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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gloria Vanderbilt Narrator: Gloria Vanderbilt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061902406
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From Gloria Vanderbilt comes a story of erotic obsession, told in tandem. Priscilla Bingham was one half of the perfect elite New York couple until her beloved husband P. J. Talbot unexpectedly died in the middle of their tenth wedding anniversary celebration. Year later, Pris stumbles upon a collection of letters among Talbot′s papers. There--on the most exquisite paper, in the most exquisite detail--is Pris′s undoing. The letters are from Talbot′s "Queen Bea", his treasured mistress/ dominatrix who "organizes his erotica"and has spared no detail of it (or her disdain for "Wife′") in her correspondence.

From the moment she discovers Bea, Pris is obsessed with her, with Talbot, with their sex. And her obsession must be satiated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In her new novel, Gloria Vanderbilt has created a remarkable tapestry of human passion—an interior world of highly charged erotic mysteries that teasingly suggest, but ever elude, decoding, Obsession is a poetic tale on the nature of possession and obsession.”

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • “The two women become consumed by their vicious power struggle, an over-the-top contest that will keep readers seeking escape from reality avidly turning the pages of this made-for-the-beach (or any other venue for relaxation) tale of sex and duplicity.”

    Booklist

  • “Leave it to Gloria Vanderbilt to design a sensual novel for the material girl…Her language carries freewheeling floridity to lurid and sometimes hilarious extremes.”

    USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/12/2014

    " Very light on plot. Lots of erotic fantasy scenes strung together. It still counts toward my reading goal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/7/2014

    " This was not a bad read, but not a great one either. The language was florid, the sex scenes interesting but not original, the plot a bit plodding. It picked up toward the end, but the conclusion was terribly unsatisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 12/28/2013

    " This book is full of really vivid descriptions, and because of this the romantic scenes are REALLY explicit. Not exactly my kind of book, but it is based around an interesting plot dynamic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 12/17/2013

    " Wow. That was awful. I only read 5 pages and knew it was awful and I should have stopped after that, but then I skimmed it to see if there were any good sexy bits, as it was an "erotic tale", but it sucked. And not the good "erotic tale" kind of suck. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 12/12/2013

    " nasty book by a nasty old lady. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 12/11/2013

    " Significantly not as described. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 12/8/2013

    " are there awards for worst book ever? if so this is a real contender. While I did enjoy finding out what someone of this age may find erotic, I couldn't help but imagine her giggling while she typed away te he he. The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 9/20/2013

    " awful. I've read better erotica in Hustler "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 8/13/2013

    " I kept remembering that I was reading something written by Anderson Cooper's 80-something mother and that was a little unnerving to me. Not horrible; not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelli | 7/15/2013

    " Pretty boring. I wanted to read it after a review in a magazine, after all this is Anderson Cooper's mom. I found it dull. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 M | 4/9/2013

    " The initial premise - whether or not a widow is imagining a mistress for her deceased lover - makes a unique psychological selling point. The book sadly degenerates into erotic fantasy and fails to deliver on the opening concept. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karmen | 2/13/2013

    " Overwrought "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irina | 1/24/2013

    " Eerie yet enchanting with lush descriptions that are sensual to read all on their own merits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/15/2012

    " was okay. A little confusing as to who was "narrating". And the ending was kinda dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/6/2012

    " Very racy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/23/2012

    " Im not sure what everyone in the reviews are complaining about. What were they expecting with a title that flat out states An Erotic Tale? It is what it is, an explicit little triffle that is short on story but heavy on sex. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marion | 9/3/2011

    " Pure drivel. Unresolved, unsatisfactory ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kokod | 11/23/2010

    " Awful. It has a fragmented story, a undeveloped main man and a naive leading lady. Also, the author needs to look up what "Erotic" means. What I read was bland and at times disgusting, skimming over erotic and going for explicit. Not a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/30/2010

    " Oh my goodness! Very colourful book to say the least.. good book actually!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 6/14/2010

    " Im not sure what everyone in the reviews are complaining about. What were they expecting with a title that flat out states An Erotic Tale? It is what it is, an explicit little triffle that is short on story but heavy on sex. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 2/13/2010

    " are there awards for worst book ever? if so this is a real contender. While I did enjoy finding out what someone of this age may find erotic, I couldn't help but imagine her giggling while she typed away te he he. The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/14/2009

    " was okay. A little confusing as to who was "narrating". And the ending was kinda dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 11/9/2009

    " This was not a bad read, but not a great one either. The language was florid, the sex scenes interesting but not original, the plot a bit plodding. It picked up toward the end, but the conclusion was terribly unsatisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 9/4/2009

    " nasty book by a nasty old lady. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelli | 7/22/2009

    " Pretty boring. I wanted to read it after a review in a magazine, after all this is Anderson Cooper's mom. I found it dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 7/18/2009

    " This book is full of really vivid descriptions, and because of this the romantic scenes are REALLY explicit. Not exactly my kind of book, but it is based around an interesting plot dynamic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marion | 7/13/2009

    " Pure drivel. Unresolved, unsatisfactory ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/27/2009

    " I do not read much erotic books but I won the book so....
    I have to say I liked it. I did not expect Gloria Vanderbilt to write such a book but as for this book she did it with class. Thumbs up "

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About the Author
Author Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt is the author of four memoirs and two novels. She contributes to various publications, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle, and she has received two honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts. She lives in New York City.