Behind the Candelabra

  • by Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
As Thorson attests, such successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, given to every excess. Liberace's credo - "too much of a good thing is wonderful" - is reflected here in his acquisition of new lovers, luxurious homes, a large collection of pornography, and a total of 26 house dogs.
Behind the Candelabra above all explores the fundamentally tender love affair between Liberace and Thorson - whom Liberace sent to his own plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image!
This fast-paced story, sprinkled with anecdotes about famous entertainers such as Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate look at Liberace's final days as he lay dying of AIDS - and his deathbed reconciliation with Thorson. Thorson's story will also appear in the upcoming biopic of the same name starring award-winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.


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If you could sum up Behind the Candelabra in three words, what would they be?

Sad. Shocking eyeopening

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Liberace himself though sometimes because of his stage act you forget how talented he was as a pianist it also shows if you have enough money you can cover up anything that you want to

Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

Not sure

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to spend your whole life living a lie

Any additional comments?

Scott could have walked away from the situation at any time obviously it suited him not to

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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.

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-05-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio