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The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] Audiobook

The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

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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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    Susan Ottawa 04-07-16
    Susan Ottawa 04-07-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Had me hooked!"

    Loved the story, the way it progressed and how it ended. Brooks was perfect for Liz and how she had realizations about herself and life along the way. Loved Burt!!!
    Would like to have seen Liz's mother make an appearance or Johns family be in the courtroom as well. The narrator did an amazing job. I will definitely be listening to other books done by her.

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    laura 04-07-16
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    "Great book"

    Really enjoyed the book. I could not wait to hear what was next. The narrator did a really good job..

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    KateinTexas Dallas 04-07-16
    KateinTexas Dallas 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Story sucked me in immediately, but payoff wasn't great."

    I'm a huge fan of the crime/suspense/thriller genre, so the description of this one really drew me in. I got pulled into the story really quickly and found the first part captivating. However, the shift in the story after that point felt a bit drawn out. There were secondary storylines I believed would eventually weave in to the main plot but felt a bit let down there ultimately. I'm new to Nora Roberts so perhaps I went into this with a different mindset, but it ended up more of a romance than a thriller with a slightly anticlimactic ending. Julia Wheelan is a great narrator though, so I'm willing to tryout anything she reads! Overall if you're looking for romance with suspense, this one is for you. If you're into more crime thrillers, you may want to skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian 03-30-16
    Vivian 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I have ever listened to!"

    This book had it all and the narrator was fantastic! I highly recommend it to all!

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    Kattoon 03-29-16
    Kattoon 03-29-16

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    "Engaging from the beginning"

    Wonderfully engaging story that really sucks you into their world. The narrator is spot on with her use of inflection and variety of voices.

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    Charles 03-29-16
    Charles 03-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my favorites of all time."

    The wife and I have purchased and listened to over 300 audio books together. This is the only one I have listened to more than twice. Even good books can be killed by a narator. This one has it all. 6 stars out of 5.

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    Sonia 03-28-16
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    "Love it"

    love the story great murder mystery with a lot of Mystery. I recommend this particular book.

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    Shelly 3888 Comet Drive Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 03-23-16
    Shelly 3888 Comet Drive Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 03-23-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Mystery, humor and love"

    Always like listening to Nora Roberts books because I can get the mystery along with the romantic live story together!! This one was particularly good in the way the characters were developed each with a unique personality the narrator did a great job showing. A little twist in the ending made this a wonderful listen to accompany housework, sewing or cooking.

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    Lori Sang 03-20-16
    Lori Sang 03-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Romance & Suspense. Love it!"

    I love Nora Roberts and this book is one of her best IMO. The romance was sweet & tender. Most of the characters were lovable. The bad guys were bad but not unbelievable.

    The narrator:
    Julia Whelan was exceptional in her performance. I never once had to guess which character was speaking. She did great performing the young Liz & then the adult Liz (Abigail) too. Her performance here definitely help bring out each character's personality.

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    Randy Scotts Valley, CA, United States 03-16-16
    Randy Scotts Valley, CA, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] the most enjoyable?

    While the story is not entirely credible, it's not completely unbelievable. The story was entertaining.


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  • Gadget Queen
    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
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    7/24/14
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    "Wow!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I am writing this review in the moments after the book has finished. I loved it, the characters, the twists and turns of the storyline. It was a fantastic listen/read. How will I cope with it being over?


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

    Julia Whelan's narration was fantastic. Such a versatile voice, she captured perfectly each of the wide range of chacters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At the end, I felt full of emotion. The ending was perfect, but I'm not going to give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like superbly written crime and romance, just buy it. It has the best of both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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