The Obsession

Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15,885 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

Critic Reviews

"[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Some of Naomi's dialogue was too immature for a character who is in her position.

I'd like to see a woman portrayed as a brave character without the high school dialect.

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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!

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Good but corny

Class is Nora Roberts storyline and. Good listen or read. However I did find more than a few parts to be extremely corny and annoying.

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  • Veteran Listener
  • 04-30-16

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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  • jacqueline bain
  • 04-18-16

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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  • Rachael Berridge
  • 01-05-20

Brilliant book

Spent too much time listening to this story and enjoying the plot. Wasn’t a difficult plot. But a simple enjoyable story. Not too much violence or sex for me. A good book for filling up the hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

The Obsession

Fantastic story am never disappointed when I start a
Nora Roberts book keep them coming

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-19

❤❤

I love it and the narration was perfect, I love the voice it sounds like the character Naomi😍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-30-16

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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  • Cinnamon M Andrews
  • 05-27-20

Long and predictable

Not sure why I hung in there as the whole story was predictable. Probably because I enjoy photography and the house setting sounded beautiful. Lacked any tension sadly

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  • Roo B
  • 11-04-19

Mmm, very similar to other books.

I have now listened to 3 Nora Roberts books and whilst each one as a stand-alone is a good read, the theme running through them is very similar. Strong single woman against an unknown protagonist with a dog and a very attractive male involved.... will try one more title before I give up! Any suggestions??

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  • JillyB
  • 12-10-18

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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  • Tony Butterworth
  • 08-15-18

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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  • Jayne
  • 09-16-16

Slow in some parts

I enjoyed the book overall, but some parts dragged on and on!
I would not listen to it again.

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  • Katrina
  • 06-14-16

Read read read!! 📖📖

Awesome book!!! Couldn't put it down towards the end. Enjoy this book!!! I Highly recommend!!
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-16

Excellent Read

A perfect balance of mystery & romance. Thoses who love a good romance will love this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-16

Terrific

Truly excellent read from beginning to end. I am now a dedicated Nora Roberts fan!

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  • Amanda
  • 06-21-16

Typical Enjoyable Nora

A good read, not her best work but her usual style that delivers good light reading and drama.

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  • Dannielle
  • 06-13-16

Addictive drama

This story starts with a bang and keeps you hooked until the end. Very enjoyable.

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  • Tracey
  • 05-19-16

Fell short :(

I really wanted this book to be good, but I felt it dragged on and on and on.....
Started great, ended ok, middle 20 chapters were hard going.

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  • Emma
  • 05-09-16

Loved it so much, it may even be my favourite book

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

I haven't read the print version but I'm not a good reader, prefer audiobooks.

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

I listen to a lot of crime, thriller type books but none of them have a similar story line to this.

Which character – as performed by Shannon McManus – was your favourite?

Probably the main character, I was very invested in her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I got teary at the end, it was all tied up perfectly.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the balance of gruesome and easy going - a nice change to what I usually read, I think this made me feel even more involved than usual.

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  • Agincourt
  • 01-11-17

Good bits - but I don't care about interior design...

Good bits - but I don't care about interior design...and there was about 4 hours of that in the middle which just seemed like the author indulging in one of her interests as opposed to enhancing the story. I found this passage quite dull.

The start was great - all dark, gruesome, full of suspense and brilliantly described - but as the book develops and the relationship within blossom, it ends up being more 'chick-flick with scatter-cushions' than Silence of the Lambs.

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  • B. Morrison
  • 12-16-16

Shocking start, weak and predictable ending

Narrator and production were good. Story was disappointing. Characters seemed predictable and too sterio typed.

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