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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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    pewter California 04-30-12
    pewter California 04-30-12 Member Since 2017
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    "The Best of Nora Roberts"

    I have read/listened to Nora Roberts and JD Robb books for years. Her books typically follow a formula, but it's a successful formula that I usually enjoy. The characters and plots are usually well developed with the right mix of mystery, adventure and romance. I appreciate Roberts' trademark portrayal of damaged but intelligent women who rise above their troubled pasts to create new lives for themselves. Their efforts ultimately come together with the help of honorable men and loving communities.

    Elizabeth/Abigail is an interesting, intelligent, strong and resourceful character. Police Chief Brooks lends just the right touch of caring support and integrity, and he comes with the quirky, amusing and loving family that is missing from Elizabeth's life. The narration is good and the voices are appropriate to the characters. Overall, this is one of Roberts' best efforts in a long time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-24-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "Great Book!!"

    This book is about courage, patients, and being a survivor. The heroin in this story is Elizabeth alias Abigale. She decides to rebel against her controlling mother. And her decision changes her life forever. Twelve years later she is still on the run and meets Sheriff Brooks. Who becomes her love interest. This book has a little bit of everything, suspense, love, action, and courage.
    The narrator Julia Whelan did an awesome job. This is a great book to listen to. I would definitely recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vic 04-20-12
    Vic 04-20-12
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    "Touching and moving story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but really enjoyed the audio. Not sure I would have read Liz/Abagail as narrator but appreciated that point of view and think it did bring more to the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liz/Abagail's emotional journey


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

    No. At first, I didn't care for her narration so much. But it didn't take me long to lose myself into the story and enjoy the narration.


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

    There were multiple points of the story to wring tears from me. This is definitely more a contemporary romance vs. romance suspense but the character growth and interpersonal relationships were well fleshed out and delivered. I still wanted more when it ended.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Egypt 04-25-12
    Kindle Customer Egypt 04-25-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "not great, not terrible"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    yes because every now and then, Nora Roberts produces an excellent one - but this was not one of them, in my view


    If you???ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of Nora's average books, not great, not terrible.
    it is similar to her other books in that she exaggerates how terrible one parent is (the heroine's mom) and how wonderful the other family is (the hero's parents and sisters).
    It has an interesting plot outside of the romance itself, but it feels incomplete somehow.
    The first few chapters are very well written (about the heroine in her teens) but the hero does not appear until much later and then their relationship develops quite fast. I actually dozed off in the middle of their first bedroom scene!!

    This is better than some of her latest work (The Search, the last 3 books in the Bride Quartet) but nowhere near her very best work (e.g. The Chesapeake Bay saga, Montana Sky, the Stanislaski brothers and sisters)


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

    first time I listen to her. She is quite good - though her portrayal of Abigail made her sound a little bit cold/boring, I think it made sense for her character


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

    no...


    46 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-05-13
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-05-13 Member Since 2016

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Not your average romance novel"

    The Witness came up on so many reading lists, I decided to give Nora Roberts a try. After the fact, I found out she writes romance novels, which is not really my thing, or so I thought. I really enjoyed The Witness. Actually, the romance part took a back seat to the surrounding drama unfolding.

    Elizabeth, a young 16-year-old girl has grown up more like her mother’s science experiment, than a child. Elizabeth attempts to break out of her cocooned life for one night with her friend Julie. Sporting new clothes, hairstyles, and fake ID’s the two girls go to a nightclub owned by Russian mafia. Drunk and naive, the girls accompany these crime lords back to their place for some added enjoyment. Alcohol, guns and the mob don’t mix well, and Elizabeth witnesses a double homicide. In police protection her world is rocked again by crooked cops and Elizabeth is on the run – alone.

    Fast forward 12 years and Abigail Lowery, AKA Elizabeth Fitch, is living a secluded life behind a cloak of security cameras, artillery and computers in a small town in the Ozarks. She spends her time using her brilliant mind to make money and stay one step ahead of the murders who have never given up looking for her.

    Enter Brooks Gleason, the chief of police in her new town, who is intrigued by Abigail’s need to always be packing, her secluded lifestyle and her attack dog who takes orders in a number of foreign languages. He picks away at her hard facade until her finally breaks through her robotic-like existence. Slowly and patiently, he makes a little progress at showing Abigail she is capable of having real emotions and that not everything in her life has to come down to cause and effect. The duo team up to put an end to Abigail’s life on the run.

