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.
Look, I love Nora Roberts, but her character ""LIz" ala "Abilgail, in small town USA
with a country sheriff, was just to much. It was a struggle trying to get through the story
yeah, I'll screen it better though
too much monotone, science and romance don't mix. Abigail got on my nerves
Yeck. I'm still getting through it after a week.....usually I'm done with the book in two days..
It was difficult to identify with the book's protagonist. I found her to be self engrossed and superficial. Maybe it was the performance but midway through the book I was rooting for the bad guys to find her and move the book along. Also - the book includes too much cringe worthy sexual passages.
The book had very promising fist chapter, great story beginning with so much that could happen later. But it seemed to me like the author got tired of writing the book and the story line got bored with her. The main character repeats her story four times and even if it's very professional and good writing it seems like a page filler. Good and easy listening, I would like to see more of the thrilling suspense and more complicated plot, the opportunities to do so were there.
I would try another book from Ms. Whelan but I will never give Roberts another go.
The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton
She's a talented actress
I would describe this book as - Semi autistic trauma survivor does her rendition of 'Are You There God it's Me Margaret'. This book sparked a reaction of annoyance in me that an adult woman would write this for other adults. I am finishing it but I've fast forwarded through large portions of it. Ridiculously cliched. I would have enjoyed it more if it focused more on the action less on the romance.
I gave it to stars because at least I felt compelled to finish it. But overall it was a waste of my time. All the positive reviews set my expectations a bit higher. But this is the first audiobook I've ever listened to that went on and on and on only to tell a very mediocre story. This is my worst experience with Audible so far and I'm really surprised that the book got so many great reviews. To each his own, I guess.
I like Nora Roberts - she writes all genres well. This story isn't her best but is still a good read/listen.
Not really. Her voice is weak, she reads very slow, and sounds awkward most of the time. I had to ignore her to listen to the story.
This book is a romance novel. It was classified by Audible as a mystery/thriller but it most definitely is not. I've listened to worst books but I's simply not into romance novels.
Is boring, I hate the characters, I hate Abigail and I love romance novels but I was disappointed.
I have listened" the gone girl" and I really like it.
This is probably a great book, and I always wondered what Nora Roberts books were like because they are so popular, so I decided to try one. It just was not a style that I liked. But, hey, you got to keep trying new things, right?
Not a thing. I am just not her customer.
Unable to listen past chapter 2. This is my first Nora Roberts, and I was listening based on other's reviews, but think I will go back to non fiction. Not my favorite.
"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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