until much later and then their relationship develops quite fast. I actually dozed off in the middle of their first bedroom scene!!
This is better than some of her latest work (The Search, the last 3 books in the Bride Quartet) but nowhere near her very best work (e.g. The Chesapeake Bay saga, Montana Sky, the Stanislaski brothers and sisters)
first time I listen to her. She is quite good - though her portrayal of Abigail made her sound a little bit cold/boring, I think it made sense for her character
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
This book is about courage, patients, and being a survivor. The heroin in this story is Elizabeth alias Abigale. She decides to rebel against her controlling mother. And her decision changes her life forever. Twelve years later she is still on the run and meets Sheriff Brooks. Who becomes her love interest. This book has a little bit of everything, suspense, love, action, and courage.
The narrator Julia Whelan did an awesome job. This is a great book to listen to. I would definitely recommend it.
I didn't read the print version but really enjoyed the audio. Not sure I would have read Liz/Abagail as narrator but appreciated that point of view and think it did bring more to the experience.
Liz/Abagail's emotional journey
No. At first, I didn't care for her narration so much. But it didn't take me long to lose myself into the story and enjoy the narration.
There were multiple points of the story to wring tears from me. This is definitely more a contemporary romance vs. romance suspense but the character growth and interpersonal relationships were well fleshed out and delivered. I still wanted more when it ended.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
The Witness came up on so many reading lists, I decided to give Nora Roberts a try. After the fact, I found out she writes romance novels, which is not really my thing, or so I thought. I really enjoyed The Witness. Actually, the romance part took a back seat to the surrounding drama unfolding.
Elizabeth, a young 16-year-old girl has grown up more like her mother’s science experiment, than a child. Elizabeth attempts to break out of her cocooned life for one night with her friend Julie. Sporting new clothes, hairstyles, and fake ID’s the two girls go to a nightclub owned by Russian mafia. Drunk and naive, the girls accompany these crime lords back to their place for some added enjoyment. Alcohol, guns and the mob don’t mix well, and Elizabeth witnesses a double homicide. In police protection her world is rocked again by crooked cops and Elizabeth is on the run – alone.
Fast forward 12 years and Abigail Lowery, AKA Elizabeth Fitch, is living a secluded life behind a cloak of security cameras, artillery and computers in a small town in the Ozarks. She spends her time using her brilliant mind to make money and stay one step ahead of the murders who have never given up looking for her.
Enter Brooks Gleason, the chief of police in her new town, who is intrigued by Abigail’s need to always be packing, her secluded lifestyle and her attack dog who takes orders in a number of foreign languages. He picks away at her hard facade until her finally breaks through her robotic-like existence. Slowly and patiently, he makes a little progress at showing Abigail she is capable of having real emotions and that not everything in her life has to come down to cause and effect. The duo team up to put an end to Abigail’s life on the run.
I really liked this book and definitely would not hesitate to read another Nora Roberts novel. Quirky protagonist, compelling story line and a little romance are all present in this entertaining novel.
Julia Whelan reads the part of Abigail perfectly and really brings this unusual protagonist to life.
Say something about yourself!
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it months ago and still remember it well. The story was a bit - just a bit - unbelievable, but would like it to be possible. I enjoyed the small town and excentric life mixed with the big city knowledge of the world. Small town, and big city criminals.
I will listen again, and probably again after that. I recommend.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
I have not read the printed version and always listen to unabridged.
Distinction between character voices was not as clean as it could have been.
Made me wish I had a dog and a man like the ones described in the book...in that order! I loved the idea of giving the dog commands in different languages as an additional precaution.
The book was predictable, but tolerably so.
The characters ~ loved the heroine, but Brooks, be still my heart! There was one of those amazing NR heroes, with that laid back lovable affability that almost hides his smarts and strength. I loved Brooks's family, and how they made Abigail feel part of something right from the get go, even though she was tough to warm up to.
Oh, the plot twist. You knew WHO did, you even knew how ~~ what you didn't know, and just couldn't quite figure out was how it was gonna get twisted back on them.
It was first listen from this narrator, and I thought she really did an excellent job ~ at first I was dissapointed, because I love Susan Ericksen doing NR and JD Robb books, but I really enjoyed the way Julia brought these characters to life for me. She made me 'see' each character through her voice, and I loved the way she did Abigail.
Just that I love listening to Nora Roberts/JD Roberts Audio books. I've read them for years and years, and have actually gone back and bought most of her library in Audio also since I've just truly enjoyed the experience of them coming to life ~ not like a movie, because this is EVERY word Nora penned, just come to life! I love it!