Your audiobook is waiting…

Naturally Tan

A Memoir
Narrated by: Tan France
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (392 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

"Tan France's unique accent, chummy intimacy, and cheeky delivery make audio the best way to experience his memoir." — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author, with a special guest appearance!  

In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Queer Eye reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon - and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television - simply by being Naturally Tan.  

Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts, Tan France was the youngest child in his family, growing up in South Yorkshire, England. As a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in the predominantly white community, he was routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color.  

Knowing he was gay from an early age, Tan harbored that secret to avoid further racial harassment and potentially cause a rift between him and his family. It was a secret he would keep from them until finally coming out at the age of 34 - happily married to Rob, a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.  

With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan shares his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way about being a successful businessman, a devoted spouse, and self-acceptance. From navigating the gay community; to finding the love of his life; to creating a popular ladies’ clothing lines for Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell, Inc.; to joining Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness on Queer Eye as positive, representative celebrity role models for LGBTQ people; Tan followed his own path to develop his signature style and embrace life on his own terms.  

Full of his candid observations about US and UK cultural differences, social media behavior, celebrity encounters, behind-the-scenes realities of reality TV, and - of course - fashion tips, Tan gives his unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.  

©2019 Tan France (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    291
  • 4 Stars
    67
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    303
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    263
  • 4 Stars
    65
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beyond what I could’ve expected

I laughed, I cried, I ugly cried, I honestly think it’s changed my life! I have to accept that I’ll never be friends with Tan in real life but I have a new found respect for him and I had a lot of respect for him before this book. Truly the best book I’ve read in a long time

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Binged and would binge again!

Was watching this book like a hawk, waiting for it to be available to listen to. Yes I binged it all in a day and I’m sitting in the lobby ready to get the physical copy and see Tan on his tour! Absolutely phenomenal! Glad we get to see another side of you Tan!! And *SPOILER* Antoni was a nice little side bar! Couldn’t recommend this book enough!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A heartfelt, honest and hilarious memoir

Tan France narrates his wonderful memoir with snark, sass, and love. His story is both very personal and delivers an honest look at what life is like for people of color. I cried over some of his earliest memories of racism growing up. I also laughed along with him when he delivers his sassy commentary on clothes, style and being famous. I smiled and sighed and grew smitten over Rob with him as he shares their love story. The print copy is great, but the magic is the author-narrated audiobook. Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Definitely rereading!

I truly loved this book and I was not even finished with it when I decided that I'm going to read it again. I felt like I was going on the emotional rollercoaster with him as he told stories of his last and present. I was crying within the first 20 minutes! I dont usually write reviews but this book deserved it. I reccomend this book 1000%

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Heartwarming, truthful, full of emotions

Love that it’s Tan reading his own book. It was really enjoyable to hear the story from his own voice and words. It’s filled with so much validity and truthfulness. Something in it that anyone can relate to. Loved how honest he was. I found myself tearing up and laughing out loud! Great “read”

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Marvelous!

Loved it! Tan shares his life in a way that makes the reader/listener feel like he is your friend. Many times I felt emotionally attached to his experiences, happy with his achievements and sad at the injustices he's faced. I will definitely listen to this book again!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kerr506
  • Virginia, United States
  • 07-18-19

Great for Tan Fans

This is not the best written book. It could have used more editing. It rambles and jumps around. But Tan reads it to us. Even if he is going on and on about something I don't care much about I still just enjoyed listening. He's a real person with imperfections. It's wonderful that Tam has such a happy life and is able to share his life experiences in his book and on the TV show Queer Eye.

So now I'm a Tan Fan more than ever. By the way, I am a 65 years old woman.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing read, even better listen!

I originally bought the book to read but once I began I knew that listening to Tan tell his story through an audiobook would make it even better. Such an amazing listen, I finished it in just a few days! His words are powerful and learning about his journey was very inspiring.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Tan for addressing racism 👍🏼

I knew Tan France’s memoir would be entertaining but what really enticed me into listening was the fact that he talked openly about his experiences throughout his life with racism. Tan reflects on explicit, more hidden and also internalized racism that he has faced in the U.K., the U.S. and even in his own Southeast Asian community. He also talks about the difficulties of being a gay man in these different communities and cultures. I really appreciated that he used his voice to bring these important topics to the surface. Bravo, Tan! :) And yes, in addition, the book is also very entertaining!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

wonderful

I had to make time to listen to this because it was so good. I love Tan and listening to his story made me love him more.