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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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    Christina Long Island City, NY, USA 12-10-05
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    The book is fantastic & narration excellent.

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    Diana Walnut Creek, CA, USA 11-04-05
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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
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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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    "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
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    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
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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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    Dave Ellicott City, MD, USA 05-03-05
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    "A really enjoyable story"

    What a terrific listen. I was skeptical going in, seemed to be a more appropriate title for my wife, but quickly became lost in the story. It was a nice balance of historical insight and three generations coming of age.

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    Roseann Syracuse, NY, USA 03-18-05
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    "Don't want it to end"

    This is the longest book I've listened to so far but even so I didn't want it to end. The narrator was fabulous and the story was so engaging. It really draws you in.

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    Morgan Austin, TX, United States 03-17-05
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    I thouroughly loved this book. The story is wonderful, the narration is wonderful...
    I'd really like to see more titles from this Author.

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