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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Howatch Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455180776
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The stunning bestseller about a family divided by a great fortune—and the secret that holds them all captive.

Set in the years of sudden prosperity following World War II, in the mansions and boardrooms of the Van Zale family, Sins of the Fathers is the story of a ruthless dynastic struggle to control the Van Zale fortune. From generation to generation, this obsession possesses the rival claimants, eventually destroying their happiness and their lives. When the world of the Van Zales—with its servants and country houses, European summers and Bar Harbor clambakes, polite marriages and discreet affairs—begins to fall apart, we begin to see this glamorous sphere for what it really is: rife with ruthless, power-hungry men, fortune hunters, secret sex, blackmail, and violence.

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  • “Full of fascinating dialogue, surprising twists of plot, and well-developed, memorable characters, a stunningly successful work of fiction.”

    Nashville Banner

  • “A sweeping novel of great passion.”

    Literary Guild Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 1/16/2014

    " Can't remember much of it accept it was a huge book to read, perhaps I should read again. I know I enjoyed it but can't remember much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kshydog | 8/23/2013

    " Liked how story progressed by the different characters telling their view of the events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 8/13/2013

    " Read back in the '80s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 7/11/2013

    " Pretty decent sequel to "The Rich are Different." I still hate Cornelius--what a little backstabber! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/23/2013

    " True story of a woman who suddenly remembers that her father killed her friend 20 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/13/2012

    " Fascinating way of changing voice throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 6/22/2012

    " Enjoyable follow up to The Rich are Different. As the title indicates it follows the lives of the children of the protagonists in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this series very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Roman | 5/31/2012

    " A re-reading of this book did not disappoint. I liked it as much as the first and now I want to read more of her books - some that I've already read and others that I haven't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 3/5/2012

    " Read it at a time when reading meant more than an escape. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherry Wilson | 10/14/2011

    " Another great beach/summer vacation read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Radcliffe | 6/27/2011

    " Enjoy Susan Howatch books. Great characters that she continued from Book oneThe Rich Ate Different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Baldwin | 4/8/2011

    " An excellent retelling of the life of Augustus/Imperial Rome in a semi modern setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/29/2011

    " family saga, character flaws abound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this series very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/22/2010

    " A re-reading of this book did not disappoint. I liked it as much as the first and now I want to read more of her books - some that I've already read and others that I haven't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/19/2009

    " family saga, character flaws abound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/3/2009

    " Fascinating way of changing voice throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 4/21/2009

    " Can't remember much of it accept it was a huge book to read, perhaps I should read again. I know I enjoyed it but can't remember much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 10/12/2007

    " Pretty decent sequel to "The Rich are Different." I still hate Cornelius--what a little backstabber! "

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About the Author
Author Susan Howatch

Susan Howatch is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now returned to live in Surrey.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.