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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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    Lana ROME, NY, United States 08-24-13
    Lana ROME, NY, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, great narration, but the story line..."

    The love story could have been left out... once she met Brooks the whole story went down hill..., The running and hiding story could have been a lot longer and interesting... It was a good book, listened to entire thing, but I wasn't fond of the turning this Witness book into a love story... Think the book should have covered more of her running.

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    Bug's mom Chicago, IL 08-20-13
    Bug's mom Chicago, IL 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't even finish"
    What disappointed you about The Witness?

    The writing is very, very cheesy and one of the main characters is not even slightly believable. She seems more like an alien or a robot than a human being.


    What aspect of Julia Whelan’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a great job with the material she had.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Search so was looking for another good mystery. The Witness is not it. It was so cheesy and the romance was poorly written. Instead of being at all believable, it is as if the author just wrote the male protagonist in the way a 15 year old girl would imagine. I rarely leave a book unfinished but I can't listen to one more minute of it - really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 08-13-13
    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Generic at best"

    Calling this book generic is being generous. The characters were caricatures and the plot was downright kindergarten level in complexity. I really wasted a credit on this one. Do some people actually like this kind of thing?

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    Michelle Racine, WI, United States 06-27-13
    Michelle Racine, WI, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Romance novel, not a thriller"

    Fabio should have been on the cover of this book. Not because any of the characters resemble Fabio, but simply to identify this as a Ladies romance novel. Like others of the genre this book features plenty of bathos, cardboard characters, and sophomoric descriptions of sex. Julia Whelan did do an excellent job of narration, but her talents were wasted. For a gripping, intellectually satisfying novel with a female lead I would suggest "The Likeness" by Tana French or "Restless" by William Boyd.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    harmonie 06-23-13
    harmonie 06-23-13
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    "excessive language"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, it could have been a good book. The story was good, but the language ruined it for me. Some language in needed spots for character building is fine, but really, that much was embarrassing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the mystery and twists and turns


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

    Probably the main character, but I felt like I knew her the best.


    Was The Witness worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I super wished that Audible had ratings, like other media has. I would enjoy a rating system similar to movies, everyone can easily understand the rating and make a more informed listening decision.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-02-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad"

    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.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-21-13
    Stacy LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wanted to love it, narration was irritating"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    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.


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    Gretchen 05-15-13
    Gretchen 05-15-13
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    "Its like the energizer bunny, it keeps going..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    I will read more of Nora Roberts because I usually love her books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 05-15-13
    Monica 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 04-12-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "As the Title suggests...its about a witness"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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