It's impossible to say that the audio edition is better than the print version. Both have merits and stand on their own. That said, the audio version of Rebecca Forster's, industry shaking, Hostile Witness is an exponential jump to a higher level. What can be next? This story must be told on the big screen to do it justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the story, but the vivid descriptions Ms. Forsters uses to bring her characters to life, leave nothing to the listeners imagination. I'll use: "Theatre of the Mind' to best describe the audio version of Hostile Witness. Tara Platt, the reader, is fabulous in the way in which she becomes each character.
I really enjoyed the scene when Josie, and the Rayburns were in the Judges chambers. Josie's feather's ruffled up and really took charge of the situation. In my opinion, it was the turning point in the book. If I'm ever on trial...get me Josie Bates!
I wasn't moved by any particular moment in the book. I was moved by every moment in the book. Moved to another place, another time and away from all of the distractions of this world. "Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites." Andre Jute This novel is a diamond.
Amazingly well crafted.
I have found that all of Rebecca Forster's thrillers keep me on the edge of my seat. It is obvious that she does extensive research for her books and the realism of her storylines doesn't just float by. The elements of the story she tellls are current and relevant. You will become invested in the story because that realism and relevance slaps you in the head, grabs you and drags you to the edge of your seat. I find that I am always making mental guesses at 'who dunit', but I try to hold off turning to the end to find out if my guess is correct.
Yes, I have listened to Tara in the past. I am quite fond of her delivery and in the way she gives each character their own character. Her work in Hostile Witness was awesome. She has a voice that you can listen to for hours.
I am a roller coaster lover and was really pulled into the amusement park scenes. Ms. Forster's gift for descriptive style puts a visual in your mind and you can 'see' the story. Couple that gift with Tara Platt's delivery, and you have an audio book that is a riveting experience.
I hope to see many more in the Witness Series, both in print and in audio form.
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