Copyright ©1973 by Sheldon Literary Trust
It is true that I know only what I have read in books. But I have read a great many books. ("Venetia" by Georgette Heyer)
This 1973 book is a wonderful example of mass market, popcorn fiction that, in the end, has surprising nutritional value and staying power. I remember reading it in high school, a dog-eared paperback passed around among friends and read behind algebra books in study hall. The ending packed a punch then and it still does.
TOSOM is a soapy saga -- but in no way a romance -- that opens in the early 1930's and goes up to the (then) present. It crisscrosses the Atlantic, with parallel stories playing out in the U.S. and Europe until, midway through the book, the threads come together in Greece (cue the Fates). There is a certain amount of over-the-top silliness, but the underlying story of passion and revenge is worthy of the Greek tragedians.
It is no coincidence that the pivotal character of Constantin Demeris is a fabulously wealthy Greek magnate; he was probably inspired by (but certainly not based on) Aristotle Onassis, whose marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy was one of the biggest news stories of the time. Demeris is a unique character, however, embodying the question that underlies the book from start to boffo ending: When does justice become revenge, and how far can we push the boundary?
Well read by Steven Pacey, who underplays the melodramatics--a good choice, the story is more powerful unembellished. A terrific summer read!
This was the first Sidney Sheldon book I read and fell in love with all of his books. Listening to this all time favorite of mine in the audio format from my iPod almost 20 years later was exhilarating and absolutely amazing!! Thank you audible!!!
I spend about four hours per day on the road. Audio books make my commute go by much faster and make it somewhat enjoyable.
This was the first book I've purchased by Sidney Sheldon. This particular book was recommended by my mother who is a big Sidney Sheldon fan. I was very impressed and plan to check out more of this author's work in the future.
An easy listen
I'd give away the ending if I told you
Read it years ago and it was just as good the second time around!
Good, entertaining summer reading.
The plot was fun. The character Noel Page was interesting, although the other characters not so much. I always wonder at the male ego who thinks he can write a book from a woman's point of view.
The narrator had a lot of voices, even for his characters with accents, which must be very difficult. His American accents were mostly New York, which got rather annoying to listen to after a while.
I liked the development of the characters Noelle and Catherine
It was a steady build, not an edge of your seat type of book. I like the steady build
I liked his narrator. He did a good job with giving everyone personality. Didn't like the American accents as much.
It's a good read and doesn't have the typical, you can guess it ending.
The narration is exquisite. Switching between the French, German , Greek American accents takes great skill and Steven Pacy has mastery over them all.
The story line is gripping.
The development of the two storylines which were bound to be merged kept me in eager anticipation of how/when the characters' paths would eventually collide.
And of course the ending was magnificent!
All the characters were adequately covered
Vengeance doesn't always pay.
I've been reading Reacher and Bosch for the past few months. I needed a break. I had read a lot of Sidney Sheldon a long time ago. I realized I had read this but had mostly forgotten. Well written and narration was good too. Enjoyed the story and liked a break from my usual.
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.
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