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Obsessed | [Ted Dekker]

Obsessed

Stephen Friedman is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. It's Los Angeles in the early 70s, and Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real-estate wheeler dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long given up hope of finding the family he's lost in worn-torn Poland. But when a deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic, and that she may have been his mother, Stephen becomes hungry for answers. A hunger that may kill him.
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Stephen Friedman is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. It's Los Angeles in the early 70s, and Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real-estate wheeler dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long given up hope of finding the family he's lost in worn-torn Poland.

But when a deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic, and that she may have been his mother, Stephen becomes hungry for answers. A hunger that may kill him.

©2006 Ted Dekker; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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    Patricia Flagstaff, AZ, United States 05-19-05
    Patricia Flagstaff, AZ, United States 05-19-05 Member Since 2003

    Can there be any better pasttime than reading? Audiobook, regular book, e-book - I have 1 of each going at all times.

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    "Wonderful except ..."

    ... the last 2 minutes in the epilogue where the author expounds on Christian philosophy. It amounts to stating the metaphor of the book - obsession - as it relates to Christ. It added nothing to the story.

    Otherwise, this was an excellent story that kept me riveted with its character development and deep understanding of human good and evil, not to mention the plot. Well worth the listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert andover, MA, USA 05-28-05
    Robert andover, MA, USA 05-28-05
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    "Dekker disappoints again!!"

    I read the Dekker trilogy, Black, Red and White. I got hooked on Black, unhooked on Red and swam away on White. The same thing happened with this novel. The book starts out gangbusters with a reasonable and promising premise. The author then moves from one implausible action to another. The trips to the basement of the building left me dumbfounded, especially the whole scenario with the quick drying cement. How stupid!! By the time I get to the climax, the story line has lost all credibility.
    There are things to like about this authors writing. I just wish he would not lose me with implausible and inane actions from his lead characters.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 05-17-08
    William Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 05-17-08
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    "Not as good as Black, Red, White"

    A couple of years ago, I read Dekker's trilogy, Black, Red, and White. I looked forward to another good read. This was not it. Many times I had trouble believing the lengths to which the characters went to achieve their goals. The timing and good fortune was also incredible. I realise the obsession involved, but this was too far-fetched and unbelievable.
    By the end of part one, I really did not look forward to part two (like I currently look forward to part two of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz). I finished this book only because I had it with me and I had a four hour drive.
    On the positive side, it was generally unoffensive as far as language and situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger SAINT PETERS, MO, United States 01-05-06
    Roger SAINT PETERS, MO, United States 01-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Only OK"

    There was a long stretch in the early to middle part of this book that left me wanting to put it down. But it wasn't quite bad enough to simply walk away. Thankfully, it made a turn for the better after the start of the second part. By the end of the book, I was actually interested in the characters and rooting for them. Still, the ending was only decent and I would have a hard time recommending this book. Maybe it is simply not up to what I had come to expect from Dekker after reading Thr3e and the color trilogy.

    The reader was only average, but much better than the reader for Thr3e.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Geart Montgomery, IL, USA 05-14-05
    Geart Montgomery, IL, USA 05-14-05
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    "Obsessed kept me in my car for hours"

    I have made it a habit to listen to audio books on my way to and from work. "Obsessed" has made me enjoy this time so much more and I find myself taking detours and staying in my car to listen to this story.
    It is well written and Dekker has become one of my favourite authors in the Christian genre. The story flows seamlessly back and forth between 1943 and 1973 interweaving the time periods and personalities.
    Just like in Thr3e you will be in suspense until the final page of the book, or in audio format until the final minute, with all of its plot twists and turns.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Starvin' Dan Washington, DC region 01-18-07
    Starvin' Dan Washington, DC region 01-18-07 Listener Since 2002

    DPF

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    "So horrendous I had to review it..."

    I was hoping to be surprised by an author I've never read before. The first few chapters actually held some promise, but as the book progressed the sickly plot was made weaker by the shallow, sadly stated stereotypical characters.

    Briefly, the book is a jewish Da Vinci Code with a touch of 1940's nazism taking place during the 1970's complete with "Bohemians" and groovy hippies. After the first half of the book I kept hoping the end was near, but alas, it kept going.

    I was equally unimpressed with the narrator, although I must admit he didn't have much to work with.

    Save your book credits and your money for something/anything else but this. It was so horrendous I was forced to write my first review.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 09-18-08
    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 09-18-08 Listener Since 2000

    bobwhitten

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    "Taut thriller"

    Very unrelentingly high-strung thriller, I liked it a lot. Makes an interesting point about obsession, which seems like a bad thing, until you finish this. Interesting points on faith and evil. Consistently pulls back from magical/spooky stuff (though the evil is scary haunting). Reader was good, easy to understand (but, obviously not from LA, or he'd know how to pronounce "Brea"). Recommend if you like contrast between black & white, and can stand a constant sense of impending disaster and hopeless situations. If you haven't read the Red/Black/White triolgy of Ted Dekker's, you should. This is not quite that level, but it's pretty darn good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 05-05-11
    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 05-05-11 Member Since 2006

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    "What a waste of time & money!!!"

    Terrible! Terrible! Terrible!!! and stupid!!! Unrealistic & dumb!!!
    Do not waste your time. Shame on Audible for selling this junk!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 06-20-08
    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 06-20-08
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    "Not bad"

    What works? Dekker's use of Nazi Germany and present day and his ability to tie them together into a moderately interesting mystery.

    What doesn't work? Drawing out the ending to an almost painful extent. And the scene in the car I honestly got confused.

    All in all not the best Dekker book I've read, but not the worst Dekker book I've read either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 07-19-07
    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 07-19-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Good, but his others are better."

    Ted Dekker writes wonderful books! I Listened the whole way through and was interested in this story. However, I had a hard time with it only because his other books (Three and the Red/White/Black trilogy) were so much better. He has a great life theme that I really enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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