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The Other Side of Me: A Memoir | [Sidney Sheldon]

The Other Side of Me: A Memoir

In his eagerly anticipated memoir, America's premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales. Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen best sellers, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television's greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life.
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Publisher's Summary

In his eagerly anticipated memoir, America's premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales. Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen best sellers, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television's greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life. Sheldon has seen and done it all, and now in this candid memoir, he shares his story for the first time, talking about the personalities, highs, and lows that have made his career and life so captivating. From a depression-era childhood in Chicago to an Air Corps stint in World War II to the bright lights and hot parties of New York and Los Angeles, Sidney Sheldon has lived the kind of life most people could never imagine...until now.

©2005 Sidney Sheldon. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Reminiscent of his colorful novels, a rags-to-riches yarn replete with struggle, an indomitable hero, and eventual glamour." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rhonda Concord, CA, USA 04-10-06
    Rhonda Concord, CA, USA 04-10-06
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    "DULLLLLLLL"

    There was so much more in SS's life I would have liked to read about, but it was too much TV and not enough depth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J. Morrow Ontario, Canada 02-26-06
    Robert J. Morrow Ontario, Canada 02-26-06 Member Since 2006

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    "If only everyone's biography was this engrossing!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 07-17-14
    Tina 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I always love a great recommendation. Thank you in advance for my future discoveries based on YOUR reviews.

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    "Terrific Story! I love Mr. Sheldon even more now."
    Where does The Other Side of Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Side of Me?

    The early years


    What about Mike O'Malley’s performance did you like?

    Professional and friendly. Great performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook led me to some other biographies, which I have also enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nell Huntworth Chicago, IL USA 06-16-13
    Nell Huntworth Chicago, IL USA 06-16-13 Listener Since 2009

    flowerpower forever

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    "Ack! NOT About a Person's Struggle w/ Depression!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Sidney Sheldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


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    "The Other Side Of Me"

    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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