Copyright ©1973 by Sheldon Literary Trust
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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 confess that I was swept along by the narrative despite the story's superficiality and the characters' woodenness. But in the end I felt the same emptiness that I feel after watching a mediocre, melodramatic movie. It doubt that I will try another Sidney Sheldon novel.
Pacey is a fine narrator, and his work here, as usual, was quite good, with one glaring exception: his voicing of the American characters was dreadful. His American accent was distractingly bad, and for some odd reason he needlessly gave all the Americans loud, whiny voices. This was sufficiently annoying that I nearly gave up on the book halfway through.
Read this book when I was a teen, now 51 revisited it and LOVED IT! Just a really good, twisted and sexy story.
The first few chapters drew me in like quick sand.
His voice was adaptable to the characters.
the abortion was so disturbing, I was cringing in my car.
I read this book when i was a teenager and loved it. But listening to it this many years later I don't know why. It was all over the place. Listened to about half of it and then just had to delete it. The reading of all parts French or foreign were fantastic, but the American parts were simply AWFUL.
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.
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