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Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when an alluring woman in her 30s walks up to her counter. Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. She is an awkward 19-year-old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn't love; Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her only daughter.
As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol's world, she soon realises how much they both stand to lose....
First published pseudonymously in 1952 as The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of '50s New York.
Copyright Number 9 Files (Carol)Limited / Channel Four Television 2014
©1984 Claire Morgan (P)2014 Isis Publishing
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By Fiona Thurn on 02-08-15

Hooray for a happy ending

Given the date of publication, this is a remarkable work. As a romance, I appreciated there was little lingering over the legal technicalities, but mostly concentration on the development of the relationship between the two women. A great picture of America in the late 40s, and for me, perhaps inspiration for a great American road trip!

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By rouge on 04-04-15


I have just finished my second listen of this book, and have ordered the hard copy!

The story is captivating and emotional, the narration from Lisa Lefkow is incredible - so full of passion!

This book is a must!!!

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By Jane on 06-24-15

Oh my.

Where does Carol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carol. Different. Daring. Intense.

Have you listened to any of Laurel Lefkow’s other performances? How does this one compare?


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

If only. Yes.

Any additional comments?

I read this years ago and was drawn to it again after the film production was in the news. Its flow from tension to joy to despair dragged me along with it. I kept feeling like I was being punched, like I was nervous and terrified. I can't remember being caught up in a story like this for a long time.
The afterword by Patricia Highsmith is an education in itself.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Stevie on 01-18-17


No sooner had I finished this book I wanted to turn around and start it again - I wish I had read it ten years ago when I was starved for books that reflected (in some way) my experiences. Laurel Lefkow's beautiful voice fits the dreamy sonorous landscape of this tale of forbidden love perfectly.

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By Not Half on 11-04-16

A truly affecting story

What did you like most about Carol?

It speaks to a number of interesting themes, including gender, sexuality and class discrimination, all woven into an affecting story and characters you can invest in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed Therese, because of the arc of her story, her self containment and her burgeoning maturity.

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

When Carol is blackmailed into going home and Therese is left alone.

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