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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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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-24-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2010

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "Great Book!!"

    This book is about courage, patients, and being a survivor. The heroin in this story is Elizabeth alias Abigale. She decides to rebel against her controlling mother. And her decision changes her life forever. Twelve years later she is still on the run and meets Sheriff Brooks. Who becomes her love interest. This book has a little bit of everything, suspense, love, action, and courage.
    The narrator Julia Whelan did an awesome job. This is a great book to listen to. I would definitely recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vic 04-20-12
    Vic 04-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Touching and moving story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but really enjoyed the audio. Not sure I would have read Liz/Abagail as narrator but appreciated that point of view and think it did bring more to the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liz/Abagail's emotional journey


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

    No. At first, I didn't care for her narration so much. But it didn't take me long to lose myself into the story and enjoy the narration.


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

    There were multiple points of the story to wring tears from me. This is definitely more a contemporary romance vs. romance suspense but the character growth and interpersonal relationships were well fleshed out and delivered. I still wanted more when it ended.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-21-12
    Linda 04-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Winner!"
    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very well read.


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

    Yes, I had a problem leaving it, even for a short time.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story with lots of twists and turns. May be the best Nora Roberts novel yet.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 09-26-13
    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 09-26-13 Listener Since 2008

    Original Audible member since before the Amazon buyout, and that is ok with me. I enjoy all things Amazon. Audio books make the day fly by.

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    "Almost quit the 1st hour, so very glad I didn't!"
    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    I am GOING to listen to "The Witness" again. At my age, I can safely hide my own Easter eggs, so my library of audio books is like new again in a few months. This is exactly the kind of a novel I relish listening to several times . . . . much like Grisham's "The Testament" or Richard North Patterson's "Exile" . . . . so much character development along with an engaging story line that it will be revisited again soon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    I loved the scene in the middle of the night when the boys who trashed the old hotel suite came to Abigail's place to vandalize Chief Gleason's car. The alarms alerted Abigail and Brooks of course, so the Chief went out to confront the perps. Abigail also came out a bit later, and showed her tough side in some witty dialogue.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She was believable in her narration and did not try too hard to dramatize. Her selection of voice inflections for the characters was just right.


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

    The romantic interludes were so very well done . . . . very tender with just the right amount of descriptive text and build up.


    Any additional comments?

    I did switch the book off in the first hour. I was not sure I wanted to hear about a couple of teenaged girls being taken advantage of by the Russian bad guys. Two days later, I resumed and wow, what a quick turn it took. I became totally engaged in the story, and relished each new character as they were introduced. This was my first Nora Roberts and I enjoyed it very much. It truly has something for everyone, man or woman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-22-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "My first romance novel"

    Daily Deals have expanded my normal purchases... I don't do romance novels, but since one reviewer said there wasn't enough sex... thought I would try. I loved this book, but I also have to admit that I fast forwarded though 3-4 episodes that probably had more than enough sex, missing them didn't mess with the plot line. If you think of Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennen the main character constantly reminded me of her. The plot and writing style was delightful and I will reread... with the same fast forwards again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 05-25-13
    L. Calder 05-25-13 Member Since 2004

    Gardening Geek

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    "Well researched, utterly enthralling"

    Can't believe that after scribing over 200 novels Nora Roberts has still written such a quality book. I've only read one three-book series of hers, which I infinitely enjoyed, but the writing in this one was eons better. Part of it was due to the excellent narration (her male voices so well done I thought perhaps there were two readers), but her dialogue has matured surprising well since those earlier books. I'm totally impressed with the research she does on her topics. As well as gardening was portrayed in her earlier series, computer hacking and police investigations came alive as if I were watching a documentary. I'm a computer technician, so can vouch for the authenticity of the way she wrote about hacking and programing - it was quite entertaining for me - the law enforcement plot turns I fear are accurate as well, and the Russian mafia, well I've no experience, thank goodness with them, but she's made me quite glad I haven't.

