donald t wardlow
The only better Sheldon book than this is "A Stranger in the Mirror," and Audible hasn't got it.
So this is his best work that Audible has.
Sheldon does what John D. MacDonald also excelled at-drawing highly unlikable characters and filling you with desire to see how low they can sink into the quagmire of human depravity.
Noe!l Page is a spoilt French girl. She runs away from an arrangement her father made for her-straight into the arms of the worst sort of man a girl can find.
Larry Douglas is a beast no one girl can tame.
Meantime, Katherine Alexander is a Chicago beauty and intellectual. But she is an emotional cripple.
She finds the right man in Washington, DC-then leaves him in a minute when she meets Larry Douglas.
But Noe!l Page has been keeping notes on Larry, no matter that he's across the Atlantic, and she has a plan for him.
The narration is terrific. The reader is an Englishman with a rare gift for voices.
I am particularly impressed that he can do American accents-usually a reach for even great British actors.
This is a very adult book. As in every Sheldon book, the sex is rendered in gasping (unrealistic) detail.
It travels effortlessly from Chicago to France, back to the States, then to a frenetic finish in Greece.
The time is before, during and just after World War II, a time frame Sheldon made his own in "Stranger in the Mirror," as well as this book.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I am not a woman. I'm thinking you should be to enjoy this book. Instead, I studied it. See, I was expecting a puzzling murder mystery, what I got, I think, was a romance novel. Um, since I've never before experienced a romance novel - well this is what I was told they're supposed to be like, and so.... once starting it I decided to finish it so that I could claim an open-minded tour through a different culture.
Tour's over, I shall not return.
What I learned was that sex drives everything except when longing for sex is in charge. That the most successful people in the world are driven by their sexual fantasies and controlled by them. And that absolute female beauty might be the same thing as absolute power... Since absolute power corrupts... absolutely - we'll you sort of get the story arc here, right?
The reader was as good as the novel. Perhaps that is Steven Pacey's talent, and so I shall not avoid him as a result of this experience. Neither will I give him more than an additional strike.
I read this book in the 1980's and loved it but for some reason just wasn't as much into it this time.
When I discovered at the very end that Catherine was not dead
His diction was very clear and his rendition of the various foreign accents was very good
This book wasn't worth a credit, but it was cheap and the American accents were good for a laugh.