    I really liked this book and definitely would not hesitate to read another Nora Roberts novel. Quirky protagonist, compelling story line and a little romance are all present in this entertaining novel.

    Julia Whelan reads the part of Abigail perfectly and really brings this unusual protagonist to life.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-24-12 Listener Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Outstanding!"

    This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!

    43 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    ScottG Dover, DE 07-06-15
    ScottG Dover, DE 07-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "At the risk of being a chauvinist..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    That is actually a complex question when it comes to this book. My first "gut reaction" unvarnished by the fear that my 3 daughters would be deeply offended: This is an action thriller for women and it is more a romance fantasy than a thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    So, at the risk of being a jerk, which I likely already have covered, so what the hell, The best I can offer in review of this book is that it is a Harlequin Romance novel disguised and marketed as a thriller. No, it isn't in any way badly written. No, it isn't a conceptually flawed story line. To the opposite, the underlying story line is decent, if not somewhat cliche. Young girl sees mob crime, young girl goes to cops, young girls watches cops protecting her get killed, young girl flees leaving no traces sure that she is better able to provide for her own security and well being than the government. There are some twists to that plot line, such as being the product of artificial insemination with only a mother who "never bonded". There is also the predictable facets of the young heroin: having a huge trust fund, an eidetic memory coupled with perfect observational skills and an IQ north of 200 and she just happens to be indescribably beautiful. Imagine that... brains and beauty. Can you see the Harlequin developing? Again, all of that doesn't make it bad, but it also does not make it an action thriller.
    A couple hours in (and that first couple hours was for me the most engaging) we get to where our girl is some period of age older (between 1 and 10 years) living in a small town where she lives in isolation. The handsome, rugged, fiercely loyal and honest town police chief takes an interest in the mystery woman who has lived in his town for a year and yet no one knows anything about her. Driven by the purest of intentions (clearly not sex) and worry for her well being (nope not her physical beauty at all), the chief befriends and beguiles her. Yes, he is the perfect son, with an adorable mother and father. He is patient and even tempered. Handsome and brave, willing to let a drunk wife abuser publicly punch him in the face so that he can arrest the suspect on Assaulting a Police Officer charges, preventing the abused woman from dropping the charges as she has done in the past. Oh, and his "hot hot hot" high school flame draws him into a naked ambush to rekindle a steamy sexual relationship they once had, but the mature and dare I say, perfect man the Chief is, orders her to get dressed and never call in a false complaint again just to get him to come see her. Riggggghhht... raise your hand if you are having a hard time seeing the Harlequin now.
    In general, I just had to stop. I tried hitting fast forward (the real world version of skipping pages and chapters) to see if I could find some point where the romance and perfect sex subsided and the intrigue and action resumed. Skipping at random numerous times, I just could not land on anything that didn't sound like more of the same.
    At the end of the day, this may be for you. It truly is not a bad concept or execution. It just is not for me in that I don't generally read (or listen to) a book so that I can come away feeling inferior to what is clearly the perfect man.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 04-13-13
    Kimberly 04-13-13 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Good"

    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it months ago and still remember it well. The story was a bit - just a bit - unbelievable, but would like it to be possible. I enjoyed the small town and excentric life mixed with the big city knowledge of the world. Small town, and big city criminals.

    I will listen again, and probably again after that. I recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 04-02-13
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 04-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "Right up there with the Best!"

    I had never experienced any of Nora Roberts'' work previously but I have to say that I absolutely loved this book!
    The concept of the Designer Child, the structured upbringing and the incredible naivete that exposure to real life brought were, I thought, handled beautifully.
    The literal way in which Elizabeth interpreted cliches & phrases made for some genuinely funny moments.
    Her quest for anonymity & privacy are subjected to the almost glacial advances of the local Police Chief.
    I found the descriptions of the interactions between them quite fascinating & at times, very poignant.
    There was actually nothing about this book that I didn't like.
    The inevitable confrontation was also a surprise and I won't spoil it by going any further!
    Listen to this book, it is excellent!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 02-26-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 02-26-13 Member Since 2015

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "An enjoyable story to listen to"

    I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was an extremely well written story. I was reluctant to buy this book because I thought Roberts was only an author of romance books, but this was a great story with a lot of drama that kept pulling me through.

    I also loved the narrator, Julia Whelan. I first heard her in Gone Girl, where I thought she was amazing as well.

    I would highly recommend this book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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
  • 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.

    5 of 5 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
  • 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.

    4 of 4 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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