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.
Good story and lots of tension. If you are someone more accustomed to conventional thrillers, you'll need to reconcile yourself to knowing in more detail what people are wearing.
I don't think I ever read a Nora Roberts novel before and skimming some of the other titles at the bookstore I'm thinking (as some have said) that this is a bit different. Glad I enjoyed it.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
The Witness came up on so many reading lists, I decided to give Nora Roberts a try. After the fact, I found out she writes romance novels, which is not really my thing, or so I thought. I really enjoyed The Witness. Actually, the romance part took a back seat to the surrounding drama unfolding.
Elizabeth, a young 16-year-old girl has grown up more like her mother’s science experiment, than a child. Elizabeth attempts to break out of her cocooned life for one night with her friend Julie. Sporting new clothes, hairstyles, and fake ID’s the two girls go to a nightclub owned by Russian mafia. Drunk and naive, the girls accompany these crime lords back to their place for some added enjoyment. Alcohol, guns and the mob don’t mix well, and Elizabeth witnesses a double homicide. In police protection her world is rocked again by crooked cops and Elizabeth is on the run – alone.
Fast forward 12 years and Abigail Lowery, AKA Elizabeth Fitch, is living a secluded life behind a cloak of security cameras, artillery and computers in a small town in the Ozarks. She spends her time using her brilliant mind to make money and stay one step ahead of the murders who have never given up looking for her.
Enter Brooks Gleason, the chief of police in her new town, who is intrigued by Abigail’s need to always be packing, her secluded lifestyle and her attack dog who takes orders in a number of foreign languages. He picks away at her hard facade until her finally breaks through her robotic-like existence. Slowly and patiently, he makes a little progress at showing Abigail she is capable of having real emotions and that not everything in her life has to come down to cause and effect. The duo team up to put an end to Abigail’s life on the run.
I really liked this book and definitely would not hesitate to read another Nora Roberts novel. Quirky protagonist, compelling story line and a little romance are all present in this entertaining novel.
Julia Whelan reads the part of Abigail perfectly and really brings this unusual protagonist to life.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The one time Abigail balks and decides to be a normal teenager her actions leads her to a life changing tragedy.
With her genius IQ, she is able to escape from everyone and build a life for herself, despite being pursued for years. She isn't able to trust anyone because someone in the FBI is on the take.
Things do come to a head but the ending is so surprising. I love Nora Roberts stories, but this one is simply inspiring.
Have always loved NR's books but her recent titles are starting to have similar characters and plot lines. The main characters in The Witness are very similar to the main characters in Angel's Falls (eccentric heroine falls in love with local law enforcement officer). Overall enjoyed the story line and unexpected ending. My favorite character is Bert now I want a Mastiff! Julia Whelan did a wondeful job of bringing the characters to life.The Witness is definitely worth purchasing.
I have been reading Nora Roberts for years, and will even re-read some of her books. This is one of the better one's that she has wrote. I liked the reader as well. She was great. I just finished this and it was very hard to put it down. I kept staying up way past my bed time to continue listening. Thanks Nora for another good one, I will enjoy re-reading.
This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!
An unexpected surprise! I purchased this book on sale and had no idea it would be this good! Would read it over and over again!
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I so enjoyed having murder, mobsters and a love story combined. Packed full of enjoyable moments.
I like how intelligent Liz is. It's refreshing how her character is portrayed.
Its a great listen from start to ending. In my opinion its well worth a credit. I happened to get it on sale and that was even better.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was an extremely well written story. I was reluctant to buy this book because I thought Roberts was only an author of romance books, but this was a great story with a lot of drama that kept pulling me through.
I also loved the narrator, Julia Whelan. I first heard her in Gone Girl, where I thought she was amazing as well.
I would highly recommend this book.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
A combination of character development and a wonderful narrator made this book especially enjoyable. Elizabeth was a most unusual character and her metamorphosis was quite natural and well-done.
My favourite characters were Elizabeth and Sunny. It was fascinating to see the effect that Elizabeth's upbringing had on her personality. The window into life with an edetic memory was fascinating. I also especially enjoyed Brooks, and felt that the narrator did an excellent job with the male voices in this production.