    Her main character, Elizabeth was deftly drawn. She grew and changed throughout the story and her possibly unbelievable or even unforgivable actions in the end became totally understandable, even welcomed. So rarely do we get to rectify past wrongs and give the bad guys their comeuppance! That's one of the pleasures good fiction can occasionally offer - the satisfying fantasy!

    It's too bad she's relegated to the Romance genre, nothing against that form of novel, but it will deter so many others from reading her books which are so much better written with far more complex characters and plots than most of the other romance novels that I've read (ok only a few sampled, but enough to keep me away from that genre until someone talked me into reading the In The Garden series.)

    Roberts wrote so convincingly about law enforcement that I'll probably always question the validity of their actions as reported in the press. As a matter of fact, there was just such a story in the news about an additional possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. It so echoed the story line of The Witness, as far as the FBI shooting a suspect during questioning, with no witnesses to the supposed knife attack of agent by the suspect, that I'm now suspicious as to what really went down and why. I'll never be able to take these sorts of headline stories at face value again. And I thank Nora Roberts for that, because we should always question before passing blithe judgement in these situations.

    I very much recommend The Witness—fast moving, illuminating, with endearing characters for whom you root until the last page.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle Forestville, CA USA 05-08-13
    K Cornwinkle Forestville, CA USA 05-08-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about Yusef. Uh...he was a great horn player?

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    "Surprisingly good yarn though chic-ful"

    Good story and lots of tension. If you are someone more accustomed to conventional thrillers, you'll need to reconcile yourself to knowing in more detail what people are wearing.
    I don't think I ever read a Nora Roberts novel before and skimming some of the other titles at the bookstore I'm thinking (as some have said) that this is a bit different. Glad I enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 04-13-13
    Kimberly 04-13-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Good"

    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it months ago and still remember it well. The story was a bit - just a bit - unbelievable, but would like it to be possible. I enjoyed the small town and excentric life mixed with the big city knowledge of the world. Small town, and big city criminals.

    I will listen again, and probably again after that. I recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 04-09-13
    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 04-09-13 Member Since 2001

    luv2read

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    "As good as it gets -- en every way"
    Any additional comments?

    I recently purchased Fire Jumping" to see why the author is so popular. I was so disappointed with it that I never finished it. Although There were bursts of beautiful word smithing, in the main, Fire Jumpin was like a profanity laced Harlequin Romance.
    Then I read all the reviews of this book that said, "Roberts is back." So I thought I would take another chance. I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book as much as anything I have ever read or listened to. Julia Whelan does one of the most masterful readings to be found on audible. I am especially impressed with how well she did the men's voices. If got to see what other books she has read. As to the book, the pacing. the description of the surroundings, the cast of characters, the character development, the prose are all outstanding. The dialogue is as good as it gets. Makes you want to take a vacation in the Ozarks. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Les Grants, NM, United States 03-17-13
    Les Grants, NM, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Ending with a good twist."
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    Characters personalities are strong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the different characters in this book.


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

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I was glad of the ending. I would like to see this as a series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "The Witness by Nora Roberts"

    This is the second Nora Roberts book I've listened to and I found the character development and emotional interplay between the main characters interesting and believable. Julia Whelan is a good narrator and is very good at bringing the personalities of the different people alive - it was very easy to distinguish who was 'in play' at any one time by how she read their words. Having been brought up on Hollywood blockbusters I suppose I was expecting a more climatic end to the thriller side of the plot but the fact that I cared about the characters and wanted the best for them means, for me, that I found a book engaging despite any possible flaws. I would characterise her books as slightly Mills and Boonish in that the romance is the central point but the sub-plots are so well developed that this is only a passing criticism. Having listened to two of her books, one read by a female and one by a male, I would always choose a female voice for her books - it just seems to fit better for me as a female listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DebB
    Oxfordshire, England
    4/13/13
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    "Undemanding listen that holds the interest"

    I like MS Robert's books, especially the later ones, and this is just fine. What I like is that the love story is given time to develop, and does so over eating in, or helping with the weeding, or going to a family BBQ! It isn't wham bang lust at first sight, let's get married in a week, or one of those relationships that flare up in high stress, life and death situations, that you just know won't survive normal life.

