The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room

Marie Benedict / Jun 25, 2019

The Only Woman in the Room She was beautiful She was a genius Could the world handle both A powerful illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr Hedy Kiesler is lucky Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and ma

  • Title: The Only Woman in the Room
  • Author: Marie Benedict
  • ISBN: 1492666866
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover
  • She was beautiful She was a genius Could the world handle both A powerful, illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr Hedy Kiesler is lucky Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage But Hedy is also intelligent At lavish Vienna dinner parti She was beautiful She was a genius Could the world handle both A powerful, illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr Hedy Kiesler is lucky Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage But Hedy is also intelligent At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich s plans One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband s castle.She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star But Hedy is keeping a secret even shocking than her Jewish heritage she is a scientist She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone if anyone will listen to her A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 272 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark More Details ISBN 1492666866 ISBN13 9781492666868 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Only Woman in the Room, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Top 20 Books Coming Jan 2019 20 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 05, 2019 Kylie D rated it really liked it Shelves atwi80b 2019, aai50b, annual challenges, netgalley 2019, historical fiction An inspiring book about a remarkable woman This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to science The first part of the book is set in pre WW2 Austria, where as an aspiring actress she is forced into marriage with a notorious arms dealer As the trophy wife she is privy to many dinner parties and clandestine meetings between powerful heads of state, and with her amazing intelligence she ta An inspiring book about a remarkable woman This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to science The first part of the book is set in pre WW2 Austria, where as an aspiring actress she is forced into marriage with a notorious arms dealer As the trophy wife she is privy to many dinner parties and clandestine meetings between powerful heads of state, and with her amazing intelligence she takes in a lot than those that dismissed her as an airhead realise Fast forward to the second part of the book, she has escaped Austria and her abusive marriage She lands in Hollywood where she soon becomes a famous screen star, but behind the fa ade hides a guilt about the plight of her people in Austria during WW2, that she feels she didn t do enough to try to save before she fled So using the knowledge of those pre war meetings she starts to devise a weapon to try to bring an end to the war swiftly.Honestly, before I read this book I didn t know much about Hedy Lamarr, except for being a Hollywood starlet Marie Benedict tells a well researched tale about a woman that the world owes a lot to Not a lot is known about her days in Austria, but Benedict s version could well be very close to the truth I, for one, have a newfound respect for Lamarr, and will have to look out for some of her movies A recommended read for those who love inspirational women.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 130 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Nicola Gipson Excellent and really interesting review Kylie Jan 30, 2019 12 40PM Kylie D Thanks so much Nicola Jan 30, 2019 03 32PM Jan 01, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reads, arcs, kindle version 4 brilliant stars to this story of Hedy Lamarr I read and enjoyed Carnegie s Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedict s latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman In this instance, she has written about Hedy Kiesler Lamarr Born Jewish, Hedy Kiesler later finds herself an actress married to an Austrian arms dealer Hedy is able to use her powerful position to avoid Nazi persecution At the same time, her husband is controlling and difficult, and one evening in 1937, 4 brilliant stars to this story of Hedy Lamarr I read and enjoyed Carnegie s Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedict s latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman In this instance, she has written about Hedy Kiesler Lamarr Born Jewish, Hedy Kiesler later finds herself an actress married to an Austrian arms dealer Hedy is able to use her powerful position to avoid Nazi persecution At the same time, her husband is controlling and difficult, and one evening in 1937, she disguises herself and flees Where does she land None other than Hollywood, and this is where she becomes the notorious Hedy Lamarr, famous movie star Not only is Lamarr a stunning and well loved actress hiding her Jewish heritage, she is also a brilliant scientist with an idea that may save her new country that is, if anyone will take her seriously I found The Only Woman in the Room to be engrossing and enchanting Hedy Lamarr is a strong female figure we need to know about, not just for her film legacy, but for her scientific contributions as well Kudos to Marie Benedict for highlighting an extraordinary woman with a powerfully written story Fans of World War II fiction will find much to love in this fascinating story Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary ARC All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 85 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Jan 24, 2019 Katie B rated it liked it Shelves 1930s, 1940s, austria, california, fiction, historical fiction, read in 2019, ww2, war, tv film 3.25 stars This is the third historical fiction book I have read by the author and while I did enjoy this one, I thought it had some flaws I don t normally use quarter stars in my ratings but this is a case of knowing I rated the other books at 3.5 stars and feeling like this one wasn t quite at that level but also wasn t really a straight 3 stars either So 3.25 stars is where I landed.Prior to reading, I ll admit I didn t know much about the subject of this book, Hedy Lamarr, other than she w 3.25 stars This is the third historical fiction book I have read by the author and while I did enjoy this one, I thought it had some flaws I don t normally use quarter stars in my ratings but this is a case of knowing I rated the other books at 3.5 stars and feeling like this one wasn t quite at that level but also wasn t really a straight 3 stars either So 3.25 stars is where I landed.Prior to reading, I ll admit I didn t know much about the subject of this book, Hedy Lamarr, other than she was an actress and inventor The time period covered in the book is the 1930s and 40s and features Hedy s life living in Austria while married to a powerful arms dealer, her big break in Hollywood, and her invention that is very much relevant in today s time This is one of the few instances in which I wish the book was longer as it felt somewhat incomplete I thought the topics of her marriage and acting career were well covered but the invention portion felt like it was glossed over I ended up feeling disappointed when I finished reading the book because I feel like there was so much potential there and it came up short The book clocks in at 250 pages and I definitely think some attention to this part of her life would have greatly enhanced the story Overall, I do like the subjects and stories the author chooses to feature in her stories However, they are library type reads rather than ones I would go out and actually purchase myself They fall in the category of comfy reads in which they aren t a bad way to pass the time but there are better historical fiction books on the market that pack of a punch.I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion flag 62 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 14, 2019 Sandi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc giveaway, 2019 5000 books, 300 pages or less, cultural, historical, netgalley digital, war military related 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC Published Jan 8, 2019I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WWII Nazi book I kept waiting to be in the mood to read this one Finally, three days after publication, I started the book Even with my reluctance to read this book, I thought it started off