I can't say, as it would ruin the book for those reading this review.
I think the moment when Elizabeth discovered that she was able to feel and love was particularly moving, given her abusive upbringing.
This book grabbed me so quickly and completely that I listened to it almost continuously with the exception of one night's sleep! That has never happened to me before. Well done Nora!
Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.
An excellent narration with captivating characters and plot. The story had me engaged from beginning to end.
"Predictable and shallow"
The characters in this book remained cardboard cut-outs for me, and I cared so little about their ultimate fate that I stopped listening at the end of the first part. Good looking man with whacky mother meets incredibly good looking girl with a past. Repetitive, turgid and hackneyed sex scenes (not that I generally mind sex scenes, just like at least a little originality in the vocabulary), no humour, no reality and generally BORING. Not for me.
I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and have pretty much all of her audio books but this is my favourite.
Abigail is incredibly endearing and my favourite of all characters in Nora's books. Her development throughout the book through her relationship with the local police chief Brooks was great.
Julia does a great job with all characters and she is excellent with both the female and male characters.
Definitely. I listened to it at every opportunity the first time and have listened to it more than once since. I couldn't wait to hear how Abigail's relationship with the local chief of police, and of course the thriller aspect of the book, worked out.
I don't often review my audio books but I can't recommend this one highly enough.
This audio book kept my attention all of the way through. An easy listen, but with a modicum of suspense and intrigue. Excellent!
One of the best NR I have listened to, I just can't wait to download another
Drew me in from the beginning, tapped into my beliefs about the justice systems on both sides of the pond, satisfied my need for a happy and realistic! Ending
"I've just witnessed a great novel"
The Witness is about a very relatable and likable girl who is forced into hiding from a criminal organization. The book is made up of two parts which both have their own different flavours.
The first half of the book was my favorite. It's about Elizabeth breaking free from her mothers control in a very satisfying way. These chapters had me cheering Liz onto every new little rebellion, even though I knew something was eventually going to go wrong. It was still so much fun to take part in Liz's first day of true freedom. You can't help but sympathize and fall in love with her.
The second half of the book develops at a slower pace as a romance takes the main focus. I'm not a fan of romance stories but this one was all right mainly because Abigail (Elizabeth's new identity) deals with romance in her own robotic and hilarious way that made me unable to hold back a smile.
The narrator was perfect for Elizabeth. She nailed the guarded, intelligent, socially awkward woman voice. However, it was difficult to tell when she was speaking as a male character because her voice never went deep enough. This led to some confusion when I couldn't figure out who was talking.
I am very glad I bought this audiobook. Even though romance isn't my thing, I still found much to like about this story and would recommend it to anyone interested in the summary above. You won't regret it.
"Classic Nora Roberts"
I love this Nora Roberts book, but then again, I am a Roberts fan. I love that it features a strong female character with courage and determination. I always have a sense that Nora Roberts thoroughly researches backgrounds for her books and therefore her stories always seems well thought out and credible. I was rooting for Abigail/Liz throughout the book and missed half a night of sleep because I had to finish it. If you like any of the other Nora Roberts books, you’ll love this one.
I would compare this one to The Search. The female character and the love story are somewhat similar.
I really like Julia Whelans voice. It's comfortable to listen to and she brings the characters to life.
The moment when Abigail goes from pure survival mode to actually starting to live again is very moving.
"Light Mystery Romance"
A reasonable holiday yarn, ably performed, but lacking the complexity of plot to keep you gripped. The interplay of the characters was the real focus, despite this sounding like a thriller. Much more could have been made of the main character's scheming but the expected denouement was muted as her rose-tinted relationship took centre stage. A bit too Mills and Boon for my taste.
Also, the long rambling descriptions and interior dialogues which might be swiftly read on the page felt slow when spoken. This had the effect of slowing the action, sadly.
Perhaps an example of a book that is meant to be read rather than heard.
Lack of intelligent complexity. I did not have to think.
I haven't heard any others but she did a good job.
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