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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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    Annsi MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 12-19-12
    Annsi MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Don't agree with other Reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Obviously since I don't agree with all those wonderful reviews, I have no idea. Perhaps someone who loves interminable detail.


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

    Definitely no more a Nora Roberts, either in print or audible. I'll never get through this one, never mind another like it!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Shorter - more action - less narrative (description).


    What character would you cut from The Witness?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Hate to hear a women narrating a man's role. Woman for man, not so bad! Silly plot!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Touchet, WA, United States 12-12-12
    Donna Touchet, WA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "couldn't finish it"
    What disappointed you about The Witness?

    The narration was SO VERY bad that I just couldn't finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    maybe with a different narrator


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan?

    Scott Brick


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

    I don't know. I didn't listen to enough to make a fair assessment


    Any additional comments?

    no nothing

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Auburn, NY, United States 11-11-12
    Shelly Auburn, NY, United States 11-11-12
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    "Suspenseful but ended flat"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought the main part of this was good and it was very interesting. I really liked the story line of the book.


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

    I'll be honest, I thought it was a lot of hype for a very flat ending.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She makes the characters a little more real and caring than I think I have made them.


    Did The Witness inspire you to do anything?

    It was an interesting book that I enjoyed but was not compelling to me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Reno, NV, United States 11-05-12
    Charles Reno, NV, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "just an average book"

    A well written story of a stubborn woman and a responsible cop who knows how to get his way. You know how it ends. Great narration and the story flows really well. The plot is average. I heard the whole book hoping for twists and turns but there was nothing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just OK for Me"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I don't like stories that cop out with characters that just happen to be real life super heroes.Not the cartoon type, but ones that just happen to be overly smart, sharp shooters, rich etc..

    It was OK but nothing I will remember two months from now. I liked the narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 10-16-12
    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 10-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It was "ok""

    This wasn't my favourite Nora Roberts book, but it wasn't bad either. Some parts of the story was a bit far-fetched and i wasn't too fond of the male character, but Nora writes so well that I find myself listening to the whole book anyway.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Rolla, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Sharon Rolla, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The Witness"

    started out very slow. Almost didn't listen to it. Finally started getting interesting and did finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ss Denver, CO, United States 09-20-12
    Ss Denver, CO, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Blah"

    Love Nora Roberts, but her past two books have been a little painful. Excessive and unnecessary detail. Very repetitive. I listened to this on audiobook, and it was like she cut and pasted the main character's retelling over and over. (Although the Narrator did the best she could with the material.) I feel like she's resting on her laurels a bit and just cranking out books with little editing. There's a fine line between fleshing out a scene and killing the reader with details. I also was a bit weary of the rambling internal monologue of the characters. It's okay to have them ruminate or think through a decision or their feelings, but don't make me listen to all of it. She spent tons of time on teeny details then, Wham!, it's resolved in a short chapter. Was a deadline looming? And we're done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele T. Pluta Atlanta, GA 07-19-12
    Michele T. Pluta Atlanta, GA 07-19-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Excellent read."

    It was great from the minute it started. I would like to see more like that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-12-12
    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bones combined with Lizbeth"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    I enjoyed how current the story line was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brooks


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job of the variety of voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth was a combination of Bones and Lizbeth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachal
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Melbourne, Australia
    7/9/12
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    DErby, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    Den Haag, Netherlands
    5/8/12
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Loo loo
    Uk
    7/20/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    GERRARDS CROSS, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
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    "Very Good"

    If you want an easy read this book is for you. Enjoyable and believable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katy
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    5/16/12
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    V. Froelunda, Sweden
    7/22/12
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandie
    United States
    7/21/12
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City girl in Cambs
    Cambridgeshire
    2/24/13
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    "Fabulous read"

    Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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