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Tracy Whitney is on top of the world. She is young, beautiful, intelligent, and about to marry into wealth and glamour until, betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself in prison, framed by a ruthless mafia gang and abandoned by the man she loves. Beaten and broken, but surviving with stunning ingenuity, Tracy emerges from her savage ordeal determined to avenge herself from those who have destroyed her life. From New Orleans to London to Paris to Madrid to Amsterdam, Tracy plays for the highest stakes in a deadly game. Only one man can challenge her - he is handsome, persuasive, and every bit as daring. And only one man can stop her - he is an evil genius whose only hope of salvation is to destroy Tracy.

©1985 Sheldon Literary Trust (P)2017 Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"An amusing, fast-paced tale of jet-set skullduggery." ( The New York Times)

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Top Notch Novel, Great Author, Awful Narrator

Where does If Tomorrow Comes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As an audiobook, it would be in the bottom of rankings due to the horrible narrator. As a book, it ranks among the highest on my list of favorite novels. It's been a favorite of mine since childhood; I've read the book several times and also love the miniseries.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the cons and scams run by both Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens. It was fun trying to figure out how they would outsmart the police--and each other--or get away with seemingly impossible heists. Sheldon always kept you guessing and entertained up to the last page.

What didn’t you like about Nancy La Scala’s performance?

It seemed as though the narrator phoned in her performance and hadn't bothered to even look at the book before reading it aloud. When she wasn't monotone (which was for the majority of the book) she added inflections in all the wrong places. Her accents were atrocious, which is shameful for a story that spans multiple countries with a heroine who is supposed to be fluent in several languages and able to imitate any accent. The narrator constantly mispronounced words, which I could've let slide, but it was incredibly distracting that in a book about jewel thieves, she could never manage to say "jewelry" correctly.

It was heartbreaking to hear such a beloved novel butchered in this fashion. If it weren't for the fact that I love the book so much, I would have stopped listening after the first chapter.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Whoever said crime doesn't pay wasn't keeping an eye on their wallet.

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Dreadful accents by reader

Great story, the readers accents are just horrible. Was glad to get to the end of the story.

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disappointed

i used to love this book but the reader made it sound stupid and her accents were bad.

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One of my favorite books ever

I used to read Sidney Sheldon as a teenager. This book and master of the game were my two favorites. I’m so glad they finally put this in audio. The story is exciting, compelling, and just overall great. The narrator was OK. This book is every bit as good as I remember

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Very entertaining.

The beginning was depressing. A lot of bad things happen to Tracy in jail. I was disappointed with the stupid things she did that landed her in jail. But after she got out of jail, the book really took off and was enjoyable. My favorite part was the way Tracy got revenge against mafia guys. After that I enjoyed watching her plan and pull off con jobs and thefts.

The audiobook narrator Nancy LaScala was good in parts, but not good in some ways. Sometimes her general narration voice was too wooden, not engaging and interesting. And sometimes she spoke too fast like she was in a hurry.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild. Sexual content: 3 sex scenes briefly referred to, no details shown. Setting: around 1985 various locations in U.S. and Europe. Book copyright: 1985. Setting: fiction.

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amazing reader performance! excellent story

one of the classics of Sheldon, now as audible! sounded almost like a film! vividly!
great time listening to It

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Great story diminished by the narrator’s attempts at accents

Typical to Sidney Sheldon, the storyline is great with many twists and turns, however, the story requires many different accents. There is not one accent that is done well by the narrator. The ridiculous sounding accents are distracting and diminish the story. Many sound like a Saturday Night Live-like rendition of Rocky Balboa. Even so…a really good story.

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My Favorite Book of All Time

This is my favorite book ever! I love If Tomorrow Comes. my only issue here is I wasn't very happy with the narrator's portrayal of Jeff Stevens. Jeff's character develops throughout the story, and the narrator didn't express that with her narration. Jeff's voice and accent throughout the story kept him sounding like the uneducated carnie from his teenage years, instead of transforming into the suave, sophisticated gentleman he became.

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Good story, horrific narrator

The story was kind of all over the place with way to much going on on one book. I feel like this could have been a couple books worth of information with some deeper character developments, but none the less, I enjoyed the story.
The narrator was absolute trash. It was hard to listen to her and the accents were atrocious. She talked so fast and seemed to have run on sentences in so many parts, that I had to slow the reading speed down to .9, just so she would seem to have a breath in between sentences. Hopefully I won’t have to listen to her read another book.

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Painfully bad narration- great story

I had to start this book twice- the first time I stopped listening because I could not bear to listen. I'm reminded of my children performing in their 6th grade play. Every accent was terrible but was a nice change from the monotone delivery of the story. So many words were mispronounced! The story was great, so I returned to the book and finished it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

Do not bother to buy

I can not put into words how bad to it was to listen to Sidney Sheldons If
Tomorrow Comes . To listen to the book been narrated Nancy La Scala put me to sleep

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  • Kirsty
  • 06-25-18

Loved it! One of my all time favourite books

So happy that this was available on audible, I must have read this book at least a dozen times. Not too sure about the narrator to start with but it did fit once I got used to the American accent. Lots of twists and turns and it never fails to be a good story. A book of revenge and excitement from beginning to end.

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  • Sue S
  • 01-13-21

One of my favourite books ruined

I’ve never felt the need to rate an audiobook before but the narrator of this was so so mad that I had to. She’s reading it like it’s the last book she’s ever going to read and barely pauses for breath. Yes, I’m aware you can slow it down but that somehow makes her voice more irritating. I loved this book years ago, which is why I gave it 3 stars, but I will never listen to it again. I’ve actually given up halfway through. I’d rather listen to my daughter when she sings with headphones in

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  • Nauman M.
  • 08-11-20

Excellent story, enjoyed a lot. Narration was good

Excellent story, engaging and full with suspense, I enjoyed it a lot. Narration was good as well

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  • Happy Reader
  • 03-12-20

Terrible performance, the worst

This is possibly the worst narration in Audible. Scala relies heavily on exaggerated accents, but she hasn't bothered to learn how to pronounce famous names, like Titian or Segovia. It was cringe-making. All this might be forgivable if her English was correct, but she makes so many mistakes, sometime it was a 50/50 guess what she was saying. The rest of the reading was in a boring monotone like a business report.
Sorry Nancy la Scala,but this is really bad.

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  • Kate Steventon
  • 03-18-19

Love this book

Love Sidney Sheldon. have read this book twice and once on audible. NOW for another

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  • H.A.B.
  • 09-18-18

GREAT STORY ...

this book is a a great thriller of how life can treat you badly when you are unfortunate to cross the wrong people BUT it also shows how revenge can give great satisfaction to those who stand up against ill treatment and how life can take a turn ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Great story, reading only fair.

The reader didn't pause when the text required it, spoiling the effect of the well-written story. Accents were OK but pronunciation was often wildly inaccurate! A pity, but the story is really good! Read/download it for sure.