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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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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 09-11-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 09-11-07 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Funny and painful"

    This was a very interesting book. At times very funny at time very difficult to listen to. I really liked the narrator and he kept the story moving along at a nice pace.

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    Amanda 09-11-07
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    "Awesome!"

    Truly a remarkable book - well written and informative! Enjoy!!

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    Cheryl L. Clark Maryland 09-09-07
    Cheryl L. Clark Maryland 09-09-07 Member Since 2006
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    Right from the beginning I was hooked and couldn't stop listenig. It was a great story and very entertaining. Loved it.

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    tishtish 08-19-07
    tishtish 08-19-07
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    "Wonderful and enlightening"

    This was an excellent read. I thought it was well written, informative, as well as extremely entertaining. All together a great book. I did feel however it was a bit wordy for an audio. I would recomend the book but in the abridged version. You will not lose anything by listening to the abridged version, if anything it might improve your experience with this book.

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    Justin Milwaukee, WI, USA 07-13-07
    Justin Milwaukee, WI, USA 07-13-07
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    "Good, but long"

    I liked this book, but I thought it was a little long. It's a very interesting story and well written. The narrator did a good job, as well.

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    frank Brentwood, Tunisia 07-04-07
    frank Brentwood, Tunisia 07-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Middlesex"

    Enjoyable listen which kept my attention. The story line flows well and the characters are well developed.

    The narrator was particularly good and read in a way that was vivid and made the characters alive. He was extremely entertaining.

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    Pamela J United States 06-23-07
    Pamela J United States 06-23-07 Member Since 2016

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "What a great writer and reader!"

    Just an excellent example of how great writing and masterful performance make the sum of the parts greater than the whole. Take an unusual and fascinating adult story and wrap it in voices that ring so true they could be any family in America and you have the story of Cal struggling to grow up. Beautiful.

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    Fred Red Bluff, CA, United States 05-30-07
    Fred Red Bluff, CA, United States 05-30-07 Member Since 2016

    I am a Truck Driver that listens to audio books alot. I have about 250 books in my library. My books are Sci-Fi along with history.

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    "Brilliant"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the way the story unfolded and how it drew you in with the characters seeming so real. The humor and the overall story telling was excellent, the author truly has a way with words.

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    Guy virginia beach, VA, USA 05-10-07
    Guy virginia beach, VA, USA 05-10-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting book"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to through Audible. I highly recommend it. It really gave you a feel for Cal's condition as well as the history of America as the story unfolds.

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    Mary 05-09-07
    Mary 05-09-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Blushing"

    The book was very captivating, there was one or two scenes in the story that made me blush (call me a prude). The work is very good; I would buy it again.

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