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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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    Anne 09-15-13
    Anne 09-15-13
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    "I want more like this"

    I really enjoyed this book. It delivered everything I want from a work of non-fiction that I've purchased to engage and entertain me (rather than "elevate" or "challenge".)

    The characters had depth, genuine humanity and complexity sufficient to make you give a darn about what's happening. The plot is interesting and sufficiently dense to keep the reader from getting bored. But it's not so complex and dense that it's exhausting to follow. While not exactly light-hearted, the story also has humor, which I appreciate. Books with no sense of humor can be tough to take.

    I consider it a high compliment to say that, when the book was done, I wished I could find out what happens to the characters.

    The performance was well done. The narrator had a distinct voice for each character and was able to read emotion into the words very well, without over-acting (which I find annoying and distracting.) Other readers could take a lesson from Julia Whelan.

    This is only my second Nora Roberts and I didn't like the first one, but this book has persuaded me to go in search of more of her work when I'm in the mood for a good story. I'd sure like to find more like "The Witness."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE"
    Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I gave up on Romance novels years ago. I got this one on a special deal and will look at some of Nora Roberts other book now...


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

    It was a well written story, with lots of emotion.


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

    I enjoy all of the characters.


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

    It did make me tear up a little and smile a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very helpful when people who write reviews name the authors that they enjoy . Some of my favorite female authors are Tanya Huff, Jennifer Estep , Laurell Hanilton, Patricia Briggs, Dana Stabenow , Carrie Vaughn and Kim Harrison.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-10-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Romance / mystery written for women"

    The basic plot: a 16 year-old girl witnesses a Russian mob murder. The mob with FBI moles tries to kill her before the trial, and the girl must change her identity and hide in order to stay alive.This novel is equally a romance and a mystery/thriller. The plot is far-fetched, and the romance is even harder to believe. Elizabeth, the main character, was compared to Lisbeth of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, in some reviews. Not even close. This Elizabeth is a genius who has led a totally sheltered life and clearly has a touch of Asperger's Syndrome. She is predictable and not especially interesting. Why Brooks, the police chief, falls in love with her is a mystery. I am also disappointed that none of the reviewers said that this was written by a women and was clearly meant for a female audience. With all these criticisms, why did I rated this a 4 star novel? With the exception of a 2-3 hour lapse near the middle, the plot moves forward quickly and is an engaging and fun one. I liked the Brooks character as well as many of the minor characters in this novel. I eventually got used to Elizabeth and found myself rooting for her to take down the mob and lead a normal life. I am a middle aged man, and was a bit embarrassed by the sappy, predictable romance which seemed clearly written for women. I almost gave up on this halfway through, when the romance dominated the book. And then the action resumed, and I suspended belief and did enjoy listening to this quite fun story. It felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure given all that was wrong with this book, but I found myself swept away with the story for almost the whole second half. The excellent reader and the really fun second half of the novel got me to bump up the 3.5 star novel to a 4 overall. If you want a woman's romance, too, you might like this even more than I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya 07-17-13
    Tonya 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the developement of the main character."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The beginning of the book was a far fetched but once the story fell into place, I loved the characters and wanted to see how it worked out.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Drawing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid because of the storyline of the witness and learning to protect herself.


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

    She brings the main character to life.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a bit to get into this storyline. But once it took hold, I wanted to see how it worked out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend 07-13-13
    Dog Friend 07-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Not just a romance..."

    I was pleasantly surprised with this story. The drama captured my attention and kept me listening intently. Elements of some of Roberts' other characters did pop up from time to time (expressions, character descriptions, etc...), but they did not detract from the plot. In book form, I would call this a "page-turner." It's a good summer read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "4 ½ stars. I smiled many times."

    At the end my feeling was: not a wow, but very fulfilling.

    I’ve read 13 books by Nora Roberts. I was averaging 3 ½ stars for her books written in the 1990s. But then I gave 4 ½ stars to Angels Fall (2006) and now to this (published 2012). Is she getting better? I’m surprised. Too many authors seem to tire out or write repeats of the same stuff after a while. Not Ms. Roberts. Maybe I’ve been picking the wrong books to read. But now, I’m going to look for more.

    The best part was “the characters.” I was sooo drawn to Liz/Abigail. A favorite trope for me is a smart woman, who overcomes odds, and is not a helpless victim. I loved her vulnerabilities and her strengths. I liked reading about her, thinking about her, and listening to her. I pictured the author losing herself in the character Liz, to come up with such fitting dialogue. Brooks was so fun. He was oblivious to her walls. He just kept pursuing her, chipping away at her walls.

    This story has wonderful relationship development. It has good guys doing smart things to outwit bad guys. Bad guys do smart things too. I like that the author did not use stupidity. Instead the author had a character’s personality with weaknesses cause conflict, not just doing something stupid.

    The narrator Julia Whelan was very good.

    Genre: romantic suspense

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 05-20-13
    Dawn 05-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED IT! GREAT STORY! GREAT AUDIO!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    I have been reading a lot lately. Seems like nothing good on TV anymore. Problem is I get wrapped up and don't get much done around the house. Now I can listen and do my tasks around the house and still pick up where I left off in my book if I want. Love it!


