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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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    Kristine ROWLETT, TX, United States 08-04-13
    Kristine ROWLETT, TX, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Naration ALMOST spoils good story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator's inexperience is obvious. Many times it's like she's reading a line for the first time, so it doesn't come out with the right emphasis. Even worse, though, are the attempts at speaking each character with different tones and accents. I muddled through the breathy mother and too-deep male voices only because the story kept me intersted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character and her relationship with the accused.


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

    No.


    Do you think Hostile Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I liked the main character and might read another book about her.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 07-27-13
    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Good story, truly incompetent reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was interesting and worth finishing, but my fourth graders can read better than this. She sounds like a truly bad actor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She sounded like a bad actor - overdone, voices unrealistic, just really badl


    Any additional comments?

    This story would have been much better with another narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 05-23-13
    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Narrator ruined this for me"

    If she wasn't speed reading, gasping for breath and swallowing into the microphone, she was breathy and trying to make a sexy voice for the other female character. And the male characters?? Don't get me started. It was like a bad comic impression. It really ruined the book for me. Well, that and the cheesy one-liners.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. ROSCOE, IL, United States 06-10-12
    K. ROSCOE, IL, United States 06-10-12
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    "Witness Series Comes Alive! - 6 STARS! out of 5"
    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    diane Northbridge, Australia 03-06-13
    diane Northbridge, Australia 03-06-13
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    "Unrealistic story and melodramatic delivery"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was unsophisticated and sounded like it was written for juveniles. The reader should not have tried to put a different voice to all the characters. Her male voices sounded silly.


    What was most disappointing about Rebecca Forster’s story?

    It just didn't sound likely and the characters were cliched


    How could the performance have been better?

    As above, it should have been read in a less dramatic way, not trying to voice individual characters. Her male voices sounded really silly.


    Any additional comments?

    It was only mildly interesting in that I wanted to find out what happened at the end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-25-13
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Narrator too fast"

    I enjoyed the story a lot but the narrator spoke so quickly it seemed as if she was on a time schedule and had to hurry up and finish. Slowing down to 1/2 speed caused it to echo so I had to listen at regular speed. There were also longish pauses at times that didn't call for a pause making me wonder if I had accidentally turned off my iPod.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Lawrence, KS, United States 06-07-13
    Anne Lawrence, KS, United States 06-07-13
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    "Narrator ruined book"
    Would you try another book from Rebecca Forster and/or Tara Platt?

    I found the narrator of this book to be utterly distracting. She read so quickly, with no pauses between phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or chapters. I tried listening at .75 speed, but there was too much audio distortion. I would have liked to try the next book of the series, but will not because it has the same narrator.


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

    No way!!!!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 07-23-12
    CCCii SF Bay Area, USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I wish I'd skipped this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like legal thrillers, but this one left a lot to be desired. Flat characters, a plot that was not even close to believable, dialog and courtroom scenes that are stiff and unrealistic work together to make this book near unlistinable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm not sure if the narrator was weak or just didn't have much to work with, but so many times the emphasis in sentences was misplaced I had to go back and listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this due to good reviews, but apparently I have drastically different tastes.

    5 of 8 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 2011

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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 Member Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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