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If Tomorrow Comes

Written by: Sidney Sheldon
Narrated by: Nancy La Scala
Series: Tracy Whitney, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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

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

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  • V. Givens
  • 2018-01-29

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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  • Jane
  • 2017-12-09

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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  • Marcos Pereira Barretto (mrpbarre@usp.br)
  • 2018-05-29

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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  • Janise
  • 2018-02-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-16

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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  • S. Dunbar
  • 2019-09-26

Great story!

Love the style of Sidney Sheldon. I thought the narration was good and the many accents were handled with ease. Looking forward to hearing another book by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-30

Excellent

This is my absolute favorite book by Sheldon and read more times than I can count so I was curious how it would hold up in contrast. It didn’t disappoint! The narrator did a fantastic job, esp with all the accents. The only one that I felt was off was Jeff’s but luckily, not distracting. Can’t wait to listen to it again!

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  • Kimberly
  • 2019-05-07

The Story Held Its Own!

I read this book probably 30 years ago and I loved it It popped into mind last week so I decided to look for the audio book. I was quite excited to find it. I was very disappointed with the narrator. She started out very monotone and not very good with different voices. The story itself; however, was worth the listening through her. I don't know if she got better as the book went on, or if I just got used to her, but she seemed a little better by the end. I recommend anyone who is looking for a good book with lots of twists and turns to give this a go. Just be patient. The narrator may turn you off but you don't want to miss all those plot twists!

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  • songbirdsue
  • 2019-04-18

Definitely Not my kind of book

I had some difficulties with this book. I kept reading thinking that there would be some good come of it, maybe reform or accomplishing something good but - no. I have a problem with someone breaking the law and steeling things, even if the owner is dishonest or a very bad person. I could probably enjoy it if it benefited those who were hurt by the owner or even those who are poor or needy. This however is just for personal gain and challenge of breaking and entering somewhere or swindling someone. They are clever, but still wrong in my mind. It took most of the enjoyment out of it for me.

Sex: Yes
Language: Yes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-17

disappointed

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