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.
I enjoyed Middlesex so much that I dove into the Marriage Plot without reading any reviews (which is fine with me). I was disappointed with the plot of the Marriage Plot. A very different kind of story than Middlesex or Virgin Suicides. David Pittu narrated the story well, but the story didn't do it for me.
I did not learn anything except about the characteristics of a bipolar person. I really don't want to know about the stuff in this book.
Change the plot.
Alert reader Karen
I would have cut out much of the minutia that made this book drag.
Just boring! I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did. I want those hours of my life back!
I am stunned to see how many commenters liked this narrator. I very nearly stopped listening because I hated his female character voices so much. They all sound like the different ages of Paul Lynde. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy Paul Lynde as much as the next girl, and maybe there are even some women out there who actually sound like that. But when our heroine (a highly-educated student of Victorian literature) and her extremely well-bred and proper mother, and her college roommates, and every other woman she knows sounds like some variant on Paul Lynde, there's a problem.
I don't love this narrator's male voices either, to be honest -- way too many of them sounded like sort of dim surfer dudes to me. But his women were truly deplorable.
As for the book, I will start by saying that I, too, really enjoyed Middlesex (a male narrator, BTW, who did WONDERFUL voices for all characters, male and female). This book was not as consistently rewarding (to me) as Middlesex was. I think Eugenides' editor should have urged him to tighten up some of the sections dedicated to literary theory and the protagonists' college seminars. These sections felt self-indulgent to me, as though the author was trying to establish his smartypants cred. I think whatever plot or character development they fueled could still have been achieved in far fewer words.
Despite this, I eventually came to be interested in all three of the protagonists, and by the end of the book I was invested in their thoughts, lives and choices. So ultimately, I'm glad I stuck with it.
There are short parts in this novel that one revisits the beaty in the writing and character illumination of the authors previous (masterpiece)- Middlesex. However the novel in total in my opinion could have used significant pruning and the story was of limited interest.
Detailed descriptions that just didn't seem to go anywhere....
I often re-listen to audiobooks in my library, but not this one. I was looking forward to another book from this author that was as good as Middlesex, but this book fell far short. I would not recommend it.