The Only Woman in the Room

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 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. ...

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Title:The Only Woman in the Room
Author:Marie Benedict
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1492666866
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Only Woman in the Room Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Jun 09, 2018
    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 more about her. ...
  • Tammy
    Dec 31, 2018
    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 more than just a pretty face. Marie Benedict?s research into her life sh...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jan 31, 2019
    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 r...
  • Megan Lyons
    Nov 12, 2018
    I just found this generally underwhelming. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, but over the last couple of years I feel like every time I read a historical fiction novel, I feel like it lacks the depth I am hoping for. I'm not sure if it's just the books I've happened to choose...
  • Rae
    Dec 03, 2018
    The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict features the fantastical life of Hedy Lamarr. A stunning Hollywood starlet, Hedy was so much more 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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Nov 25, 2018
    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 t...
  • Karen
    Dec 15, 2018
    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 incr...
  • Kristina McMorris
    Nov 10, 2018
    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 ...
  • Billie
    Jul 29, 2018
    I wanted so much more 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/f...
  • Camille Maio
    Mar 13, 2019
    When I finish a book and sigh at its amazingness, one of the first things I do is read its lesser reviews (there are always some) and try to figure out the disparity. As expected, there were few that were not glowing and those that were seemed to be disgruntled that there was so much m...
  • Anna
    Mar 07, 2019
    Hedy Lamar was best known as a Hollywood bombshell. But there was so much more to her story than her rise to stardom. Born in Austria to Jewish parents, she lived a comfortable life in an upper class neighborhood. It was Hedy's (Hedwig Kiestler) dream to be an actress since she was a...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Jan 14, 2019
    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published Jan 8, 2019 I 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 ...
  • Connie
    Mar 08, 2019
    Hedy Lamarr had an amazing life, and was much more than a beautiful actress. She lived with her Jewish family in Vienna when Hitler was threatening to invade Austria. She married an older, wealthy man, Fritz Mandl, who manufactured munitions. During her marriage she overheard conversat...
  • Carol
    Jan 28, 2019
    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 ...
  • Annette
    Oct 29, 2018
    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 induct...
  • Lisa
    Jan 18, 2019
    Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart. But could the world handle both? SUMMARY May 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...
  • Pamela
    Feb 10, 2019
    Excellent! Highly Recommend! First half a little more than the first, but a fabulous historical, biographical-novel all the same. I enjoyed it immensely. So much so, I had planned to attend the B & N National Bookclub. Unfortunately, my disabled hubby's health has taken a turn for ...
  • Jean
    Feb 02, 2019
    This is a novel based on the life of Hedy Lamarr (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 ...
  • Ashley Withrow
    Jan 30, 2019
    DNF at 20%. I just can't with this. I picked this up as it was the Barnes & Nobel monthly book club selection. This is just rubbish. I am surprised at how many high-starred reviews there are. I got to 20% of this book and we had only just gotten Hedy married off. With only 200 ...
  • Nancy
    Oct 31, 2018
    3.5 There 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 vo...
  • Adrienne
    Feb 18, 2019
    Wonderful, unputdownable, beautifully written. Once again Marie Benedict has presented a well known historical figure and using her research skills fashioned conversations that ring true. Hedy Lamarr was a very well known film star, famous for her beauty and acting talents. She was als...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 01, 2019
    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 Kie...
  • Marjorie
    Nov 28, 2018
    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 reputat...
  • Karen Kay
    Dec 01, 2018
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. A good fictional representation of Hedy Lamarr. 3? ...
  • Katie B
    Jan 24, 2019
    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 ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Feb 11, 2019
    I read The Only Woman in the Room in two sittings over a weekend. This fast-paced Historical fiction novel tells the story of actress Hedy Lamarr, from Austrian actress to the wife of an arms dealer with ties to the Nazi party, to Hollywood starlet and inventor. Most people only know L...
  • Jenna Bookish
    Dec 07, 2018
    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 stu...
  • Kylie D
    Jan 05, 2019
    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 actre...
  • Terena Bell
    Jul 28, 2018
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 15, 2019
    I should have looked more 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 ...