at a pretty good pace I knew that I liked the author and her style of writing, so I gave myself over to t 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC Published Jan 8, 2019I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WWII Nazi book I kept waiting to be in the mood to read this one Finally, three days after publication, I started the book Even with my reluctance to read this book, I thought it started off at a pretty good pace I knew that I liked the author and her style of writing, so I gave myself over to the story It did not take me long to get absorbed into the characters and flow of the story After the first half dozen chapters I realized that I was enjoying it and settled right into the cadence Having not reread the synopsis of the book since choosing it, which is my preference, I had forgotten the detail it gave So blindly plunging into this story I was met with some nice surprises Being introduced to Hedy Kiesler, a young woman married off to a much older man, Freidrich Mandl, an arms dealer, for the safety and surety of both herself and her Jewish parents, as Hitler knocked on the door of Austria Having made the decision to be an actress, this marriage was a life altering event for Hedy, for she now became hostess to the most powerful man in Austria Expected to be only that hostess , to the most important men in Europe, Hedy overheard some of the most detailed plans of WWII and Hitlers regime, while quickly getting bored of not only her lifestyle, but of her marriage Taking her secrets with her, Hedy devised a plan to escape her marriage and her homeland for a free future in America Not only was this story based on a prevalent 1950 s elite actress, but the Afterword gave greater detail about her life and her contributions to our lives, over and above her acting ability As I said, by not rereading the synopsis I was delighted by the surprises I came upon in this book, enjoyed the story, and ended up happy I read it flag 35 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sandi Thanks Felicia believe me I totally understand Jan 28, 2019 09 25PM Sandi Thanks Dale There are some genres that I can read and read and read at least right now, I can yet others, I burn out on really quickly Who knows Thanks Dale There are some genres that I can read and read and read at least right now, I can yet others, I burn out on really quickly Who knows how my tastes will turn in the next few monthsLOL Jan 28, 2019 09 28PM Jan 18, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, 5 star reviews, audible Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart But could the world handle both SUMMARYMay 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna, when she captures the attention of the richest and most powerful man in Austria Arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl lavishes dozens and dozens of roses on the young actress after every performance Hedwig soon finds herself married to Friedrich, living in a castle and attending lavish dinner partie Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart But could the world handle both SUMMARYMay 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna, when she captures the attention of the richest and most powerful man in Austria Arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl lavishes dozens and dozens of roses on the young actress after every performance Hedwig soon finds herself married to Friedrich, living in a castle and attending lavish dinner parties where the discussions are on arms manufacturing, weaponry, politics, and German aggression She understood these conversations than anyone would guess Desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazi party, Hedy disguises herself and flees from Austria to London in 1937 She lands in Hollywood, and becomes the beautiful screen star Hedy Lamarr But her guilt for surviving, when so many in her birth country perished, ultimately move her to action Because of her unique intelligence, insight and knowledge of weaponry, Hedy is able to invent an improved guidance system to enhance the accuracy of Navy torpedos But will anyone listen to a woman about such things REVIEWThis fabulously written book explores Hedy s early life, her disturbing marriage, her glamorous Hollywood stardom and her brilliant inventions to help the Allies defeat the Nazi s But THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM is about so much My favorite part of this book is in fact, it s concept Author MARIE BENEDICT is passionate about shining a light on the hidden roles of women in our history and rewriting them back into the narrative She has done an exceptional job at that here, as well as in her previous two novels The Other Einstein 2016 and Carnegie s Maid 2018.I was drawn like a moth to a flame to this necessary and insightful book The book reveals Hedy to be an amazingly strong and brilliant woman She was a woman who knew how and when to stand up for herself If this book isn t on your reading list, it should be She exudes perseverance and fortitude, and is a role model for us all I listened to the Audible version of this book and Suzanne Toren s narration brought Hedy s voice to life.Excerpt from Authors Note Whether Hedy s work on spread spectrum technology was purposefully disregarded or unconsciously forgotten, it appears that embedded in her oversight were misconceptions about her abilities about all women really Faulty assumptions about women s capabilities.has caused many to think narrowly about the manner in which the past has been shaped But unless we begin to view historical women through a broader, inclusive lens, and rewrite them back into the narrative, we will continue to view the past restrictively than it likely was And we risk carrying those perspectives over into the present Publisher Audible StudiosPublished January 8, 2019Narrated Suzanne TorenReview bluestockingreviews flag 31 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 15, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure This excellent novel begins in the early days of newly appointed chancellor Adolf Hitler It showcases the life and vast accomplishments of beautiful and intelligent Heidi Kiesler aka Hedi Lamarr An incredible and surprising life story that begins when as a young actress, she catches the eye of wealthy Friedrich Mandl, the renowned Merchant of Death and Austria s richest man His charm during their whirlwind rom Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure This excellent novel begins in the early days of newly appointed chancellor Adolf Hitler It showcases the life and vast accomplishments of beautiful and intelligent Heidi Kiesler aka Hedi Lamarr An incredible and surprising life story that begins when as a young actress, she catches the eye of wealthy Friedrich Mandl, the renowned Merchant of Death and Austria s richest man His charm during their whirlwind romance seven weeks was short lived After marrying Hedi, he becomes controlling and abusive She eventually escapes from his rules, locks and fury but does not fade into the sunset She goes on to make significant contributions in the world of invention and scientific achievements Sad that as she neared the end of her life, things went awry.A WOW of a book In fact, I recommend reading all of Benedict s books A master at bringing fascinating historical characters to life Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 25 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 07, 2018 Jenna Bookish rated it really liked it My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark, Booktrib, and The Girly Book Club for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher Any girl can be glamorous All you have to do is stand still and look stupid Hedy LamarrThe Only Woman in the Room is infinitely engaging, but woefully brief, coming in under 300 pages Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish woman who married and Austrian arms dealer and eventually fled Europe during Hitler s My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark, Booktrib, and The Girly Book Club for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher Any girl can be glamorous All you have to do is stand still and look stupid Hedy LamarrThe Only Woman in the Room is infinitely engaging, but woefully brief, coming in under 300 pages Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish woman who married and Austrian arms dealer and eventually fled Europe during Hitler s rise to power, found fame and fortune as an actress in America What she wanted than anything, however, was for the world to see beyond her pretty face and for her intellectual efforts to be taken seriously.While this novel is