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Behind the Candelabra
- My Life with Liberace
- By: Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
- Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
- Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.
- By CHRISTINE on 11-01-15
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Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Candelabra to be better than the print version?
Yes, I would advise anyone to sit back and listen to the truth. It took me around a week. I am sure some would prefer listening to it in a day.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Candelabra?
I was surprised the at the beginning of Liberace's life was interesting and surprised at how hard he worked. I loved listening to their life on the road and how they entertained guests. The break up of the relationship was inevitable. However, unforgettable is the last paragraph (the end) and their last conversation.
What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?
Overall he was very good throughout.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How Scott Thorson got hooked on drugs, and how he was asked to leave the Liberace estate.
Any additional comments?
I am glad the book did not get carried away with sex scenes.