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Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1 | [Rebecca Forster]

Hostile Witness: The Witness Series, Book 1

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...
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Publisher's Summary

Some secrets aren't uncovered. They are unleashed...

The national bestselling author is back with a gripping legal thriller of a brilliant lawyer caught between her client, a powerful family's hidden legacy, and the truth...

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...

©2007 Rebecca Forster (P)2011 Rebecca Forster

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    K. Mathis usa 03-27-15
    K. Mathis usa 03-27-15

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    "it was a struggle"

    this was the first time I had a desire not to finish a book... narrator sound like she had her frog in her throat when trying to do men. and as a black person kinda offended at the impersonation of the black character but this was probably more so the way it was written that made her act it out that way. not impressed at all with this book and likely won't read the series

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    suzi motooka WOODLAND, CA United States 02-19-15
    suzi motooka WOODLAND, CA United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wounderful"

    The ending had a twist I enjoyed. I listen while I'm at work and really enjoyed this book
    I highly recommend

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    Collette Culver 02-12-15
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    "Kept me interested"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostile Witness to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What other book might you compare Hostile Witness to and why?

    I have never really read criminal books. This one was pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly, I really liked the book. I actually ran an extra mile at the end because it was a good part and I wanted to see what happened next. My only complaint is it just ended abruptly. Other than that, I liked it.

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    Andrea 10-11-14
    Andrea 10-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth my time"
    What would have made Hostile Witness better?

    The story is weak. Character development doesn't happen. Overall, very predictable.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Platt’s performance?

    Platt mispronounced physical by saying psychic in one instance. Not a horrible performance, but somewhat bland.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikky Waller, TX, United States 07-14-14
    Nikky Waller, TX, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good Story - but Narrator was bad!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostile Witness to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book, only listened to it.


    What other book might you compare Hostile Witness to and why?

    Not sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different Narrator!


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

    Once the trial actually began.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 04-26-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2014

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    "very enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Hostile Witness the most enjoyable?

    The friendship between Josie and her friend, but mostly how she wanted to help the girl


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

    I really wasn't on the edge of my seat, but it did keep my interest


    Which character – as performed by Tara Platt – was your favorite?

    Josie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    worth the credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Calhan, CO, United States 04-06-14
    Kelly Calhan, CO, United States 04-06-14
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    "Narrator needs to SLOW DOWN!"

    This book was offered as a special, so I bought it after reading the reviews. It is just as many people said. I couldn't keep up! The narrator is in hyper-speed! I slowed this thing down to .75 (that's point 75) on my i-phone, and other than a bit of distortion it was PERFECT :) The story was great. After all of the complaints about the narrator, I am surprised that the same person was chosen for the second book in the series. Try it, but slow it down.

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    Pbnfreak 12-12-13
    Pbnfreak 12-12-13
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    "Very engaging!"

    What a lovely read! Keeps you going from start to end. Looking forward to Book 2...

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    Amy Spurger 10-24-13
    Amy Spurger 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OK Story but the Performance was Not Good."
    Would you try another book from Rebecca Forster and/or Tara Platt?

    I would think about it. I am not sure if it was as much of the writing as the reading of this book so I might try again.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not a surprise, I could see it coming.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tara Platt’s performances?

    No, her use of voices was not good, it was annoying. Her characters would change voices in the middle of a conversation. The voices were not believable they just sounded goofy.


    What character would you cut from Hostile Witness?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    This was really hard to listen to. I didn't like the way time moved in the book. There would be an unknown gap of time with no warning. All of a sudden time would lapse and I'd have no idea what happened. There were a couple of big climaxes at the end that was skipped and then it's the next day.

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    Karen elgin, TX, United States 10-09-13
    Karen elgin, TX, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stuck it out"
    What did you like best about Hostile Witness? What did you like least?

    I almost didn't finish listening. The book started out interesting, and I thought it had something going for it, but the characters stayed flat.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Platt’s performance?

    Strange long pauses at inappropriate times and no pauses when they were needed, like at the end of one character's actions before beginning the next segment. Sometimes it took a second or two to realize the subject had changed. She seemed to be in a verbal race.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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