The Witness Audiobook

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Review of: The Witness Audiobook
Nora Roberts

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On April 27, 2012
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The Witness Audiobook

By: Nora Roberts

Narrated by: Julia Whelan

Published by: Brilliance Audio 04/2012


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16hrs and 18 mins

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 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.


My Thoughts


After reading a review of the printed book on UTC, I decided to give Nora Roberts another shot.  I know Ms. Roberts has a huge following; she is such an established and successful Author that I always wonder what was wrong with me. Why didn’t I enjoy her books like millions of other readers?

Well, apparently I hadn’t read the right books, because The Witness completely shined a new light on Ms. Roberts, and I’ve finally found what I was missing in my previous listens.

First I like to mention what a terrific Job Ms. Roberts did with all the characters, including those that were briefly in the story.

Liz/Abigail is the main character and center of the novel. Her story got me hooked from page one. I just loved young Liz, the brilliant girl that was attending Harvard at the young age of sixteen, as well as the guarded adult Abigail.

After having been raised by “Mommie Dearest” and at 16-years-old becoming the sole witness that could bring down the Russian Mafia, Liz will have to pay dearly for her only act of rebellion.

Unable to trust and turn to anyone, including her cold and unfeeling mother, 17-year-old Liz was forced to go on the run and fend for herself. 12 years later after brilliantly surviving we find her in a small town in the south, where she’s trying, to live a simple life, and by all means staying alive.

It was a great, entertaining and engrossing trip to see her emotional growth, survival and finally her triumph.

Even though the romance wasn’t the focus of the story we still get a pretty enjoyable and well paced romance.

Brooks Gleason, the hero…. I should say Abigail’s love interest; was just the perfect supportive character for Liz (loved him too). I loved them together, and their romance was just sweet and simple, once Abigail (Liz) learned to trust and surrender her heart.

If you already like and enjoy Nora Roberts, this suspenseful thrill is not to be missed, and even if you’re not a fan (like I used to be) I can assure you will enjoy this one.

4.22 · rating details ·  590 ratings ·  159 reviews on Goodreads

The Author

Nora Roberts




It’s very common not to enjoy an audiobook narration in the first few minutes, and that was exactly my feeling when I first started to listen to this novel, but I know now, you have to give a book a chance before you give it up, and most of the time I’m glad I did- such was the case with this novel. In the end, I thought Julia Whelan was amazing! Her portrayal of 16-year-old Liz’s was right on target, and equally fantastic was her interpretation of 28-years-old Abigail.

Her command of the different accents and voices was impressive and a tremendous show case of her talent.All in all, I truly feel she enhanced my enjoyment of the novel.

Voices behind the books

Julia Whelan







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  1. I’ve never listened to Whelan before, but I’m glad you finally found a Roberts book you liked. I read this one in print and loved it, but now I sort of wish I’d given the audio a try. I hope you find some other good NR in the future!

    • I’m glad I did too, I really enjoyed this one.

  2. glad you’ve come to the dark side, aka are now a fan of nora roberts lol. I like her stuff although some of it is hit or miss. thanks for the post!
    I found you through the making connections group on goodreads and am your newest follower!! Hope you will consider checking out my blog as well!!

    • Wow! that dark side ha?, I guess we come long way from what was considered the dark side, wouldn’t you say? lol
      Thank you for your comment, I’ll be checking your blog next, I’ll be glad to follow you back.

  3. Great Review!

    I’ve been a huge fan of Nora Roberts for a few years now,but I’ve been so off based with titles and new books,you just opened up my eyes to yet another great book! Thanks for your honest review. Hope you can pick up another of her novels and feel the same way =)

    • Hi Elena! I’m definitely willing to try now, this was pretty good.
      I will stop and visit you guys soon, I’ve been MIA since started reading 50, I can’t put the books down.

  4. Hmmm..I am not fan of Nora Roberts but I am gonna try this one out. It looks mysterious and exciting especially when it is audio book.

    • Hi! yes, this was really an entertaining story, and I do believe the audio made it better.
      Thanks for stoping by.

    • Thank you for replying. Now, I definitely want to read this one.

  5. This is one of the best NR books I have read. The story is gripping, the flow is even, the loose ends are tied up. It is not a whodunnit. But you will keep reading it to find out how the couple bring down the mafia family. I like the way Abby/Liz does not turn into Superwoman (I am talking about Eve Dallas, here) but utilizes the skills she has to bring down an empire. She has trained herself for protection but is not foolish enough to think she can do this on her own. She is also aware of her physical weaknesses.

    • Couldn’t have put it better myself. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  6. I adore Roberts..but my fav’s are one’s like the Witness .. that deal in suspense and I like her paranormal ones too. I also love her series under the pen name J.D. Robbs….glad you enjoyed this!

    • Thanks Kimba! I’m glad I gave it a second chance, until now I hadn’t find the appeal, but now I’m looking forward to listening to more of her books.

  7. Glad we helped you find a book by this author that you enjoyed! 🙂 Great review!


    • Hi Francesca! And thank you, I always get good recommendations from you guys.

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