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Stolen Obsession

Annalisse Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Katina Kalin
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer's identity may be linked to her friend's expensive missing bracelet, a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family. 

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears, despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act. Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's son to help, even though she's afraid he'll break her heart. 

Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse's concerns, until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.

Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse's back, can her plan to rescue Alec's mother save them all?

©2018 Marlene M. Bell (P)2018 Marlene M. Bell

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Mystery and Adventure!

Annalisse is paired up with Alex early on in the book. They notice a similarity of 2 deaths with both in possession of antique jewelry that matched. They set of to find out if this is a curse or just plain murder. Along the way Alex and Annalisse grow on each other and soon can't deny their desires for one another. This audiobook kept me listening to see what happened in the end.

I must mention how amazing Latina Kalin is at narrorating this book. Very smooth and clear voice that I wish all my audible books had!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 06-02-19

Fantastic!!!

Marlene M Bell kept me entranced with this book Stolen Obsession. I have been drawn to "art collection" mysteries lately, and fully enjoyed this story. Annalisse Drury is a complex character, who is resourceful, driven, and compassionate. I loved the vivid imagery and exotic locations (not small town USA) described in this book. This book has action, adventure, history, mystery, and murder, my favorite topics in audiobooks. Katina Kalin was impressive performing this book. I could hear exactly who was speaking. She brought the characters to life with her distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. This book is a standalone listen.

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Good

A good romance and mystery surrounding a possible cursed stolen necklace , I really liked Annalise and hope to see more books surrounding her .

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Adventure, Suspense, Mystery, and Romance!

A cursed jewel and murders.

What more could a person ask for in a story?

As an appraiser, Annalisse has seen it all…or so she thinks. So when cursed jewels come into her possession, she doesn’t know what to do. After suspecting they were behind the death of her friend, Annalisse embarks on a quest with her friend/romantic interest in a plan that will either stop the curse or kill them.

There is plenty of suspense and even some romance in this story. I love the blend of genres as well as the author’s ability to create both suspense and light-hearted moments.

The narration was distinctive and wonderfully done.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Pretty good, but...

Spoilers alert:)

As mysteries go, this one is OK, but it isn't as fascinating as I thought it would be when I asked for it...

The premise was good - a murder or two, an ancient curse, a chase across two oceans and a hint of romance in between.... And it all is there, no doubt about it, but somehow all those elements don't add up to make a fascinating whole. Separately, they are great, but they seem to clash when put together - at least for me. An example of such a clash? After the traumatic experience on the yacht, with one parent killed and the other kidnapped, what do Annalisse and Alec do? They go to bed... And it would be fine and psychologically plausible if it had the feeling of rush, of "we've just escaped death, let's affirm life making love" - but no, there's no such feeling there... It rather feels like "We've had our dinner, been to the cinema, now let's do it"... OK, Alec feels a bit uneasy in the morning, but it seems as if it was added there as an afterthought, kind of "Oh, yeah, I forgot he had just lost his parents so he should be traumatized..." The whole thing just doesn't feel real... And there are a few more moments like this throughout the book, which is why I deducted stars from my rating...

But don't get me wrong, it's not a bad story at all. The plot is fast, the curse part quite interesting, there are also many very well done action scenes and moments of great tension that make you bite your nails. I just would like it to be a little bit more psychologically true...:)

Narration by Ms Kalin is very good. She reads quite slowly but does a good job when it comes to voices and conveying emotions. It's a nice interpretation of the book.

So overall, give the book a chance - it's not a bad story after all:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.