historical fiction, the woman it portrays was quite real As much as I enjoyed the reading experience, I can t help but feel that, in the interest of brevity, hugely formative periods of her life which involved rapid change were glossed over rather quickly Hedy Lamarr has been the subject of nonfiction books, a documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story, which is available on Netflix and there was a memoir published under her name but written by ghost writers Ecstasy and Me My Life As a Woman Those who are already quite familiar with Lamarr may not find anything particularly enlightening in this novel If you are like me, however, familiar with Lamarr only through a vague awareness of her as an actress and inventor, this may be a great place to start The documentary is a great follow up to this novel, as it delves into Lamarr s later life, which The Only Woman in the Room does not.The Hedy Lamarr portrayed in Benedict s novel is deeply introspective her attempts to help with the war effort are fueled in part by a sense of survivor s guilt Her first husband, a man she agreed to marry mainly because she thought he would protect her, became quite abusive and aligned himself with Nazi interests when it became clear Austria could not stand against Hitler When Hedy flees Europe, she initially throws herself into Hollywood without reservation Benedict does an excellent job of portraying the slowly rising sense of guilt and anxiety which compels Hedy to alter the world as we know it, albeit not in the way she ever envisioned.Hedy Lamarr s development of what she termed Spread Spectrum Technology is addressed briefly in terms of ramifications for today s technology in the author s note at the end of the novel In short, her patent formed the backbone which allowed later inventors to develop all sorts of wireless technology, such as cell phones, fax machines, wifi, and Our daily lives are impacted today by her work, which was largely forgotten in favor of her silver screen accomplishments for most of her life Benedict s novel attempts to draw the focus back onto Lamarr s intellectual excellence as opposed to the image of the ornamental damsel many may think of when they hear her name The Only Woman in the Room is artfully written and imbued with a sense of respect for its subject.You can read all of my reviews at my blog, Jenna Bookish Facebook Instagram Tumblr flag 22 likesLike see review Emily Murphy Excellent review I agree on the brevity Jan 14, 2019 02 41PM Lisa Graham Wow, thanks for the additonal info about the Netflix movie books to follow up with I definitely want to learn about her Shes one of those Wow, thanks for the additonal info about the Netflix movie books to follow up with I definitely want to learn about her Shes one of those timeless women who overcame so much, much than we will probably ever know Jan 31, 2019 08 51PM Jul 29, 2018 Billie rated it liked it I wanted so much from this book Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant, fascinating woman and while Benedict hit the highlights of her life, that s all she did hit the highlights This is a biographical novel that fell short on the novel side Perhaps Benedict was wary of embellishing fictionalizing too much of the life of someone about whom so much is known, but it resulted in a novel that was a bit flat Another fifty to one hundred pages to add texture and detail to the incidents depicted or to I wanted so much from this book Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant, fascinating woman and while Benedict hit the highlights of her life, that s all she did hit the highlights This is a biographical novel that fell short on the novel side Perhaps Benedict was wary of embellishing fictionalizing too much of the life of someone about whom so much is known, but it resulted in a novel that was a bit flat Another fifty to one hundred pages to add texture and detail to the incidents depicted or to include Hedy s childhood or something to add depth and richness to a story that never quite sparked and sparkled in a manner worthy of its subject flag 19 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Katja Finally, someone else It was a very flat read, but your review is still much nicer than mine Jan 20, 2019 03 41PM Lynelle Was trying to figure out how to describe my take on this book and found you said it all Really wanted to like this but so much jammed into so few pag Was trying to figure out how to describe my take on this book and found you said it all Really wanted to like this but so much jammed into so few pages and so many missing or left hanging pieces Jan 28, 2019 07 32PM Dec 31, 2018 Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2018, read in december 18 The Only Woman in the Room was a well written glimpse into the life of Hedy Lamarr From her marriage to an Austrian arms dealer before World War Two to her career as an American movie star, she fought to become than just a pretty face Marie Benedict s research into her life shines through A must for historical fiction fans flag 18 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Marjorie rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Hedwig Kiesler is a young wealthy Jewish girl living in Vienna She longs to be a famous actress but also is interested in science Her father encourages her to pursue both She is just gaining respect as an actress when she meets her biggest fan, Fritz Mandl Mandl has quite a reputation with women and as an Austrian arms dealer But Hedwig s parents are concerned about the developing hatred for Jews and believes a marriage between Hedwig and Fritz will save them all Once Hedwig marries Fritz, Hedwig Kiesler is a young wealthy Jewish girl living in Vienna She longs to be a famous actress but also is interested in science Her father encourages her to pursue both She is just gaining respect as an actress when she meets her biggest fan, Fritz Mandl Mandl has quite a reputation with women and as an Austrian arms dealer But Hedwig s parents are concerned about the developing hatred for Jews and believes a marriage between Hedwig and Fritz will save them all Once Hedwig marries Fritz, she realizes she made a terrible mistake and is imprisoned and abused by her controlling husband She begins to listen in on conversations at their dinner parties and learns military secrets that she passes on to her husband, hoping to use those secrets to escape from him Those secrets lead her to become an inventor of a unique radio communication devise that may help win the war.I was completely riveted by this book and found it fascinating I well remember the actress Hedy Lamarr, having watched many of her old movies on TV when I was young I also knew that this beautiful actress was also the inventor of a radio guidance system that was eventually used in the development of Bluetooth and Wi fi But this book opened up her world to me in such a mesmerizing way The author has a talent for bringing her characters to life Parts of this book read like a suspenseful thriller and I couldn t put it down Most impressive was the focus the author gave to the difficulties Hedy encountered when she presented her invention to the navy and it was refused simply because they said it would be hard for them to sell their soldiers and sailors on a weapons system created by a woman and that they weren t even going to try And this was decided when they had a faulty torpedo system in place She was told that she would do better selling war bonds I was so glad to read in a postscript that many years later, in the 1990 s, she was finally given recognition and awards for her invention.Most highly recommended.This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review flag 15 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves bookreporter com 3.5There is nothing new under the sun It was true in the Third Century B.C when the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote it and it is true in 2018.And one of the perennial truths is that women are valued for their beauty and preyed upon for sex and must fight for equality in their vocations and avocations.Take Hedy Lamarr, the gorgeous Austrian born star Marie Benedict s new historical fiction novel The Only Woman in the Room peels back the Hollywood packaged icon of female physical perfection and of 3.5There is nothing new under the sun It was true in the Third Century B.C when the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote it and it is true in 2018.And one of the perennial truths is that women are valued for their beauty and preyed upon for sex and must fight for equality in their vocations and avocations.Take Hedy Lamarr, the gorgeous Austrian born star Marie