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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Robbie | 2/11/2014

    " Good, long "

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