Middlesex

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: November 2004
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school, Grosse Pointe, MI, 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 - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia - back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives, back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.
Sprawling across eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenide's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.
Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Audie Award for best unabridged fiction, Middlesex marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and "The New Yorker."

Reviews (44)

Middlesex

Written by SNelson on March 22nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I got sucked in from the beginning and didn't want it to end. The characters and family were really brought to life. Loved this book!

Wow

Written by Heather from Woodstock, GA on March 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is everything I love in a book. A great setting, an awesome main character and sooooo much to learn from a subject that is so misunderstood.

Middlesex

Written by Anonymous from Scotia, NY on August 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent narrator!! One of the best. When reading this book I gave up half way through and nearly did the same after listening to the first 9 discs. Dragged a bit. Glad I continued to the end. UnusuaL story about unusual subject matter.

MIddlesex

Written by Marina Hungerford from Solana Beach, CA on July 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing, amazing, amazing. The narrator was absolutely incredible. Without a doubt the best audio book I've ever listened to. The story was intriguing and kept me looking forward to my daily commute. I would recommend this masterpiece to everyone I know!

Fantastic

Written by Nikkie on December 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Hysterically funny and at times shocking. Kristoffer Tabori did a fantastic job as the reader. I recommended this book to my friends, but at the same time I suggested that if at all possible, they should get the audio version with Tabori as a reader. As good as this story is, Tabori makes it even more special.

Middlesex (Part 1)

Written by Jo on October 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has taken a very unusual subject and presented it within a family history, funny, and real, if you grew up from an ethnic background you can't help but love this book! Jo

Middlesex

Written by Anonymous from Athens, AL on September 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The reader was very good and the story was addictive to listen to.

Kept me wanting more

Written by Anonymous on August 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. The reader was great and the story had me looking forward to my drive to and from work! The story was bizarre but the author made it sound so real. I really enjoyed it.

Very entertaining

Written by Luci on August 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found this book entrancing. The characters were beautifully developed. The story was captivating, and the reader did a marvelous job! I loved his intonations and the way he characterized each of the players in the story. I am not into the second set CDs and don't want the story to end!

Middlesex (Part 1)

Written by gabby on August 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a little long but I found it very interesting.

Author Details

Author Details

Eugenides, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and received an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1986. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to acclaim in 1993. It has been translated into fifteen languages and made into a feature film. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review, and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists." In 2003, Jeffrey Eugenides received The Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex (2002).

Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the past few years he has been a Fellow of the Berliner K├╝nstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin. After spending some time in Berlin, Eugenides now lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter where he is on the faculty of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing. In January 2008 he published an anthology, My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, the proceeds of which will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago which is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.