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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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    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 02-07-13
    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed reading the Witness!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    an interesting storyline that makes you think of what you would do if you had to go into hiding or some sort of witness protection


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book with a very interesting story line. We have "Abigial" who at 16 witnesses a horrendous murder and is taken in to protective custody by the US Marshalls. Before the murder she had led a very sheltered life that was completely controlled by her mother. After running and constantly changing her identity for 12 years she ends up in a small town in northern Arkansas where she is trying to live a very secluded life until chief of police comes around and introduces her to family, friendship and love are really about. The characters were all likeable and you wanted to cheer for the good guys. I like Nora Roberts because she is good at adding a little of everything to her books from romance to mystery and a good dose of humor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly MARLOW, OK, United States 02-04-13
    Kimberly MARLOW, OK, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Reading!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't say it was better than the print version but it is equally as good. When I am reading the print version I am better able to invision things in my mind then when someone else is reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boyfriends mother. She was strong but caring, loving and understanding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say the scene at the end when she faked her death and sent the virus to the badguys. They will be taken down and will never know who did it but she will.


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

    Yes!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-31-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Very Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was a very interesting story and it had many touching moments.


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

    Probably towards the beginning of the book when the main character was adventuring out on her own and learning about herself. This is when a lot of action took place.


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

    No this was my first listen of hers.


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

    I don't think it was that type of book. I didn't feel moved much..just more so in suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good read and I enjoyed listening to it while at work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-09-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Marvelous read and outstanding narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The story and the narration made listening to The Witness most enjoyable. The narrator did an outstanding job with all the different characters! You could definitely distinguish who was who. Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Marvelous book!! Great combination of romance and suspense. I loved Elizabeth/Abigail's quirky character. This is my favorite Nora Roberts book yet!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-09-12
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Junk Food for the mind"

    Nora Roberts fans will enjoy this audio. While it was far from original or in any way great literature, it kept my interest and was a quick and entertaining listen. The plot was rather unbelievable but that is Ms. Roberts forte. You must suspend reality while listening to her books. I enjoy listening while I walk or exercise and it helps to pass the time. It's entertainment without substance! Sometimes you just need "junk food literature".

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 05-28-12
    LeftyMom North Carolina 05-28-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Starts off great"

    This story starts off great and hooks you to go on (typical of old Nora Roberts style writing) and I just couldn't put it down...had to know what happened next. I think the reason I can't give this 5 stars is because the female lead character is so unlikeable as an adult it lost me. There was no chemistry between the two main characters, they simply "mated." I know this is because how Liz was raised but it caused a strange, stiff coupling. I loved Bert the dog!! I gave the story 4 stars because the beginning was so strong. I'm hoping for more from NR soon!!

    The narrator was so-so for me. When there was a backyard BBQ party and several female characters were present it was hard to tell who was speaking. Everyone sounded the same. She wasn't the worst I have heard but wasn't the best either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pewter California 04-30-12
    pewter California 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best of Nora Roberts"

    I have read/listened to Nora Roberts and JD Robb books for years. Her books typically follow a formula, but it's a successful formula that I usually enjoy. The characters and plots are usually well developed with the right mix of mystery, adventure and romance. I appreciate Roberts' trademark portrayal of damaged but intelligent women who rise above their troubled pasts to create new lives for themselves. Their efforts ultimately come together with the help of honorable men and loving communities.

    Elizabeth/Abigail is an interesting, intelligent, strong and resourceful character. Police Chief Brooks lends just the right touch of caring support and integrity, and he comes with the quirky, amusing and loving family that is missing from Elizabeth's life. The narration is good and the voices are appropriate to the characters. Overall, this is one of Roberts' best efforts in a long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-26-12
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    "The Witness"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    easy reading and people you can relate yourself with in life.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book and I recommend reading it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paige 04-25-12
    Paige 04-25-12

    Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.

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    "A well done romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version and always listen to unabridged.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Distinction between character voices was not as clean as it could have been.


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

    Made me wish I had a dog and a man like the ones described in the book...in that order! I loved the idea of giving the dog commands in different languages as an additional precaution.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was predictable, but tolerably so.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 04-22-12
    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Awesome ~ Nora at her finest!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The characters ~ loved the heroine, but Brooks, be still my heart! There was one of those amazing NR heroes, with that laid back lovable affability that almost hides his smarts and strength. I loved Brooks's family, and how they made Abigail feel part of something right from the get go, even though she was tough to warm up to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oh, the plot twist. You knew WHO did, you even knew how ~~ what you didn't know, and just couldn't quite figure out was how it was gonna get twisted back on them.


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

    It was first listen from this narrator, and I thought she really did an excellent job ~ at first I was dissapointed, because I love Susan Ericksen doing NR and JD Robb books, but I really enjoyed the way Julia brought these characters to life for me. She made me 'see' each character through her voice, and I loved the way she did Abigail.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Witness...


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I love listening to Nora Roberts/JD Roberts Audio books. I've read them for years and years, and have actually gone back and bought most of her library in Audio also since I've just truly enjoyed the experience of them coming to life ~ not like a movie, because this is EVERY word Nora penned, just come to life! I love it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachal
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    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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