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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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A well done romance

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

I have not read the printed version and always listen to unabridged.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Distinction between character voices was not as clean as it could have been.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

The book was predictable, but tolerably so.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mimmi
  • RADCLIFF, KY, United States
  • 04-22-12

Awesome ~ Nora at her finest!

What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

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.

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

The Witness...

Any additional comments?

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Longtime NR fan

Have always loved NR's books but her recent titles are starting to have similar characters and plot lines. The main characters in The Witness are very similar to the main characters in Angel's Falls (eccentric heroine falls in love with local law enforcement officer). Overall enjoyed the story line and unexpected ending. My favorite character is Bert now I want a Mastiff! Julia Whelan did a wondeful job of bringing the characters to life.The Witness is definitely worth purchasing.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!!!!

I have been reading Nora Roberts for years, and will even re-read some of her books. This is one of the better one's that she has wrote. I liked the reader as well. She was great. I just finished this and it was very hard to put it down. I kept staying up way past my bed time to continue listening. Thanks Nora for another good one, I will enjoy re-reading.

Tracey

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

I so enjoyed having murder, mobsters and a love story combined. Packed full of enjoyable moments.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how intelligent Liz is. It's refreshing how her character is portrayed.

Any additional comments?

Its a great listen from start to ending. In my opinion its well worth a credit. I happened to get it on sale and that was even better.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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My first romance novel

Daily Deals have expanded my normal purchases... I don't do romance novels, but since one reviewer said there wasn't enough sex... thought I would try. I loved this book, but I also have to admit that I fast forwarded though 3-4 episodes that probably had more than enough sex, missing them didn't mess with the plot line. If you think of Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennen the main character constantly reminded me of her. The plot and writing style was delightful and I will reread... with the same fast forwards again.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

Most of Roberts books are what I would tag as ‘formula books’ .. some are done well some done not so well. Having just finished listening to THE WITNESS by Nora Roberts (narrator by Julia Whelan) and I have to give it 5 stars.

Elizabeth Fitch is 16, the daughter of a cold, controlling mother with an anonymous donor for a father. Elizabeth is pre-med Harvard, a genius and has an eidetic memory. Her life is about to change when Mommy Dearest leaves for a medical conference. This one act of rebellion results in witnessing the death her new friend Julie, being a target of the Russian Mafia and slated a participant of the witness protection program. But on the eve of her 17th birthday Elizabeth’s life will again change.

12 years later we meet up Abigail Lowery living in a small town in the Ozarks in Arkansas. Abigail works at home with her dog Burt as a freelance programmer and designer of sophisticated security system – she is a woman She keeps to herself, saying little to folks in town. In walks the chief of police, handsome Brooks Gleason, who takes a professional and personally interest in Abigail Now Abigail needs to decide –is being alive enough for her or does she want to ‘live life’.

I really enjoyed the 2 main characters in this book – Elizabeth/Abigail is a very liable character, smart, extremely logical and somewhat socially awkward.. to a point that made me chuckle. Brooks on the other hand is such the opposite – calm, cool, collective.

Julia Whelan narrated this book and as a narrator I have to give her 5 stars as well. I thoroughly enjoyed her interpretation of Elizabeth/Abigail and Brooks

What did you like best about this story?


6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Winner!

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

Very well read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I had a problem leaving it, even for a short time.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful story with lots of twists and turns. May be the best Nora Roberts novel yet.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Don't bother.

I wanted to like this book but it was a terrible purchase. The narrator's fine; the problem isn't in the narration. The story is so poorly developed; it just drags on with no plot or character development. The main character isn't relatable; she speaks in unbelievable clinical terms and is sometimes so clueless that you'd think she's visiting from Mars. I've never rolled my eyes so much. The action is flat, so don't waste your money or credit if you're looking for a mystery/thriller. The "romance" lacks passion and is so clinical that you're better off taking a cold shower with Zika-ridden standing water.
TL;DR: Don't waste your time. Move along.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not worth the time

I bought this book because it had such good reviews but was beyond disappointed. It started okay- unrealistic but suspenseful. It quickly turned into a very boring story with unlikable characters and never became more realistic (for example the main character was so smart she was able to fool the FBI by having someone pull a fire alarm). I wish I would not have wasted my time or money. The narration was good but could not save it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-29-17

Good lixsten!

Good story very good reader. Enjoyed very. Mucbh ii !ike the lonber. Xtofies. Like this.cb

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  • Fiona Adamson
  • 12-25-16

Gripping story

Beautifully told story of courage of young girl who fled a murder scene and kept running until she fell in love with a man she could trust to help her bring the perpetrators to justice. As a heroine she was utterly believable. The reader took us into a vividly drawn narrative that kept the tension going until end.

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  • MASTER
  • 09-08-16

Middle of the road entertainment.

An enjoyable trashy story. It wasn't amazing but it want terrible either. The ending came suddenly and was a bit brisk but non the less enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • A.
  • 06-02-16

Awesome!

The most interesting character! thoroughly enjoyed it and struggled to put it down. the 3 times I've heard it!

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  • Sunshine
  • 04-01-16

BRILLIANT BRILLIANT!!!

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT BRILLIANT!!!!! Storyline, characters .... AND THE NARRATOR......JUST BRILLIANT!!!!what can I add to that? NOTHING

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  • Misty
  • 03-23-16

A book doesn't get much better

I've had this book for a while and never felt in the mood to listen to it. What a page turner (so to speak) a book doesn't get much better than this. FABULOUS

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  • Sallyanne Jones
  • 02-14-16

Easy listening

A relaxing easy book to listen to. Well narated, good characters, simple but interesting storyline. I would recommend it to others.

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  • Kayes
  • 12-06-15

The best

Where does The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and have pretty much all of her audio books but this is my favourite.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Abigail is incredibly endearing and my favourite of all characters in Nora's books. Her development throughout the book through her relationship with the local police chief Brooks was great.

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

Julia does a great job with all characters and she is excellent with both the female and male characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. I listened to it at every opportunity the first time and have listened to it more than once since. I couldn't wait to hear how Abigail's relationship with the local chief of police, and of course the thriller aspect of the book, worked out.

Any additional comments?

I don't often review my audio books but I can't recommend this one highly enough.

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  • Mrs
  • 10-07-15

Thoroughly enjoyable

This audio book kept my attention all of the way through. An easy listen, but with a modicum of suspense and intrigue. Excellent!

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  • Samantha
  • 08-05-15

Brilliant

One of the best NR I have listened to, I just can't wait to download another