The Witness Audiobook
By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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.
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.
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.
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