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.
Never read Nora Roberts, whom the New York Times just profiled as the most popular novelist in the U.S. Nor do I read romance novels. I bought this on a recommendation, and I'm glad I did. My expectations were low, but she exceeded them. Not bad. Good narrator.
The story was engaging enough to keep me hanging on until the end, but listening to the narrator toggle her high pitched feminine voice between the girly lead character and macho love interest was just painful to endure. Her forced tenor southern drawl made me imagine the main character having an affair with Ellen DeGeneres, not some hunky cowboy. Her attempts at the voices of Russian mafia members weren't any more convincing.
I am a firm believer in finishing a book that I spent money on but I must say it was hard to see this one through, the story had an interesting plot to it but it could have been several chapters shorter.
I will read more of Nora Roberts because I usually love her books.
This was a good book. I just recently started listening to Nora. I found this book kept me interested and happy to know what was coming next. However, it ended a little abruptly for what I would have wanted. Still a great read and can't wait to listen to another one!
I love to shop & listen to audio bks
The witness is a genius who at a young age witnesses something tragic but from there on in prevails above all - which is why I gave it 3 stars. There was no "wondering" if she would find trouble or be in any trouble....I always felt like she would overcome anything that got in her way which is how the author may have wanted it but I guess after listening to so many Stephen King novels where the characters are faced with adversity and don't live to talk about it I was expecting a little more.
It is ok
The ending is rather predictable. I am not surprised.
When Brooks and Elisa first met
I liked the strength and intelligence that Nora Roberts gives the main character. She is not a helpless woman, but someone who is more than capable of plotting and executing a good revenge.
A little romance in a book is a good thing, but I didn't care much for the sappy love story. It was a bit over done, in my opinion.
Less sappy, more action, suspense.
Julia did a great job with each of the characters. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by her.
Overall it was a pretty good book and an interesting story line. I never once thought about turning it off and not finishing it, but many times I had to just roll my eyes.
Maybe. This was very good. Not so for another Nora Roberts book which I didn't like.
It could indeed. But it was ok where it ended.
I commute to work four hours a day and Audible has made it bearable for me for the last year.
I would make the main character a little more believable. I felt at times like I was reading a novel intended for someone in junior high, no one could be as niave and clueless as this main character. I would have liked a LOT less romance and a little more detail about the crime and criminals. I found myself rolling my eyes through much of this book at how ridiculous the romance was but maybe I'm just old and jaded.
Nothing comes to mind. I didn't realize that Nora Roberts was a romance writer and it felt as though I was reading one of the old fashioned Harlequin Romance novels.
No, the problem was solved, case closed.
Well narrated and good for a long car ride. Now I know what it is like to be undercover or in the witness protection program, even when it’s of ones own making.
For the serious, Roberts gets a bit formulaic and repetitive but over all it’s enjoyable.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
If you want an easy read this book is for you. Enjoyable and believable.
"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
"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
"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
Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.
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