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    K Cornwinkle 05-08-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Surprisingly good yarn though chic-ful"

    Good story and lots of tension. If you are someone more accustomed to conventional thrillers, you'll need to reconcile yourself to knowing in more detail what people are wearing.
    I don't think I ever read a Nora Roberts novel before and skimming some of the other titles at the bookstore I'm thinking (as some have said) that this is a bit different. Glad I enjoyed it.

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    Joseph United States 04-29-13
    Joseph United States 04-29-13

    Retired computer geek who still loves to listen and learn. Love history and mystery.

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    "Good Light Reading. Interesting Characters"

    Nora Roberts is aging well as a writer. I find her protagonists to be evermore interesting persons, but her villains tend to be one-dimensional as usual. If you have liked her earlier works, you will love this one.

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    Cole C. Brighton, MI, United States 04-14-13
    Cole C. Brighton, MI, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2016

    Keep on reading!

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    "Keep Me going"

    I was unsure if I was going to like 'The Witness' so I put it in my wish list and waited, it went on sale and I decide to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I like the how the story started a girl that had only one act of rebellion and it all goes wrong... Nora keep me going wasn't tons of suspense but I enjoyed listening

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, mostly. Light listening ideal for background whilst doing something else.


    Would you recommend The Witness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not unless they were specifically looking for something light and undemanding.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Good narration voice. Enough distinction between characters to keep the story interesting. Her voice was not " noticeable" - which is a compliment!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Started better than it finished. The story took a slight turn towards the Mills and Boon spectrum by the end.

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  • danielle
    HULL, United Kingdom
    7/26/13
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    "twisted"
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Great story line you feel for the characters .its easy to slip in to the story and the lives of the characters .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist and turns the way the people grow as story moves along.


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

    Having someone read to you is relaxing and julia draws you in .


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

    There's to meny moments to pick one .


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  • Ann in Durham
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    5/9/13
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    "Superb"

    Was up until the early hours of the morning because I just did not want to stop listening. Wonderful storyline. Totally gripping and enthralling. First Nora Roberts for me but there will be more

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  • MRS
    BANFF, United Kingdom
    5/4/13
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    "The Witness - Gripping"

    This was my first audiobook, I loved listening to it on my car journeys. It was a truly gripping story from start to finish, I looked forward to my trips to listen to the next part. Read very well with excellent expression, I will definitely listen to more stories by Nora Roberts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "The Witness by Nora Roberts"

    This is the second Nora Roberts book I've listened to and I found the character development and emotional interplay between the main characters interesting and believable. Julia Whelan is a good narrator and is very good at bringing the personalities of the different people alive - it was very easy to distinguish who was 'in play' at any one time by how she read their words. Having been brought up on Hollywood blockbusters I suppose I was expecting a more climatic end to the thriller side of the plot but the fact that I cared about the characters and wanted the best for them means, for me, that I found a book engaging despite any possible flaws. I would characterise her books as slightly Mills and Boonish in that the romance is the central point but the sub-plots are so well developed that this is only a passing criticism. Having listened to two of her books, one read by a female and one by a male, I would always choose a female voice for her books - it just seems to fit better for me as a female listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DebB
    Oxfordshire, England
    4/13/13
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    "Undemanding listen that holds the interest"

    I like MS Robert's books, especially the later ones, and this is just fine. What I like is that the love story is given time to develop, and does so over eating in, or helping with the weeding, or going to a family BBQ! It isn't wham bang lust at first sight, let's get married in a week, or one of those relationships that flare up in high stress, life and death situations, that you just know won't survive normal life.

    There are two sections. The first is longer than might be expected, given that it is essentially the set up for the "main" story. You learn the back story of our young heroine Elizabeth, and about the incident that catastrophically changes her (sixteen year-old) life, and moulds her into the adult you then meet in the second section. Part two is classic Nora Roberts - a sweet love story sharpened by the tartness of the heroine, now called Abigail, whose life of total control is gently derailed by a very persistent man, ably assisted by his mother! There's a fine guard dog, some cooking and gardening, some local nastiness from a local bully, and, of course, resolution of the issues that have controlled Abigail's life since she was 16..

    I read this first, decided I liked it enough to buy the audio version, and I've listened to the audio version twice!

    This is well read, although there are the usual American vs British English pronounciation glitches - my pet hates are 'erbs for H'erbs, and r'ow'ta instead of rooter (for the written word router, in case you're wondering what I"m on about!). There are more, but not so many they get in the way of enjoying the book.

    Worth the pennies, and worth the listen, or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Glenis Jefferys
    4/13/13
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    "an excellent read"

    I have never read any Nora Roberts before and was absolutely in love with this book. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quynh
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    4/5/13
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    "Well crafted story and captivating narration"

    Nora Roberts beautifully creates Abigail Lowery and Brooks.

    The story is simple but you fall in love with some characters as much as you hate others.

    There are moments of laugh out wittiness.

    Really enjoyed the narration as well, convincing and enjoyable to listen to.



    All round good one to listen on long journeys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    3/24/13
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    "Excellent read."

    The characters, story, and narration are all outstanding. I am looking forward to picking another Norah Roberts book to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CP
    Kent, United Kingdom
    1/30/13
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    "Excellent!"

    Well read, well written - I really enjoyed this book. I usually go for crime novels

    and was not quite sure about this, but I'm glad I changed my mind and I will probably

    look into Norah Roberts other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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