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The Obsession

Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)
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Summary

The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she's always secretly craved. But as she's learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

©2016 Nora Roberts (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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"[Narrator Shannon] McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi's struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won't want to miss." (AudioFile)

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Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough...

Any additional comments?

...and seven hours too long. And the narrator, no, not a good choice to put it mildly. In short, did Nora really write this book?

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Disappointing and predictable

Not one of her best. The narrators voice has strident edge to it.
The story seemed better than it was. I'm not a trained investigator but the villain was so obvious, I stuck with this waiting for the twist that would prove me wrong. Sorry to say I'm still waiting!

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ok but not her best

Follows the general Nora Roberts formula, but several scenes have been lifted straight out of previous books. Maybe I've got used to the tension and suspense in her J D Robb books, but I found the storyline bland and the passion between the characters lacking.

Narration was not bad, but it was difficult to hear the difference between characters in conversations as her female voices sounded too similar.

Overall ok, but not a patch on her Chesapeake novels or the High Noon era writing.

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Another written by rote

Why are some Nora Roberts books really good, and some so darn poor. This was padded out so much with an incredibly expensive house makeover, in detail, and cooking tips. I really enjoyed something like The Witness and had hoped this would be similar. Always feels that there’s hours of padding which could be replaced with some storyline. Or just cut. And I can’t believe that she walked away from the trauma so lightly. Another to go back.

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Feel-good classic Nora Roberts

Shannon McManus delivers the story with perfection. You know what you’re getting with Nora Roberts: exquisite descriptive writing, a ‘good dog’, strong characterisation and small town America.

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Too much chick lit, not enough thriller.

This book started in an exciting way and I really enjoyed the first half of it. Sadly, I was unable to finish the book as it became rather tedious. It's part chick lit part thriller. For my tastes, it's too much chick lit and not enough thriller. I didn't have the patience to get through the tedium of Naomi falling in love to get to the next real twist in the plot.

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Cringe

Really cringe worthy dialogue. Not sure if this had to do with the reader or the material, probably a bit of both.

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Started Well

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but after the main protagonist has left college it becomes very slow with a lot of unnecessary domestic and interior decorating detail accompanied by very clichéd, boring scenes between characters and excruciating clichéd love and sex scenes. I was willing the killer to finish off the lot of them by half way through.

I would like to say it helped to pass a 9 hour flight to Canada. It didn't.

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Standard Nora

Another typical Nora Roberts. If you're in the mood for soppy romance with a bit of crime/mystery on the side, it's perfect!

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love Nora Roberts!

I really enjoy Nora Roberts and have since reading her in the Mills and Boon series. the performance was great! I always knew who was being read so characters didn't get muddled.

the story had me on the edge of my seat at times, which I like.

altogether a good listen.

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  • McChica04
  • 11-07-16

Total Letdown

If you're looking for suspense, stay away.
The story started out promising, and had me hooked at the beginning. However, after the characters were introduced and the plot began to develop, the story waned. I think there were about 10 hours of monotonous dialogue and ridiculously minute details of the main character's daily life. She renovates a house and the author literally describes every decision the character makes about what to buy, in what color, and where to put it. THEN we get to follow her love story develop including every single encounter the two of them have and every word they speak to one another. Down to the main character listing the ingredients she will include in making dinner and exactly how she will cook them and where she will attain said ingredients. This happens several times. You could probably recreate the dishes as the author basically lists the recipe.
The point is that there is so much unnecessary filler in the book. I would have stopped and returned it right away except I wanted to find out the ending. And randomly dispersed in the boring narrative were 30 second glimpses into the criminal happenings that you, as a reader, are most interested in.
I have never had to speed up a book narration, but it tremendously helped me get through the monotony and reach the ending, sanity intact. It was a great ending, just not worth listening to 10 hours of boringness to get to.
Save your credit for a Lisa Gardner book. The suspense is much more worthwhile with her.

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  • Eva
  • 09-07-16

Just FYI

This book is not really about an obsessive stalker/murderer and the struggle to catch him. This book is about a young woman with unlimited money buying and renovating a house, while she takes photos, goes furniture shopping, has un-realistic conversations, and works hard to not get attached to the hunkiest bachelor in town. That is pretty much the whole book right there.
I bought it based on the ratings, but buyer be ware! When a book goes best seller, everybody and their grandmother will give it 5 stars and the rating system goes out the window.

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  • Tara
  • 02-07-16

3 hours about a home remodel ...

The beginning started off great and built up a great story.

The middle lost me. I wish she focused on more details that were important to the story line. Instead the middle was about a detailed home remodel that had little relevance to the overall story.

The end was ok. A little predictable.

This was my first Nora Roberts book and I'm not convinced I would read another.

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  • Laura
  • 13-05-16

Starts out promising, slow descent into boring and cliche

The first half of this book was so good! Really interesting premise. After most of the major plot points have been set up, it just peters out. The characters stop being interesting and become sadly one-dimensional and the story becomes incredibly predictable. The romance tilts into him just telling her what to do most of the time. Even though the stalker storyline does add some spice, it too becomes predictable and by the end, you don't care too much what comes of anyone. The narration was fine at the beginning, but eventually becomes a bit too much - too overdone.

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  • joshua
  • 14-04-16

Typical Nora Roberts

I enjoyed this book, it was a good listen but some things were very typical of Nora. Her endings always seem rushed to me. I see her sitting at her computer just hammering out the last chapter in ten minutes so she can call it done. Other than the rushed ending it was easy to figure who the killer was, which is not very typical but I think this book is more about the main characters life with the killer just added for some extra drama. Overall this book is worth a credit and you'll enjoy the story!

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  • Sandy
  • 15-04-16

Could have been great. Needed a different narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Obsession the most enjoyable?

I have enjoyed countless NR books and generally can't wait to listen to the story. And have listen to many several times. The narration made this less enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was no emotion. this book screamed emotion in places. It could have been so much better.

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  • Nancy Steele Brzycki
  • 19-04-16

Obsession book review

Everything about the book was great! Wish I had another one to read that was as good as this one. I know I will re-read this one. :-)

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  • Lisa
  • 28-07-16

Likeable characters ruined by the narration

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Shannon McManus?

Nora Roberts, yes. Shannon McManus... not sure

What other book might you compare The Obsession to and why?

No idea. The first part of the book with young Naomi finding out what her father is was well done but after that it kind of became predictable. The baddie was obvious from the get-go, the profiling aspect (which could have been made very interesting) was cliched. I did like the house renovation parts though. And the dog.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon McManus’s performances?

It depends but I'd definitely listen to a sample and take note of other reviews before downloading. She did a good job with the female voices but I found the male voices irritating (I think she was going for 'commanding' but her dragging out of the beginning of sentences and over pronouncing was distracting)

What would have made this romance irresistible?

If they'd cut out him always telling her what to do and her yelling "stop telling me what to do".

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  • Good product
  • 14-07-16

Good story

Written and narrated in a stop/start way kind of annoying . Good story but again narrator a little annoying detective style speaking.

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  • Lucinda Parsons
  • 14-04-16

Roberts is back on track

While her recent books have become formulaic, she stepped up and added some zing to this one. Instead of the quick one chapter prelude, that lays the groundwork for current event, she took three or four chapters in the beginning to thoroughly introduce character and important details.
While I did identify the bad guy when he was originally introduced, she kept me guessing til the last few chapters.
I'm back on board the wAgon!

39 of 48 people found this review helpful