Benedict s new historical fiction novel The Only Woman in the Room peels back the Hollywood packaged icon of female physical perfection and offers us a woman who would be in the MeToo marches and fighting to be taken seriously as an inventor.I had seen the fascinating American Masters show Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story and was interested to see how Benedict handled Lamarr s exceptional story Although I have some issues with the writing, I believe that the importance of bringing Lamarr s story to the general public in an accessible venue is important The book is a page turner, quick and easy to read It hits all the hot button issues in contemporary society Antisemitism, abuse and control of women, the power used by Hollywood moguls over starlets, immigration and refugees Throw in marriage and divorce, adoption, and single moms And no, the book is not fiction written to address these issues Hedy Lamarr s life touched on them all.If all you know about Hedy Lamarr is her films or It s Hedley from Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles, you need to read this book.Benedict s previous books include The Other Einstein and Carnegie s Maid Learn about them here.I received an ARC from bookreporter in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 13 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 28, 2018 Terena Bell rated it liked it This book isn t bad, but it also isn t good I m also baffled as to why this is being published in January according to the back of my Book Expo ARC , because it s an obvious beach read and is written as such The author presents a cursory overview of actress Hedy Lamarr s amazing life and, in such, makes it utterly un amazing THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM moves through events too quickly For example, Lamarr s custody battle for her son takes one sentence As a result, the character never dev This book isn t bad, but it also isn t good I m also baffled as to why this is being published in January according to the back of my Book Expo ARC , because it s an obvious beach read and is written as such The author presents a cursory overview of actress Hedy Lamarr s amazing life and, in such, makes it utterly un amazing THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM moves through events too quickly For example, Lamarr s custody battle for her son takes one sentence As a result, the character never develops We re talking about the woman who in real life invented wifi and a WWII naval torpedo system But Benedict s Lamarr isn t smart enough to do those things When she becomes an inventor, there s nothing written in the character that allows this development to make sense Had the book taken its time in moving through the events of her life, we could have learned about her We could have actually cared Instead, we re left with scenes that should have been moving that aren t Benedict even makes the moment when Lamarr learns about Pearl Harbor boring and Pearl Harbor is one of the most moving events of all timeE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM is just a beach read And if that s what you re into, hey But the real Lemarr fought her entire life to be taken seriously, and here, she is not flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Jerrie redwritinghood rated it it was ok review of another edition What should have been a fascinating story suffered from boring writing Also, the whole point was to show how Lamarr was a multi faceted woman inventor, actress, etc but the majority of the book is about her clothes, looks, and acting Occasionally, it s mentioned that she read a book about physics, but not much else is given to help us understand her scientific side A disappointing book about a fascinating woman 2.5 What should have been a fascinating story suffered from boring writing Also, the whole point was to show how Lamarr was a multi faceted woman inventor, actress, etc but the majority of the book is about her clothes, looks, and acting Occasionally, it s mentioned that she read a book about physics, but not much else is given to help us understand her scientific side A disappointing book about a fascinating woman 2.5 flag 10 likesLike see review Canadian Reader Loved your line Occasionally, it s mentioned that she read a book about physics That made me laugh Jan 31, 2019 06 48PM Nov 25, 2018 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing The Only Woman in the Room chronicles the long and accomplished life of Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Keisler , the Hollywood screen star from the 1940s and 1950s Born in Austria to a Jewish family, Hedy attracts the attention of a high ranking Austrian arms dealer and marries him to try to protect her family from Nazi persecution After Austria is enveloped into Germany, her husband begins to work with high ranking Nazis, and after a failed first attempt she manages to escape Austria and her contro The Only Woman in the Room chronicles the long and accomplished life of Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Keisler , the Hollywood screen star from the 1940s and 1950s Born in Austria to a Jewish family, Hedy attracts the attention of a high ranking Austrian arms dealer and marries him to try to protect her family from Nazi persecution After Austria is enveloped into Germany, her husband begins to work with high ranking Nazis, and after a failed first attempt she manages to escape Austria and her controlling husband She eventually arrives in Hollywood where she launches the acting career for which she is well known Unable to forget the horrors she witnessed in Austria, she recruits a partner George Antheil , and they quietly begin work on an invention that she hopes will help the United States win the war against Germany While the U.S Navy did not adopt their invention until the 1960 s, their invention eventually led to the creation of Bluetooth and ultimately WiFi and the cell phone She and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014 for this invention.Marie Benedict breathes heart and depth into Lamarr s long and storied life Benedict s decision to tell the story from Hedy s perspective was genius, and the book s pacing is perfect While Hedy s life in Austria was interesting and at times horrifying, I found the parts relating to her acting career and then her inventions the most fascinating While I was very familiar with Hedy s screen work before I read The Only Woman in the Room, I had no idea that she was also a scientist with such an important legacy Benedict describes the process they used and their efforts to obtain a patent in just enough detail to keep it interesting but not so much that readers will want to tune that section out To me, that is the sign of a fabulous writer.I highly recommend The Only Woman in the Room and am thrilled Benedict chose to make sure Lamarr s legacy is not forgotten flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 02, 2019 Jean rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audio book, european history, fiction, historical fiction, holocaust, women s rights, world war ii This is a novel based on the life of Hedi Lamare 1904 2000 She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes The navy did not implement her system until the 1960s She also developed the principle of Bluetooth technology She also had patents for various microphone and sound systems innovations She had many patents in her name She was a Jew and fled Austria ahead of the Nazis I found Hedi s This is a novel based on the life of Hedi Lamare 1904 2000 She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes The navy did not implement her system until the 1960s She also developed the principle of Bluetooth technology She also had patents for various microphone and sound systems innovations She had many patents in her name She was a Jew and fled Austria ahead of the Nazis I found Hedi s fight against the Nazis and role as an inventor most interesting She was a very intelligent woman and I wonder how much she could have achieved in today s world I enjoyed the novel because it was based on fact.