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Summary

The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and The Final Minute.

I had a simple choice. Stay here and almost certainly be discovered.

Or get up and run.

The Witness

When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.

The Detective

DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he's now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he's letting on?

The Killer

In the safe house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover's killer. But what she doesn't know is that the killer has already found out who she is and where she is hiding.

And now he's coming for her....

©2016 Simon Kernick (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

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Unbearable

Sorry, but couldn't stand the female narrator. Totally spoiled it for me no matter how many times I tried to get into it. Loved the other books but will think twice about listening to any more

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • R.
  • United Kingdom
  • 19-02-16

Not the best from this author

I was so looking forward to this and thoroughly enjoyed the first chapter but just couldn't get away with the narrator change, it spoilt it for me.

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Don't waste your credit

This could have been a great book. Sadly the way the narrative is written is cliché and more than a little predictable!!

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Hooray for Paul Thornley!

Jonathan Keeble is quite good, Diana Kent very disappointing with a wishy washy voice. Made me lose concentration on the story. Paul Thornley is the only one to read Simon Kernik's books...he is excellent. Story not quite up to Kernik's usual standard I feel, although that might be because of the different readers.

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  • Mr
  • Chesterfield, United Kingdom
  • 16-02-16

Poor production

Solid story and great pace, though not the authors best, but the production was poor! Voice actors fine in themselves but the chopping and chandigarh didn't work for me at all.

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Not the best

What did you like best about The Witness? What did you like least?

Best is Ray's relationship with his partner, Chris and his continued disrespect for the doing things the 'proper' way.

What was most disappointing about Simon Kernick’s story?

The absolutely unbelievable female character.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Oh yes! Paul Thornley is one of my favourite narrators. The narration by Paul is excellent; however the wish washy voice of the actor playing Jane, lost my attention on more than one occasion.

Could you see The Witness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Simon Kernick is an excellent author, this one though wasn't his best.

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Very irritating

The narrator for Jane was incredibly irritating. Her delivery was turgid. Such a powerful character should be read I a dynamic way not like it is being read to a child!

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Hooked me in

Sacrificed most of my Sunday to finish this story. I couldn't stop listening. Intriguing and believable story from the underworld of serious crime. I hope there is a sequel. Narrators were excellent and matched the parts they played. loved it.

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Good job for Paul Thornley

Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version although Paul Thornley makes the book exciting

What did you like best about this story?

it all knitted together well and it does leave you wondering how is this going to end very well written fantastic imagination.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Paul Thornley / Ray Mason great narrator I thought the character Jane Kineer was a right cow and took an instant dislike to her from the word go.

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

no not 10.4 hours you having a laugh

Any additional comments?

good book and will get more of his books

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Disappointing

I was led to this author by fans' reviews & opted to start with the first of the series of books featuring DI Ray Mason so any that followed would make sense. I have bought the second and am left hoping it will be better. Simply too many unbelievable threads in this one concerning the case and the characters. Some awful descriptive prose including someone who's "eyes stood out on stalks" and I spotted an irritating continuity error. The hero is one of those with so much angsty backstory it's almost laughable. The use of three actors was odd at times as one of them was used for several characters and I'm afraid Paul Thornley (though perfectly fine) is delivering in exactly the same way as for Paul Finch's DS Mark Heckenburg. I will try the next book but am not optimistic.

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  • Carl
  • 24-04-16

Genuine Action Story With a Very Good Performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I will, because it is action from the very first minute to the last minute with an excellent performance with a female voice for female characters and male voices for male characters what ought to be a standard. At least for all top selling stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The doings of the main character filled most of the time in this story without him being any kind of an unrealistic superman.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Caribian island scene.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Action.

Any additional comments?

Just as in some other Simon Kernic books, there are a few parts which doesn't really fit together and some strange matters are not explained at all. However, it is an action novel with the very best performance I've heard in ages what makes it a good choice.

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  • Donna
  • 06-02-16

A good listen

I'm giving this a 4 rating. It is better than average. Yes, it is spies , bad guys, guns, egos, red herrings, terrorism -sort of- tosed togethr in a book that is fun to listeen to - with a trailer that I hopes leads to a sequel. It takes pkace in Britain so ee see their attitude to guns- so different to Amrtia's.