Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling writers, with more than 300 million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries. Her twenty-two bestselling novels have never been out of print, and have all been NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. She lives in Beverly Hills, California. Visit her website on www.jackiecollins.com!
The use of four narrators adds energy, interest and spice to Collins's tale of the glamorous and tawdry lives of the rich and beautiful. Each narrator handles chapters told primarily from his or her assigned characters' point of view. Rather than create full-fledged "character voices," the narrators alter their voices slightly-a deepening here, a hint of an accent there-to make it clear who is speaking. Collins is perfectly cast as Lady Jane, the haughty social climber "with a phony English accent" whose wealthy husband, Red Diamond, refuses to conveniently die and leave her all his money. Sydney Poitier, daughter of the acclaimed actor, is warm and sympathetic in the roles of sweet and conflicted young socialite Amy Scott-Simon and Liberty, a biracial waitress/aspiring singer. Poitier deepens her voice to a sexy drawl to play record mogul Damon P. Donnell and adds some Harlem sass for Cindy, Liberty's cousin. Jack Scalia plays the conniving Red and his gravelly voice is ideally suited to enacting Red's eldest son, real estate mogul Max. Scott Sowers's higher, thinner voice does duty for Red's two younger sons. This lively audio is pure trashy fun that will surely delight Collins's many fans. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Press hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 28, 2005). (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This novel marks the St. Martin's debut of best-selling author Collins (Hollywood Divorces), but her fans will be happy to discover that she has not changed her style. Red Diamond is a nasty billionaire media mogul who still revels in tormenting his three grown sons: Max, a real estate tycoon engaged to a young and innocent heiress and having serious problems with his Russian ex-wife; Chris, an entertainment lawyer to the stars who is trying to pay back a major gambling debt; and Jett, a model and former alcoholic drug user who falls in love with the wrong woman. When Red summons them to a family meeting, they are less than thrilled but obliged to attend-maybe he's terminally ill and softening up in his old age? Nah! This is a terrific soap opera chock-full of family conflicts, money, and sex with a little revenge and murder added for good measure. Despite the sometimes predictable plot (it won't take readers long to figure out how the waitress/singer trying to become the next Mariah Carey fits into the big picture), Collins manages to throw in a few surprises. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/05.]-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.