Audio Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Posted May 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 9 Comments

Audio Review: The Obsession by Nora RobertsThe Obsession by Nora Roberts
Narrator: Shannon McManus
Published by Brilliance Audio on April 12, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 14 hours, 19 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars
three-half-flames

14 hours, 19 minutes

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.

 

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When Naomi Carson was 11-years old, she made a horrific discovery about her father that forever changed her life and that of her family. She worked hard to put that event behind her and recreate herself through her photography. When she lands in Sunset Cove, Washington, it appears she’s found her final home. That is until her past seems to dangerously reemerge.
This is now on my list of favorite NR titles. I liked how the story was presented, chronicling the important phases of Naomi’s life that helped shape the woman she became. Considerable time and detail was given for each, allowing for her to appear as a 3-dimensional character. Naomi’s relationships with the people in Sunset Cove gave the story texture and I really liked Xander Keaton.
This was my first listening experience with this narrator (Shannon McManus) and I liked her performance, primarily her interpretations of Naomi and Xander. However, she wasn’t always providing distinctions for other characters, granted there was a fairly large cast!
I really enjoyed this story on all levels even though I easily deduced the bad guy. That didn’t matter because the whole story experience outweighed that factor. Well done.

 

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. She married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland where she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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9 responses to “Audio Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

    • Leona, I’m also wondering what changes we’ll see, too. Her switching publishers is a big deal.

      Enjoy the audio! I certainly did.

    • Thanks, Melanie! She’s one of my favorites and this story goes in that column. If ever you’re ready to try one, let me know as I have a list of top ten favorites by single titles and series.