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Publisher's Summary

A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.

Highsmith's sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. Erotic, eloquent, and suspenseful, this story offers an honest look at the necessity of being true to one's nature.

The Price of Salt is the basis for the upcoming film Carol, starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle Chandler, to be released December 18, 2015.

©2015 Patricia Highsmith (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I can't stop thinking about this book...

This book is written in an older dialect, but I think that is part of it's charm. This book is a beautiful story about falling in love. Now that I've finished it, I keep thinking about it. The characters really come to life through the story and stay with you.

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Can't stop reading this book !!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been or wants to be in love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't chose between the two main characters, it would be unfair. Therese and Carol have their own unique flaws and strengths.

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

I could listen to this woman talk forever. I will find more from her.

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

There first kiss in Waterloo. What every first kiss should be like.

Any additional comments?

I have not been able to stop listening to this book over and over. The book is excellent and the narrator, Cassandra Campbell, is what I would imagine God sounds like.

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Not for Patricia Highsmith fans

I have really enjoyed reading and listening to several Patricia Highsmith novels and so I decided to try this one, even though I typically do not read romance novels, or novels about romance. I was hoping the deep characterizations and complex thoughts and feelings I'd enjoyed in Highsmith's other novels would also be here......but they aren't

I wonder if I listened to the same book as so many other readers! The characterizations are flat and there is really little emotion to almost everyone in the book. There is a lot of action (not slam-bam action, but "she said" "she did" "he sat" "she went" kind of action) but very little about what the characters thought or felt, beyond "I love you". Now, those three words may be enough to satisfy some people about the mental and emotional content of a character, but to me, you can even program a doll to say "I love her" -- I need and want more than that.

I'm sure that those words were enough to intrigue and satisfy an audience in the 1950s about the feelings of the women involved, but that was when "the love that dare not speak its name" was barely spoken about. Now we understand that homosexual men and women have the same emotional depth and breadth as anyone else, and a few short words to state love is not enough to really explain a person's emotional state. Well, not enough for me to connect to the feelings of someone.

I also found Carol to be a rather cold and unpleasant person, which further distanced me from the book and Therese because of her infatuation with Carol and her acceptance of her choice to cut ties with her daughter. Could I even respect someone who chose to cut off all connection to her young daughter to stay with her lover? No, but I could respect someone who refused to deny who she was......and I'm sure that's what the author meant, but it wasn't really written that way. Perhaps if there was better characterization and emotion-filled writing, I might have understood what Carol was thinking and feeling.

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The Story of Love.

Carol - The Price of Salt, Written by: Patricia Highsmith is a study of love. How love begins, how it matures and how it plays out. The story is told through the eyes of Therese, the younger lover. What is enchanting in the story is Ms. Highsmith takes you through all the phases of just how a love finds itself and grows as lovers come to know each other.

First comes the recognition that you have a mutual attraction, a realization that appears from the first moment you lay eyes on the other. The aura between the lovers is filled with energy. Then one must learn to trust sufficiently to allow the rapport. The story then moves on to the seduction, and how the relationship will hit moments of boredom and the presence of personal issues between the lovers and the adjustments that must be made. Next comes the close understanding of just who the other partner is, their frailties and wants; and the question, can the allure survive? Once the love is underway, the lovers can become abusive. Why? Perhaps because we try to protect ourselves from having to give up one’s independence. A test to see if the love can endure. The story teaches the opportunity to be in love is a treasure that if not nurtured will become valueless. Move forward or lose out.

Yet, the story also teaches that once the ecstasy of love is gotten, others get in the way. Others provide their judgment on their preferences without any concern for the lover’s wants. That is particularly true here as the love with which we are concerned was once thought to be an abomination. The love described in “The Price of Salt” is between two woman and takes place in the 1950s. (The true abomination in this novel though was the relationship each woman had with their alleged male lovers.)

Okay, so the plot here is that the love blooms and a forceful attack is launched by their society against our heroines, Carol and Therese. The genius of the Ms. Highsmith is that the tale twists and turns with interesting reshaping of the plot. Can the lovers prevail, or is this a tragedy? Its ending is certainly not mundane. One must read the last three chapters at one sitting. . . . and just how does it work out? Read/listen to the book, it is well worth your time. It is full of happiness, disappointment and learning.

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wonderful and incredibly touching love story that warmed my heart and had a wonderful ending

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A Beautiful Read!

It was simple and elegant. A very taboo story line with a future happy ending.

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great book. very entertaining

loved it and didn't want it to stop. really love the characters and the way the author and narrator brought them alive.

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Absolutely beautiful.

The performance, the writing, the emotion... This book will never disappoint. Flung out of space.

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Wow! This book

This book is amazing. The story is fantastic. The romance is beautiful. Carol and Therese are two amazing characters on a journey of discovering love and passion. This is a must-read for anyone looking for a great book. The narration is spot on as well. It really keeps you enthralled in the story.

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This book is more for straight, than gay people...

Where does The Price of Salt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For some reason this book is charged with a pre-Christmas atmosphere. At least at the beginning of it. With slight "detective" touch in the middle and cold flurry of emotions at the end. The book is person-oriented, so expect to live through the sweetness and bitterness of relationship between main characters, as well as the reaction of the world. The conversations are on the verge of pure coldness and gentle touch that is so heart warming. There is no dirt and vulgarity in intimate scenes. It describes more the inner state of falling in love, than anything else you could've thought about. That's why I believe this romance fits both straight and gay. And, moreover, nowadays with the world becoming more open-minded I am sure this novel will drastically gain its popularity. And certainly we don't need to say that its written in a unique and beautiful style.

What other book might you compare The Price of Salt to and why?

The great Gatsby, their parties and cocktails... people and inner-circles... Oldies and retro cars. Style and atmosphere... The continuation through decades.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thanks to Cassandra Campbell. Nice voice, intonations conveying feelings.

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