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Some secrets aren't uncovered. They are unleashed...

The national bestselling author is back with a gripping legal thriller of a brilliant lawyer caught between her client, a powerful family's hidden legacy, and the truth...

Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather - a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...

©2007 Rebecca Forster (P)2011 Rebecca Forster

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Naration ALMOST spoils good story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narrator's inexperience is obvious. Many times it's like she's reading a line for the first time, so it doesn't come out with the right emphasis. Even worse, though, are the attempts at speaking each character with different tones and accents. I muddled through the breathy mother and too-deep male voices only because the story kept me intersted.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character and her relationship with the accused.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tara Platt’s performances?

No.

Do you think Hostile Witness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I liked the main character and might read another book about her.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Good story, truly incompetent reader

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was interesting and worth finishing, but my fourth graders can read better than this. She sounds like a truly bad actor.

How could the performance have been better?

She sounded like a bad actor - overdone, voices unrealistic, just really badl

Any additional comments?

This story would have been much better with another narrator.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Narrator ruined this for me

If she wasn't speed reading, gasping for breath and swallowing into the microphone, she was breathy and trying to make a sexy voice for the other female character. And the male characters?? Don't get me started. It was like a bad comic impression. It really ruined the book for me. Well, that and the cheesy one-liners.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Only 2nd time ever...

I am a heavy audiobook listener (on avg. 2 per week) and this was only the second time I deleted a book before finishing. Even the bad ones I suffer through. I didn't even make it to Ch. 2 on this one. Story is weak and cliche. Narration was worse.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narrator too fast

I enjoyed the story a lot but the narrator spoke so quickly it seemed as if she was on a time schedule and had to hurry up and finish. Slowing down to 1/2 speed caused it to echo so I had to listen at regular speed. There were also longish pauses at times that didn't call for a pause making me wonder if I had accidentally turned off my iPod.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-20-15

Excellent legal thriller!

Hostile Witness is Book 1 of 2 novel series with the main character being lawyer Josie Baylor-Bates. A teen girl is accused if killing her famous grandfather. There are some nice twists both before and during the trial. Narration is really excellent. Recommended.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narrator ruined book

Would you try another book from Rebecca Forster and/or Tara Platt?

I found the narrator of this book to be utterly distracting. She read so quickly, with no pauses between phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or chapters. I tried listening at .75 speed, but there was too much audio distortion. I would have liked to try the next book of the series, but will not because it has the same narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tara Platt’s performances?

No way!!!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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it was a struggle

this was the first time I had a desire not to finish a book... narrator sound like she had her frog in her throat when trying to do men. and as a black person kinda offended at the impersonation of the black character but this was probably more so the way it was written that made her act it out that way. not impressed at all with this book and likely won't read the series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • diane
  • Northbridge, Australia
  • 03-06-13

Unrealistic story and melodramatic delivery

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was unsophisticated and sounded like it was written for juveniles. The reader should not have tried to put a different voice to all the characters. Her male voices sounded silly.

What was most disappointing about Rebecca Forster’s story?

It just didn't sound likely and the characters were cliched

How could the performance have been better?

As above, it should have been read in a less dramatic way, not trying to voice individual characters. Her male voices sounded really silly.

Any additional comments?

It was only mildly interesting in that I wanted to find out what happened at the end.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • K.
  • ROSCOE, IL, United States
  • 06-10-12

Witness Series Comes Alive! - 6 STARS! out of 5

Would you consider the audio edition of Hostile Witness to be better than the print version?

It's impossible to say that the audio edition is better than the print version. Both have merits and stand on their own. That said, the audio version of Rebecca Forster's, industry shaking, Hostile Witness is an exponential jump to a higher level. What can be next? This story must be told on the big screen to do it justice.

What did you like best about this story?

I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the story, but the vivid descriptions Ms. Forsters uses to bring her characters to life, leave nothing to the listeners imagination. I'll use: "Theatre of the Mind' to best describe the audio version of Hostile Witness. Tara Platt, the reader, is fabulous in the way in which she becomes each character.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the scene when Josie, and the Rayburns were in the Judges chambers. Josie's feather's ruffled up and really took charge of the situation. In my opinion, it was the turning point in the book. If I'm ever on trial...get me Josie Bates!

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

I wasn't moved by any particular moment in the book. I was moved by every moment in the book. Moved to another place, another time and away from all of the distractions of this world. "Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites." Andre Jute This novel is a diamond.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 05-18-16

Speed reading?

Well! The reader spoke so fast I had to slow this book down – that was the first of my problems with this book.

There wasn't a single character that I could even remotely like – so of course I couldn't give a toss about what happened to any of them. I did want to know if I was right about the true murderer though, so after gritting my teeth through the first dozen chapters getting more and more irritated by all the 'Beautiful women' and their inane happenings – I flipped through and read the last couple of chapters – voilà! I wasn't wrong, and I saved myself all the tedium of listening to the awful narration and the nonsensical and poorly written story.

I really should look more carefully at reviews – I have just read those from Amazon.com – I just wish I had read these sooner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful