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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Too much political storyline!

As a woman of Spanish decent, I was so excited to be reading a story I thought would go more into the details of Spanish life both present and past; however, their was so much one dimensional political story telling that I was left blah and somewhat disheartened. several times I had decided not to finish the book, but the basic story was good and intriguing. I have loved the other books I have read maybe because the unrest of the characters were not so close to home. Maybe because my father's account of Franco was different. oh well I still look forward to another one of Belinda's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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?

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 08-03-13

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.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Interesting but get ready for a lot of angst

What did you love best about Golden Earrings?

It seemed an honest book, a depiction of very hard times for Spain. It made me look at Old Europe in a different, quite unromantic way as David McCullough's book on Paris in the 1800's changed the way I will view Paris forever.

What did you like best about this story?

All the characters, both rich and poor, treasured their families above anything else.

Any additional comments?

Well written and engaging if you don't mind some terrible times

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I'm so sad this is over

I listen to and read books constantly. This hits my sweet spot of the perfect book and I just did NOT want it to end. Listen to this now 😊

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I just wanted it to end.

I spent most if this book just wanting it to end. I've enjoyed her other books, but this one just wasn't interesting to me.

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  • jerusalem, Israel
  • 02-06-17

Sad tragedy and yet beautiful story

If you could sum up Golden Earrings in three words, what would they be?

Life Love Dance

What was one of the most memorable moments of Golden Earrings?

At the end, when Paloma meets La Russa and they dance together...their strength and love

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

I did not really enjoy it, It took me a long time to get use to her voice, found it strained, <br/>but in the end she "pulled it off"

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

La Russa....I would love to watch her dance...she is the most powerful in the story!

Any additional comments?

I found the beginning slow and hard to get into, confusing between the different characters and their places in the story, Got better abot third way through the book......

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  • Nicky
  • 12-08-13

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs j a l elliott
  • 12-24-12

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

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  • Debbie Bram
  • 03-21-16

Loved this book

Great story, narrated fabulously. Had me , stomping my feet and clicking my castanets and swishing my skirts. First listen from this author, thoroughly enjoyed, will look for another.

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  • Lynnette Dyer
  • 02-10-17

Excellent value, powerful story

Another wonderful story by this author and reader, as well as a piece of history I will always remember. If we could learn history in school through such powerful books it would stay forever.
Complicated twists and turns until the jigsaw finally is completed. I have read Tuscan Rose and Sapphire Skies and was left with the same enjoyment and feeling of being told a huge secret. Highly recommended for history, fiction, love, anger and crossing the barrier if ages. Thank you Belinda and Caroline.

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  • Veronica
  • 04-15-16

Beautifully written and narrated

Belinda Alexander as always researches so amazingly
This is a gripping exciting and poignant novel with great emotions and kept me listening for hours
Never bored always waiting for the next twist
Sometimes the history is gruesome but true
The dancing parts are really interesting
The narrator speaks the accents amazingly

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-17

Captivating story

I'm starting to develop an obsession for books narrated by Caroline Lee, she makes great stories come alive and does accents so well.
This is the second Belinda Alexandra book I've listened to and I loved it. It's so rich with historical events that I found myself googling information on them. The hardest part of the book for me was keeping track of the characters, you have to pay close attention and I think I'd benefit from listening again just as when you watch a movie a second time, you notice details you previously missed. I plan to listen to more of this authors books!