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The Witness | [Nora Roberts]

The Witness

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn’t know what - and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 02-26-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 02-26-13 Member Since 2012

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "An enjoyable story to listen to"

    I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was an extremely well written story. I was reluctant to buy this book because I thought Roberts was only an author of romance books, but this was a great story with a lot of drama that kept pulling me through.

    I also loved the narrator, Julia Whelan. I first heard her in Gone Girl, where I thought she was amazing as well.

    I would highly recommend this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Outstanding!"

    This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!

    39 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !"
    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    I will definately listen to The Witness again, if not possible 3 or 4 times due to the fact that it is written and preformed at such a level that it's a pure joy to listen to.


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

    The Witness in basically quite incomparable. The closest I can think of is Nora Roberts "Chasing Fire". I have listened to "Chasing Fire" four times because it dramatizes the simplicity of the way a man and woman can be drawn together on a permanant level when they never saw that coming. The Witness goes from suspence, to murder to humor and back to suspense again. The story is anything if not totally interesting and a pure joy to listen too.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't begin to express hoiw very much Julia Whelan bring tlhe story to live with her dramatization of the different characters. If I were to simply read a hard copy, I would miss the little nuances of humor and pauses for suspense that Julia Whelan weaves into the dialoge of the characters. You couldn't have picked anyone better to narrate this book..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a very extreme reaction while listening to this book, in the way it was written causing me to laugh at qluite a bit of it. I had thought I would just listen to a few chapters and then go to bed. I was so drawn into the story that I hated to leave it to go to bed. It was just simply a book to listen to for total pleasure.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "4 ½ stars. I smiled many times."

    At the end my feeling was: not a wow, but very fulfilling.

    I’ve read 13 books by Nora Roberts. I was averaging 3 ½ stars for her books written in the 1990s. But then I gave 4 ½ stars to Angels Fall (2006) and now to this (published 2012). Is she getting better? I’m surprised. Too many authors seem to tire out or write repeats of the same stuff after a while. Not Ms. Roberts. Maybe I’ve been picking the wrong books to read. But now, I’m going to look for more.

    The best part was “the characters.” I was sooo drawn to Liz/Abigail. A favorite trope for me is a smart woman, who overcomes odds, and is not a helpless victim. I loved her vulnerabilities and her strengths. I liked reading about her, thinking about her, and listening to her. I pictured the author losing herself in the character Liz, to come up with such fitting dialogue. Brooks was so fun. He was oblivious to her walls. He just kept pursuing her, chipping away at her walls.

    This story has wonderful relationship development. It has good guys doing smart things to outwit bad guys. Bad guys do smart things too. I like that the author did not use stupidity. Instead the author had a character’s personality with weaknesses cause conflict, not just doing something stupid.

    The narrator Julia Whelan was very good.

    Genre: romantic suspense

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 08-04-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 08-04-12

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "On Being a Teenager"

    The one time Abigail balks and decides to be a normal teenager her actions leads her to a life changing tragedy.
    With her genius IQ, she is able to escape from everyone and build a life for herself, despite being pursued for years. She isn't able to trust anyone because someone in the FBI is on the take.
    Things do come to a head but the ending is so surprising. I love Nora Roberts stories, but this one is simply inspiring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bettiann New York 04-21-12
    Bettiann New York 04-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Longtime NR fan"

    Have always loved NR's books but her recent titles are starting to have similar characters and plot lines. The main characters in The Witness are very similar to the main characters in Angel's Falls (eccentric heroine falls in love with local law enforcement officer). Overall enjoyed the story line and unexpected ending. My favorite character is Bert now I want a Mastiff! Julia Whelan did a wondeful job of bringing the characters to life.The Witness is definitely worth purchasing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 04-21-12
    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 04-21-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Awesome!!!!"

    I have been reading Nora Roberts for years, and will even re-read some of her books. This is one of the better one's that she has wrote. I liked the reader as well. She was great. I just finished this and it was very hard to put it down. I kept staying up way past my bed time to continue listening. Thanks Nora for another good one, I will enjoy re-reading.

    Tracey

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Trina Nycol United States 06-26-13
    Trina Nycol United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC BOOK! A must have!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    An unexpected surprise! I purchased this book on sale and had no idea it would be this good! Would read it over and over again!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-05-13
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-05-13 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Not your average romance novel"

    The Witness came up on so many reading lists, I decided to give Nora Roberts a try. After the fact, I found out she writes romance novels, which is not really my thing, or so I thought. I really enjoyed The Witness. Actually, the romance part took a back seat to the surrounding drama unfolding.

    Elizabeth, a young 16-year-old girl has grown up more like her mother’s science experiment, than a child. Elizabeth attempts to break out of her cocooned life for one night with her friend Julie. Sporting new clothes, hairstyles, and fake ID’s the two girls go to a nightclub owned by Russian mafia. Drunk and naive, the girls accompany these crime lords back to their place for some added enjoyment. Alcohol, guns and the mob don’t mix well, and Elizabeth witnesses a double homicide. In police protection her world is rocked again by crooked cops and Elizabeth is on the run – alone.

    Fast forward 12 years and Abigail Lowery, AKA Elizabeth Fitch, is living a secluded life behind a cloak of security cameras, artillery and computers in a small town in the Ozarks. She spends her time using her brilliant mind to make money and stay one step ahead of the murders who have never given up looking for her.

