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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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    "Really Amazing!"

    I love this book. Listening to it I really didn't get into it in the first 30 minutes of listening, but it just kept getting better and better! I wish that it had been longer! You get so wrapped up in the lives of these characters that I didn't want it to end!

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    Janice New York, NY, USA 04-01-08
    Janice New York, NY, USA 04-01-08
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    Jin Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 03-24-08
    Jin Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 03-24-08
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    "well written and interesting story"

    Middlesex was extremely well written with a fasinating topic, and the narration was very smooth. I found the story hard to listen to in the beginning but grew to love the historic settings, colorful characters, the family secrets, and the difficult coming of age of Calliope.

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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 03-22-08
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 03-22-08 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "MY NEW FAVORITE"

    This book wasn't what I expected.I had anticipated clinical details and sociologic statistics. This was a personal story of a very charming person. I loved the mix of family and world history. It covered events I had no knowlege of, and Calliope is the most syampathetic protagonist I have ever met. Plus the ending was perfect!

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    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 03-13-08
    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 03-13-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    This book was wonderful. The story was very well told about an interesting subject. I was taken aback a bit because it wasn't just about Callie. There were large sections devoted to telling about her grandparents and parents in order to get to the present story.

    If you don't like a musical background, don't worry, it doesn't last long. If you listen at work or around children, beware that there are a few racy parts and cursing. (I got caught off guard a few times with people in and out of my office)

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    Carol Southaven, MS, United States 03-09-08
    Carol Southaven, MS, United States 03-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book, Excellent narrative"

    Not only the book enlightening and entertaining, the whole experience is enhanced by the narration is some of the best I have heard with any book through Audible. The entire experience was a joy.

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    Barbara Armstrong Arkansas, USA 02-27-08
    Barbara Armstrong Arkansas, USA 02-27-08 Member Since 2013

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    "SURPRISED!"

    I was very surprised with this book. Well written and excellently narrated!

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    The Kruels SLC, UT 02-24-08
    The Kruels SLC, UT 02-24-08 Member Since 2016
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    "FANTASTIC"

    Sensitive subject matter done with amazing wit and humor and artfully told. I looked forward to listening to it every day and was so sad when the tale ended. Absolutely gold.

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    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 02-21-08
    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 02-21-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Incredibly detailed"

    Fascinating story, well researched and tastefully written. I felt like I knew each of the characters personally. Also the narrator was superb! He 'acted' out all of the parts with ease.

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    Southern lady Macon, GA 02-12-08
    Southern lady Macon, GA 02-12-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding Narration"

    I was not sure this book was really what I wanted to listen to over several hours. However, the narrator was SO wonderful, so compelling that I wanted to listen to every word. Some of it is uncomfortable but all of it is so important to understand in the overall design of our world and all of the people who populate it.I will probably listen again because the narrator weaves the stories and voices so well it is fascinating to get so quickly caught up in a story. Bravo!!!

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