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Middlesex Audiobook

Middlesex

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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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    Dorothy Pierce 03-10-06 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW... just, WOW"

    I am finding myself drawn to epic audio books... I like the commitment required and the depth and breadth of the story...

    This was a fascinating novel - It reads like documentary sometimes, I wanted to know more and more. It has occasional slow parts - but, the characters are so well-drawn and engaging that I wanted to know more about them...

    After spending almost 21 hours with this book, I *still* want to know more about these people people.

    I vote - enthusiastically - YES for this book.

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    Eric Saint-Lambert, QC, Canada 02-21-06
    Eric Saint-Lambert, QC, Canada 02-21-06
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    "Good book... for those who like long sagas"

    This book is well written and the story is interesting but I ended up listening it on the fast speed of my ipod and jumping large sections altogether. We already know how the story ends and it is hard to really care for all the people portrayed in the story and ultimately, what happens to them.

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    Ck Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-07-06
    Ck Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-07-06
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    "Asks a little more than the avg book."

    Massive in scope. Beautiful.
    Yes, at first the narrator bugged (I think many of us women are immediately irritated by men's attempts to sound like us, prob. because that voice is so often used degradingly), but ultimately I appreciated his effort. As for the GLBT relevance, I'm queer & I would think that anyone who has felt like they don't fit societal norms, not to mention anyone who's ever fallen in love, can find something to relate to here.
    The only thing that I fully disliked were the inane music bits used at transition points. Trite, nasty, and sometimes even jingoistic little confections. Ick. They really shouldn't bother.

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    Christina Long Island City, NY, USA 12-10-05
    Christina Long Island City, NY, USA 12-10-05
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    "amazing"

    The book is fantastic & narration excellent.

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    Diana Walnut Creek, CA, USA 11-04-05
    Diana Walnut Creek, CA, USA 11-04-05 Member Since 2014
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    "One Really Great Read!"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book! The narrator does a great Greek accent and the author has created a book that is funny, fascinating, moving . . . I never wanted this book to end! I'm going to read his other books and wait for any future books from him. Enjoy!

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    Shannon Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-22-05
    Shannon Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-22-05 Member Since 2016
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    "FABULOUS book!!!!"

    This might just be my favorite audible book I've listened to yet. The story (I should say stories...from Greece to Detroit to San Francisco and the three different generations) was so interesting, the writing was great and the narrator was amazing. I couldn't stop listening to it, yet didn't want it to end. I have no idea what to listen to next, this book is a hard act to follow! I highly recommend it.

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    Laur Connecticut 09-15-05
    Laur Connecticut 09-15-05 Member Since 2015

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    "Worth every moment"

    I enjoyed every second of this book. I felt completely involved with the characters, and was repeatedly moved by their lives, their stories. The writing is brilliant, the narration is perfection. Don't miss this one.

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    MO Massachusetts, USA 08-05-05
    MO Massachusetts, USA 08-05-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "best audiobook ever"

    This really was the best audiobook I've ever listened to. So well-written and beautifully narrated.. and about a fascinating topic, engrossing characters. I loved it and recommend it to everyone I know. Enjoy!

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    Grace denver, CO, USA 07-15-05
    Grace denver, CO, USA 07-15-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Great story with a wonderful audio interpretation. Highly recommended

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    Kristin Horn Lake, MS, USA 05-13-05
    Kristin Horn Lake, MS, USA 05-13-05
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    "FANTASTIC"

    This book sucked me in so completely that I felt like I lost a friend when it ended. It was a very long book, and it held my interest throughought. The narrator is fantastic, and the story really does unfold like an autobiography. You will find yourself wondering if the story is true and just being written or designated as fiction. If you listen to this book in the car, you will likely take longer getting to your destination just to be able to listen a little longer. I didn't want it to end.

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