Not really. I'm irritated with Brooks character. He's pushy and ignores what she says and what she wants, yet she *magically* falls in love with him. I just couldn't get into the love story. It would have been better as a thriller without stereotypical romance crap.
She does a great job with female voices, but for whatever reason all of her male voices sound terrible.
I said I wouldn't get any more Nora Roberts but I got tempted. This one is better.
It is less romantic and has more of a crime thriller story line.
I don't think pie was mentioned until about half way through but once it was it was much repeated (pizza pie and fruit pie - American pie). The characters were still all very prosperous but the story was good. So I enjoyed listening.
I love a good story especially when the main characters make reasonable decisions and do not create their own false drama. I love this story as the main character had good reasons for the decisions she made. I was truly captivated and will read this story again.... starting now.
Having just finished the wonderful Robert Galbraith series, I was looking for a change - and was lured in to downloading The Witness via a daily deal, the high ratings and an inadequate reviews / classification system. Hoping for a solid thriller / mystery novel I received a woman's romance/ adventure novel that felt it was written by a teenager. I should have done more research on Nora Roberts - obviously a prodigious and successful writer - churning out 209 books who knows her female audience well - more quantity than literary quality - you have to wonder if she has ghost writers helping her. I managed to get about 40% of the way through but found myself cringing so much at the naive interaction of the characters I had to give up and find something more suitable for my tastes. I doubt many male readers will enjoy this author.
Nothing - I'm not the target audience.
The narrator did a good job - but I was expecting her to burst out laughing at some of the corny lines.
I had initial hopes for Liz but as she morphed into Abigail (as one reviewer commented - Data from Star Trek not Lisbeth Salander) I totally lost interest. I found Brooks aggravating, shifty and superficial.
If you are searching for a good thriller / mystery story give this a miss . If you like woman's romance stories you will be more likely to enjoy (maybe).
girls in the stacks
Again, I'm very happy reading Nora Roberts. I like the real-life of the stories; the mundane with the thrilling. She's now one I've come to appreciate for romance mixed with mystery. I can't get enough of that genre right now.
Like "Gone Girl", this is one of Julia Whelan's better solo narratives. This woman can either draw me in or turn me off to a book. A common theme throughout all of my reviews is the quality of a narrator. I don't care how well written a novel is, if the narrator is off, I can't get past it.
The story itself is a little cheesy. The main female character is a little over the top "accomplished". She is a brilliant and wealthy woman who is also a great cook, a computer genius, an outstanding shot, incredible gardner, speaks at least a dozen languages, and on and on. To top it off her dog is awesome and perfectly trained too..By the end she sounded more like a robot than a human. It was a tad daunting. But, this is fiction and having said that all in all it was a fun listen...