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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Scott Bell Narrator: Alexandra O'Karma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440723070
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Award-winning author James Scott Bell’s most ambitious novel spins a story of war, murder, faith, romance, and drama in post–World War I Hollywood.

Two high school kids in small-town Nebraska have their dreams. Zee, a minister’s daughter, wants to be a movie star. Doyle, the son of a wealthy lawyer, is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and practice law. But World War I explodes and changes everyone’s plans.

When Doyle ends up on the battlefields of France, he comes out disillusioned. Rejecting his parents’ pleas to return to school, he finds himself in Los Angeles—on the bottom rung of society. Unknown to him, Zee Miller is also in LA, having run away from her father and the religion of her youth. But when Doyle gets back into law and Zee is arrested for murder, their lives will intersect again—in a way that may shatter them both.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In an exciting tale that spans decades, Bell skillfully makes his case that some desires are better off denied so that we can have what we really need. Doyle and Zee are sympathetic and believable, blemishes and all.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 7/19/2010

    " This book was extremely intersting. I had my doubts about reading this book, but those doubts faded as I started reading. I fell in love with the characters Doug and Zee stuck with me. I actually enjoyed this book immensely. It's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reepacheep | 5/18/2009

    " Travel back in time to the Great War, Prohibition, the birth of Hollywood. A young woman chases her dream of becoming a movie star, and a young man with everything going for him walks away from it all to search for something truly important. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 3/14/2009

    " Not as striking as his other novels. I think I burned out on the descriptions of Hollywood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mina | 2/17/2009

    " So good, how Hollywood formed, Christian influences during that time and a great story including early Hollywood stars. Fun and informative read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoebe | 3/24/2008

    " The story was ok but I listened to the audio book & I didn't like the reader. "

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About the Author
Author James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is the author of more than fifteen novels and a Christy Award winner for Final Witness in 2000. His fiction has been reviewed in Publishers WeeklyBooklistLibrary Journal, and the Library Review. He is the author of Write Great Fiction: Plot & StructureWrite Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, and The Art of War for Writers. He writes for Writer’s Digest magazine, teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University, and is a regular on the conference circuit. He lives in West Hills, California.

About the Narrator

Alexandra O’Karma has appeared on regional stages, television, film, Broadway, and off-Broadway. You may have seen her with Tommy Lee Jones in the film Yuri Nosenko, KGB, or on episodes of One Life to Live. She was the Reader in the four-time Emmy winner, Festival of Lessons & Carols and appeared on Broadway in Getting Married. In the national tour of Death Trap, she performed with Elliot Gould, and she played opposite George Segal in Toronto in the contemporary play, Double Act.