    Enter Brooks Gleason, the chief of police in her new town, who is intrigued by Abigail’s need to always be packing, her secluded lifestyle and her attack dog who takes orders in a number of foreign languages. He picks away at her hard facade until her finally breaks through her robotic-like existence. Slowly and patiently, he makes a little progress at showing Abigail she is capable of having real emotions and that not everything in her life has to come down to cause and effect. The duo team up to put an end to Abigail’s life on the run.

    I really liked this book and definitely would not hesitate to read another Nora Roberts novel. Quirky protagonist, compelling story line and a little romance are all present in this entertaining novel.

    Julia Whelan reads the part of Abigail perfectly and really brings this unusual protagonist to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-28-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-28-12 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "What a fabulous book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    A combination of character development and a wonderful narrator made this book especially enjoyable. Elizabeth was a most unusual character and her metamorphosis was quite natural and well-done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite characters were Elizabeth and Sunny. It was fascinating to see the effect that Elizabeth's upbringing had on her personality. The window into life with an edetic memory was fascinating. I also especially enjoyed Brooks, and felt that the narrator did an excellent job with the male voices in this production.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say, as it would ruin the book for those reading this review.


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

    I think the moment when Elizabeth discovered that she was able to feel and love was particularly moving, given her abusive upbringing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book grabbed me so quickly and completely that I listened to it almost continuously with the exception of one night's sleep! That has never happened to me before. Well done Nora!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Geoff Healey
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    "Excellent"

    An excellent narration with captivating characters and plot. The story had me engaged from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Roermond, Netherlands
    5/26/12
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    "Predictable and shallow"

    The characters in this book remained cardboard cut-outs for me, and I cared so little about their ultimate fate that I stopped listening at the end of the first part. Good looking man with whacky mother meets incredibly good looking girl with a past. Repetitive, turgid and hackneyed sex scenes (not that I generally mind sex scenes, just like at least a little originality in the vocabulary), no humour, no reality and generally BORING. Not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
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    "Wow!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I am writing this review in the moments after the book has finished. I loved it, the characters, the twists and turns of the storyline. It was a fantastic listen/read. How will I cope with it being over?


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Julia Whelan's narration was fantastic. Such a versatile voice, she captured perfectly each of the wide range of chacters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At the end, I felt full of emotion. The ending was perfect, but I'm not going to give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like superbly written crime and romance, just buy it. It has the best of both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kristine
    Copenhagen, Denmark
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    "Classic Nora Roberts"
    What did you like most about The Witness?

    I love this Nora Roberts book, but then again, I am a Roberts fan. I love that it features a strong female character with courage and determination. I always have a sense that Nora Roberts thoroughly researches backgrounds for her books and therefore her stories always seems well thought out and credible. I was rooting for Abigail/Liz throughout the book and missed half a night of sleep because I had to finish it. If you like any of the other Nora Roberts books, you’ll love this one.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to, and why?

    I would compare this one to The Search. The female character and the love story are somewhat similar.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I really like Julia Whelans voice. It's comfortable to listen to and she brings the characters to life.


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

    The moment when Abigail goes from pure survival mode to actually starting to live again is very moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbra
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    9/14/13
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    "Light Mystery Romance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A reasonable holiday yarn, ably performed, but lacking the complexity of plot to keep you gripped. The interplay of the characters was the real focus, despite this sounding like a thriller. Much more could have been made of the main character's scheming but the expected denouement was muted as her rose-tinted relationship took centre stage. A bit too Mills and Boon for my taste.
    Also, the long rambling descriptions and interior dialogues which might be swiftly read on the page felt slow when spoken. This had the effect of slowing the action, sadly.
    Perhaps an example of a book that is meant to be read rather than heard.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Lack of intelligent complexity. I did not have to think.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any others but she did a good job.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Orpington, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, mostly. Light listening ideal for background whilst doing something else.


    Would you recommend The Witness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not unless they were specifically looking for something light and undemanding.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Good narration voice. Enough distinction between characters to keep the story interesting. Her voice was not " noticeable" - which is a compliment!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Started better than it finished. The story took a slight turn towards the Mills and Boon spectrum by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • danielle
    HULL, United Kingdom
    7/26/13
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    "twisted"
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Great story line you feel for the characters .its easy to slip in to the story and the lives of the characters .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist and turns the way the people grow as story moves along.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having someone read to you is relaxing and julia draws you in .


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

    There's to meny moments to pick one .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.
    NEWTON AYCLIFFE, United Kingdom
    5/9/13
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    "Superb"

    Was up until the early hours of the morning because I just did not want to stop listening. Wonderful storyline. Totally gripping and enthralling. First Nora Roberts for me but there will be more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Herts, United Kingdom
    5/6/13
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    "My first Nora Roberts story but not my last..."

    This is the first of Nora Roberts that I have listened to. I was totally hooked by this story I listened to it over two days because I simply couldn't turn it off. The narration was fantastic and both writer and narrator brought the story to life and drew me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    BANFF, United Kingdom
    5/4/13
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    "The Witness - Gripping"

    This was my first audiobook, I loved listening to it on my car journeys. It was a truly gripping story from start to finish, I looked forward to my trips to listen to the next part. Read very well with excellent expression, I will definitely listen to more stories by Nora Roberts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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