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is eight hours and fifty four minutes Suzanne Toren does an excellent job narrating the book Toren is a well known narrator For over thirty years she was a key narrator for The American Foundation for the Blind In 1988 she won the Narrator of the year for the American Foundation for the Blind In 2009 she won the Best Voice in Non Fiction by Audiofile Magazine flag 13 likesLike see review Nancy I m reading only AUDIO books this month, Jean This one sounds so good I ll have to listen to Suzanne Toren s voicesee how it is This month I lis I m reading only AUDIO books this month, Jean This one sounds so good I ll have to listen to Suzanne Toren s voicesee how it is This month I listened to narration by Kenneth Branagh and Charles Griffinboth excellent 4 hours, 45 min ago Jan 28, 2019 Carol rated it really liked it I am very picky about historical fiction especially when the main character is a woman The authors tend to add a lot of sappy material to make it appealing to women readers I resent that and Marie Benedict avoided any unnecessary fluff I knew absolutely nothing about Hedy Lamarr and enjoyed learning about her immensely I like Marie Benedict s writing and will continue to read her other works flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Karen Kay rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, germany, ww 2 era, longmire challenge, acatt first line challenge, netgalley read 2018, twd challenge I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review A good fictional representation of Hedy Lamarr.3 flag 8 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2018 Suzze Tiernan rated it really liked it This is just what I love in a historical novel, a real insight into a person Hedy may have been a beautiful actress, but she was also an intelligent and inventive woman, often held back because of the perception of women in her lifetime I m glad to have learned about her flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 29, 2018 Annette rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction 1900s, wwii novel Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Kiesler 1914 2000 was an Austrian born American film actress and inventor Her invention along with George Antheil wasn t incorporated by the US Navy until the 1960s the principles of their work are incorporated into Bluetooth technology They were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.1933, Vienna, AustriaHedy Kiesler is a successful actress, performing in Sissy, beloved Bavarian Empress Elizabeth, at the famed Theater an der Wien.Friedrich Mandl Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Kiesler 1914 2000 was an Austrian born American film actress and inventor Her invention along with George Antheil wasn t incorporated by the US Navy until the 1960s the principles of their work are incorporated into Bluetooth technology They were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.1933, Vienna, AustriaHedy Kiesler is a successful actress, performing in Sissy, beloved Bavarian Empress Elizabeth, at the famed Theater an der Wien.Friedrich Mandl takes a note of her and pursues her His company manufactures munitions, and it s not just what he manufactures, but to whom he sells it One of his clients is Benito Mussolini.At 19, to Hedy s surprise she finds him very attractive His father agrees to the marriage, seeking security for his daughter against brewing anti Semitism And he hopes that this union can bring a protection for his family They re not religious, but they re still Jewish As soon as the honeymoon follows, she already recognizes that the protection they were seeking through this marriage may not be the case Therefore, she eavesdrops on conversations of her husband and his colleagues I often overheard discussions of military plans and suitable weapons, including talk of the strengths and weaknesses of Germany s system 1937, she flees her husband and makes her way to London and gets a chance at second history The head of MGM Studios offers her a contract She sails for Hollywood, and on the ship is given her new stage name Hedy Lamarr.As she moves to the States, she buries the secret of conversations she overheard But as the war is progressing in Europe and the US remains unaffected, the buried secret gnaws at her.When Hedy makes her name known in Hollywood, Germany annexes Austria Now, she needs to get her Jewish mother out of Vienna, where she chose to remain My European friends and I learned that little of the truth was reported in the newspapers Certainly, details about the Nazi invasion of Poland were described in detail, as well as the ultimatums issued to Germany by the United Kingdom and France But as I liked to remind our group, when Hitler invaded Austria, the Nuremberg Laws were put into effect, and few newspapers reported on this Could I have helped the European Jews if I d made known that the Nuremberg Laws were not the limit of Hitler s plans Then she meets George Antheil, a famous composer When she learns about his wife being also European and his brother being killed when stationed in Finland for a short time, she feels a connection with him And when they play effortlessly on a piano, changing tunes and synchronizing seamlessly, an idea comes to her mind She asks him to work on a project with her.There are flaws with wired torpedoes and her desire is to craft a radio guided torpedo system for Allies that would be precise in its aim and that would use unjammable frequencies The author skillfully paints a portrait of a beautiful woman with a sharp mind capable of significant contributions a woman capable of greatness, and not only on the screen Whose secret burns inside her, making her feel guilty for all the lost lives And the sexism she encounters at the US Navy it reflects the pervasive marginalization of women s contributions, a problem that is both historical and modern The story focuses on the parts of Hedy s life that are relevant to the premise of the story stated above The chapters are short and the story is engrossing, making it a quick read.If you re not familiar with this author, I also highly recommend her other two novels The Other Einstein and Carnegie s Maid I greatly appreciate authors, who search for lesser known subjects I am already eagerly awaiting this author s next novel FB BestHistoricalFiction flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 03, 2018 Rae rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, arc, bt e book, fiction The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict features the fantastical life of Hedy Lamarr A stunning Hollywood starlet, Hedy was so much than just a pretty face During a time when women were thought of as property and decoration, Hedy Lamarr rose above societal standards with an invention that transformed modern communication.I really enjoyed reading The Only Woman in the Room I had never heard of Hedy Lamarr prior to reading this book I must live under a rock , but I m so glad I got t The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict features the fantastical life of Hedy Lamarr A stunning Hollywood starlet, Hedy was so much than just a pretty face During a time when women were thought of as property and decoration, Hedy Lamarr rose above societal standards with an invention that transformed modern communication.I really enjoyed reading The Only Woman in the Room I had never heard of Hedy Lamarr prior to reading this book I must live under a rock , but I m so glad I got to hear her story She was an inspirational woman who was not content with being a trophy wife or a glamorous actress She had beauty and brains and wanted to put her passion for science to good use.The Only Woman in the Room was well written and fast paced The story was immediately engaging Hedy Lamarr sucks you in from the opening chapter, and I couldn t wait to find out where she d go next.Hedy s story is amazing and somewhat unfathomable at times In her birthplace of Austria, Hedy married a munitions factory owner who was high up in the political totem pole Her husband, Fritz, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hitler and Mussolini and was in the business of making money, not sound ethical decisions Hiding a secret Jewish Heritage, Hedy escaped and made her way to Hollywood Her early life was formidable and helped shape her passion for radio communication She wanted to help win the war, and she did this through science and her power as a celebrity.I loved Hedy s no nonsense demeaner She understood her value and forced others to see her worth When she was told no, she persisted until she received a yes She was charming, independent, and relentlessly determined She was truly a very neat woman.My only gripe with The Only Woman in the Room was the ending It felt too abrupt I was expecting the book to go on for several pages, but it ended suddenly, leaving me hanging I was left wanting to know An additional chapter summarizing the rest of Hedy s life would have been welcomed Regardless, I still enjoyed the book immensely despite the ending If you enjoy historical fiction especially books inspired by real people check out The Only Woman in the Room You won t be disappointed flag 12 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Kristina