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Master of the Game Audiobook

Master of the Game

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Publisher's Summary

Kate Blackwell is the symbol of success, the beautiful woman who parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Winner of a unique position among the wealthy and world-renowned, she is also a survivor as indomitable as her father, who returned from the edge of death to wrench a fortune in diamonds from the hard South African soil. Kate surveys the family she has manipulated, dominated and loved; the fair and the grotesque, the mad and the mild, the good and the evil - her winnings in life. Is she the master of the game?

Sidney Sheldon was a masterful storyteller, who during his lifetime penned over 200 television scripts, 25 major motion pictures, six Broadway plays, and 17 novels, including The Naked Face, The Other Side of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Memories of Midnight, and The Stars Shine Down, together selling over 300 million copies, making him one of the world's most prolific authors.

©1982 Sheldon Literary Trust (P)2009, 2016 Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller at the top of the game." (USA Today)

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    Nicholas Santa Monica, CA, United States 11-06-16
    Nicholas Santa Monica, CA, United States 11-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Reader destroys the storytelling"
    What did you like best about Master of the Game? What did you like least?

    The book passes the time in traffic nicely, but I'm reluctant to try Sidney Sheldon again after this. The story seems like sprawling soap opera, which is fine, but a bit more subtlety and nuance would help a lot. I think I could have enjoyed the book more if the reader hadn't gone out of her way to kill what was left of enjoying the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is so rushed in her reading of this book it's as if she's late for a flight and trying to get it done before she has to leave for the airport. Then there are the weird pauses. Seven second pauses repeatedly in the middle of a thought or an idea. This happens every few minutes or so and does not pass for a paragraph break. Unbelievably bad. Then she performs the antagonist's dialogue in exactly the same imploring and sensitive voice that she uses on the protagonists, eg If a villain says "you must do this" , it reads and sounds different to a protagonist imploring "you must do this". This concept is lost on this reader.My advice to the reader, if you're going to do something in life do it well or don't do it all. There are lots of good readers on audible, listen and learn. I have to say I also feel like the best readers have pre read the book and know how to approach ambiguous sections of the story - this reader was winging it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    p 09-16-16
    p 09-16-16

    I love to listen and read books. Harry Bosch is my number one. I'm a wannabe detective. I love Audible!

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    "Bravo! Sidney does it again"

    once again another home run for the king of story telling. bring on the next novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 05-05-17
    Tara 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor remaster"

    My favorite book. Read a dozen times. This audio butchered it. Sentences ran into each other and pauses in wrong places. Poorly remastered

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kfish 03-08-17
    kfish 03-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"

    It was one of the best books that I read in a long time. I could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Pallarino 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprise ending"
    What did you love best about Master of the Game?

    I luved the story and I could not stop listening to it. I was mostly surprise by the ending, didn't expect it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Game?

    The ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Eve and her husband


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs M M J Evans
    12/9/16
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    "Narrator was terrible"
    Would you try another book written by Sidney Sheldon or narrated by Shannon Engemann?

    Would like to listen to this story and others by the author but NOT BY THIS NARRATOR. Narrator rushed and as a result little pauses or drama. Was so off-putting I couldn't listen any more.


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure


    What didn’t you like about Shannon Engemann’s performance?

    Felt like the reading was rushed, little in the way of pauses, Drama and accents were poor. Very off-putting.


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

    Disappointment because I wanted to hear the story and purchase the further books in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicky
    10/14/16
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    "Brilliant story with lots of twists and turns"

    Fabulous book covering several generations...... I could not stop listens As I wanted to know what happened next ........
    10 out 10 for Mr Sheldon..... he never disappoints

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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