The beginning of this book was better than the end, but all in all it was an interesting read. When I read it I thought it was autobiographical. I've since learned that it is not. This does not diminish the import behind the story at all (because it humanizes and educates about intersexism), but I do tend to give autobiographical stories a bit more leeway in my opinions because there is less control over the flow and details of the story. Aside from feeling that the first half of the book was better than the second half, I also felt the book as a whole was a little too long. I wish there were an abridged version on Audible, because I think it would be better (despite the fact that I usually dislike abridged versions of books). Given that there's not, I'd say go ahead and listen to the book, but if you lose interest in the story somewhere around the last quarter of the book, it wouldn't be the end of the world if you just stop listening right there and get someone else who has read it to summarize the end for you (you'll still get your money's worth since the book is so long).
This book will make the favorite top 5 book of anyone who reads it. The characters are amazing!!! I don't know how to describe it withuout giving anything away, but the story is a must-read! Narration is wonderful.
This was an absolutely outstanding book. If you have any familiarity with Detroit, the details of that city's history will resonate. The detailed nature of the book's descriptions brings alive the plot and the characters. I highly recommend it and very much enjoyed it!
My wife had read this book for her book club and told me I’d really like it… but transsexuals and gender identity didn’t grab me so it took me a while to get to it. A year later I downloaded it and wow, what a book. I forgot I was listening to a book at all (great narration), and was able to walk in the shoes of the main character from start to finish. The story is EXTREMLY believable and absorbing.
The book is one part history lesson, one part Greek culture lesson and one part the story of a child who grew up thinking she was a girl, only to discover that he was genetically a boy. The historical pictures this book paints of the boom times in early America, our early immigrant struggles, culture, etc, - it really is a very good read. Even if you don’t listen to my wife, take my word for it!
This an engaging, entertaining and moving book. I found myself caring about and identifying with the main character - which is not really what I expected to happen in a book about a hermaphrodite. The book is entertaining and meaningful at the same time, with a good mix of dialog and narration, introspection and action. The consistent presence of themes of family, culture, identity, and the need to belong help unify the book and give it a universal appeal.
Kristoffer Tabori's narration was wonderful - among the best I have heard.
This is a great book. But....it's one of those books that you'll either love or hate (and these reviews bear that out). It's quirky and unconventional -- to say the least. And that is what makes it all the more fascinating and amusing. If you connect (and a lot of us do), you'll be sucked in and love it. You may just end up sitting in the driveway, continuing to listen -- not wanting to go inside.