I was so drawn into the book and so fascinated with the characters, I used the rewind button on my device to hear some scenes repeatedly. In the end, when I had to "lay the book down," I thought, hey, maybe I should hear it all over again!
I found this book to be fascinating, outstanding and intriguing. At the very beginning I was a bit confused with the back-and-forthness of the story but quickly began to see the pattern of the author. I don't know too much about how our sexual orientation is formed but found the author's description quite interesting. What I do know makes me believe that his scientific information is probably correct. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and have recommended it to my daughter's book club to read and discuss.It brought up so many interesting quuestions.
I loved that this book was wonderful, that it was well read (the Greek grandmother's voice especially) and that it was the unabridged addition . . . giving me hours and hours of top notch entertainment that never got old.
The story was a miraculous feat of fact, fiction, and foreboding. The first 2/3 was a moving addictive listen. I loved the history of Greece/Turkey, I loved following the errant gene. By about part III things got to lagging. I did not enjoy the pages including and following Dr. Luce's office visits. The degrading exams were to prepare us for Cal's future employment. Neither Cal nor Callie could have been able to tolerate that.
I could buy the running, hitchhiking (for those years); I even accept that Cal would be unaware of some people's intentions. But neither Cal nor Callie would have been able to do the things he did at the water show. Callie would have called home long before.
I loved the character Zora. She was a wonderful thoughtful intelligent addition to the story now spinning out of control. in fact, Zora could have been the start of a new chapter.
I feel cheated over Fr. Mike. I think it was a cheap, last minute insert. In fact, in the beginning, the narrator described Fr. Mike as a little soft and hinted at possible femininity. Then, completely out of character for this meek man, the author uses him for the grand slam back home. Additionally, I don't like that it was all narrated (told not shown). It seemed like last minute unnecessary fill for no good reason. I would rather have had more about Desdemona's life in those weeks.
The end is good because of Milton's fate. Milton might have dropped dead (like Lefty) to learn the truth. Like the rest of you, I was dying to know why Chapter 11 was so named. One simple line toward the end to explain it.
Favorites: Lefty/Des love scenes, the mosque, learning about silkworms, the symmetry of the story and consistency of character.
If I had been "reading", that is, turning the pages, I would have been really, really mad at the end for the investment of time it required. I am much more charitable because by listening to it, I could attend to other things (driving 500 miles, shopping, etc)
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a while. The characters are realistic, the story thought provoking, and I didn't want it to end! The narrator is very easy to listen to and his range is fluid and amazing.