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Hostile Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller

The Witness Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Series: Witness Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

When 16-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. 

But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law, and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. 

When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.

©2010 Rebecca Forster (P)2018 Tantor

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Love or hate, still not sure

I have to admit to having not made my mind up about loving or hating this book. I didn't like any of the characters, which didn't help, I found them infuriating and frustrating. Saying that, I did find that it was gripping to the end. Fast paced and full of suspense, though a little predictable at times.

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  • 03-01-19

Narrator is horrible and law is just not credible

First, the narrator is horrible. The over dramatic tone of her voice is just too much. There are lots of things in the book that are just there for whatever reason--could have been a great segway or plot twister but the author missed the mark. As a lawyer, it drives me crazy to read or listen to a legal thriller when it is apparent the author has little to no understanding of law. Really, the legal standard in a criminal case is beyond reasonable doubt not beyond a shadow of a doubt. Too bad because the story line is good even if you could see it coming before the end of the first chapter.

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  • Kandi M. Burlingame
  • 18-11-18

Narrator sucks

I purchased the audiobook version of this book. The story is good, but I almost couldn’t concentrate on the story bc the narrator is awful. She’s overly dramatic & is a serious heavy breather, which takes away from the story. I want to listen to more stories about Josie, but I cannot handle that narrator.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-10-18

Narrated for second graders...

The story was good but I had to increase the speed to get through the overly dramatic, almost whining narration...😳

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  • Ann Marie Martin
  • 16-04-20

Legal and psychological thriller

I loved this book with its twists and turns. The narrator was exceptional in her deliverance of the story. I would recommend this book for mystery enthusiasts. The hostile witness was a surprise .

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  • Maggie
  • 10-01-20

DNF

Terrible narration. I believe I would have enjoyed the story but the narration was so overly dramatic I could not finish.

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  • Sue Mac
  • 24-11-19

Great read

Grabs your interest right from the beginning and keeps your interest until the last sentence. Read this book you won't be sorry.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-09-19

Great story....

I loved the book. Even though I gave the performance a 5, It was difficult to listen to in such a dramatic fashion throughout the entire book.

The end deserved that level of heightened drama. The beginning was too much for me and I had to shut it off several times.

Once again great story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-18

A brilliant Legal Thriller

The attention to detail in every aspect of this book will draw you in and hold you spellbound until the end. I read this book in Kindle format, then purchased the audio version. The story was even more gripping the second time around. Love the narrator (made me feel like I was watching a movie). Love Ms. Forster's work! Do yourself a favor and dive into this series. You won't regret it!