Carol - The Price of Salt

  • by Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Shelley S.

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-27-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.