McMorris rated it it was amazing An equally fascinating figure and read Here s my quote from an early peek In her latest novel, Marie Benedict deftly portrays the fascinating life of Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood icon whose scientific accomplishments have long been eclipsed by her sensuous beauty Moving from one volatile stage to the next, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM follows a remarkable path of survival through the dangers of world war and those at home, behind closed doors A read as intriguing and captivating as Ms Lamarr her An equally fascinating figure and read Here s my quote from an early peek In her latest novel, Marie Benedict deftly portrays the fascinating life of Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood icon whose scientific accomplishments have long been eclipsed by her sensuous beauty Moving from one volatile stage to the next, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM follows a remarkable path of survival through the dangers of world war and those at home, behind closed doors A read as intriguing and captivating as Ms Lamarr herself flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Davida Chazan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, biography, feminism, fiction, historical, jewish, literary, netgalley, women If you ve never heard of Hedy Lamarr, that s fine, she was just an actress, but she also invented something we use in technology every day To find out , you can read my bookreview of this biographical, historical, women s fiction novel about her, The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict, on my blog now flag 8 likesLike see review Nicki Looking forward to your review Jan 24, 2019 07 01AM Janete Hedy Lamarr was extremely beautiful and a genius Jan 29, 2019 03 11PM Jan 15, 2019 Sarah rated it it was ok I should have looked closely at this title, because I thought that I was picking up a biography instead of historical fiction I found it disappointing The author s attempt to reflect Hedy Lamarr s thoughts and experiences was lackluster and oddly repetitive Interesting details from Hedy s life as a film star and a self taught scientist could have filled out the story, but did not appear At the end I m left wanting the biography I thought I was choosing flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, audiobook The book is in two parts Before Hollywood and Hollywood I did like the before bits a lot , Hollywood was good too, but the I think about it, the i think I know why See this is a fictionalized story of Hedy Lamarr The bones are there and the things we know, but not everything was known about her Austria days and I felt that the author embraced that then and let her pen fly And then when we came to Hollywood there was so much she wanted to talk about that we know happened The book is in two parts Before Hollywood and Hollywood I did like the before bits a lot , Hollywood was good too, but the I think about it, the i think I know why See this is a fictionalized story of Hedy Lamarr The bones are there and the things we know, but not everything was known about her Austria days and I felt that the author embraced that then and let her pen fly And then when we came to Hollywood there was so much she wanted to talk about that we know happened Like what a meat market Hollywood was which she surely wanted to talk about cos of MeToo And how Hedy worries about war, and then war comes so she worries about Jews And on top of that she is making so many movies and they are all mentioned Plus her inventions See, there was just so much going on there Still good, but I really liked the drama of the first part.Part one Hedwig Kleiser, Jewish, even if she does not think of her that way, she is Austrian after all Actress and now celebrated in the stage production of Sisi She is 19 an a whirlwind I liked her from page 1 Then then drama starts, a rich older man wants her and she obeys This is Austria in the 30s after all Her father knows trouble is coming and the third richest man in Austria might just protect her and them then He is a controlling man who just wants pretty armcandy to show his friends.And this part was exciting A husband she grew to fear and Tensions rising in Austria Her husband being part of the Austrian political elite It was this whole other life I did not know she had had.Then comes Hollywood I did feel she suffered a bit too much from survivors guilt She went on and on how she could have saved the Jews of Austria I think not And the thrilling part how freaking smart she was I wish the author had showed of that in her earlier years It was like she suddenly was a genius I mean she invented something that now was a forerunner to bluetooth, wifi, gps and the military swept that under the rug, aholes That is why I really enjoyed this book What a fascinating woman Everyone should read it and see for themselves.NarratorI liked her narration because it felt like it was an older Hedy talking It brought you really close into the story flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Holly rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 The Only Woman in the Room is Marie Benedict s third novel featuring a powerful woman overlooked by history in this case, a female actress popular in the 1930s and 1940s named Hedwig Kiesler, who you might know by her stage name Hedy Lamarr All I knew about her was that she was an actress but I had never seen any of her movies There is so much to learn about this extraordinary woman that I am sure The Only Woman in the Room will be a fascinating and engrossing read for many Further The Only Woman in the Room is Marie Benedict s third novel featuring a powerful woman overlooked by history in this case, a female actress popular in the 1930s and 1940s named Hedwig Kiesler, who you might know by her stage name Hedy Lamarr All I knew about her was that she was an actress but I had never seen any of her movies There is so much to learn about this extraordinary woman that I am sure The Only Woman in the Room will be a fascinating and engrossing read for many Further, the story is very topical and relevant for current times because it deals head on with misogyny Hedy Lamarr was a beautiful and accomplished actress who also happened to be extremely smart, strong, clever, and determined I felt like I got to know her through these pages and found her very likable while rooting for her all along her journey Ms Benedict does an outstanding job bringing Hedy Lamarr to life via words on the page It is well written and it is clear that a vast amount of research went into this story, making it a compelling read At its core, this is a story of self discovery and self acceptance with a lot of historical significance along the way.Ms Lamarr was Austrian and Jewish though she was not religious not that the Nazis ever cared about such a distinction In order to keep herself and her family safe, she married Fritz Mandl, the richest man in Austria who sold weapons to anyone and everyone, earning him the nickname the Merchant of Death He forced her to make many sacrifices, including her acting career and her heritage After they were married, Heddy learned quickly that he was an extremely controlling man He dictated her clothing choices and told her which shade of lipstick to wear But these were small things ultimately, he became much worse She was confined behind seven locks on the door and was unable to go anywhere without his permission The numerous servants made sure she obeyed his wishes There were only rules and locks and fury By imprisoning me, it seemed, he hoped to cage the rampant virus that was Hitler I became the unspoken emblem of the evil within and without whenever he needed a place to vent his anger.During her time married to this monster, she listened and learned everything she could about his business as well as his dealings with Mussolini and Hitler She had a scientific bent and her curiosity prompted her to invent things, which came in handy later as she invented signal frequency hopping technology, earning her a patent, which would have vastly improved the accuracy of torpedoes during WWII However, her invention was discounted simply because she was a WOMAN The war would ve ended sooner and lives would have been saved if gender didn t get in the way of evaluating this new technolology They told her she would be effective if instead of trying to invent things, she sold War Bonds While she was confident she was much than a pretty face, she conceded and in the course of one night, she sold 2,250,000 in war bonds Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 22, 2019 Asha rated it liked it

