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Publisher's Summary

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The fifth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

Tranquillity 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. 

©1987 The Chronicle Publishing Company (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Cynthia Nixon rocks this recording.

The book is great and Cynthia Nixon makes it just that much better!!! She embodies each character fully it’s great. You never wonder who’s speaking.

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Life goes on...

I missed some of the stock characters in this one, and the limited role of Mrs. Madrigal. However, the central storyline was just as intriguing as ever, in the continuing story of the lives and loves of Barbary Lane. They even introduced a new character who adds body positivity to the mix, as they make their way through the eighties. Cynthia Nixon is back as the narrator, and she does a beautiful job!

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fun story

love it all. the narrator is great and the story is wonderful fun for all

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  • 04-22-21

So many characters...

There are SO many characters in this book, it was hard to keep up. I had to write them down, there were so many. Multiple plots. I couldn't invest in any of the characters as they just didn't seem appealing to me. It certainly seems a stand out book for the time it was published (a good few decades ago) regarding LGBTQ relationships. Narration was very good.

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  • G3org3
  • 02-17-18

Flagging a bit

Story is okay but not as rich and engrossing as the others. Cynthia Nixon does a fantastic job at narrating.

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  • E J STICKLAND
  • 04-21-16

A joy to listen to

I effortlessly breezed thru this audio book in just a few days. Wonderful, tantalising characters, expertly brought to life by Cynthia Nixon and written so tangibly by Armistead Maupin. I was hooked by the storylines and couldn't wait to get thru each chapter.