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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 7, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0097G860Y
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Laura was born Elsa in the resort area of Door County, Wisconsin in the 1920's. Her parents ran a small theater company there and the tragic death of her sister left a lasting impact on her life. As a teenager Elsa/Laura meets and marries another young actor in the company and together they take off for LA to try and conquer the movies. After two children the marriage ends unhappily and Elsa is taken under the wing of a studio executive who changes her name to Laura Lamont, rewrites her history and marries her. An Academy Award soon follows for Laura but also lots of setbacks and angst. The story ends with her returning to her roots in live theater.
Elsa/Laura and the other characters she encounters never really came alive for me and despite the sensational setting the book is quite dull. "Laura Lamont" is decently written though some strange choices in sentence structure sometimes make it more difficult to comprehend than necessary. The author hints at large themes but never really explores them. The book falls somewhere between a three and a four rating but became so tedious to read especially toward the end I am rounding down to a three.
Straub goes out of her way to describe Elsa's background--the history of her family, her sisters' influence and her mother's hard knuckle approach to anything she doesn't understand. When Elsa becomes Laura, hitting upon success after success once she is noticed by a studio head, the prose is so flat and emotionless that the reader is barely moved to even celebrate along with what should be genuine enthusiasm for someone who has had the will and has found the way.Read more ›
Further, Ms. Straub would have done well to have an older proof reader to help her avoid such current anomalies as "wellness center" among others. If you want a real movie star memoir from this period, Mary Astor wrote the best one. She was oblivious and morally blind in ways this author isn't mature enough to even imagine. This book is just straight ahead bland.
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Amazingly direct - no making things better or worse than they are.Published 3 months ago by dofiu difja
This all feels a bit like ganging up on poor Emma Straub. However, that said (and implicitly apologized for), I have to say this: Laura Lamont is competently well-written. Read morePublished 20 months ago by British Bill
A Midwest girl marries young, moves to California, becomes a famous actress, and spends most of her years trying to handle the tragedies and triumphs of life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Marc Axelrod
Elsa Emerson is the youngest daughter in a family of thespians in rural Wisconsin in the 1920s. After her beautiful older sister’s romance with a charismatic actor in the family’s... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Patti
Great book...really enjoyed the story...could hardly put it down.....going to read more of her books!!!Published 24 months ago by Sharyn Taylor
In my opinion this is a book written by a woman for women. Having said that, it is well written and I managed to soldier through it to the end, as predictable as the plot was, from... Read morePublished on August 23, 2014 by straub
What an enchanting book. I couldn't put it down and got lost in its beautifully written words. A definite must-read!Published on July 28, 2014 by jgdean