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Golden Earrings Audiobook

Golden Earrings

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Chris 07-27-14
    Chris 07-27-14
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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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    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    desert shopper 07-09-14
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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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    Lucy 04-20-15
    Lucy 04-20-15 Member Since 2012

    I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.

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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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    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-13-12
    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-13-12 Member Since 2016
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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
    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    deiskat Pittsburgh, PA 04-20-17
    deiskat Pittsburgh, PA 04-20-17 Member Since 2014

    Katrina L. Deisenroth

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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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    smaller jerusalem, Israel 02-06-17
    smaller jerusalem, Israel 02-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "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......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    StrayPup 12-28-16
    StrayPup 12-28-16
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    "Insight into the Spanish Civil War"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Earrings to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I think it would have been less distracting than the audio version for American English-, French- and European Spanish-speaking audiobook listeners.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were several intriguing characters, but it was fulfilling to experience the story through the eyes of Catalina, the granddaughter. She began the story as an insulated, insecure 18-year-old and grew into a more self-aware and worldly young woman, without sacrificing her innate gentleness of spirit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I usually think of Caroline Lee as an excellent narrator, but I don't think that she was the right choice for this book. Her Spanish and French pronunciations were often awkward. This factor, combined with her Australian English narration accent created discord to my American English ears. I'm sure her Aussie accent would not have been distracting to Australian listeners--that part is just a matter of perspective.


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    shopsalotta 12-07-16
    shopsalotta 12-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Enthralling and heartwrenching"

    Fantastic characters who share their emotion and growth with you. You are frustrated when they are angry, you are sad when they are remorseful. I wanted to stay in the present at first in the world of competitive ballet in Paris in the 70s, but as the story line develops and the mysteries draw you in, I wanted to stay in the Spanish civil war story. I had been wary of this since there weren't a lot of reviews although this is not a brand new audiobook. However, this gamble payed off. I could hardly stop listening. Even plugging in with my eyes closed for a few more minutes at night before falling asleep. Great ties between family generations portraying the love and both the misunderstanding and understandings across generations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicky
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    12/8/13
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mrs j a l elliott
    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Bram
    3/21/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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