Tales of the City

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,571 ratings

Tales of the City Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Tales of the City

    • Tales of the City, Book 1
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 964
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 871
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 873

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sparkling, Witty and Touching!

    • By Nancy J on 01-19-14

    Regular price: $27.37

  • Book 2

    • More Tales of the City

    • Tales of the City, Book 2
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Nixon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Real City Life Captured by Maupin

    • By Scott on 04-07-13

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 3

    • Further Tales of the City

    • Tales of the City, Book 3
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More City Life Captured by Maupin

    • By Scott on 04-07-13

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 4

    • Babycakes

    • Tales of the City, Book 4
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maupin's 4th "Tales" Book with a Male Narrator

    • By Scott on 04-07-13

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 5

    • Significant Others

    • Tales of the City, Book 5
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Nixon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    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.

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 6

    • Sure of You

    • Tales of the City, Book 6
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Eric McCormack
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • worst narrator ever!!!

    • By Patrick Yanez on 01-05-17

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 7

    • Michael Tolliver Lives

    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 167

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy epilogue to Tales

    • By Everett Leiter on 07-21-07

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 8

    • Mary Ann in Autumn

    • A Tales of the City Novel
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • He Has Done It Again!

    • By Keith on 01-10-11

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 9

    • The Days of Anna Madrigal

    • A Novel (Tales of the City)
    • By: Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Book I've Downloaded So Far

    • By Annabel on 03-12-14

    Regular price: $21.67