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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:
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The marriages of desire …

From the multitalented and versatile Gloria Vanderbilt comes a passionate, sensual, witty, and puzzling tale of erotic obsession, beauty, and revenge, told in tandem by two women obsessed with the same man—and, ultimately, with each other.

Talbot Bingham is a renowned architectural genius who, with his formidable wife, Priscilla, creates an architectural community. When he dies unexpectedly in the middle of their tenth wedding anniversary celebration, the devastated Priscilla is left keeper of the flame of Talbot’s genius. Going through her husband’s archives, she comes unexpectedly upon a pile of neatly tied letters and the shocking secret of her husband’s intimate life—a discovery that shatters the foundation of her soul and spirit.

Obsession explores the mysteries of the human heart and the nature of sexuality and obsession, provoking questions about whom we choose to love and why. The listener is left to decide if the other woman represents another facet of Priscilla or if Priscilla herself has invented the other woman, who completed the world her husband so recently inhabited.

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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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