I read this book several months ago and it left a powerful impression on me and changed the way I think. Middlesex is not only a beautiful story it is also facinating detailing a greek family through three generations and is full of culturally rich material. I loved this book - simply amazing.
This was a great book - started a tiny bit slow, but well worth getting in to. I listened eagerly to all 18 hours of narration, not being able to wait to get into my car or get on the treadmill to listen. The narrator did an excellent job reading. The only complaint about the audio book is that there is music at times during the book (not at all frequently). The music is often strange and completely inappropriate to the events occurring in the book, and sometimes drown out the narrator. Small, minor thing. Get this book!
I wasn't sure I would like this type of novel and I thought the subject matter could be uncomfortable. This audiobook has both the best story AND narration I have heard. The potentially uncomfortable subject of hermephroditism, while central to the story, is treated so matter of factly, yet humanely, I would recommend this book to my mom. Only some necessary moments of embarassing adolescence made me want to shut my ears.
I really liked the book, but I could not give it five points, because I wanted to know more about the life of the protagonists after the age of 14. I liked the family history.
A very good novel. I had to put it down and pick it back up a few times but at certain parts I couldn't put it down. A very very long listen but worth sticking with it through to the Middle(sex) :-) and on to the end. You can't not want to get to the end after you've gone so far.
This is probably the longest audio book I've listened to in awhile. The story is very well written (told) and very comprehensive. It really gets you thinking about peoples heritages, how they got to the US and how the world is so much different here.
Wow. What an amazing accomplishment. A mesmerizing book read by one of the most dynamic readers I?ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. I actually went through withdrawal when it was finished!! This book has a great deal of heart and an amazing (and addictive) epic quality that makes it difficult to put down. The story twists and turns like a mountain road. Along the way you get to travel (both physically and metaphysically) and even learn a thing or two.
This book stays with you long after after you've turned your MP3 player off........
In Vonnegut's Timequake the author mentions that he would have liked to write a novel about his German immigrant family, but concludes there are not enough interested people to read about Germans in middle America. Middlesex proves this point wrong, or maybe right. While this book has received much praise, including The Pulitzer Prize for fiction, I had a hard time sticking with this long book. Much of the imagery used is overly cute, such as TV images ("Now let's see all this in fast forward . . ."). This problem for me is that the reflexive narrative tools are too shallow and have little meaning of their own, but rather are just like candy thrown out to prove the book is post-modern. All that said, the book starts and ends with the interesting story of Cal. What the reader ends up with is not this tempting story, but all the family history that has come together to create the genetic defect. This is a bit interesting. Eugenides uses the genetic defect to lead his story through all the details of the family members who own the DNA.