The Possessions

  • by Sara Flannery Murphy
  • Narrated by Erin Moon
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.
In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as "bodies", wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits - numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.
But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia's drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society's walls.
After years of hiding beneath the lotuses' dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia's growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.
A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing listen that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.


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What on Earth....

...possessed Harper Audio to make such bad choices in the production of this book? The Possessions seems a very fine adult book, but I can't log beyond four hours of this tween-style narration.

The novel is related in a first person narrative by Edie, a woman in her late 20's who works as a 'body', channeling the dead for loved ones at a place called Elysian. The story (thus far) reminds me of 'The Handmaid's Tale', slowly revealing a dystopian world. Reader Erin Moon relates the story to listeners in a little girl voice and quite competently follows direction to to characterize Edie as a woman-child, stepping all over some well-crafted prose and characterizations. It's so dumbed down, I kept rewinding. "What? wait a minute...". Click.

Of course, Edie may well be an emotional woman-child; I don't know yet, but the language used is not and in this story, the written voice is clearly a character choice. Think about it this way; the bestselling audio version of 'Lolita' is read by the golden-tongued Jeremy Irons as the monstrous Humbert Humbert- would it be a bestseller - or work at all- if read by a grinchy Boris Karloff? This audio production of 'The Possessions' is the most unsuitable production of a book I have heard.

I could return this and get my credit back, but want to inform my fellow listeners of what appears to be an extraordinary novel and suggest you try reading it- perhaps sample it on your kindle.

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- Bette

Was expecting more

I really had high expectations for this listen. Slow and just not attention grabbing at all. Unfortunately, it was a big let down. I tried to give it a chance and it was very hard. Only listened to the whole book because I didn't want to waste the money spent on it.
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- Breanna Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio