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4.0003421686747 out of 54.0003421686747 out of 54.0003421686747 out of 54.0003421686747 out of 54.0003421686747 out of 5 4.00 (14,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Roberts Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455818198
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One act of rebellion can change your life forever.

Elizabeth Fitch's life was planned even before she was born. When her mother leaves for a medical conference, Elizabeth sees her chance for a shot at freedom. A trip to the mall, a couple of fake ID's, and an adventure at one of Chicago's hottest nightclubs seems like a bit of harmless teenage rebellion until the unthinkable happens: Elizabeth becomes the witness to a mob murder. Twelve years later, Elizabeth has rebuilt her life under the name Abigail Lowery. Abigail's silent self-sufficiency sparks the interest of police chief Brooks Gleason, whose professional and personal interest in Abigail throws her well-ordered world off center. Is being alive enough, or does Abigail dare to really live?

The Witness is Nora Roberts' 200th published novel and displays her trademark combination of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance. A Maryland resident, Roberts says that her love of writing was born in a blizzard in 1979. Trapped in her house with a three and six-year-old, Roberts was desperate for some entertainment that didn't involve Candyland. She picked up a pencil and started writing. Her first novel, "Irish Thoroughbred", was published two years later. Roberts says that she has always lived her life surrounded by men and that experience has given her the insight into the male mind that delights her readers. Robert says that she really had no choice but to figure out the way men think - it was either that or run away screaming. Apparently it worked - Robert's heroes are one of the things her fans love about her books. Of those 200 books, 180 have been New York Times bestsellers. In fact, since her first bestseller in 1991, Nora Robert's books have spent a total of 949 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list - the equivalent of 18 consecutive years.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Romance
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Narrator of the year

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 4/27/2016

    " One of my favorite Nora Roberts books. The narrator was wonderful as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle Roth | 2/19/2014

    " A little draggy at times but a great love story and action story! Never thought I'd like a Nora Roberts book but I think I may actually try to read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla Darnell | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! We follow Elizabeth Fitch full circle from a teenager scared and running to an adult who comes to terms with her situation and has grown tired of being afraid. She settles in meets a local chief of police and begins to let go and move forward in her life physical as well as emotionally. Elizabeth shows courage and intellect and uses it to right wrongs from the past and to seek justice for her dead friends. A great addition to Noras career! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robbie | 2/11/2014

    " Good, long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/30/2014

    " I am so grateful that a fellow reader suggested this book to me. I was more than pleased with this book. It had the perfect blend of romance and mystery. The characters and plot immediately sucked me in and had me fanatically reading to the very last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 1/25/2014

    " I know I have said it before but I love Nora Roberts! This story was awesome, had me hooked right from the beginning and finished pretty quick which is good since I have it as a Hot Title from the library! The storyline was really interesting, there was that nice bit of romance with some suspense and ultimately a happy ending that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 1/23/2014

    " The perfect chick-lit easy read with an interesting protagonist and wonderful male lead. I am not normally a fan of the suspense aspect in romance novels, but Nora Roberts makes it work. Different and better than the standard novel in this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie S | 1/21/2014

    " Loved this book, I could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Jones | 1/20/2014

    " Repetitive at points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/7/2014

    " So far ch 4, I am totally loving this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellye Carlisle | 1/3/2014

    " Downloaded as an audiobook. Enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna Corbridge | 12/30/2013

    " This book was pretty good. I didn't find the characters to be as compelling as I wanted. The beginning had such potential...but I never felt like it lived up to it's potential. Who knows though, how you would react in the same situation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tonya Duncan | 12/26/2013

    " Boring and predictable..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 12/20/2013

    " Loved this new Nora Roberts book. Her two main characters are my favorites and there is so much more to the plot than romance. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 12/17/2013

    " Clearly written and a fast read. Kept me on edge from start to finish! I know that Roberts could have gone more in depth with the witness protection program, but I feel that it would have detracted from the love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazmin Gonzalez | 10/7/2013

    " I loved it! great read. The story line was great and I fell in love with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 9/12/2013

    " I have enjoyed and disdained some Nora Roberts works, but this particular book appealed to me. I enjoyed the mind of the main character and her idiosyncratic traits. Perhaps because I know a few people who could be the main character, I felt the story take on a life of its own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 7/17/2013

    " not your typical Nora Roberts book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Fine | 6/27/2013

    " A very well written book. Held u from beginning to end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Harrington | 6/23/2013

    " This was a good story and easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Rodgers | 2/22/2013

    " I couldn't put it down had up know what happened! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat Fithian | 2/12/2013

    " Compelling suspense plot, decent writing, predictable romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Harrison | 1/8/2013

    " A great Nora Robert book. Was getting kind of tired of her same old stuff. This was great, modern and engaging. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 12/31/2012

    " Maybe this should only get a 2. Lengthier than I would've liked. Too much sub-plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 12/2/2012

    " This is an extremely well written novel by one of my favorite authors. Nora Roberts has taken romance and merged it with mystery and intrigue in an inspiring way. Highly recommend this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anjula | 10/27/2012

    " Standard formula, but better than average. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 10/7/2012

    " Good book,fast read.I always find her books to be researched well.In general,she is a fun author to read.She has many series if you like that and I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Schwartz | 8/31/2012

    " I really loved this book! The character development of the main character was brilliant! The intricate way the story was brought to an end kept me guessing to the end. Wow!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy D. | 7/10/2012

    " I truly feel that this is Nora's best novel to date. It's really just that good. Engaging characters, an excellent story with plenty of surprises and perfect pacing of the story. I wish I could give it 6 stars. Kudos! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie F. | 6/28/2012

    " I loved this novel. The characters were very vivid and the story was very interesting. The narrator was the icing on the cake - she did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailee | 6/15/2012

    " OMG!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Captured my attention from the very beginning and I just couldn't put it down! I would recommend this book to ANYONE!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay W. | 6/12/2012

    " This was a fairly engaging story, though definitely not one of her strongest. It was a fun weekend listen though so I can't complain much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.G. | 6/2/2012

    " This is a great book that does a wonderful job of keeping the reader interested in the storyline thanks to some great writing and an author's fertile imagination. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Raby | 5/17/2012

    " It is classified as a romance but it's so much more. It gets you hooked right away and the suspense continues throughout it. Hard to put this one down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz C. | 5/6/2012

    " This book started off strong but unfortunately stumbled a bit near the middle. The pace was a bit too slow at that point for me. Still a great story though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary K. | 4/30/2012

    " Nora Roberts' suspense novels never fail to enthrall and entertain me. And this book was no different. I was absolutely riveted from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin Bishop | 4/23/2012

    " Another great read by Nora Roberts. "

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About the Author
Author Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two hundred novels. She is also the author of a bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb, her other pseudonyms being Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. She was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.