    Hmmm Well, I learned a fair bit form this book I had no idea who Hedy Lamarr was and now I ve looked up information on her, inventions and films both As far as historical fiction goes, this is by far not as engaging as I thought it would be I m not a fan of narrators constantly asking questions of them selves within the text, such as Could I have done somethingwhat was I meant to dohow am I ever going to etc etc The author has Hedy posit questions like this repeatedly throug

    Hmmm Well, I learned a fair bit form this book I had no idea who Hedy Lamarr was and now I ve looked up information on her, inventions and films both As far as historical fiction goes, this is by far not as engaging as I thought it would be I m not a fan of narrators constantly asking questions of them selves within the text, such as Could I have done somethingwhat was I meant to dohow am I ever going to etc etc The author has Hedy posit questions like this repeatedly throughout the book and it simply is not my cup of tea.

    My biggest issue was how, with the second portion of the book, it s like all of a sudden Hedy is a genius and is inventing things Obviously she is a genius inventor but it would have felt , hmm, believable I guess, if we were shown of her scientific side earlier in the book so that it didn t seem so sudden within literally the last 80 100 pages.

    But, you know what I ll take what I can get right now So bring on books about bypassed women and the contributions they have made to society that are overlooked simply because of their gender.

    flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves jewish, tbi book club I really enjoyed Marie benedict s two previous books CARNEGIE S MAID and THE OTHER EINSTEIN so was looking forward to her take on Hedy Lamarr I was NOT disappointed as she delivered the compelling story of Hedy Lamarr Benedict brought to life the little known history of one of the world s most beautiful women and, importantly, highly intelligent women Hedwig Kiestler was born in Austria to a Jewish mother and father While performing the role of Empress Sisi, she came to the attention of I really enjoyed Marie benedict s two previous books CARNEGIE S MAID and THE OTHER EINSTEIN so was looking forward to her take on Hedy Lamarr I was NOT disappointed as she delivered the compelling story of Hedy Lamarr Benedict brought to life the little known history of one of the world s most beautiful women and, importantly, highly intelligent women Hedwig Kiestler was born in Austria to a Jewish mother and father While performing the role of Empress Sisi, she came to the attention of the munitions magnate Fritz Mandl After a short courtship, his proposal of marriage was seen as a way to protect Hedy from the growing anti Semitism of the time.Mandl spoke openly to Hedy about the armaments and munitions he sold Always the curious one, Hedy read as much as she could about the arms her husband sold and listened in on conversations he held with business partners The men never imagined that this beautiful woman had any interest in or understood their conversations Mandl became and controlling and Hedy knew she had to escape his powerful clutches She flees to England and then to Hollywood where Jewish actors and actresses were fleeing to as they could not perform in Europe She quickly becomes one of the highest paid performers and is dubbed the most beautiful woman in the world But over her hangs a cloud of guilt.Knowing what she did, could she have prevented some of the senseless deaths of European Jews She now draws on her scientific knowledge to develop equipment to shorten the war thus saving lives But her real challenge is getting someone to listen to her This is a commanding novel based on the true story of actress Hedy Lamarr whose patented idea laid the foundation for secure communications and cellphone technology The story was so riveting I flew through the pages losing all track of time This is a story not to be forgotten flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 27, 2018 Karen rated it liked it Shelves adult, historical, memoirs bios, netgalley, romance, war An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.You can read my full review at my blog Hedy Kiesler is beautiful and talented and popular Her roles in films and on stage garners the attention of Fritz Mandl, a powerful arms dealer Their marriage allows her to avoid the persecution of Jewish people in 1930s Austria, and she also uses her position to learn about Hitler s plans.One night, she flees both her domineering husband and Austria on An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.You can read my full review at my blog Hedy Kiesler is beautiful and talented and popular Her roles in films and on stage garners the attention of Fritz Mandl, a powerful arms dealer Their marriage allows her to avoid the persecution of Jewish people in 1930s Austria, and she also uses her position to learn about Hitler s plans.One night, she flees both her domineering husband and Austria on the brink of war, becoming Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood But Hedy is not only an actress she s also an inventor And, feeling guilty that she managed to escape Europe, she develops an idea to stop the war.Before she was Hedy Lamarr, the exotic European actress in Hollywood, she was Hedy Kiesler, a Jewish girl from Vienna Hedy was only 19 years old in 1933, when Hitler was elected in Germany and rumours were swirling about an invasion into Austria.A good chunk of The Only Woman in the Room follows Hedy s marriage with Fritz Mandl, who was an ardent admirer of Hedy s acting and beauty They had a rather abusive marriage, with Fritz imposing strict rules on Hedy and punishing her if she didn t fulfill his ridiculous expectations Hedy lived in fear of Fritz, who was also extremely powerful in Austria he owned several munitions factories and was supposedly trying to work against Hitler As the Nuremberg Laws were passed to strip the rights of Jewish people, Hedy began fearing for the lives of her own people.I really enjoyed this part of the book While I could not initially sympathize with Hedy, who came off as rather spoiled and self centred, I was very interested in her marriage with Fritz and all the ways she tried negotiating her identity as a woman and as person of Jewish heritage I thought she was a very self possessed and strong female icon for the era, who was aware of her own body and its effects on men but who also did not wish to be used or remembered solely for it.When Hedy ultimately fled to America, developing connections to recreate herself and become Hedy Lamarr, I felt the book wasn t as compelling While Hedy continued to negotiate her identity as a woman who did not want to be silenced, she became extremely disconnected from the war because she was literally on the other side of the world The war had been a major potential conflict for the majority of the book, a looming inevitable force that would tear apart the world But Hedy escaped safely from both the war and Fritz, who had served as the antagonist until that point And this was obviously not the author s fault since this was simply following reality, but it sort of left the book without a purpose once Hedy got to America.The part of the book that suffered the most was the final portion, which focuses on Hedy s attempt to invent something to help the Americans beat the Germans Yes folks, Hedy Lamarr was a legit inventor Which is amazing But it would have also been cooler if Hedy didn t seem to come to the idea so quickly I don t care if she woke up one day with an epiphany to stop the war, it just felt so unrealistic because she arrived at the perfect plan almost instantaneously and seemed to have very little difficulty in making it work despite her lack of education in such an area I m not refuting the fact that Hedy created such a thing, I just wish it had a better representation and explanation in the novel.Probably the most realistic and well written part of this section was her frustration at men not taking her invention seriously simply because she was a woman That s a common theme in the novel, of Hedy needing to deal with misogynistic idiots, and I really appreciated the inclusion of her struggle.Overall, the book was very mixed for me It definitely had its highs Hedy s marriage with Fritz, her attempts to be taken seriously as a woman and to have autonomy but its lows were kinda low The book tried too hard to do a lot in little time While the book s part in Austria was incredibly strong and compelling, the American portion definitely suffered Not to mention, the book ends very abruptly I was 95% in, wondering how it would wrap up, and suddenly it was over I actually had to go back and stare at the last paragraph because I was so in shock over it ending so suddenly.If you are at all interested in Hedy Lamarr s life or even just interested in a historical woman who is usually known for her beauty but was also so much this is a good book for you.Blog Twitter Instagram flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Melissa Flanagin rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction Finally Barnes and Nobles picked a book that actually sounds good for their book club This book was so good Hedy Lamarr is such an interesting lady Her life was quite impressive She did a lot for many people and went through so much She was very strong and independent Marie Benedict knows how to take history and put in into a fictional story and keep facts and also makes it interesting and not dry flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 16, 2019 Trina rated it it was amazing Shelves barnes nobles bookclub, 2019 books read, 2019 trinas netgalley, arcs The Only Woman in the Room is a remarkable, well researched yet fictionalized account of Hedy Lamarr s life by author Marie Benedict.Although a stunningly, beautiful actress, Hedy wanted to be seen for something other than her beauty fortunate for us she possessed the intellectual goods to back it up After giving up her budding acting career to marry Friedrich Mandl an influential arms dealer at 19 and then experiencing a tumultuous marriage, Hedy escapes her husband s rule to immigrate The Only Woman in the Room is a remarkable, well researched yet fictionalized account of Hedy Lamarr s life by author Marie Benedict.Although a stunningly, beautiful actress, Hedy wanted to be seen for something other than her beauty fortunate for us she possessed the intellectual goods to back it up After giving up her budding acting career to marry Friedrich Mandl an influential arms dealer at 19 and then experiencing a tumultuous marriage, Hedy escapes her husband s rule to immigrate to America Upon her arrival to America, Hedy worked diligently to re make a name for herself as an actress, but she couldn t help but to feel guilty about those left behind in Austria After hearing about the many injustices and atrocities in Austria at Hitler s hand, Hedy decided to use some of the information that she d gained while married to Friedrich Mandl to invent military arms for America to use against Germany Her genius was not fully recognized by the armed forces however, her invention was patented and contributes greatly to today s technology As a huge fan of historical fiction, I absolutely loved this book The author did a great job with the pace of the story as well as the plot development It was one I didn t want to put down and read in 24 hours I highly recommend this book.I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Synopsis from the Publisher NetGalleyShe possessed a stunning beauty She also possessed a stunning mind Could the world handle both Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich s plans while at her husband s side, understanding than anyone would guess She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.But she kept a secret shocking than her heritage or her marriage she was a scientist And she knew a few secrets about the enemy She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazisif anyone would listen to her.A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Best Seller Book Book for February 2019 The Only Woman in the Room 1 1 Feb 01, 2019 02 46PM Play Book Tag The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict 3 stars 7 15 Jan 22, 2019 02 23PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Marie Benedict is a lawyer with than ten years experience as a litigator at two of the country s premier law firms She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women an Marie Benedict is a lawyer with than ten years experience as a litigator at two of the country s premier law firms She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing She embarked on a new, narratively connected series of historical novels with THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories and CARNEGIE S MAID, the story of a brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy Her upcoming novel, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM, will release in January of 2019


