- Audio CD: 8 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611761743
- ISBN-13: 978-1611761740
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 5.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Other Typist Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Rose Baker is inexperienced and unworldly. She takes and types criminal confessions of every sordid kind for a New York City police precinct, but her life is otherwise unremarkable. Due to the increase of crime resulting from prohibition (the book is set in 1923), a new typist is hired to help with the workload, and Rose is intrigued. Odalie is beautiful, provocative, and more than a little unscrupulous. Rose gets swept into Odalie's world of fashion trends and speakeasies, and finds it exhilarating. As she relates her growing involvement with Odalie, Rose becomes as uncertain of Odalie's motives as she is infatuated. Gretchen Mol is effective in narrating Rindell's novel. She sounds young, reserved, and thoughtful. And the voices Mol—who turns in an earnest and capable performance—lends the other characters are appropriate. An Amy Einhorn/Putnam hardcover. (May)
Rose, a police precinct typist in Prohibition New York, has seen many things. As the recorder of confessions and transgressions of all sorts, she considers herself to be an astute judge of character. So when Odalie Lazare, a new typist, arrives in the office, Rose is intrigued by her beauty, charm, and seeming wealth. Rose becomes infatuated with Odalie, who is not what she appears to be, as Odalie pulls Rose into a world filled with speakeasies, bootleggers, and elite estate parties. With hints toward The Great Gatsby, Rindell’s novel aspires to re-create Prohibition-era New York City, both its opulence and its squalid underbelly. She captures it quite well, while at the same time spinning a delicate and suspenseful narrative about false friendship, obsession, and life for single women in New York during Prohibition. --Heather Paulson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Until the day “the other typist” walked into the precinct and seemingly tugged at a feeling that Rose had, as yet, not experienced. At that point, Odalie Lazare became the object of her obsession.
The Other Typist is narrated in Rose’s first person voice, and as she tells the story from her perspective, we learn that it is set in the mid-1920s, a time that would become real and visual in every way. We can almost feel what she feels as she describes her impressions of Odalie, her experiences with her as the two become confidantes and then roommates. The mysterious Odalie would become the center of Rose’s universe.
Nights in speakeasies, getaways to the beach, and entry into a world previously unknown…all would inform the days, weeks, and months of Rose’s life with Odalie as a friend.
So how did everything go so wrong? What, if anything, had Odalie done to set events in motion? What could anyone do or say to change the outcome of one fateful night? How did Rose become someone even she herself did not recognize? Had she been tricked and played, or was she simply a very unreliable narrator who might fool any one of us?
I could see it all coming, of course, as Rose’s narrative dropped hints along the way. But the ending completely stunned me…and I then began to question my own conclusions. Definitely a book I would recommend for anyone who loves a thriller with unexpected twists. 5 stars.
Several writers have stated that Rose is a bit "off" and probably an unreliable narrator. But here is the real fascination with this book: I am not sure if Rose, as narrator, is unreliable or not. Everything that she reports might be a solid fact! I certainly enjoyed her inner-secret feminist philosophies, which dealt with the nature of the typewriter to either free women or enslave them further within the job market and society.
This story almost defies description as well as analysis. The feel and color of 1920's prohibition era Manhattan is well presented, and I felt a "shift of worlds" as I became absorbed with the story. It is to be enjoyed, and I loved every moment of Rose's narrative.
This is a superbly well-written novel that will have you debating with yourself long after you complete the read. Top-notch psychological fare! Recommend!