I don't know quite what I expected when I purchased this book. The writing was excellent. The writers knowledge of cultural history and the ability to take you back to other decades made the story very believeable. I got lost in this book.
The description of this book, as well as the critical and customer reviews, made it intriguing. However, I was very disappointed overall. The subject matter is interesting, but this story is annoyingly far-fetched, particularly the last fourth of the book. I would much rather read a nonfiction account than this rambling tale. Although the author spends an enormous amount of time exploring several generations of a family, the characters are not really developed in an authentic way. I also found the performance annoying, particularly the ridiculous music/sound effects. No doubt the interesting subject matter has drawn many readers to this book, but I would not recommend it.
Say something about yourself!
This is a difficult book to stop listening to. I finished quit a bit of yard work - happily - listening to this story. It is hard to believe this is fiction, and in trying to explain it to a peer, I had to look it up again to be sure it wasn't autobiographical. I was raised in northern Indiana during the time Callie was "growing up" in Michigan. I remember the riots and the times, it seemed so real. My applause to the author and to the reader.
Full of history and rich characters, there is never a dull moment in "Middlesex". This unabridged title comes in 3 download files and I eagerly moved from one file to the next. The narrator adeptly fleshes out the tone of each character fluidly pulling me through the story. It usually takes me a full month to listen to what ever I download. This title took me just a few days.
Artist, foodie and technology groupie.
Story... Great! Voice... Great!
Heartfelt & poignant story about an individual whose unique genetic history is funny, touching and peopled by the odd characters with whom we are all familiar.
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!