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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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Right on the heels of his New York Times best-selling and National Book Award-nominated novel, Drop City, T.C. Boyle has crafted an even more captivating tale with memorable characters and a rollicking plot that will delight both his longtime devotees and a legion of new fans. The Inner Circle is a love story narrated by John Milk, a virginal young man, who in 1940 accepts a job as an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a charming professor of zoology at Indiana University who has just discovered his life's true calling: sex. As a member of Kinsey's inner circle of researchers, Milk (and his beautiful new wife) is called on to participate in sexual experiments that become increasingly uninhibited, and problematic for his marriage. For in his later years, Kinsey (a sexual enthusiast of the first order) pushed the boundaries both personally and professionally. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " This is an interesting story, but it doesn't really go anywhere. I couldn't put it down until about half way through. Now I only have about a fourth of it left, but I just don't care what happens. Because nothing really happens. It's just a story about this man's experience in Kinsey's world...which is interesting on it's own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tristan Almeric Zantua | 2/17/2014

    " Two stars for everything sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/31/2014

    " Focused on Kinsey and his researchers, this novel takes an interesting time and group of people to explore important themes: devotion, idealism, responsibility. There is conflict in these relationships - sexual, intimate - but, the real conflict seems to be about one's ideals, and what you choose to stand up for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/30/2014

    " a very interesting book - albeit strange at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/28/2014

    " One of my favorite books. I can't recommend it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Kampwirth | 1/21/2014

    " Really liked this book. The interaction and relationships between the characters is great, as is the story itself. I mean, who doesn't love a good book about sex research?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Siri | 1/17/2014

    " I am glad I read this book to have a better understanding of Dr. Kinsey. However, the book got on my nerves because I did not like the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walt | 1/12/2014

    " Fresh on the heels of his bestselling Drop City, Boyle's tenth novel features fabulous characters, a rollicking plot, and more sex than pioneering researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey ever dreamed of documenting. I liked Drop City. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/5/2014

    " Started off well but I lost my sympathy for the characters, so that the book felt bleak instead of richly dark. Really good language sometimes, so I'm upping its stars from 2 to 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivien Fung | 12/31/2013

    " Of an assistant to an obsessive sex researcher and science vs love. Interesting enough as a fictional story for a second read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/27/2013

    " Historical novel about the life of Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his research on human sexuality. I'm still in shock !! I don't know what to say...I loved this book ! Read it and tell me if I'm normal ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 12/19/2013

    " I loved Tortilla Curtain so I sought out another book by T.C. Boyle. This book was not as good for me, but the characters were just as developed. Overall it was a good book but the whole sex triangle was a little weird for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LMJ | 12/10/2013

    " Great author, fascinating subject, simple shocks, magnetic prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherie | 5/25/2013

    " B Fictional story of Kinsey--okay, but almost too unrealistic for even fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryn | 4/21/2013

    " so well-written, so squarely positioned in moral gray-space: problematic, intriguing, and really engrossing. It's about Kinsey, his research, the development of the Institute of Sex Research, and the lives and troubles of the men who worked for him. Highly, highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viki | 12/21/2012

    " Didn't love it or hate it. It was just a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vishal | 12/4/2012

    " An interesting read about a group of researchers cataloging the sexual behavior of American populace in the 1940's. The author very sensitively deals with the inter-personal relationships played out between this small group "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Torie | 11/28/2012

    " This book had its moments, but otherwise it was pretty boring. Man, T.C., you are either so on or so off. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 7/3/2012

    " Slightly interesting, more than I wanted to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " Not my favorite of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/26/2011

    " I think TC Boyle is an astonishinly talented storyteller. I like this better than The Women (the FL Wright one). It would be a good bookgroup companion to Meg Worlitzer's The Position. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoinette | 4/19/2011

    " A fictional story of what it might have been like to have been part of Kinsey's research. Explores the difference between the objectively scientific and subjective reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2011

    " This book was a portrait of the people involved in the Kinsey research of the 1940s and 1950s. Who knew that they had this much fun back then? Who cares about boundaries? A great book in the historical fiction oeuvre of T. C. Boyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 2/6/2011

    " One of the things I like about T.C. Boyle's books is that I generally learn a good bit while being vastly entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 1/4/2011

    " TCB's way of writing is mind boggling.. it's so creative and interesting. It was definitely a memorable novel. He does an amazing job of making the story so believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/28/2010

    " Fantastic read. I love this author! One of my 2010 finds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timfksd | 11/28/2010

    " Interesting fictionalized entryway into the Kinsey inner circle. Got a bit bored about 2/3 of the way through, but glad I stuck with it. "

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About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.