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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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    Jessica BETHESDA, MD, United States 03-10-13
    Jessica BETHESDA, MD, United States 03-10-13
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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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Too 'literal" Professor who?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


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

    yeah, I'll screen it better though


    How could the performance have been better?

    too much monotone, science and romance don't mix. Abigail got on my nerves


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

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Yeck. I'm still getting through it after a week.....usually I'm done with the book in two days..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-01-13
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Glad I bought this title on sale!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marressa USA 03-01-13
    Marressa USA 03-01-13

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    "Promising but not quite delivered"
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn New York, NY, United States 02-23-13
    Cathryn New York, NY, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Yawn Fest"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I would try another book from Ms. Whelan but I will never give Roberts another go.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton


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

    She's a talented actress


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

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alison Dallas, TX, United States 02-18-13
    alison Dallas, TX, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael United States 02-16-13
    Rachael United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story's not too bad, narrator is blah."
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I like Nora Roberts - she writes all genres well. This story isn't her best but is still a good read/listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "This is not a mystery or a thriller"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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