Blackmail, My Love

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By PB on 07-31-15

Audio Noir

Where does Blackmail, My Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was good. It ranks equal with other books I've given five star ratings to.

What did you like best about this story?

There were lots of things I liked about it. It was a gripping story in a great setting (San Francisco) and a very interesting period for LGBT rights (just pre- Stonewall). It had a film-noir-ish feel to it, which I enjoyed. And some of the characters were really lovable.

What does Eva Kaminsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought overall, she was a really good narrator. I wasn't entirely sure about the way she voiced the main character, she had a fairly dry, drawling delivery that sometimes sounded a bit bored to me, though that may just be my British ear not picking up the nuances as well as an American listener would. I certainly wouldn't mark her down for that, because she more than made up for it with her voicing of the other characters, - which I thought, were brilliant.

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

I found the gay school teacher very moving.
Also the passages where Jo is remembering her brother.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this audiobook and would strongly recommend it to listeners. It reminded me of how hard won our rights are as LGBT people and how brave our forebears were in fighting for them in the face of terrible prejudice and abuse.
It's also a jolly good story! :0)

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