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Obsession

Narrated by: John E. Douglas
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists, and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells How to Fight Back

In Obsession, John Douglas once again takes us fascinatingly behind the scenes, focusing his expertise on predatory crimes, primarily against women. With a deep sense of compassion for the victims and an uncanny understanding of the perpetrators, Douglas looks at the obsessions that lead to rape, stalking, and sexual murder through such cases as Ronnie Shelton, the serial rapist who terrorized Cleveland, and New York's notorious "Preppie Murder".

©1998 John E Douglas (P)1998 Simon & Schuster

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good but short

if I had known it was only four chapters long I prob would've used my credit elsewhere

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All women and men need to read this

Wonderful, very informative. I definitely recommend this read or audiobook. I loved it thank you.

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Worth a read but very short.

It was very short and could've covered more specific cases instead of beating us over the head with 3 or 4.

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Excellent Read....

What a page turner... couldn't put it down. Very informative and captivating at the same time.

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Short but very interesting

This was a very short book but interesting and informative. Douglas mentions several interesting cases of rapists and stalkers, and how they profile them to eventually catch them. A great read for anyone who's interested in some of the psychology behind these horrible acts. It's also great reading about how hard he's worked to put these criminals behind bars, and to keep developing ways to identify this behavior and prevent these crimes from happening.

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Like reading casefiles

An insightful look into the minds of men who stalk, rape and kill. Sometimes the justice system is maddening after hearing all the facts and seeing what happened in court. Makes a good case for increasing the severity of punishment for menacing behavior like stalking.

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Very Interesting book!

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

I prefer the audio editions with my busy schedule! I can listen while I exercise or when driving. This book is a great example of why, in some cases, audio can be better then print since the Author was also the reader!

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I had the opportunity to hear John Douglass speak in person many years ago. His passion for the work he did was very evident in his presentation to the audience. That same passion is there in his book.

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Hero Complex meets Criminal Deviance

I enjoyed hearing the author read his own work. I appreciate the idea of early detection and early response. JD is overwhelmingly self-congratulatory and this is true in all of his books- so that doesn't change-- it is very short compared to other works and provides less self reflection. This, of course, leads the listener to ponder why not, since that was part of his process when discussing offenders in other books.

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Interesting short listen

Someone mentioned it was like listening to case files. I would have to agree there. This book is only 2 hours, but kept my interest the entire time. I believe I purchased it on sale, so it was fairly cheap. I wouldn't have used a credit for this.

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Meh

I was excited to receive another John Douglas book. But found "Obsession" to be a bit boring.