In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality.
Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.
As Thorson attests, such successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, given to every excess. Liberace's credo - "too much of a good thing is wonderful" - is reflected here in his acquisition of new lovers, luxurious homes, a large collection of pornography, and a total of 26 house dogs.
Behind the Candelabra above all explores the fundamentally tender love affair between Liberace and Thorson - whom Liberace sent to his own plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image!
This fast-paced story, sprinkled with anecdotes about famous entertainers such as Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate look at Liberace's final days as he lay dying of AIDS - and his deathbed reconciliation with Thorson. Thorson's story will also appear in the upcoming biopic of the same name starring award-winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
©1988, 2013 Scott Thorson with Alex Thorleifson (P)2013 Tantor
This was very informative and entertaining
I liked the story of Liberace and Scott and then Scott's removal from Liberace's life
Delicious, fun, sad
No comparison ;-)
Love it, very believable
Tears in a few places
Fantastic story, maybe on sided but very enjoyable
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This book was not really revealing about Liberace, but it was about Scott Thorson which was interesting. I bought this as a bit of a joke, thought I would try it out, but was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The reason it was interesting to me was Scott Thorson's take on Las Vegas.
A sight disabled viewer
It had a different aspect of Liberace life than is commonly known. He was a very entertaining and talented man but quite superficial which shows what a good actor he was.
I didn't care for the narrators voice. Also the sound went higher and lower which means poor quality sound editing which I have never experienced before in any audio book I have purchased from Audible.
If he was the narrator I didn't care for his voice quality.
Disappointing sound quality going higher and lower made it annoying which is the fault of the sound editing or the narrator moving away and then closer to the microphone.
I could not finish this. I found no redeeming or good reason to continue to read about a life dedicated to buying more and bigger. I guess it's a book about a life completely out of balance and self centered.
The story had no flow or rhythm. I couldn't decide if it was bad writing or bad narration or both.
The narrator was able to make me feel like the actual characters were in the room with me.
The ending was easy to guess
I have not
The guilty queen
Sad. Shocking eyeopening
Probably Liberace himself though sometimes because of his stage act you forget how talented he was as a pianist it also shows if you have enough money you can cover up anything that you want to
How to spend your whole life living a lie
Scott could have walked away from the situation at any time obviously it suited him not to
"Hear the story first"
Yes, I would advise anyone to sit back and listen to the truth. It took me around a week. I am sure some would prefer listening to it in a day.
I was surprised the at the beginning of Liberace's life was interesting and surprised at how hard he worked. I loved listening to their life on the road and how they entertained guests. The break up of the relationship was inevitable. However, unforgettable is the last paragraph (the end) and their last conversation.
Overall he was very good throughout.
How Scott Thorson got hooked on drugs, and how he was asked to leave the Liberace estate.
I am glad the book did not get carried away with sex scenes.
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