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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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    Imogen Brookline, MA, United States 08-28-12
    Imogen Brookline, MA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read, thoroughly enjoyed this!"

    The storyline is great, the wit and the intelligent characters are mesmerizing, and the narrater Julia Whelan is just superb. I read the book twice!

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    Lynn 08-27-12
    Lynn 08-27-12
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    "Really good book!"
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Extreme Suspenseful and Exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brooks he was extremely curious of her story but patient enough to wait to get the whole story.


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

    A little of both.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book, keeps you wondering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren K. Sumners CHESAPEAKE, VA, US 08-27-12
    Warren K. Sumners CHESAPEAKE, VA, US 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "problem downloading"
    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    too much about romantic interludes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the main character's story


    Any additional comments?

    the downloading happened sporatically, had to find a place to obtain wireless when I reached the end of the previous download. Very bothersome. Starting the download is not a clear command……where do you begin the additional download and how.

    Same thing happened on my second book.

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    Jude Ellicott City, MD, United States 08-27-12
    Jude Ellicott City, MD, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed it!"

    This was a very suspenseful story that gripped you from the first. It was hard to stop listening because you really wanted to know what happened. This was my first audio book experience and I have to say that it was a very, very good beginning.

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    Martha Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-27-12
    Martha Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read!!"
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    This was the first Nora Roberts book I've ever read/listened too. I couldn't stop listening! Completely enjoyable. I'll definitely choose another Nora Roberts book!

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    kate Twin Falls, Idaho, United States 08-27-12
    kate Twin Falls, Idaho, United States 08-27-12
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    "enjoyment"
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    rank 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character, she sounded so real


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    all, because you were right there no matter who played the part


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Best book Nora Roberts has written

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    Charlotte 08-26-12
    Charlotte 08-26-12
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    "A Great Read"
    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    I have already have. It is just such a good read.


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

    All Nora's work and it is great


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She makes the characters come alive.


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

    The end was pretty special.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great work.

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    Cleo 08-25-12
    Cleo 08-25-12
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    "Liz Fitch Supremacy, Intrigue, suspence"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    Nora Roberts has done her homework on this story. The facts were impeccable. Her knowlege of all aspects of computers, electronics, guns, geography, human nature drew me well into the story.


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

    The final revenge that Liz or aka Abigail had in court. She was well prepared and would take no argument from anyone to finally get her total revenge,. Very Satisfying!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Abigail reallized tht she was just as normal as her boyfriends people and friends during the Barbeque family get together


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

    Yes but sleep demanded I reluctantly put it away until the next session.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Thinking about listening to it again. It is so rich with details and facts that a second hearing would point out more that I may have missed, I'm sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-24-12
    Susan 08-24-12
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    "Captivating story & colorful characters!"
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female main character, don't remember her name! She was smart, strong and savvy!


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

    Finally finding someone to help them execute a plan to "free" the main character from her having to hide from her past!


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    Kim Garfield Heights, OH, United States 08-24-12
    Kim Garfield Heights, OH, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Moving, Suspenseful, Well- Performed"

    I never write reviews, but this book was so great I had to encourage others to try it.

    I've read a lot of Nora Roberts, including her mainstream novels and supernatural thrillers and futuristic crime procedurals. I always finish her books satisfied, but this one left me in tears...I was moved.

    The luminous characterization, the stirring love story, and the non-stop suspense make it a powerhouse. It has more depth and texture than anything I've read by this author, and she should be proud to call this novel an achievement.

    At first, I was befuddled as various endearing, and not so endearing characters were introduced, but they all fit together like puzzle pieces in the end. The hero and heroine were likeable, and their romance believable and understated. I was really rooting for them

    The voice actress was amazing, breathing individual life into the large cast of characters, dragging you into the story. Particularly mesmerizing was the telling of the night that Abigail's life changed forever.

    The only thing that I can imagine people might not like about The Witness is that its style is a little more deliberate than other Roberts novels. Its characters are well -rounded and meticulously defined, so there's a lot of detail here. While some may feel it's tedious, others may find it makes the book....well...fantastic.


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