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.
an interesting storyline that makes you think of what you would do if you had to go into hiding or some sort of witness protection
This was a great book with a very interesting story line. We have "Abigial" who at 16 witnesses a horrendous murder and is taken in to protective custody by the US Marshalls. Before the murder she had led a very sheltered life that was completely controlled by her mother. After running and constantly changing her identity for 12 years she ends up in a small town in northern Arkansas where she is trying to live a very secluded life until chief of police comes around and introduces her to family, friendship and love are really about. The characters were all likeable and you wanted to cheer for the good guys. I like Nora Roberts because she is good at adding a little of everything to her books from romance to mystery and a good dose of humor.
I wouldn't say it was better than the print version but it is equally as good. When I am reading the print version I am better able to invision things in my mind then when someone else is reading.
The boyfriends mother. She was strong but caring, loving and understanding.
I would have to say the scene at the end when she faked her death and sent the virus to the badguys. They will be taken down and will never know who did it but she will.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Yes. It was a very interesting story and it had many touching moments.
Probably towards the beginning of the book when the main character was adventuring out on her own and learning about herself. This is when a lot of action took place.
No this was my first listen of hers.
I don't think it was that type of book. I didn't feel moved much..just more so in suspense.
This was a good read and I enjoyed listening to it while at work.
The story and the narration made listening to The Witness most enjoyable. The narrator did an outstanding job with all the different characters! You could definitely distinguish who was who. Loved it!
Marvelous book!! Great combination of romance and suspense. I loved Elizabeth/Abigail's quirky character. This is my favorite Nora Roberts book yet!
Addicted to Audible!
Nora Roberts fans will enjoy this audio. While it was far from original or in any way great literature, it kept my interest and was a quick and entertaining listen. The plot was rather unbelievable but that is Ms. Roberts forte. You must suspend reality while listening to her books. I enjoy listening while I walk or exercise and it helps to pass the time. It's entertainment without substance! Sometimes you just need "junk food literature".
This story starts off great and hooks you to go on (typical of old Nora Roberts style writing) and I just couldn't put it down...had to know what happened next. I think the reason I can't give this 5 stars is because the female lead character is so unlikeable as an adult it lost me. There was no chemistry between the two main characters, they simply "mated." I know this is because how Liz was raised but it caused a strange, stiff coupling. I loved Bert the dog!! I gave the story 4 stars because the beginning was so strong. I'm hoping for more from NR soon!!
The narrator was so-so for me. When there was a backyard BBQ party and several female characters were present it was hard to tell who was speaking. Everyone sounded the same. She wasn't the worst I have heard but wasn't the best either.
I have read/listened to Nora Roberts and JD Robb books for years. Her books typically follow a formula, but it's a successful formula that I usually enjoy. The characters and plots are usually well developed with the right mix of mystery, adventure and romance. I appreciate Roberts' trademark portrayal of damaged but intelligent women who rise above their troubled pasts to create new lives for themselves. Their efforts ultimately come together with the help of honorable men and loving communities.
Elizabeth/Abigail is an interesting, intelligent, strong and resourceful character. Police Chief Brooks lends just the right touch of caring support and integrity, and he comes with the quirky, amusing and loving family that is missing from Elizabeth's life. The narration is good and the voices are appropriate to the characters. Overall, this is one of Roberts' best efforts in a long time.
easy reading and people you can relate yourself with in life.
Good book and I recommend reading it.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
I have not read the printed version and always listen to unabridged.
Distinction between character voices was not as clean as it could have been.
Made me wish I had a dog and a man like the ones described in the book...in that order! I loved the idea of giving the dog commands in different languages as an additional precaution.
The book was predictable, but tolerably so.
The characters ~ loved the heroine, but Brooks, be still my heart! There was one of those amazing NR heroes, with that laid back lovable affability that almost hides his smarts and strength. I loved Brooks's family, and how they made Abigail feel part of something right from the get go, even though she was tough to warm up to.
Oh, the plot twist. You knew WHO did, you even knew how ~~ what you didn't know, and just couldn't quite figure out was how it was gonna get twisted back on them.
It was first listen from this narrator, and I thought she really did an excellent job ~ at first I was dissapointed, because I love Susan Ericksen doing NR and JD Robb books, but I really enjoyed the way Julia brought these characters to life for me. She made me 'see' each character through her voice, and I loved the way she did Abigail.
Just that I love listening to Nora Roberts/JD Roberts Audio books. I've read them for years and years, and have actually gone back and bought most of her library in Audio also since I've just truly enjoyed the experience of them coming to life ~ not like a movie, because this is EVERY word Nora penned, just come to life! I love it!
"A new way to enjoy audiobooks!"
I usually find Nora Roberts' novels to be a little formulaic - heroine runs away to new town, has hate -love relationship with hero and they all live happily ever after etc. I was fascinated to find that The Witness was different. That was until I realised that I had only listened to Part 2! Nevertheless, I then listened to Part 1 which added an unusual twist - already knowing what was going to happen in the future! However, I really enjoyed the whole thing and I am sure it would have been as good had I listened in the right order. It was, undoubtedly, one of her better works. Gritty, gripping and not predictable. The central characters were easy to warm to and thus care about what happened to them. I also have to commend the narrator whose ability to differentiate the characters and narrate in a listenable voice, added to the enjoyment of the experience. Here's hoping that Ms Roberts has more books like The Witness in her upcoming repertoire.
"Easy holiday read!"
Before I start slating the book, I have to say that the narrator was excellent. Really enjoyed her reading despite the heavy American accent.
I needed something light and not very challenging for my holiday and a romantic thriller seemed perfect. The only problem was that it was neither thrilling nor all that romantic. The first time our girl hero gazed into the deep blue eyes of her chosen one, did produce an, "Aah how romantic" effect but the next twenty gazes made me wonder if she had a secret degree in optometry on top of her many other talents.
The plot was quite simplistic and predictable. There was a subplot which ran alongside the main one but the two never came together. I was expecting them to be connected somehow which would have created at least some intrigue. Instead of mindlessly enjoying the book, I found myself thinking of how the plot could have been made more exciting. I felt the book dragged on and the fact that the main character recounted the same story three times to anyone willing to listen, did not help matters.
I was considering giving the author another chance but decided that life is too short and there are plenty of other fish in the Audible sea.
This is the first Nora Roberts book I have purchased and I really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent as well
Just the right amount of emotion and intrigue. Well written and exciting, couldn't stop listening to this book.
very good well written book with a good narrator although i did find the voice for brooks a little old but thats nither here nor there. excellent read!!
"Such an interesting and addictive read"
After listening to the first chapter I was wondering if I would like this book, but it is one of the most interesting books I have ever read, The narrater made you feel like you personally knew the characters I did not want it to end.
"My first Nora Roberts"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story of Liz/Abigail, whose life is totally changed forever by the horrifying event she witnesses one night when only sixteen, unfolds as we meet her again as an adult and follow her struggle to achieve a more normal life in safety. She is a tough loner whose inner vulnerability is exposed when she meets the local chief of police in the small Ozarks town where she has temporarily settled and realises that she has to close this chapter before starting a new, happier one. The narration by Julia Whelan is excellent.
Really enjoyed this lovely book. It flows well. Has a great story that keeps you interested but also has love wrapped round it. The characters all seem so nice and the town its about that you want to be transported there! Nora writes a good tale!
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and listened again straight away. Julia Whelan is a great story teller and I really was lost in the characters. I don't normally listen to this type of book, but was glad I did.
A young girl witnesses a murder and goes into hiding. Twelve years later a local cop captures her heart and she has to decide whether to let him in and risk her cover being blown.
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