©2005 Sidney Sheldon. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.
"Reminiscent of his colorful novels, a rags-to-riches yarn replete with struggle, an indomitable hero, and eventual glamour." (Publishers Weekly)
editor, Hamilton Home Review
Sidney Sheldon should be even more famous than he is. The man has had three or four amazing careers in one lifetime and still comes across as humble as your elderly neighbour down the street. His ability to recall details from 50 years ago is astounding.
As a writer, I found myself envious; as a reader, I consider myself priveleged to now know how some of his iconic creations came into being. As a creative person, I found the whole thing incredibly inspiring. If you are any of the above you will enjoy the book and the author's own verbal input. The interview is a bit lame but then, she produced so I guess she's allowed.
Sheldon is an inspiration to any creative soul. If his story hadn't been written the world would be a lesser place. Thank God someone decided to do an audiobook. Now creative types who don't read can also benefit from a life well lived and well presented.
I suppose someone who's a Sidney Sheldon fan, or interested in his general (hugely successful) career path, from scriptwriter to screenwriter, to TV, and finally as a novelist, would find this interesting.
This book never delved into any real difficulty Sheldon's bi-polar disorder caused his professional or personal life. If this highly successful person could have opened up and offered readers a look at how his mental illness was problematic, and how he coped and overcame the obstacles he faced, the book could have been worth reading.
The narrator was ok, and even did a good job with a few Brooklyn and other colorful inflections. Perhaps the only problem with the narrator's work here is that he has to more or less recite in succession, at a predetermined clip - without much detail or emotion - all Sheldon's accomplishments and moves up the ladder to "the top."
I couldn't have been more disappointed with an audiobook. One thing it possibly shows -without saying as much - is that the mania of bi-polar can make some people extremely productive. Some even say bi-polar is the mental-illness of choice. So this book, by completely leaving out any difficulties at all this mental illness posed for its author, confirms that myth.
It was awesome. I absolutely love Sidney Sheldon and he did not dissapoint. Enjoyable and interesting from page one until the end
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