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  • Silent Witness: The Witness Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Josie Bates has a full plate caring for a troubled teen, but it's about to get fuller when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disabled stepson - a son Josie never knew he had. When Timothy Wren died at California's oldest amusement park it appeared to be a tragic accident. But now Timothy's biological father and the district attorney are out for blood. Is this a criminal action with merit, a vendetta, or a shakedown? For Josie the stakes are personal. Racing against time to prove someone is framing Archer, her faith in him is tested by his honesty regarding his feelings about his stepson.

    Ken says: "As Good As the First in the "Witness Series""
    "Another Astounding Book in the Witness Series!"
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    If you could sum up Silent Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Amazingly well crafted.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Tara Platt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to see many more in the Witness Series, both in print and in audio form.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rebecca Forster
    • Narrated By Tara Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather-a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

    Kristine says: "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
    "Witness Series Comes Alive! - 6 STARS! out of 5"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostile Witness to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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