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The Other Typist | [Suzanne Rindell]

The Other Typist

Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.
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Publisher's Summary

Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee.

This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie’s spell.

As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie’s high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

©2013 Suzanne Rindell (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 05-24-13
    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing, Original Story"
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    Interesting tale about 1920's Prohibition Era NYC. The story centers around two young women who work as typists in a police precinct. This was really intriguing novel that grabs your attention right from the start. Difficult to review since the book really should be read completely "blind" as the author intended. If you are planning on reading this one, do yourself a favor and don't read any reviews, etc. beyond what is written on the inside book jacket.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pam United States 05-28-14
    Pam United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2007

    Science writer in America's heartland

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    "Gretchen Mol Brings Something Special"

    This is an excellent book, and it's hard to review without giving spoilers. It's a story about how crafty people can lead a double life by playing others for fools. But, even more, it's a story about how truly crafty people can actually fool themselves about the double life they are already living.

    Gretchen Moll adds something special to the narration, not just because she's good at giving personality to the different characters, male and female (and she is). The TV characters she plays in Life on Mars and Boardwalk Empire inform her reading here, but her performance is different enough to keep things interesting.

    In short, it's a great book, well-narrated. I highly recommend it, especially for book clubs, where readers will have a lot to discuss afterwards!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 04-14-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Slow to start, picks up later"

    The book started a little slow, but definitely picked up throughout, with a very interesting ending. Think "The Great Gatsby" meets "Gone Girl."

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    Carole Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-19-13
    Carole Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Period Details"
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    Delightful and dark! A great spiderweb of intrigue with exceptional period detail. The twist at the end isn't entirely surprising, but the extent of the deception is. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Gulf Coast 08-08-13
    Diane Gulf Coast 08-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Diane

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    "Fix a Martini & Enjoy!"

    Really enjoyed! At first I wasn't too keen on the narrator's tone....but then she became Rose...or is she Odalee, or is she Genevra? :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-21-14
    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Proactively Picturesque Writing, Great twist"
    What did you love best about The Other Typist?

    The setting and the on the edge of your seat-because you THINK you know what is coming up, writing.


    What other book might you compare The Other Typist to and why?

    The Great Gatsby or the old detective dramas of the 60's. I would mention others but it would mess up the ending.


    What does Gretchen Mol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a fine job.


    If you could take any character from The Other Typist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't trust any of them. Maybe Rose just to interrogate he.


    Any additional comments?

    Some may not like or get the ending of this book, but you will be talking about and debating it for days after you are finished. Then, you will listen to it again. Bring on the movie is all I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan Maryland 06-16-14
    susan Maryland 06-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Okay story"

    This Other Typist provides an interesting enough background of the 1920s era (complete with prohibition, the mood of the times, and great settings) but for me the actual story was contrived and hard to believe. Plus the naivete of the protagonist was ridiculous to the extreme.

    I won't repeat what others have already written with respect to the theme and agree that, up front, the less you know about it the better. Probably my biggest complaint is with the narrator. Admittedly there are many run-on sentences within the text, but that alone isn't always a bad thing. However, the narrator lacked helpful pauses and read with so little inflection that even i felt out of breath by the time the full stop presented itself.

    In my opinion it's probably best to forego the audio version of this book and maybe read it instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    k.a. New York, NY, United States 03-28-14
    k.a. New York, NY, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "better than GONE GIRL"

    Clever Prohibition-era suspense, charmingly performed by Gretchen Mol.
    I dont often write reviews, but really enjoyed this one.

    Worth a listen and pay attention! Will look for additional work from this author.

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    Briley ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-15-13
    Briley ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Renews the Roaring 20's"

    Sometimes, thrillers that take place in the 20's can feel either tired or overworked. This, however, feels natural. The author brilliantly captures the essence of womanhood in this age, and keeps you guessing until the last page. I'm still questioning what is real and what is not after this fast paced tale, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    paige United States 08-11-13
    paige United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kept me guessing- lots of fun and worth the read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Typist to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Typist?

    The slap- We began to see another side to Rose's mousey personality!


    Have you listened to any of Gretchen Mol’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename The Other Typist, what would you call it?

    I think it has the perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful about reading reviews that give away the plot. Just read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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