I liked the ending, but it was a long haul to get there. I just didn't really care for or about any of the characters.
I loved Middlesex, which is the only reason I got this book and why I found it disappointing. I had high expectations that were not met.
I think it would have been better to have had a female narrator for this story.
Read (listen to) another book quickly to get any lingering remnants of this one out of my mind.
I would not recommend.
I expected so much more after having read, and loved, Middlesex. This was boring (mostly) too long and filled with characters that were difficult to care about. I almost gave up on it but I wasted a credit on it so I stuck it out.
This book is at the top of my list
Mitchell - he had the most to learn
Leonard and his manic depression was extraordinary
I loved this book - kept my attention each and every minute.
I had high expectations after reading Middlesex, but I was a bit disappointed. I found the book to be too long for a book that was basically about the complicated relationships between college grads. I did, however, find the mental illness plot to be intriguing, heart-felt, and very valuable.
Yes, because I very much enjoyed Middlesex. I didn't care for David Pittu speaking the main character's voice as a woman - it just wasn't believable.
One must have a master's in Literature and Philosophy to be able to relate to the characters.
Innappropriate as woman
... not the kind of story I like at all. Maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance, but I quit listening about a quarter of the way through. College relationship drama does not keep my interest.
Might try Middlesex but the story for
More depth in the characters - make me care about them more. They were just not that sympathetic. They were all kind of whiny, self centered and boring.
No, absolutely not.
I would have liked the book better if the priviledged young adult main characters of this book appreciated the great circumstances in their lives (just graduated from Brown University, their whole lives ahead of them) instead of whining about every little thing. The 3 depressing characters made me depressed having to journey through to the end of the book for my book club discussion.
Performance was just fine.
All of them.
Run from this book if you can. An incredible time sink in my life.
Per some comments from my book club, you may feel as though you need to be an English literary scholar with the many scholastic references in this book. Since others in my club could not believe this book was the same author as Middlesex, I will still download Middlesex by Jeffrey E. and listen to it....they say Middlesex was that good.
One good point about this book is that I did learn a lot about maniac depression and can give Jeffrey E. accolades for broadening my horizon on that subject.
I would definitely change the character development, it's great to start off with a protagonist that has flaws, but she carried her flaws throughout the entire book. Mitchell was a better character because he developed throughout the book. Madeline just stayed who is she is, maybe changed a bit, got wiser, but still didn't really go through any transformation. The traditional story structure isn't there. There really aren't any mini-climatic events, it's just one boring story that doesn't go anywhere. At least it was entertaining at times, but meh...
No, this book was not worth the time, I wish I could go back through time and get my life back. The book could've been summarized in about an hour or so. Here's this girl, two guys that liked, and finally she ends up with the good one. At least in my opinion, Leonard developed somewhat, actually it's more like we learn a lot about Leonard, but he doesn't go anywhere either. So, it was disappointing. Many people gave this book great reviews because it's supposedly uses big words, or literary masterpiece, but meh... not entertaining, just something to listen to if you have a long drive ahead of you.