I am a fan of JD Robb books, but don't always love all the Nora Roberts novels as much. I thought this one was one of the better ones. I think the narrator had a huge part in that, but just the way Nora wrote Abigail's character made her really interesting. Maybe part of me was liking her so much because she reminded me of Bones, although not exactly the same personality. Both characters are brilliant, yet socially inept and so literal that jokes or expressions often go over their heads. However, unlike Bones, I find Abigail more vulnerable - even as tough and strong and capable as she has learned to be. Didn't she just need a hug so badly? And didn't you just want to be one of the special few allowed to pet her dog without getting your arm ripped off?
I am so impressed with how Julia Whelan narrated both the main characters' voices, but mainly Abigail's. I think she used just the right tone and expression for all her dialogue. As for Brooks, I enjoyed her portrayal of him most when he was laughing at or just charmed by Abigail's eccentricities. The story itself was pretty good, although not too suspenseful, compared to some similar storylines. The characters and the setting really were what made this book worth listening to. The descriptiveness of the town made me want to move there myself. Am I now a huge Nora Roberts fan? - well maybe a little more than before. But as for Julia Whelan, I am going to have to look into some of her other books now. Maybe I have found a new favourite narrator.
I don't recall if I've ever read a Nora Roberts book before, but I'm not a fan. The story grabbed me right away, and the narrator is a large reason why. Her narration made me feel each character, including the male voices. The very beginning (and I won't write a spoiler) had me sitting in a parking lot, and listening...wondering what would happen. The romance part was very transparent. Abigail is so darn "Dr. Spock-ish" with her logical mind, but I found her endearing. The end was just a tad bit of a letdown-- I felt it was also predicable, yet I found the entire story to be engrossing enough that I found myself cleaning my house a lot more thoroughly than normal, because I just didn't want to stop listening.
This isn't a fair answer, since I won't read the print version, but I can't imagine it could be as good as Julia Whelan's performance. This is a challenging book to narrate, and Julia gets accents, personality, and emotions with such accuracy it enhances a wonderful story.
In a book filled with drama and action, I loved best the discourse between Brooks and Abigail as he patiently but relentlessly draws her out of her protective shell.
I haven't listened to other Julia Whalen performances but I immediately did a search for her other work to see if there were any appealing stories. I sure hope to hear more of her work in the future.
Nora Roberts has an unparalleled writing career so it might seem hyperbole to say this s one of her best books, but that's how it is for me. The writing frequently invoked laughter.
The Witness was awesome! This is an intrigueing book with suspence and romance. I love how smart and independent Abigail is. The Witness is very entertaining! I never wanted to pause it!
Yes, from the first few minutes into it had me wondering what was going to happen next!
She's a great narrator! She had the perfect voice for this book.
I most definately kept wishing I had the time to listen to the whole thing all the way through.
Absolutely. Wonderful characters, beautifully narrated and it will make you cry.
Elizabeth Finch - a brave 16 year old who matures into a wonderful woman.
Fantastic - I would not hesitate buying a book if she is the narrator.
Murder, Love and Redemption.
My first Nora Roberts novel. Will definitely be buying others.
I was surprisingly entranced by the analytical, uber intelligent heroin in the story and the charming aw shucks demeanor of the Sheriff. Great story and enjoyed the narrator and the story line. It was nice not to see the twists coming at you!
Probably not. I don't typically listen to the same story twice.
Abigail(Elizabeth), is great and of course she is the main character, but I definitely would give Brooks the top award for supporting role!
Brooks, I loved how she put that strong but sweet southern accent in this character. I could just imagine him in my head as if I were watching a movie.
It made me laugh, cry, and mad.
Nora Roberts did an excellent job with this story. It's a little bit different than her typical book, but what an excellent job! I recommend it highly!
Yes, if they were in the mood for an easy read. I liked that the main character was strong and she prevailed over the bad guys while finding love. The love story was a bit cheesy and over the top.
This was my first Julia Whelan narrated book. She did a great job.
I enjoyed this book. It was the exact type of thing I was looking for. Not too heavy in spite of the whole Russian mafia theme. It was more about survival and wits. The bad guys get what they deserve in the end. And there are quite a few bad guys.
I hated to stop listening. This is the best Nora Roberts in a long time. The performance was also strong. I hope for more like this.
Did not take me out of the story. That is the best thing I can say about any performance for an audiobook.
I would change the narrator. Julia Whelan's reading was too cold. Characters in Nora Roberts' books are usually so alive, they just burst with energy. Maybe it was her (the narrator) interpretation of the book, but it felt as if Liz / Abigail had Asperger's syndrome. Perhaps that is how she saw the character. To me she (Abigail) was just waiting to feel. She was not "robotized", but that is how it felt with this narration, so I was rather disappointed.
I loved the narrator in Chasing fire. She really managed to capture the characters (at least as I imagined them), the romance, the thrill of being a smoke jumper, the suspense. She was really good!
Rebecca Lowman would have been much better.