• The Letter Writer

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Fesperman
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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The Letter Writer

By: Dan Fesperman
Narrated by: David Bendena
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Publisher's Summary

Who exactly is Danziger? He's a writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan's Lower East Side - "a steadfast practitioner of concealing and forgetting" for his clients, and perhaps for himself: He hints at a much worldlier past. What and whoever he really is or has been, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he knows much more than the mere identity of the floating corpse.

For one thing, he knows how the dead man was involved in New York City's "Little Deutschland", where swastikas were proudly displayed just months before. And he also seems to know how the investigation will put Cain - and perhaps his daughter and the woman he's fallen for - in harm's way.

©2016 Dan Fesperman (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Mobsters and Cops, NYC, 1942

Great narration brought this story to life. It would have been better IMHO if the narrative had kept the focus on Danzinger, the "letter writer", as he was a compelling character. The cop/good guy, Cain, was not nearly as interesting, and the story suffered when it shifted to his perspective.

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What an Interesting Character He Is

It took some time for me to get used to The Letter Writer's voice. I almost stopped listening, but glad I didn't as the plots evolve in intriguing ways. I grew to like The Letter Writer and his slow careful enunciation with no contractions, and the mystery of his former name. This is a tale of New York city cops, in World War II times, gangsters, and the endearing relationship that develops between a detective, new to the big city's ways, and an old man who writes letters for New York immigrants unable to master their new home's language.
The reader does an outstanding job with the voices of the different characters and cultures.

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Fesperman is a great storyteller!

I thoroughly enjoy Dan Fesperman's work. The Letter Writer continues his strong character and plot development. Further, we are treated to a vivid glimpse of a period of history and characters that populated that period.

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Great, NYC IN THE EARLY 40s. Great narration and story.

Great story and loved the narration. NYC in the beginning of WWII. One of his best stories.

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Well done.

Excellent narration. The story compelling, history recounted so well. Thoroughly enjoyable
Such a good read!

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Exhilarating

This author has become my summer friend. I loved Safe Houses And went right on to this one. It was a much rougher in terms of material but it was a wonderful story. Mr Fesperberg has been amazing ability to create Emotionally engaging characters that you can laugh and cry with. They have their flaws in their brilliance, and it’s a joy to travel this piece of life

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Enjoyable story, distracting performance

Bendena's reading was frustrating, with all the different accents he attempted. At times they blended into each other! I read at least half the book in print version, via library loan.

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Characters are very believable

The performance of the voice talent is exceptional. Story intense. Fresh new approach and I couldn't figure out which way it was going.

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Fascinating details, twists, and turns

The Letter Writer narrative, a1940s look into mob activity and corruption, provides little known historical details and insight into the era. Fesperman developed characters with mysterious backgrounds. The air of secrecy lends a unique perspective on immigrant life in New York City during World War II. Police corruption and mob control are well-depicted and add suspense making it difficult to put the book down.

As a historian, I found the characters believable with realistic challenges of maneuvering the streets of New York. Employment opportunities and daily life are accurately portrayed. The narrator’s inflection of voices and accents leave the reader feeling as if they were in the room experiencing the conflicts alongside the characters.

I enjoyed every minute and every peak into the past provided in the historical narrative The Letter Writer.

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Excellent Performance.

Great noir entertainment. The performance was top notch and really added to the experience.