Great story couple of plots opportunit great job telling the story at the right time with out too much stuff
The narrator was great. I would listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan. I also like the main character. I like the detail that Nora Roberts used to develop the main character in the beginning of the book.
Ok, so you're the author of this book creating the main character, hiding from the Russian mafia. Her character, Elizabeth/Abigail has spent a significant amount of time, money and street smarts to stay under the radar and stay alive. Nora Roberts goes into detail developing her character and she does a really good job. Abigail is strange and she is appealing and she's smart.
So WHY does NR wreck the whole thing by introducing a boyfriend/cop Brooks? This guy never stops. From the time Abigail meets him, he works constantly to wear her down to be more sociable, and he constantly interrupts the systems she has implemented to stay safe. If the book were more realistic, the things he does would have gotten her killed eventually. He's supposed to be rescuing her I guess, but he's a needy mess.
It just doesn't stop. He shows up uninvited, (so does his mother) eats her food, pushes her to do things she doesn't want to do, takes advantage of her loneliness.... Nora Roberts meant him to be the good guy, but I think he's a manipulator. He doesn't take no for an answer. Just an epic fail on that character and irritated the heck out of me.
Book started off so well, but it trailed off into a small town drama. Mayberry on steroids.
She does a variety of voices and keeps the story moving.
I listened to this twice in a row, it was so good! Really hoping that Nora Roberts make this the beginning of a series, it could be taken so many directions and the two main characters are compelling.
It was hard to have it end, I wanted it to keep going.
St. Louis, Mo.
This book is among the best that I've listened to. And it's not just narrator Whelan. The plot and the writing are outstanding, and the best of any Robts' book that I've listened/read. And I'm including some of her best "In Death'' books as well. Love the sophisticated, surprise ending. One of Roberts' best..
The characters are well-developed, and not entirely predictable. Granted, Police Chief Brooks Gleason may be too good to be true, as far as his patience as he pursues Abigail. But it's a great story nonetheless. And Abigail is a TERRIFIC character, multi-faceted and deservedly paranoid and anxious, as well as just gosh-darn brilliant.
Whelan brings emotion and a uniqueness to each character. I am VERY picky about my narrators. And she is PERFECT for this book. I sometimes cringe at some narrators who are too young for their characters (such as poor decisions for recent Kathy Reichs' books when publisher/author switched from Rosenblat for Temperance Brennen, who is in her 40s and deserves a weathered voice, not a high-pitched one like some of the newer narrators in that series.) Whelan is perfect for The Witness. And her voice range for the various characters is very impressive.
This book moved me like few have done. Liz/Abigail is a survivor, and just one terrific character. I'm surprised this book hasn't been made into a movie..But they'd probably ruin it.
Perfect storyline, perfect narration, in an amazing ending. The only downfall was that the ending had to actually come. I would love to see "The Witness" hit the big screen!
Loved the storyline, but the narration could use some work. It wasn't horrible, but the narrator kept changing voice at wrong parts of the story. This caused me to become mildly annoyed, but Overall, I enjoyed the novel.
I wasn't sure if I would like this as I have never read or listened to Nora Roberts before this book. I normally read sci-fi and fantasy novels, and this was a change for me. Fantastic.
I have read a lot of Nora Roberts and while she normally writes a really good story I found this one to be lacking. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and it never did. There could have been so much more drama, suspense, excitement in this story and she just never went that way. More of a boring love story.