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Golden Earrings | [Belinda Alexandra]

Golden Earrings

Catalina, grand-daughter of Spanish refugees, is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings. Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star. La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the community, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.
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Catalina, the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings.

Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star.

La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the Spanish émigré community, amongst them her grandmother, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.

©2011 Belinda Alexandra (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 10-19-12
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 10-19-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fabulous story"

    I loved this story and was so sorry when it finished. Belinda Alexandra is a fabulous story teller and this is yet another of wonderful story. This time set in Spain and Paris which is quite different to her previous novels. I did not know much about the Spanish civil war or Spanish culture and I found this fascinating. It was well researched. The characters are varied and complex. I am hoping that there will be many more novels written by this author.
    Highly recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 07-27-14
    Christina 07-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Needed to get halfway through to begin enjoying it"

    I kept with this book, even though the first half bored me. I normally love Caroline Lee as a narrator, but she kept falling out of the accent (for example, sometimes rolling her Rs, sometimes not, in the same sentence). That, along with too much emphasis on describing ladies' dresses and such, made the book seem shallow for quite some time. Halfway through, the plot began to thicken and I began to feel a bit more empathy for the characters. A good listen, if you can make it to that point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-13-12
    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enchanting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would because it is a good story about a time and place in history few of my friends know little about. I loved how we get carried into te history of the Spanish civil war in all its grusomeness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's formidable knowledge of history, and her ability to tell it in an interesting way. I also loved her way of describing the family relations, and I loved how all the little mysteries all comes together in the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I like that she manages to keep the story interesting!


    If you could take any character from Golden Earrings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    La Rusa! She is an interesting woman with an interesting history, and maybe she could have finished off the meal with a little dance?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Gutteridge 10-06-14
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    "Engrossing story."
    If you could sum up Golden Earrings in three words, what would they be?

    History, family, insight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paloma's grandmother, who was loving, forgiving and protective, was for me the crux of the story that unfoded for Paloma.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The French accents were good. The switches between Spanish and French 'voices' were poor, often not changing when the character changed, then changing part way through. The underlying Australian accent intruded at times, like another character that had no identity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The dance of history.


    Any additional comments?

    The recording should have been more carefully edited and polished regarding the 'voices' of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 09-06-14
    Anna 09-06-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing Amazing Amazing!!!"
    Where does Golden Earrings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top Audiosbooks I ever listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Selestina,is resilient, brave, ind inspirational.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Caroline Lee is wonderful to listen to. I seek out books that she reads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol D. 08-21-14
    Carol D. 08-21-14 Member Since 2007

    Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".

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    "Confusing and boring."

    It read like a book on two different subjects and I didn't find either one interesting.

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    desert shopper tucson, arizona 07-09-14
    desert shopper tucson, arizona 07-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "painfully poor Spanish pronunciation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Earrings to be better than the print version?

    I wish I had read instead of listening. The painfully bad Spanish pronunciation, especially of the names of some primary characters, was a constant irritant to the listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rich and interesting story that unfolds beautifully.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Not if she had to pronounce Spanish words!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Schneider Berlin, Germany 01-27-14
    Schneider Berlin, Germany 01-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Half of everything would have been still enough"

    I really loved to listen to this book. The story, the narrator, the characters… really awesome and magical BUT… half of the bodies, half of the halos, half of the neverending loves, half of the superhuman talents and half of [whatever] would have done the story good. Some of the cruel death scenarios even made me laugh towards the end. That was just too much in my opionion.
    Anyway, the book is really worth the time and a great listen! I warmly recommend it to lovers of long stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-03-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-03-13
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    "Distracting narration of beautiful tale"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More about the narration. Many of the passages in the book shift between the three main characters. Bolinda Audio has many talented female narrators (Caroline Lee, Kate Hood, Deirdre Rubenstein, and others), so it would have been a better listening experience having the points of view shift between multiple narrators.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Caroline Lee is normally a good narrator, but her accents and dialogue in this book are not up to par. As both a French- and Spanish-speaker, I am a stickler about pronunciation. This book has so much potential, but a better narration would have gone a long way.


    Could you see Golden Earrings being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Definitely... a historical drama, with the riots and the dancing... it would make an amazing movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read this one in print, and listen to Caroline Lee's other performances with greater caution.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Mesa, AZ, United States 02-12-13
    Deanna Mesa, AZ, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent reading of history and mystery."
    Where does Golden Earrings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high....I couldn't put this down at some points. There was a surprise around every corner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the history and location of the story. I have visited Florence and knew the places mentioned in the story.


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

    Caroline Lee is always an exceptional reader.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicky
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    "Highly recommend!"
    Would you listen to Golden Earrings again? Why?

    Yes but only after some time has elapsed and I've forgotten some of the finer details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    La Rusa, I liked her strength and loyalty and found the chapters revolving round her some of my favourite parts of the book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There's too many to pick a favourite and don't want to give anything away to spoil it for others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again there were quite a few, I particularly liked how some of the characters dealt with some really awful experiences but managed to stay hopeful and brave.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Belinda Alexander book, the first book being 'Tuscan Rose' which I found a very enjoyable read (unfortunately this is no longer available onAudible, which is a shame). I was not disappointed with this book either, I found it on level with the first and they both now rank as two of my favourite audio books, and I have listened to many. This book is set in two periods of time, Barcelona in the earlier part of the 20th century, telling a story which spanned over many years, and Paris in the 1970's. It was both sad and uplifting at times but also kept me hooked all the way through, I was always looking forward to my next listen to see how the story was going to unfold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Evercreech, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "The cost to families of Spanish civil war"

    One of several novels stimulated by Spain's apology in 2007, the survival of traditional Spanish music and dance being part of gypsy culture which was targeted by Franco. Linked to tradional ballet in Paris. Real characters stunning story with ghostly associations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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