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The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] | [Nora Roberts]

The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

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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    Grace Victoria, BC, Canada 05-24-12
    Grace Victoria, BC, Canada 05-24-12
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    "Another winner by Nora Roberts"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    This was my first audible book. I listened to sample before choosing this one and personally I recommend doing that as some voices were not ones I thought I would like to listen to for several hours. The narrator held my attention to the story and changes in characters were easy to identify.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had to force myself to quit at the end of a chapter. It wasn't possible to stop midway through one, difficult to stop at a chapter end.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    It's definitely a novel but I loved the story. I can't recount the number of books I've read by Nora Roberts but I consistently find she has done a thorough investigation of her subjects and the depth of detail keeps me coming back to her for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TONI SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 05-24-12
    TONI SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 05-24-12
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    "strong women"
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites, I rarely give a 5 but I almost did on this one.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I coulndt wait for next scene.Had to listen to it all too fast.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    Everything was perfect, story, narration and production! It was so good, I listened 2 times in a row and that's a first for me! It would make a great movie or TV show. Loved spending my credit on this, I'll listen to this one over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 05-22-12
    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015

    ipod for audiobooks

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    "Nora is back"

    A very good book with well drawn characters, a good mystery, and a love story with a charming likeable hero. Very few discriptions of ---broad chests,bulging pecs etc. I know I will listen to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desirea Hernandez Modesto, CA USA 05-21-12
    Desirea Hernandez Modesto, CA USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Love the book and a excellent narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well written and Julia Whelan did an excellent job executing the voices characters. Each character had their own voice and you forget it's the same person reading.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The whole time you are listening you are excited on what's going to happen next


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

    She is unbelievable she has a voice for each character and gives life to them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just liked when Brooks comes in the picture. I like seeing how well Brooks handles situations and how he handle Abigale aka Elizabeth or Liz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Harden, Australia 05-20-12
    Susan Harden, Australia 05-20-12
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    "Fantastic"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    The determination of Liz to get the baddies no matter what


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Liz. What a gal! An inspiration to all women.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Maybe Brooks


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is nothing that a woman can't do if she puts her mind to it


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, loved it, wonderful escapism, listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Chetopa, KS, United States 05-20-12
    Patricia Chetopa, KS, United States 05-20-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Best Yet"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    I've read/listened to Nora Roberts for many years and found this to be her best book yet.The storyline was fascinating and the interaction of the characters was superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Brooks and his gentle ways, sweet nature and the way he pulled Abigail out of her shell.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have never listened to this narrator before but found her very enjoyable. I think she did a wonderful job all the way around.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very end was so romantic and beautiful. Are there really men like Brooks out there?


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to my audiobooks while I drive to and from work and couldn't wait to get back to it. Hope Nora has more like this up her sleeve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Springfield, OR, United States 05-20-12
    Julie Springfield, OR, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly good!"
    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Julia Whelan did a great job of building suspense and didn't disappoint by making the end too predictable.


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

    I loved that the book was "techy" without being too complicated to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that would have made this book better was to have a scene where "Bert" got to use his skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MariaE VillamizarT 05-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    ""A great book""

    I enjoy Nora Roberts books immensely this one in particular, It's a joy to read about strong woman surviving all adds.

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    Patricia COOPER CITY, FL, United States 05-19-12
    Patricia COOPER CITY, FL, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "THE BEST YET"
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think Nora Roberts outdid herself. Right from the beginning the book was great. The best she ever wrote


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    when she gets them in the end and lives happily ever after with the Sherrif


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Modern Day Love Story


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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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