    There are two sections. The first is longer than might be expected, given that it is essentially the set up for the "main" story. You learn the back story of our young heroine Elizabeth, and about the incident that catastrophically changes her (sixteen year-old) life, and moulds her into the adult you then meet in the second section. Part two is classic Nora Roberts - a sweet love story sharpened by the tartness of the heroine, now called Abigail, whose life of total control is gently derailed by a very persistent man, ably assisted by his mother! There's a fine guard dog, some cooking and gardening, some local nastiness from a local bully, and, of course, resolution of the issues that have controlled Abigail's life since she was 16..

    I read this first, decided I liked it enough to buy the audio version, and I've listened to the audio version twice!

    This is well read, although there are the usual American vs British English pronounciation glitches - my pet hates are 'erbs for H'erbs, and r'ow'ta instead of rooter (for the written word router, in case you're wondering what I"m on about!). There are more, but not so many they get in the way of enjoying the book.

    Worth the pennies, and worth the listen, or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenis
    Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "an excellent read"

    I have never read any Nora Roberts before and was absolutely in love with this book. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quynh
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    4/5/13
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    "Well crafted story and captivating narration"

    Nora Roberts beautifully creates Abigail Lowery and Brooks.

    The story is simple but you fall in love with some characters as much as you hate others.

    There are moments of laugh out wittiness.

    Really enjoyed the narration as well, convincing and enjoyable to listen to.



    All round good one to listen on long journeys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CP
    Kent, United Kingdom
    1/30/13
    Overall
    "Excellent!"

    Well read, well written - I really enjoyed this book. I usually go for crime novels

    and was not quite sure about this, but I'm glad I changed my mind and I will probably

    look into Norah Roberts other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elouise
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    1/4/13
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    "lovely easy listen"

    I really enjoyed this book! The narration was really nice and I loved the maon characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz Carter
    Cambridgeshire UK
    12/28/12
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    "Edge of the seat story"

    Wow - I really enjoyed this book. The action was electrifying - you really were gripping the edge of the seat - but the slower bits, with beautiful attention to character development, just made the whole book come alive. I didn't want it to end and yet I had to know what happened next. I found myself driving slower and slower so I could listen to more before I got home and then sat in the drive! Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sian
    Cleveland, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Good"

    Not outstanding but enjoyable. If you are looking for a filler romance this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    Sleaford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A new way to enjoy audiobooks!"

    I usually find Nora Roberts' novels to be a little formulaic - heroine runs away to new town, has hate -love relationship with hero and they all live happily ever after etc. I was fascinated to find that The Witness was different. That was until I realised that I had only listened to Part 2! Nevertheless, I then listened to Part 1 which added an unusual twist - already knowing what was going to happen in the future! However, I really enjoyed the whole thing and I am sure it would have been as good had I listened in the right order. It was, undoubtedly, one of her better works. Gritty, gripping and not predictable. The central characters were easy to warm to and thus care about what happened to them. I also have to commend the narrator whose ability to differentiate the characters and narrate in a listenable voice, added to the enjoyment of the experience. Here's hoping that Ms Roberts has more books like The Witness in her upcoming repertoire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neli
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Easy holiday read!"

    Before I start slating the book, I have to say that the narrator was excellent. Really enjoyed her reading despite the heavy American accent.



    I needed something light and not very challenging for my holiday and a romantic thriller seemed perfect. The only problem was that it was neither thrilling nor all that romantic. The first time our girl hero gazed into the deep blue eyes of her chosen one, did produce an, "Aah how romantic" effect but the next twenty gazes made me wonder if she had a secret degree in optometry on top of her many other talents.



    The plot was quite simplistic and predictable. There was a subplot which ran alongside the main one but the two never came together. I was expecting them to be connected somehow which would have created at least some intrigue. Instead of mindlessly enjoying the book, I found myself thinking of how the plot could have been made more exciting. I felt the book dragged on and the fact that the main character recounted the same story three times to anyone willing to listen, did not help matters.



    I was considering giving the author another chance but decided that life is too short and there are plenty of other fish in the Audible sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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