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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 Member Since 2010

    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

    Tracey

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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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  • Rachal
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    5/9/12
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    "Pulls you in."

    The is the first time I have read Nora Roberts and was unsure what to expect. The story pulled me in from the beginning and I was hooked. I love the way the main character grew and developed throughout the story in a way that feels as if you really know her. Beautifully read by Julia Whelan - a great modern crime story where good prevails.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Melbourne, Australia
    7/9/12
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    "Classic Nora Roberts"

    I have to admit that I am a Nora Roberts fan so I always enjoy her books. This is one of the best so far and the plot has some unexpected twists and turns. It does take longer than usual to set up the background for the heroine but it all makes sense and adds some depth to the story. Very good narration makes the setting and the story come alive. I would recommend this to existing fans and it would also make a great introduction to Nora Roberts' contemporary romance style.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    DErby, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Excellent and enthralling read"

    I bought this as something to listen to on the sun lounger by the pool but it is so much better than my usual holiday lstening / reading! It moves from thriller to romance with a good twist to the story at the end. Highly recommended

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    Den Haag, Netherlands
    5/8/12
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    I could easily imagine what the author was describing. And I wanted to not to stop following the story until Iwas through. A bit predictable love story development. The man is so dreamy and honest and good and in love straight away. Oh well we all need some doze of hope. And the main character obviously deserves a good family. Being a native Russian speaker, must say - Russian words that are used are accurate and the pronunciation is very clear and understandable.
    Would certainly recommend to a fan of this genre.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Loo loo
    Uk
    7/20/12
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    "The Witness Nora Roberts"

    I really enjoyed this book the main character is very endearing and likeable and right from the start you care and worry about her. It is well narrated as Julia Whelan has a very pleasant voice to listen to. It leaves you guessing what will happen right until the end and I would definitely recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    GERRARDS CROSS, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
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    "Very Good"

    If you want an easy read this book is for you. Enjoyable and believable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katy
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    5/16/12
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    "A good story-great narration"

    This is not a book I would usually buy or read. But I really enjoyed its steady pace and it was a good book from the start

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    V. Froelunda, Sweden
    7/22/12
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    "From suspense into romance"

    The first half of The Witness is so thrilling that the five stars seem self evident. But then the novel develops into a rather bleak romance without even a chill. A great pity, but this blend of romance and thriller seems to be the new hallmark to Nora Roberts

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandie
    United States
    7/21/12
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    "Enjoyed this, just remove the "erbs"

    Really quite enjoyed this, first time I have read a Nora Roberts, very well read. Good story, really got into it, just found the descriptions of the couple of sexual encounters totally unnecessary for the book, as was the long descriptions of what she was cooking and what she was cooking with, especially the number of times "erbs seemed to be used, not sure when the "h" disappeared from this word. Would definately read another

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City girl in Cambs
    Cambridgeshire
    2/24/13
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    "Fabulous read"

    Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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