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The Accidental Tourist | [Anne Tyler]

The Accidental Tourist

Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Macon Leary - a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

©1986 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not a character, including Macon's dog Edward, is untouched by delightful eccentricity in this charming story, full of surprises and wisdom. All of Tyler's novels are wonderful; this is her best yet." (Libarary Journal)

"Comic.... Sweetly perverse.... A novel animated by witty invention and lively personalities." (Time)

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 10-07-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Slow to start but great second half"

    I had read this novel many years ago and loved it. It had been my first Anne Tyler novel. Listening to this now, I was disappointed throughout the first half. The characters were quirky, almost typical Anne Tyler characters, but the freshness of the experience was gone for me. This is the story of Macon, an odd, finicky man dealing with the demise of his marriage after the tragic death of his son. When Macon meets Muriel, an unlikely mate, his life begins to change in big ways. Halfway through the novel, the characters became alive to me, and I loved the second half of the book. It was hard to rate this, as the first half is a basic 3 star novel, but the second half was a 5 star story which kept me glued to my iPod. This does not feel dated, and I recommend it to anyone who likes Anne Tyler or quirky middle-aged romances.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 04-09-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 04-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just not my type of book"

    I listened to all of the book, but was glad when it was over. This book just bounced around too often without keeping my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie United States 07-02-12
    Marie United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself! Author of Deadly Lust, Deadly Charm and Graceland Express.

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    "Better than the movte"
    What did you love best about The Accidental Tourist?

    Anne Tyler creates wonderful off-beat characters who are totally believable and places them in real-life delimmas


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Muriel the dog trainer . Though she and Megan are both from Baltimore, she is from a cultural background that contrasts poignantly with his.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett renders the character's voices in a way that distinguishes each one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Thisbook's multi-layered story is a treat to be savored again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    As with all Anne Tyler's works, this book makees you feel you have shared her charscter's lives. Also, she makes the city of Baltimore an integral part of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    scottyR00 10-15-14
    scottyR00 10-15-14 Member Since 2014

    South TX, Padre Island, Seafood, Space X...Nuff' said!?

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    "My first audiobook from a movie I love"
    Would you try another book from Anne Tyler and/or Joe Barrett?

    Maybe Ann Tyler, but I will try and avoid Joe Barrett. I am sure he is a decent narrator but not for this material especially the Muriel character. Kinda annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

    Not sure as this is my first audiobook


    Do you think The Accidental Tourist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure! How about a follow up movie also.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book certainly expands on what was possible in a two hour movie, some of it seemed excessive and unnecessary. I especially disliked all the dream sequences. I know they were they to help explain some of the inner working of Macon's mind however, I found them distracting and not needed. Sometimes while listening to this in my car on the way home, I found my mind wandering and having to rewind the book several cycles. Was it because the book/story was uninteresting or was it because this is my first audiobook and I needed to train my mind to listen? I really think I enjoyed the movie better. Here's hoping that my next audiobook is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne LONG BEACH, CA, United States 06-21-14
    Marianne LONG BEACH, CA, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2012

    trickortreat

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    "Unfortunate narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    No! He made the main female character, Muriel, sound like Jerry Lewis in one of his comedies. I can't imagine any man finding this woman alluring with the interpretation he gives her. Geena Davis did a far better performance in the film.


    Any additional comments?

    It's interesting that Muriel was portrayed much more sympathetically in the film and Kathleen Turner came off badly. In the book she's a bit more likable, and the book also fleshes out a lot of Macon's feelings (such as they are.) I would recommend the film over a reading of the novel, however. It's still a fine story with amusing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Clifton Park, NY, USA 06-07-14
    Charles Clifton Park, NY, USA 06-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "an unhappy man"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A sad story of a confused and unhappy husband. He believes that a woman the opposite of the wife who left him will make him happy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Tyler again?

    Not if it was a similar story


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia A. Greer Colorado 05-31-14
    Marcia A. Greer Colorado 05-31-14 Member Since 2012

    yawning_greyhound

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    "Always a classic"
    Any additional comments?

    I found myself not liking the Miriam character because of the voice given her by the reader. I kept picturing the words on a page and seeing if that would've been the tone I assigned her. It wasn't. And yet I cheered for her throughout notwithstanding the harsh correction of Edward when he threatened to bite. But I suppose that technique was popular in the decade this book was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 04-21-14
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "great story, frustrating reader"
    Where does The Accidental Tourist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters and how they change


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The main character is named Macon. The reader constantly pronounces it Mee con or meegun. it sounds as if he is saying megan. I find it really annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a great book. I read it years ago and later saw the movie version. it is funny and charming and the characters are rounded out and believable. I am not enjoying the audible version as much as I had hoped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 01-12-12
    Debbie 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WONDERFUL STORY I LISTENED TO IT TWICE"

    It starts out to slow and than off the story rips enjoy I sure did

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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