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.
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!
Marvelous book!! Great combination of romance and suspense. I loved Elizabeth/Abigail's quirky character. This is my favorite Nora Roberts book yet!
Addicted to Audible!
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".
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.
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.
easy reading and people you can relate yourself with in life.
Good book and I recommend reading it.
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.
I have not read the printed version and always listen to unabridged.
Distinction between character voices was not as clean as it could have been.
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.
The book was predictable, but tolerably so.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Well first of all BRAVO to narrator Julia Whelan. I enjoyed and got lost in the distinct nature of the voices,even forgetting that all were done by one person. I cannot imagine reading this book in print and getting the same effect as hearing the voice of Liz. Superbly done. Such a great story and although a little predictable here and there,you just didn't mind! I would say around mid-way, I was thinking "get on with it" and no sooner than I thought that, the story picked up again. Great to the last page. I didn't expect to like this so much but it was worth a credit for sure.
I really enjoyed this book. It delivered everything I want from a work of non-fiction that I've purchased to engage and entertain me (rather than "elevate" or "challenge".)
The characters had depth, genuine humanity and complexity sufficient to make you give a darn about what's happening. The plot is interesting and sufficiently dense to keep the reader from getting bored. But it's not so complex and dense that it's exhausting to follow. While not exactly light-hearted, the story also has humor, which I appreciate. Books with no sense of humor can be tough to take.
I consider it a high compliment to say that, when the book was done, I wished I could find out what happens to the characters.
The performance was well done. The narrator had a distinct voice for each character and was able to read emotion into the words very well, without over-acting (which I find annoying and distracting.) Other readers could take a lesson from Julia Whelan.
This is only my second Nora Roberts and I didn't like the first one, but this book has persuaded me to go in search of more of her work when I'm in the mood for a good story. I'd sure like to find more like "The Witness."
I was pleasantly surprised with this story. The drama captured my attention and kept me listening intently. Elements of some of Roberts' other characters did pop up from time to time (expressions, character descriptions, etc...), but they did not detract from the plot. In book form, I would call this a "page-turner." It's a good summer read.
This is the first Nora Roberts book I have purchased and I really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent as well
Just the right amount of emotion and intrigue. Well written and exciting, couldn't stop listening to this book.
very good well written book with a good narrator although i did find the voice for brooks a little old but thats nither here nor there. excellent read!!
"Such an interesting and addictive read"
After listening to the first chapter I was wondering if I would like this book, but it is one of the most interesting books I have ever read, The narrater made you feel like you personally knew the characters I did not want it to end.
"My first Nora Roberts"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story of Liz/Abigail, whose life is totally changed forever by the horrifying event she witnesses one night when only sixteen, unfolds as we meet her again as an adult and follow her struggle to achieve a more normal life in safety. She is a tough loner whose inner vulnerability is exposed when she meets the local chief of police in the small Ozarks town where she has temporarily settled and realises that she has to close this chapter before starting a new, happier one. The narration by Julia Whelan is excellent.
Really enjoyed this lovely book. It flows well. Has a great story that keeps you interested but also has love wrapped round it. The characters all seem so nice and the town its about that you want to be transported there! Nora writes a good tale!
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and listened again straight away. Julia Whelan is a great story teller and I really was lost in the characters. I don't normally listen to this type of book, but was glad I did.
A young girl witnesses a murder and goes into hiding. Twelve years later a local cop captures her heart and she has to decide whether to let him in and risk her cover being blown.
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