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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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    Michelle 12-13-15
    Michelle 12-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Love this book! Makes me laugh out loud!"

    I listen to this at least twice a year and it still entertains me. The performance is wonderful and I think is what makes it so enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Orit 12-12-15
    Orit 12-12-15
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    "Cheap romance novel masquerading as a mystery"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story line was BORING! In fact I was rooting for the bad guys to put an end to my misery. Pages upon pages of "cooking recipes" and "kissing deeply".


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    NO WAY!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was quite a relief.


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

    Well.......Ehhh........hmmmmm.... NO! Nothing comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Russians don't really speak with Transylvanian accents. Ilia was supposed to be a Russian mobster not Count Draculla

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 12-07-15
    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!!"

    I must admit that this is my first Nora Roberts book (!!!) other than books under her pseudonym--the In Death series. I was pleasantly surprised!! Excellent narrator and an engaging story. Highly recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Babz 12-07-15
    Babz 12-07-15
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    "Outstanding narrator"

    This was a great story, though the ending kind of rushes up at you.

    The narration was exceptionally good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tinochka 12-07-15
    tinochka 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very engaging"

    The book starts with the horrific murder and ends with touching love story. Very interesting the suspense is not stretched out and sometimes is just simple its more of a love story in my opinion.
    The fact that i loved this book has a lot to do with a brilliant performance of the narrator. Very pleasant voice and Reading style. Bravo!!!
    All in all I will give 75% to the narrator and 25% to the story for the success of this book. I would recommend this book read it you will not waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharan MANSFIELD, TX, United States 12-05-15
    Sharan MANSFIELD, TX, United States 12-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you listen to The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] again? Why?

    Yes I loved the story, characters, and presentation. Great book


    What other book might you compare The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All


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

    The horrible betrayal of law enforcement


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reed 12-04-15
    Reed 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "We could not turn it off!"

    Wow, we so enjoyed listening to this book! A thrilling story, so well written, the story kept us anticipating right through to the end.

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    Phleb45 12-04-15
    Phleb45 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "ENCORE!! PLEASEEEE!!!"

    I loved this book. Seriously LOVED this book!! The characters, amazing. The story line, AMAZING! I didn't want it to end!! Julia Whelan is new to me but I will look for her again. Her voices were brilliant.

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    Angela M. Mumma sallisaw ok 12-04-15
    Angela M. Mumma sallisaw ok 12-04-15
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    "Great story, too many foul words"

    This was a great story almost ruined by the horrible language, I would have marked it great if not for that. Very sad that great authors resort to it.

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    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 12-03-15
    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 12-03-15 Member Since 2006
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    "more of a romance than mystery"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be more of romance novel than a mystery novel. The author did a good job with the narrative but it was predictable. The woman who could protect herself very well still needed the man.

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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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