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Middlesex Audiobook

Middlesex

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A Pulitzer Prize guarantees a great story; an Audie Award guarantees a captivating narration - Middlesex has both, plus Oprah's stamp of approval to boot. But for this essentials list, it's the Audie that carries the most weight, and Kristoffer Tabori is most deserving of this prize. He makes this generation-spanning saga an effortless listen, using unique characterizations to seamlessly weave the past and the present. Absolutely captivating. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2003

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

The explanation for this shocking state of affairs is a rare genetic mutation - and a guilty secret - that have followed Callie's grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Prohibition-era Detroit and beyond, outlasting the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun.

Spanning eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenides' long-awaited second novel is a grand, original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.

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©2002 Jeffrey Eugenides; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Fiction (Unabridged), 2003

" "Impressive [and] wonderfully engaging." (The New York Times)
"Eugenides proves that he is not only a unique voice in modern literature but also well versed in the nature of the human heart. Highly recommended." (Library Journal )
"A towering achievement...a story that manages to be both illuminating and transcendent...[Eugenides] has emerged as the great American writer many of us suspected him of being." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Not only are his interpretations of the characters astonishingly credible, but his internalization of the narrative is nothing short of amazing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 02-27-05
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 02-27-05
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    "PURE GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I have belonged to Audible for a year now and enjoyed most books, but this book just blew me away. Eugenides is a genius! Tabori's reading was the best I ever heard. I listened to this on the way to work and missed my exit! So interesting that it is hard to believe it was fiction. BRAVO if I could have given more than 5 stars I would have. Thanks Audible!

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    Noah Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-15-05
    Noah Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-15-05
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    "great book but a poor reading"

    Wow, Eugenides, fif such a fine job researching this piece, it is one part coming of age tale, one part americna history, and one part medical journal. Even with all the information packed in, the story flows smoothly and easliy. Although not all that life changing or mind expanding, this was an interesting and entertaining novel. The one complaint I have is the narrator, he made every character sound like a 70 year old yenta from the shtetl. I managed to enjoy the story dispite his comic voices, but let us hope this narrator is not allowed to harm more quality works of fiction.

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    flummoxed 02-10-05
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    "Better than chocolate!"

    This has to be one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. I found myself sitting in the driveway many nights...sometimes skipping dinner, to hear the end of a chapter. Calliope and her family made me laugh and love them all. Even the rascals. A well deserved prize for this one!

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    Carla Kingwood, TX, USA 01-16-05
    Carla Kingwood, TX, USA 01-16-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen!"

    This book is hilarious. I found myself laughing and surprised at so many turns. The reader did a superb job with the different characters. This is definetly a favorite! Highly recommend!

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    Laurel Grover Beach, CA, USA 01-09-05
    Laurel Grover Beach, CA, USA 01-09-05
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    "Not a page-turner"

    I enjoyed the first part of the book, but found it hard to get past the first half. Maybe I will go back to it later.

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    Timothy 01-07-05
    Timothy 01-07-05
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    "Fascinating"

    Loved the story and the narration. I looked forward to long car journeys so that I had more time to listen.

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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 01-07-05
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 01-07-05
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    "Excellent story, wonderfully narrated"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book! I hated to turn it off and used any and all spare time I had to listen whenever I could, even if it was just for 5 minutes. The writing is excellent and the narration is superb, Kristoffer Tabori adds a wonderful dimension to the story with the emotion he puts into his reading. Given the subject matter you might expect the book to end up being dark and disturbing but I found the whole book delightful. Highly recommended!

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    Alexandra 11-29-04
    Alexandra 11-29-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    The life of Callie will draw you in... it is a long book, but every word is exceptional. Narration and story are excellent.

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    Natasha Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-09-04
    Natasha Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-09-04 Member Since 2012
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    "amazingly detailed and beautiful reading"

    I read this book several months ago and it left a powerful impression on me and changed the way I think. Middlesex is not only a beautiful story it is also facinating detailing a greek family through three generations and is full of culturally rich material. I loved this book - simply amazing.

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    Robyn Framingham, MA, USA 11-08-04
    Robyn Framingham, MA, USA 11-08-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Kept me on the treadmill!"

    This was a great book - started a tiny bit slow, but well worth getting in to. I listened eagerly to all 18 hours of narration, not being able to wait to get into my car or get on the treadmill to listen. The narrator did an excellent job reading. The only complaint about the audio book is that there is music at times during the book (not at all frequently). The music is often strange and completely inappropriate to the events occurring in the book, and sometimes drown out the narrator. Small, minor thing. Get this book!

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