Regular price: $13.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards.

Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”?

In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin”, an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these 16 hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it.

©2012 Tim Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    71
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    31
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    11

Performance

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    80
  • 4 Stars
    46
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 3.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    55
  • 4 Stars
    57
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    10
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • JOSEPH
  • Bonners Ferry, ID, United States
  • 10-18-12

Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior

I had started out getting the Kindle version and was part way through it and when I discovered it was available on Audible I got it quick! Audio books work out so much better for me that I was glad I could switch to the Audible format to hear the rest of the book.
I really enjoyed the story of the author's adventures in Japan. I thought it was an often funny story and would recommend it!
The Audible version is also a great example of how the right reader can really make the story great! He sounds a lot like Mathew McConaughey to me and does great with his accents when he's describing some of the other foreign characters in the story.
I think it's really worth the 'credit'!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Chris
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 11-05-12

Fun experences of an English teacher in Japan

This is a fun history of an average guy getting out of a rut in middle America by going to teach English in Japan. If you are interested in Japan and like travel stories, you will probobly enjoy this. Sections are not family friendly, but as the voice of the book is that of a 20 something out on an adventure, that should probobly be expected.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Tokyo Madness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tune In Tokyo?

Was it the drunk Australian teacher or maybe it was the Vagina Room?

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

I laughed all the way through.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. The author was very engaging and very very funny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good book to waste some time with.

Would you listen to Tune In Tokyo again? Why?

I've travelled and lived in Japan and love the country. This book was on a 5 dollar sale and thought it would be worth a try. The book is read by MacLeod Andrews who has a pleasant voice well matched to the tone of the book. The story itself is about a 20ish gay person visiting Japan for the first time to teach English. The book basically it a collection of experiences and interesting intervals which he encountered.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Anderson? Why or why not?

It would depend on the topic, I think he wrote pretty much all he could about Tokyo in this book.

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

The voice of the author is well suited for the tone of the book. Which in many cases is a bit cynical but funny. Speaking Japanese myself I

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

To book is good for some slow giggles and best enjoyed when relaxing or commuting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Of all the David Sedaris wannabes, he comes close

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very easy to listen to, you can just zone in and zone out and not miss the actual story (mainly because these are little unconnected anecdotes). Perfect for quick city rides, because you can just listen to it for 7-8 minutes and still get some entertainment out of it.

Any additional comments?

Out of all the David Sedaris wannabes, this one actually comes closest to being occasionally funny. He is from Raleigh, NC - Check. He is gay - Check. He travels to Japan without speaking much of the language - Check. It won't have you roll around laughing, but good entertainment value.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Hilarious!

Although the book is light and engaging, the experiences shared by Tim Anderson are very deep and personal. Funny from beginning to end!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

SATC in Japan but with a gay man

Where does Tune In Tokyo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorite books so far. I can't rank them accordingly since each book I get on Audible are special. Each book I download are unique in their own way as I tend to collect something I would enjoy keeping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Author. He's hilarious. His students are just as funny. But the best guy I like was his ex-room mate, the drunkard Moba hired.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

This is the first time I encountered MacLeod Andrews. He's good tho. I'm glad he brought justice to the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SATC, with not much sex, but a lot of ramen.

Any additional comments?

This is a keeper of a book. Not often do you read/hear a book written about life in Japan, apart from Haruki Murakami. Mr Anderson's experience as an English instructor in a foreign land is one for the books. I've always had a fascination for Japan, having been on vacation and visiting the country and I never tire visiting it, but to live it, and see it through Tim's view, a funny gay man, who obviously wasn't prepared to live in there for 2 years (like as if anyone is ever prepared?), it was just the entertainment I needed. I have no regrets picking this book out and look forward to reading it again. Just for laughs.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

I found Tim Anderson's romp through Tokyo truly entertaining and enjoyable. His 'Gaijin' experience is full of humor and poignancy. MacLeod Andrews perfectly captures his youthful verve and wide-eyed enthusiasm (and handles the Japanese language pronunciations with impressive aplomb - never accenting the second syllable!). This is one of the few audio books that I continue to enjoy with repeated listenings!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A perfect portrait of Tokyo that's insanely funny

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! The portrayal of my favorite country / city is spot on. For those that haven't visited Tokyo/Japan, the author does a great job at explaining everything that's culturally odd, endearing, and wonderful. It's also one of the funniest books I've listened to and the narrator completely nails it.

Any additional comments?

The best memoir about Japan / Tokyo I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Smartly written and, easily, one of the best narration jobs I've ever come across on Audible.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

As the Japanese say - CUTE

What made the experience of listening to Tune In Tokyo the most enjoyable?

the narrator truly brought the story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The trials and tribulations of living in a country whose culture and language are so diverse from our own. Funny story.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

He was excellent. He made the whole experience so believable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Can a Southern, gay diabetic find happiness in Japan?

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Alan
  • 12-23-12

a funny insight to living in Japan

I picked up this audio book expecting a dry and factual travel story.. thats not what i got at all, its actually a really amusing tale of the authors life in Japan over the course of a year and a half while working as a English Teacher.. our litirary gaijin spins an interesting story of life in a way different from his suburban American roots with tales of psychotic drunken flatmates, strange customs and falling in love with a culture so alien to him.

Ok. you wont learn much in the way of Japanese language or customs from this book but you woll come away with a desire to experience the lifestyle yoursrlf someday.. a highly enjoyable read indeed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • David Hill
  • 11-06-17

Hilarious western view of Japan

Excellently voiced, this chronicle of culture shock when hitting Japan had been my favorite audio book to date. Some of the content is a bit inappropriate for younger listeners but I've laughed happily through it. Even keener to get to Japan now!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Ubster
  • 08-30-17

Fun, light ,entertaining

Fun, light ,entertaining world of drifter teaching English in Tokyo. Narration was excellent, insights gets you a little peek into fascinating world of Japanese culture. Jokes were a little forced / trying a little too hard. But overall was good listen on a commute.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Terry Browning
  • 03-10-17

Great

if you've been to Japan, or thinking of going, then you will love this book.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Nadia
  • 05-10-17

Incredibly funny and down to earth

Where does Tune In Tokyo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The most enjoyable audiobook I've listened to on Audible so far! Love the narration, it's so down to earth and honest!