- Audio CD: 17 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (1 November 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593977344
- ISBN-13: 978-1593977344
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 5.6 x 14.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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"Jeffrey Eugenides is a big and big-hearted talent, and Middlesex is a weird, wonderful novel that will sweep you off your feet." --Jonathan Franzen
"The author is a gifted storyteller who relates 10 decades of one Greek family's life with evocative words and poignant images, which please the ear and mind. Kristoffer Tabori's dramatization gives a strong sense that he's savoring the telling." --Audio File
"Without a doubt, this audio edition of Eugenide's long-awaited second novel represents an acme of the audiobook genre: the whole equals more than the sum of its parts...Tabori's performance of the text is phenomenal...Not only are his interpretations of the characters astonishingly credible, but his internalization of the narrative is nothing short of amazing." --Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
"What made me fall in love with audiobooks was not so much the story (which is amazing), but rather the narration of the book done by Kristoffer Tabori. This performance, for me, elevated audiobooks from a convenient way to get more books 'read' to an actual performance art." --Brain Candy Book Reviews
About the Author
Jeffrey Eugenides grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and attended Brown University. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by FSG to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. He lives in Berlin, Germany, with is wife and daughter.
Kristoffer Tabori has been involved in the world of television, film and theatre since he was six years old. As a director he won an Emmy, was nominated for a DGA award, and was the recipient of The Theatre World Award, The LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Award, and ten Drama-logue Awards. He has lent his voice to a number of films including Alpha Protocol, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition, Endwar, and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. Kristoffer has read a range of Earphones Award-winning audiobooks. His work includes narrating Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, Jack Finny's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the compilation Tales for a Stormy Night.
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It is these rich, sumptuous descriptions that immediately transport us to the small Greek village clutching the mountain, to the trans-Atlantic crossing undertaken by two sibling lovers, to the fiery war torn Detroit race riots, to the Stephanides parlour reeking of men, emotion and volatility. We become immersed in the story and the characters, and by doing so we come to understand the total loss and bewilderment that Cal feels as he slowly comes to the realisation that he is “different”.
Cal is a warm, engaging open narrator. He is omniscient, and this again provides Eugenides with an opportunity to showcase his talent. “So I raise one fist (male typically) and begin to beat on the walls of my eggshell until it cracks. Then, slippery as a yolk, I dive headfirst into the world” narrates Cal of his conception. Brilliant!
And even though Cal is aware that his hermaphroditism stems from his grandparents incestuous relationship, there is no bitterness or recrimination. He accepts his family foibles and shortcomings just as he comes to accept his “differences”. Indeed it is this feeling that permeates the book: Eugenides has been able to deftly handle the incest and experimental sex scenes; in his hands they are written with tenderness and love.
I simply did not want this tale to end. Over the course of 400 pages I had come to know and love the Stephanides. I was looking forward to taking the journey with Cal – to find out how she traversed from a confused and frightened 14 year old girl to a tentatively confident 41 year old male. And this is where the story disappoints. We lose the beauty and magic that was evident to this point. We lose the warmth and candour. Instead it feels we are rushed through a somewhat sordid ending.
Despite this Middlesex is a wonderful reading experience – thoroughly engrossing and highly recommended.
(Four and a half stars)