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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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    MickeyMarie 12-23-12
    MickeyMarie 12-23-12 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "Nora at her best"

    I have loved Nora Roberts books for many years. I have to admit there have been a number of them that have disappointed me for some reason or another and made me wonder if someone was ghost writing for her or she was simply having a bad day.

    This is Nora at her true best. A fantastic story with cleanly combined romance and mystery that holds interest to last paragraph.

    The books that disappoint still disappoint, but books like this keep me buying more of her books.

    The narrator was a little less than the best, but the story kept this book at 5 stars.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-13-12
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Favorable"

    I don't know if I found the right headline word for a book that didn't excite me or was sad that it had to end. It is a sweet love story of a girl who's mother had planned her life before birth to become just like herself, a famous surgeon... but that's not what happens. The daughter, Liz /Abigail who lacked the love of her mother rebells for the first time at 16 and ends up in a situation of witnessing a Russian mob killing and then is placed in witness protection only to have her protectors killed so she escapes and goes into hiding for the next 12 years. She intrigues the handsome single sheriff of this small town where she's been recluse and they fall in love and then skillfully comes up with a way to expose all those involved with the mob killings... you get the picture.

    I try to be objective and expose myself to good writers and all types of generas. I think Roberts is a good writer and if you like simple love stories with a taste of heat then this book will fill that bill!



    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 12-15-14
    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 12-15-14 Member Since 2005

    Shelterdog

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    "Pretty Good"

    Good page turner, if you could turn pages on an audiobook. Enjoyable for driving to and from work. Well short of a masterpiece. My pet peeve: it diminishes my ability to follow along when five of the characters are named: Bert, Brooks, Boyd, Blake and Babbitt. Honestly. Bid your Book was Better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Sullivan Montgomery, AL, US 11-20-14
    Eva Sullivan Montgomery, AL, US 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't like the main character"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's not for a suspense reader. It's basically a romance novel.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The main character was so unlike able to me. She was a very predictable robot. She would just repeat what a person said by stating a fact about it. That got so old. It wasn't very believable to me. Basically, I was very disappointed.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan?

    Yes, she was fine. She read the main character's dialogue like a robot (which fits the character). It just got old real fast.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't awful, just way too slow for me and the characters got on my nerves.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be buying another Nora Roberts book anytime soon. Boooo!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 11-14-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 11-14-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Intriguing Story"

    The story in this book was very well crafted. The "heroine" is a very interesting young girl, and as the book progresses, an equally interesting young woman. Her story kept my interest as events unfolded and the plot played out. The only other character who was equally interesting was her very large, well trained, dog. The rest of the characters were single dimension and not terribly well nuanced. But since the story had pace and interesting twists, the lack of additional character development didn't seem that bothersome.

    The narrator is someone I have listened to and enjoyed before. However in those books she was a part of a he/she narration team. She does girls' and women's voices very well. Unfortunately her approach to a man's voice is to constrict her throat, drop her pitch and sound hoarse. That wasn't overly appealing.

    This book had just about what we expect from Nora Roberts: an interesting plot, some bodice ripping, touches of pop psychology and an easy differentiation between the good and bad guys.

    Overall, I never considered not finishing the book. I truly did want to know how it came out. I recommend it if you are looking for an interesting, light diversion. If you're looking for depth and thought provoking insights, then I suggest you reserve this book for another time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Awg 08-18-14
    Awg 08-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long, needed less side stories."
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, but rambled at times.


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

    The way Annabell taught herself everything.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan?

    Probably, in fact I think I have.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I will wait awhile before I commit to another of Nora Roberts books. But I will read/listen to another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hsl106 06-07-14
    Hsl106 06-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story, definitely predictable"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    The story starts out very exciting, how ever the book description describes a struggle between a mother and daughter. I feel that the mother character was minor at best. i feel this was more about a woman tying to find and protect herself after a tramatic teenage event.


    Has The Witness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would want to read one with a more indepth story


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

    No, she is very good and clear. She is able to mover her voice to define the different characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mommylicious 05-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Julia needs another narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is exciting. However, there needed to be more narrators with such a huge cast. The most important decision would be the male hero. He sounds like a farmer stuck in a hale bin while his grand babies lay crying. He should have a strong, confident and young male voice.


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

    She has a voice that melts.


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

    the bench scene


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asenath Waite Boston 05-14-14
    Asenath Waite Boston 05-14-14

    Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.

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    "Meh, not the best."
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I don't think so. While it was somewhat entertaining and I did listen to the whole thing (and that is something), it is hardly a great book. Just ok.


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

    The romance was definitely a turn off, as it is always for me. However I have heard/read far worse. I did like the small southern town and its colorful inhabitants, the marginal intricacies.


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

    The performance was ok. Not spectacular, but decent. She did Brook's character quite well (considering it is always hard to do the opposite gender).


    Was The Witness worth the listening time?

    It was fun but at the same time, I don't know, juvenile? Or maybe what slightly gets to me is that I had to suspend belief, not so much about the technicalities of the story but more so with the characters. In a non-spoiler example, I seriously doubt someone with an IQ of 220 constantly goes around telling people how smart they are. She did not come across as a genius but as just plain odd. The thing is the author kept trying for the genius trait. Anyways this and other small things made the whole novel seem a tad immature, and the protagonist kinda got on my nerves at times, which is never a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are bored and have nothing else better to listen to, or if you just want an easy listen, by all means, try it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-21-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2001
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    "The Witness"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. Following rebellion of an emotionally abused girl, and her witness of a murder, the story jumps a decade to a handsome cop meeting mysterious woman with a strong, independent, and vulnerable persona. She’s on the run, he struggles to learn why and to win her heart at the same time.

    In my opinion, the ending is rushed, the bad guys too easy for her to conquer.

    Easy listen, formulaic to a large degree. Boy gets girl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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