The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her heart to a derelict living in San Francisco park.
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Have always loved books and I find that as I have gotten older I find this way more enjoyable then listening to the radio.
Tales of the city is a classic and fun story taking place during the 70's u have all the people of Barbary lane and how unique and fun they are. Also during this time the variety of people and personality as well as how the early days of the LGBT community were founded in at many times misunderstanding and violence..this is the 3rd part of the series and sooo far not disappointed.
The novel is exactly what one familiar with Maupin's Tales of the City would expect: light and airy, full of local color, with several highly enjoyable and implausible surprises. But what gets me is Frances McDormand's terrible performance as a narrator; although she is one of the most gifted actors I know, when it comes to reading aloud she's no great shakes. Her timing is lousy--she races through sentences at times, occasionally making comical flubs ("shrubbery" becomes "shubbery," for example)--and she often places her emphases inappropriately. Cynthia Nixon narrates number two in this series, and she does a terrific job; too bad Audible didn't ask her back!
This is such a contemporary story. More so today 2015 then back in 1980. The story fits with the times. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Mr. Maupin continues his interwoven tales of life for single people of all genders, sexual preferences, and social classes, in the late seventies in San Francisco. The writing is funny and heartbreakingly sweet. The overall plot regarding one of the great monsters of the age will invariably be regarded by some as contrived but that misses he point. The point of the plot is not to get to the end, but to have an excuse to write about (as Rachel Maddow points out) the "interconnected" normal, healthy lives of the characters both gay and straight. The writing holds up well considering that it is a snap-shot of popular culture nearly thirty years ago. (You may wince at the occasional use of "boogie" to mean dancing.) The narrator has been switched back to the slightly faster reading Frances McDormand who is still perfectly competent. However, she's not quite as tender a narrator as Cynthia Nixon in the second book. It is strongly recommended that you listen to these books in order, especially if discovering them for the first time. They make far more sense when read in order as most series do. If you never had the privilege of living in San Francisco, the Paris of America, this series makes you feel as if you had, while also supplying you with several good friends and one way-cool landlady to boot. If you have any kind of open mind and heart you will fall in love with the characters and feel the appropriate amount of hate for one of the worst real life villains of the modern era.
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