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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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    Marlene Mouchette 03-25-13
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    "Good story but unbelievable."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Do you think The Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the problem was solved, case closed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancilee Wydra Vero Beach, FL 03-25-13
    Nancilee Wydra Vero Beach, FL 03-25-13
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    "A Peek into the Witness Protection Program"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Livermore, ME, United States 03-18-13
    Peggy Livermore, ME, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable, sophomoric....Interminable!"
    What disappointed you about The Witness?

    The author abuses the listener interminably with her "neato" idea about a socially retarded girl experiencing first love later than most. I found myself saying, I got it! I got it! Please move on!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Read an abridged edition!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 03-14-13
    Sharon United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me"

    This was my first Nora Roberts book. I bought this because it was presented as a thriller. It was to some extent, but it was more of a romance novel. If you're into romance, you would probably like this one. There was really nothing wrong with the book or the nararator, but it was too much romance and not enough thriller for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JerseyGirl Annandale, NJ, US 03-12-13
    JerseyGirl Annandale, NJ, US 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Shallow...Just can't finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Given Nora Roberts' popularity, I guess I'm in a minority, but I just can't seem to latch on to her novels. This one had such high ratings, I thought I'd give it a listen. But, deep into the first download, I can barely keep my eyes on the road while commuting to work during the narrative; I find myself rolling my eyes at the pedestrian characters and the high-school-essay plot development. It may not help that I'm also reading an exquisite novel by Alan Brennert ("Honolulu"); by comparison, the writing in "The Witness" pales beyond redemption. I will return this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably go to "Molokai" (Alan Brennert) or one of Ken Follett's magnificent novels ("Pillars of the Earth", "World Without End"), or "Devil in the White City".


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator does try to use vocal inflection to define the characters, but I have often thought that they were not really on target. Again, by comparison, the narrator of "The Crimson Petal and the White" was dead on with her vocal tempo and inflections, which truly enhanced the listening experience. That audio book actually had me completely addicted; I was listening to it at every opportunity. This one...not so much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I will try to return this one for something I can look forward to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E Will United States 03-12-13
    E Will United States 03-12-13
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    "Sappy romance novel. AVOID!"

    No one mentioned that this was a romance novel, which is the first reason that I hated it. However, I thought: "I'll keep listening and try to give it a chance." After the 100th involuntary eye roll however, I had to stop. The narrator makes the leading man in the story seem obnoxious and pushy. Ewwh. No one in real life would ever fall in love with that man. Don't waste your money unless you enjoy cheesy, ungrounded, fake romance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell United States 03-11-13
    Russell United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book. Similar to other Nora Books"
    What did you like best about The Witness? What did you like least?

    Story line is good but similiar to other Nora Books


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

    The languages she taught the dog was very clever.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan’s performance?

    Good narrator and she's very consistent with her different voices.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica BETHESDA, MD, United States 03-10-13
    Jessica BETHESDA, MD, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Gets better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I found the beginning somewhat boring and the character did not seem realistic. However, the story improves and gets interesting. By the end I did not want to get out of the car.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very surprising


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

    I did not like the performance...she was too monotone


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    haworth Missoula, MT, United States 03-06-13
    haworth Missoula, MT, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Her voice bugged the s--- out of me!!!!!!!!"
    What would have made The Witness better?

    Different narration


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    never


    How could the performance have been better?

    When she read for Elizabeth Fitch, she sounded robotic


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Before buying an audible selection listen first to the narrator's voice, it might just sound like nails on a chalk board

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    martha 03-04-13
    martha 03-04-13
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    "Very annoying to listen too."

    I did not really give this book a chance because i could not stand listening to it. I just can't take listening to the whining. I understand that it is probably not the narrator, just her interpretation of the material. I have never returned a book, but i am going to return this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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