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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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  • Shelley S.
  • Pittsburgh, PA United States
  • 10-13-15

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.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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The story of two very strong women

STORY (romance) - This book is a beautifully written story of a very deep, romantic love between Therese (about 20) and Carol (30-something). Carol is a rich society woman getting a divorce and battling for custody of her daughter. Therese is young, trying to find her place in the world and in a relationship with Richard that just doesn't feel right for some reason. When Therese and Carol meet, the attraction is immediate but awkward. The emotions flourish, but openly being lesbian in the 1950's was much more difficult than it is today.

This is not a trashy lesbian story. In fact, there are only a couple extremely short references to sex, and they're very vague and tastefully done. The characters of Therese and Carol are deeply explored, and you will come to understand the love between them and how it gives them strength to face the problems it causes. Carol is wealthy and they take a long road trip together, so much of the book is them driving, dining in restaurants and meeting people in different towns, etc. There isn't a bunch of twists or suspense in the story, as it's more about the characters and their relationship. I liked the ending.

PERFORMANCE - Good job.

OVERALL - There is no violence or cursing and only the mild sexual references mentioned above. I am not gay or lesbian but I enjoyed the book, although it was a bit slow-moving.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Marjorie
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 03-08-16

A Novel Boldly Written in The 50's

I listened to this novel expecting a complex love story with characters whom I could attach to and begin to understand. What the novel provides is a socially significant exploration of American women in the 50's struggling to find love and relationship in a society that was hostile (and perhaps still is hostile) towards same-sex love. Taking into consideration that this novel was first written in 1952, I can imagine that had I read it twenty years ago or more, I would have found it intriguing and revealing. Yet, how I experienced this novel is that the development of the love relationship felt flat and the characters were difficult to connect with. I never felt any passion between the two lovers nor did I find anything at all to like about Carol until the book was close to over. Therese, due to her young age and naïveté followed Carol around expecting almost nothing in return. She was treated poorly by Carol and I found myself wanting to protect her. The novel moves along slowly with very little interesting dialogue. I could recommend this novel in terms of exploring social issues facing homosexual women then (and to an extent now), but I cannot recommend this novel as a literary pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful and Captivating

Chunks of this kinda dragged for me but wow the characters were compelling and so much of it was beautifully written.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love, Love, Love!

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

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

everything

Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

she did, but I found her voice a littel annoying :(

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

This book is great! The character development is strong and I can't wait to see the movie!!!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not just a brilliant reflection on love....

This book not only has gorgeous prose about love but also shows the struggles of mid-century LGBT people. Wonderful on its own merits in every way. Transcends all genres that it could be lumped into. I disdain romance novels but this is amazing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful