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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55,144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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It's the early 1980s the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

As Madeleine tries to understand why it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in 18th-century France, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.

Leonard Bankhead charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy'suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange'resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the 19th century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather McCoy | 2/10/2014

    " Honestly I just loved loved LOVED this book from start to finish. I'll admit to having a strong affection and attachment to the setting (Brown), but apart from that I love Eugenides' sens of detail. I stayed interested in the characters the entire way and felt completely fulfilled from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/2/2014

    " I agree with other reviewers that this was not as good as "Middlesex," however, I still enjoyed it, perhaps because I related to the character of Madeleine. Although I didn't share her privileged upbringing, I could understand her confused ambitions, her susceptibility to Leonard, her ambiguity to Mitchell, her close yet sometimes tense relations with her family, and her literary interests. It has to be difficult to follow something as epic as "Middlesex," and this novel surely won't be every reader's taste. It's a character-driven novel, which usually means a reader has to find at least one of the main characters compelling to stay engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwelshhans | 1/15/2014

    " Some really lovely writing and some unexpected plot developments, which I found very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Buchanan | 1/12/2014

    " I started this book off totally hooked. I could identify strongly with the characters and their post-collegiate lack of direction. As the book continued I found myself drawn more and more into Mitchell's travels, and less into the romantic struggles that made up the rest of the book. The characters were very real; in the sense that I loved them sometimes, and wanted to punch them in the face at others. I thought Leonard's character was especially well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Compton | 12/29/2013

    " No topic is too complex to be treated one dimensionally and superficially 'explored' in the Marriage Plot! Read about post-structural theory, marriage and relationships in contemporary society, and mental illness, but don't think about them too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bozena | 12/24/2013

    " Middlesex was much better. The author spent too much time talking about literature and philosophy and not enough time on the story. Disappointing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrylee | 12/19/2013

    " This would have been a great series of short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/13/2013

    " Three and a half to four. Think it was over-hyped for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandi | 12/10/2013

    " Ehhh. If Middlesex is an A plus plus plus, this one barely gets a C plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann | 12/3/2013

    " Wonderful! Read Middlesex last year, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. It did not disappoint. Clever, well written and engaging from start to end. Don't want to give more away than the title itself does. Recommended! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 11/25/2013

    " This book made me feel stupid. The author kept making references to things that I had no idea what he was talking about. Oh well. Why would I want to google everything, or look in the dictionary every five minutes? Not enjoyable to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 11/17/2013

    " I'm still digesting this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alicia | 6/18/2013

    " The ending redeemed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalierose | 4/17/2013

    " Lame Plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/3/2013

    " I loved his other books but this one was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Els | 11/12/2012

    " I did like this book - it just is not a book that I will remember later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meri | 9/17/2012

    " just remembered why I loved The Virgin Suicides when I read it in high school! (before that movie ruined my idea of it). Although I'd love to see a movie of this one! Interesting picture of mental illness, post-grad life, what it means to love, marriage, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claralouiseshaw | 6/24/2012

    " This is a beautifully written book, and I loved the comparison to marriage plots in Jane Austen novels throughout. Also, Eugenides describes English majors just how I thought they were, but I guess we could both be wrong... Lovely, but emotionally complicated story. Good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Kennedy | 5/17/2012

    " So much to admire, and so much to dislike about this book. A real mixed bag, and one I don't think I can make myself clear about what worked and what didn't. The ending saved it, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gráinne | 5/4/2012

    " Very disappointing!! I got very bored but struggled through to the end of the 406 pages. Having read Middlesex previously I expected a much higher standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 11/8/2011

    " This is a fascinating read. So many questions for Book Clubs to take on.
    It is my idea of what a novel should be. The sort of thing you think about, days after you finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 11/8/2011

    " I planned on really liking this book; probably placing too much emphasis on much I liked 'Middlesex.'
    Unfortunately I didn't get into it at all. I could recognize the perfect prose and writing style, but could not really engage in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chee Chee | 11/7/2011

    " It's no Middlesex, but still a solid holiday read - even if it did get a bit scattered towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/7/2011

    " Another great book by Eugenides. As flawed as they are, you have to love the characters and the struggles that constantly dodge them in their endeavors. All three main characters are their own worst enemy. Is there a happy ending? Who knows! "

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