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Tales of the City
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  • 1

    Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (307)
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    For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture...from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales of the City is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

    Scott says: "Finally... Maupin's Tales Narrated Professionally"
    Finally... Maupin's Tales Narrated Professionally

    Maupin's Tales of the City series is the most well preserved slice of popular culture ever captured in fiction. Tales and its sequels follow the love..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2013 by Scott (Roseville, CA, United States)
  • 2

    More Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (103)
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    (97)
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    The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppelgänger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all - without ever leaving home.

    Scott says: "More Real City Life Captured by Maupin"
    More Real City Life Captured by Maupin

    Maupin hits stride in his second book with Mary Ann, the archetypal young single woman, continuing to loosen up in San Francisco in the seventies with..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 07 2013 by Scott (Roseville, CA, United States)
  • 3

    Further Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
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    Story
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    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.

    Scott says: "More City Life Captured by Maupin"
    More City Life Captured by Maupin

    Mr. Maupin continues his interwoven tales of life for single people of all genders, sexual preferences, and social classes, in the late seventies in S..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 07 2013 by Scott (Roseville, CA, United States)
  • 4

    Babycakes: Tales of the City, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
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    (50)
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    (48)
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    When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.

    Scott says: "Maupin's 4th "Tales" Book with a Male Narrator"
    Maupin's 4th "Tales" Book with a Male Narrator

    See previous reviews for discussion of the characters. The big difference in this book is that the subject matter begins to get more serious as the a..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 07 2013 by Scott (Roseville, CA, United States)
  • 5

    Significant Others: Tales of the City, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
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    Tranquility reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world's most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.

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  • 6

    Sure of You: Tales of the City, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Eric McCormack
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    A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure of You could only come from Armistead Maupin.

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  • 7

    Michael Tolliver Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
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    Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

    Everett Leiter says: "Worthy epilogue to Tales"
    Worthy epilogue to Tales

    If you're a fan of the Tales of the City books (as I am), you will thoroughly enjoy revisiting the main characters that you have missed all these year..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 21 2007 by Everett Leiter (New York, NY)
  • 8

    Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
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    Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

    Kathleen says: "Just okay."
    Just okay.

    Characters were interesting and written with empathy. I learned a lot about transsexuals. This book was not great, not terrible.

    Reviewed on March 12 2011 by Kathleen (Newburyport, MA, United States)
  • 9

    The Days of Anna Madrigal: A Novel (Tales of the City)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (109)

    Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

    Keith says: "A Life In Review"
    A Life In Review

    This book, the latest in the Tales of the City series, is a trip down memory lane for its primary character -- Anna Madrigal. I have lived with these..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 26 2014 by Keith (Springfield, MO, United States)