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    1. An inspiring book about a remarkable woman This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to science The first part of the book is set in pre WW2 Austria, where as an aspiring actress she is forced into marriage with a notorious arms dealer As the trophy wife she is privy to many dinner parties and clandestine meetings between powerful heads of state, and with her amazing intelligence she ta An [...]


    2. 4 brilliant stars to this story of Hedy Lamarr I read and enjoyed Carnegie s Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedict s latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman In this instance, she has written about Hedy Kiesler Lamarr Born Jewish, Hedy Kiesler later finds herself an actress married to an Austrian arms dealer Hedy is able to use her powerful position to avoid Nazi persecution At the same time, her husband is controlling and difficult, and one evening in 1937, 4 brill [...]


    3. 3.25 stars This is the third historical fiction book I have read by the author and while I did enjoy this one, I thought it had some flaws I don t normally use quarter stars in my ratings but this is a case of knowing I rated the other books at 3.5 stars and feeling like this one wasn t quite at that level but also wasn t really a straight 3 stars either So 3.25 stars is where I landed.Prior to reading, I ll admit I didn t know much about the subject of this book, Hedy Lamarr, other than she w 3 [...]


    4. 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC Published Jan 8, 2019I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WWII Nazi book I kept waiting to be in the mood to read this one Finally, three days after publication, I started the book Even with my reluctance to read this book, I thought it started off at a pretty good pace I knew that I liked the author and her style of writing, so I gave myself over to t 3.5 st [...]


    5. Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart But could the world handle both SUMMARYMay 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna, when she captures the attention of the richest and most powerful man in Austria Arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl lavishes dozens and dozens of roses on the young actress after every performance Hedwig soon finds herself married to Friedrich, living in a castle and attending lavish dinner partie He [...]


    6. Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure This excellent novel begins in the early days of newly appointed chancellor Adolf Hitler It showcases the life and vast accomplishments of beautiful and intelligent Heidi Kiesler aka Hedi Lamarr An incredible and surprising life story that begins when as a young actress, she catches the eye of wealthy Friedrich Mandl, the renowned Merchant of Death and Austria s richest man His charm during their whirlwind rom Marie B [...]


    7. My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark, Booktrib, and The Girly Book Club for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher Any girl can be glamorous All you have to do is stand still and look stupid Hedy LamarrThe Only Woman in the Room is infinitely engaging, but woefully brief, coming in under 300 pages Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish woman who married and Austrian arms dealer and eventually fled Europe during Hitler s [...]


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