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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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    Elizabeth 08-13-12
    Elizabeth 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Would highly recommend! Self-survival/protection"
    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story was well developed and the characters, as well. True human emotion and reaction of main character.


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

    Ferm Michaels Sisterhood series


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

    No.


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

    Main character's (Abigail Lowery) scene by her pond with her dog, were she wants to put a bench.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story of a girl's self-strength and survival, coupled with her brillance to overcome the bad nature of people. She is self-reliant and resourceful. Of course she meets a loving sheriff and his family on the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger R. Nikirk Bloomington,IN USA 08-13-12
    Ginger R. Nikirk Bloomington,IN USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2013

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    "A hard book to put down/pause ;)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    It was cleaning carpets...It made the chore so much more enjoyable and bearable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brooks. He sounds like my kind of guy. Nice and easy lovin' and patient.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    this was the fist book I have listened to so it is hard to say. She did a good job distinguishing between characters.


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

    It made me laugh a few times. I even gave Abigail/Liz an atta' girl a time or two.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first adio book. It won't be my last!

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    stephen Australia 08-13-12
    stephen Australia 08-13-12
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    "I loved this !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book as an audiobook and was totally engaged


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different elements that shifted and evolved


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

    No cannot compare


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    08-13-12
    08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Beach Listen!!"
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, romantic novel


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

    I thoroughly enjoyed Abigail and Brooks interactions from the beginning to the end. Their contrasting personalities meshing made me laugh out loud.


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

    I think the narrator was awesome! I think she nailed the part of Abigail and I probably wouldn't have read her personality as well as the narrator portrayed her.


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

    Suspenseful yet many laugh out loud moments and pull at the heart moments.


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    08-13-12
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    "Always a good read"

    I'm a true Nora Roberts fan, as well as J.D. Robb, I don't think I've ever read one that disappointed me. I'm enjoying Julia Whelan's narrative very much.

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    kathleen 08-13-12
    kathleen 08-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The story grabs you from the start and never lets you go


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She did an EXCELLENT job!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When it was over I was sad because it was over,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. McClellan Texas 08-13-12
    L. McClellan Texas 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Nora Roberts"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    Nora Roberts' story telling is peerless. She creates characters who come alive, writes dialogue that sounds real, establishes story lines that keep you enthralled.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - more than once I found my heart racing as events unfolded toward inevitable confrontation.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    After a dozen years running from people who want to kill her, will she stop running now and take a stand for love?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamster 08-13-12
    Tamster 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping all the way till the end!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print .


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it definitely did! Right when the story began I was hooked. The plot is intriguing and well thought out.


    Any additional comments?

    I originally looked up listeners favorites and this one popped up, so I wanted to see for myself. This story did not disappoint, and is worth the listen l I normally don't listen to a book for hours straight, but I actually found myself listening straight through the first download! I'm very happy I purchased this book and I would highly recommend it .

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    steves145 08-12-12
    steves145 08-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent story Excellent listening!"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    Everything the story flowed well, kept you on your seat and was really great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it flowed well and kept you guessing.


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

    Not sure if I had. She did and excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    give it a try!

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-10-12
    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story with a surprising ending!"

    Starting this book was a bit hard to capture my full attention, but the longer I listened it just kept getting better and better. The narrator was very good. She needs a little work on her "manly" voice, but it was ok. I loved the surprise in the ending.

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