It's one of N.R. At her best, the suspense, the plot, it could have bordered on J.D. Robb, I loved it! This is the kind of story telling I look forward to from her. I didn't want to put it down. The narrator did an amazing job with this story, it was a difficult one at times with characters who had different accents, she nailed it in my opinion. Flawless effort, believable, and easy to listen to! Keep 'em coming Ms. Roberts!I
Vince Flynn is my favorite author. I enjoy CIA or FBI thrillers, and sometimes light reading like Judith McNaught or Cathrine Coulter. Personal information, I became a grandma last year and love it!
I would recommned this to a friend. It's entertaining and suspensful.
The main character, who goes by different names thoughout the story, is so direct when discussing her opinion its entertaining. You never know what she is going to say next. The story also has a thriller dynamic to it.
"Annabell" is the main characters' name in her adult life is my favorite character.
I have never read a Harlequin novel but I image one would read like "Witness"; full of implausible, over the top, two dimensional characters, who are blessed with the most unbelievable talents and capable of the most unbelievable behavior.
There is the domineering, cold hearted, "chief of surgery", evil to the core, mother and her pure, super intellectual, photographic minded, submissive 16 year old daughter, who, in spite of her amazing intellect; she speaks several languages, including Russian, and is wise beyond her years, is completely submissive to her evil mother. Oh, and btw, mom knows nothing of her daughters real interest; in becoming an FBI agent.
Then, this highly intelligent, rational and wise beyond her years hooks up with a 16 girl she barely knows, makes her a false ID, and together they hit the "club scene", knock down 5 "cosmos", hook up with the "hot" Russian club owners, who take them home and she remains standing and able to recall the horrific events that follow.
When the dust settles on the horror of the evening the evil mother appears and behaves like the evil queen in Snow White and when the protagonist is removed to the second safe house in chapter 4, or 5, she is met by a handsome, muscular, deputy in a tight white T-shirt and jeans.
If all this isn't pure Harlequin then I know what is.
The facinating characterizations and brilliant story line
Its 21st century story line and characters - suspensful with a great "twist" .
Computer nerds and their knowledge around technology.
Abigail a wonderful insightful performance of a "damaged" persona.
Neither It did leave me feeling more vunerable to trusting computerized technology.
It encouraged my faith in human nature
It"s what would be called( if reading one's sel)f a "page turner" - made all the more enjoyable and suspensful by the brilliant "narrator"
No, but only because I don't like reading or listening to a book twice.
Liz. She was rather complex.
Nice narration and consistence in doing the character voices.
Nice diversion from the typical Nora Roberts. It had more depth to the story. The end wrapped up too fast.
This is my first Nora Roberts book. Can you believe that? For some reason I always thought a Nora Roberts novel would be "gooey romantic". Not a term I know, however, I truly enjoyed the story, the character development and the narrator. Julia Whelan is AWESOME, one of the best narrators I've heard so far. I do not believe I have ever heard a female narrator who can play sixteen year old girls, then a twenty eight year old woman as well as do southern male and female voices so well. Her understanding of the characters in this novel is truly amazing.
A perfect combination of a good entertaining novel and narration. I say, get this audio. It's well worth it.
Yes, I will probably listen to it again. The storyline was so interesting.
The murder scene and escape.
Russian mafia bested by an all American girl.
Yes. This was my first Nora Roberts' novel and I loved it. The story is so worth listening to again and again.
Both laughed and cried. Brooks is very funny as well as other members of his family.
I listen to novels for distraction and entertainment and rate them on the experience, not literary merit. I prefer to read good literature.
Listening to The Witness was one of those rare experiences in which it was difficult to tell whether the failings of the experience originated with the author or narrator. A little of both, I suppose: heroine, Elizabeth/Abigail is 'socially inept' (as we are told often enough), but her stilted, extraordinarily formal dialog and it's flat, almost atonal delivery drove me right up a wall. The character sounded like a couple of my friends with Aspergers- who are friends, not entertainment.
Whelan is otherwise a competent narrator and the story, predictable and mediocre, not quite up to Robert's usually stronger storytelling skills.
I actually forced myself to finish the book, having discarded my last 'listen'.
The Witness isn't bad, it just isn't good.
This story starts off great and hooks you to go on (typical of old Nora Roberts style writing) and I just couldn't put it down...had to know what happened next. I think the reason I can't give this 5 stars is because the female lead character is so unlikeable as an adult it lost me. There was no chemistry between the two main characters, they simply "mated." I know this is because how Liz was raised but it caused a strange, stiff coupling. I loved Bert the dog!! I gave the story 4 stars because the beginning was so strong. I'm hoping for more from NR soon!!
The narrator was so-so for me. When there was a backyard BBQ party and several female characters were present it was hard to tell who was speaking. Everyone sounded the same. She wasn't the worst I have heard but wasn't the best either.