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Patience and Sarah Audiobook

Patience and Sarah

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Publisher's Summary

Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album, 2016

Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, an educated painter, and Sarah Dowling, a farmer's daughter, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England community in which they live. They choose to live together and love each other freely, even though they know of no precedents for their relationship; they must trust their own instincts and see beyond the disdain of their neighbors.

Patience and Sarah is a meticulously researched historical novel, originally self-published by the author in 1969. This classic of GLBT literature garnered so much attention that the American Library Association created its first Stonewall Award specifically for it in 1971. Grammy Award-winning narrator Janis Ian and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Jean Smart each perform as one of the characters in this dual-point-of-view love story. Their narration marks the first time that this beautiful work is available in audio and brings new life into this inspiring novel that is just as relevant today as it was decades ago.

In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young-adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love and that loving and being loved are what keep us human and sane.

©1969 Isabel Miller under the title "A Place for Us" (P)2014 Janis Ian

What the Critics Say

"The writing has the directness and whimsicality of primitive paintings - it is like spiked gingerbread or surprising samplers. The tone is sweetly bold. And the tale evokes many kinds of frontier at once." (The Village Voice)

"The story of a painter and a farmer in 19th-century New England. One of the first lesbian novels with a happy ending and, in 1971, the first recipient of ALA's Stonewall Book Award." (Library Journal)

"Janis Ian and Jean Smart bring exquisite joy, vulnerability, and honesty to their narration of Isabel Miller's 1969 historical fiction novel.... As the two women realize their feelings for each other, the narrators take on a tender tone and slow their pace, allowing their romantic epiphany to unfold. This makes for a touchingly intimate listening experience." (AudioFile)

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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-14-16
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-14-16 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "A beautiful tale blooms with great narration."

    I first read Patience and Sarah more than 40 years ago, and remembered it fondly as one of the first LGBT novels to contain three-dimensional characters, and to give those characters a happy ending. I was a bit apprehensive about listening to this audiobook -- I didn't want the tenderness and innocence of the plot and characters to be ruined by an insensitive interpretation by the narrators.

    I needn't have worried: Jean Smart and Janis Ian are perfect as Patience and Sarah. Jean Smart delivers a lovely and delicate performance as an educated young single woman who, as was often the case in the early 19th Century, has no choice but to live with her married brother and his family. While she is better off than many other single women (her father did settle certain property and money on her, which is, of course, controlled by her brother), she is not a happy woman, and (based upon her sister-in-law's life) is not interested in obtaining a husband.

    Janis Ian gives an excellent performance as Sarah, the daughter of a farmer whose farm is a few miles from Patience's brother's land. In the absence of a son in the family, Sarah's father has designated her as the "boy" who works alongside her father in the fields and generally lifts, hauls and performs manual labor. If you are familiar with Janis Ian's speaking voice, you will know that it serves very well as the voice of an unpolished girl who has grown up among men and boys, and speaks roughly.

    From the time that Patience and Sarah first meet, each is intrigued by the other. As time goes by, their feelings deepen into emotions that they have no words for. The descriptions of small town life and farming in 1800's New England ring true, as do the objections of Sarah's father and Patience's brother to their relationship. And the apprehension of both women when they are finally able to break free and go together into an unknown world is very well handled by the author. The final joy is a wonderful ending.

    This book is well worth a listen, no matter your orientation or your political views.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Justdar 09-28-15
    Justdar 09-28-15
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    "Even better than I imagined!"
    Would you listen to Patience and Sarah again? Why?

    I'm familiar with this story, but the voices of Jean Smart and Janis Ian brought these characters to life in a way the voice in my head never did. I will listen to this many times, especially when I share beautiful passages with others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


    Which character – as performed by Jean Smart and Janis Ian – was your favorite?

    Jean Smart's voice of Patience was so sweet and delightful, with a touch of naughty that was just delicious.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed out loud, chuckled and at times wept with joy throughout this story.
    Can't wait to listen again.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    moe 09-29-15
    moe 09-29-15

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    "Beautiful story. Beautiful performance."

    I first read this book decades ago and loved it! Nicely written historical fiction featuring two women who fall in love in the early 1800s. Patience and Sarah know what they feel for each other, but they don't even have the words to describe how they feel. They don't know any other women who are lovers. As they step outside of their geographical area and head for New York, they begin to open their eyes to the possibilities they could only dream about.

    Jean Smart and Janis Ian give perfect voice To Patience and Sarah. Jean Smart is the voice of Patience, delivering an excellent performance full of nuance, strength and tenderness. Janis Ian is the straightforward, innocent and loving character, Sarah. Together they breathe life into the characters in a way that the book alone can't provide.

    You need not be a fan of LG BT literature to enjoy this tender story.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    lucy simon 10-20-15
    lucy simon 10-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely story. Beautifully read"

    This story is so beautifully read. It almost feels like a song -- a folk opera. The singer/songwriter, janis ian beautifully renders this special love story

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 06-09-16
    Marla 06-09-16
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    "Superbly Rendered Lesbian Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Patience and Sarah the most enjoyable?

    Janis Ian and Jean Smart render their characters perfectly. Their diction is flawless, and the drama is not overdone. Janis Ian is so convincing that I could almost picture her as being 5'8". Best of all, the story has a happy ending.


    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Fire Fly 12-31-15
    Fire Fly 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Groundbreaking story, beautifully told!!"

    First, the performance is exceptional. Congratulations, to the narrators, they have made an enjoyable read that muxh more of an experience.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jac H 06-14-16
    Jac H 06-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Quiet Surprise"

    I was quietly surprised and entertained by the gentle storytelling of these two pioneer women and their inspirational love.

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    Lisa 06-14-16
    Lisa 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Patience and Sarah the most enjoyable?

    The story was written tastefully and full of love. It kept me involved and wanting the best for the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Coldsmith 06-14-16
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    "The very best narration I've ever listened to end."

    loved it! Best narration I've ever heard in all my audible years! Never wanted it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    escoocoo 06-13-16
    escoocoo 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    What a beautiful love story. Beautifully written. Astounding narration. Only on chapter 7, but I am so glad I bought this audio book, as I am certain to listen to it again and again. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written book with totally WOW narration! Well worth it, even if you pay full price. Be sure, however, to keep a BIG BOX of tissues nearby while listening. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Beautiful"

    This must be the finest audio book I've heard. The quality of the writing, the narrative and dialogue is superb, mental images inspired sublime. Oh, and the narrators subtly enhance what is already a rare treat. I shall no doubt return to this little joy again, once my imagination has stopped playing with it.

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