This is my first experience with an Audible audiobook and it was awesome. Middlesex was a riveting story from start to finish. Hard to explain to anyone when asked what it is about because it is not only the story of the main character Caliope's physical and emotional life, but that of her ancestors, familiy and friends. The story is rich in character detail and environmental detail. You are literally there in the story with the characters. The narrator is also superb and made the experience even more enjoyable. I listened to this book while gardening and cooking and didn't want to put it down so I got a lot of work done! Thanks Audible books for a great introduction to your service
You read incest and think yuck...
You read hermaprodite and think yuck...
You read "hard-to-follow" Greek names and think yuck..
I was you. I was wrong. Don't pass this book up. It earned the Pulitzer for a reason and I'm so glad I overcame my own reservations and gave it a chance. What a tale the author tells! The narrator, btw, is absolutely wondeful. I loved the entire experience.
I was so surprised by this book. Middlesex is almost as uncategorizable as the gender of its lead character. Imagine a cross between Brighton Beach Memoirs, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Tempest, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sound impossible? It is, but Eugenides somehow pulls it off (which explains the Pulitzer Prize). A true artist is a person upon whom nothing is lost, and nothing gets by Eugenides. He plunges us deep into the human soul (and body) and, amazingly, does so without ever compromising the novel's entertainment value. Eugenides' brussel sprouts taste like Hershey bars. His talent for creative expression is so exceptional I bet he could write a 900-page novel about a flat gray pebble and make it interesting. An added bonus is the top-notch narration by Kristoffer Tabori, a gifted comedic actor who captures the tone of the novel perfectly. This is the best audiobook I have heard to date - a definite must-hear!
I can truly say that this novel is one of the best Ive ever read. The story is both funny and touching, the characters are well developed, and more importantly, the narrator is animated and very clear.
It is about ordinary people trying to live their lives the best they can. As events beyond their control move around them, they do what they have to do to survive and have a life. The story isn't a mystery or about some super hero with fast action events but you are drawn into the story none the less. As the story progresses, you start to care about the characters. They really don't seem so different than yourself. They are driven by wanting and desiring what we all want and desire in life. What is amazing about the book is you grow to understand the role of sexuality in life by being part of the lives of the characters in the book. The characters are so real, that I still am not sure this was fiction! This is a mind expanding book which goes beyond its entertainment value.
Really love this book-I'm still listening to it, starting part 2 soon. The narrator does a wonderful job, accents and all. Great story-a winner allover!
I am definitely not a books critic. I started to listen to audio books because I moved and now I drive 3 hours total every day from home to work and I needed to find a way to make my journey less painful. Middlesex is one of those books that keeps you interested all the way and the narrator does an extraordinary job with all the characters. I did not know anything about the subject and even though I am very traditional, I enjoyed it and learned a lot. In summary, I truly enjoyed this book and I never got sleepy on the way home. Very recommended!
Beautifully written. Endearing characters and wonderfully unforgettable family saga. Middlesex combines humor and pathos and leads the listener on an empathetic journey.