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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the City Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061977329
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Armistead is a true original. His tales are bang up-to-date. They will surprise and maybe even shock you, but, I promise, they will make you laugh.”

    Ian McKellen

  • “Maupin has a genius for observation. His characters have the timing of vaudeville comics, flawed by human frailty and fueled by blind hope.”

    Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Turnbull | 2/18/2014

    " While the first three books in the Tales in the City series were, for me, the best, there's something about a Maupin book that is like no other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 2/16/2014

    " Fourth novel in his Tales of the City series. We reunite with Mary-Ann and Brian who desperately want a baby, Mary-Ann goes to extreme lengths to achieve this dream, lengths that the reader can see will backfire on her dramatically. But you expect drama from Maupin, you also expect twists and unexpected turns of faith. We find Mouse grieving and traveling to England to shake the melancholy he's feeling. We reconnect with Mona, who's been MIA for a while. Set in the early '80s, we have the AIDS shadowing the fun and games of our heroes. Lighter in some ways than the early books, despite the melancholy and the sorrow that clings to many of the characters. Liked it even if the plot was very thin but I don't read Maupin for the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sezin Koehler | 2/11/2014

    " Not as good as the Tales of the City novels. I honestly don't even remember what this one was about. Could probably be skipped if you've never read Tales of the City. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Holt | 2/10/2014

    " Babycakes (Tales of the City Series, V. 4) by Armistead Maupin (1994) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/9/2014

    " Mary Ann is a lot harder to connect with in this book. Her actions in this book are a far cry from the Mary Ann of the first three Tales of the City stories. Still a great read if you're in the mood for a well-written San Francisco soap opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beaver | 2/6/2014

    " So unmemorable that I was 100 pages into it and forgot that I already read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elysabeth | 2/6/2014

    " As far as this series goes, this was probably my least favorite book. It just didn't engage me as much, as all the characters sort of slumped into their own versions of adulthood and domesticity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 1/22/2014

    " We are back to 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco, following the adventure of Mary Ann, Brian, Mouse and Mona. It's the forth book, and all the character are now so familiar, that they do feel like family. This is, so far, the best written book of the series, Maupin really improved his writing skills over the year (and he was great to start with). The story flows very smoothly now and it's adroitly crafted so that everything falls in place without forcing events. As a result the story feel credible and real. The story takes place during the AIDS years. Mouse is mourning the loss of Jon, Mona is looking for a new life in Seattle, Brian wants a baby to give a meaning to his life, and Mary Ann tries hard to balance married life with her career. A quite amazing snapshot of a San Francisco of the end of the last millennium, witty and touching at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 1/18/2014

    " The best way for newcomers to San Francisco to get to know and love the city. Highly entertaining series you won't be able to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 10/12/2013

    " This ended my love affair with the tales of the city. I didn't like the PBS series at all either. It was way time to move on for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EP | 9/14/2013

    " Really good follow up, good surprises and very warm happy and sad moments. Maupin at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 6/15/2013

    " Another great one...as always, gripping and odd. The ending will surprise you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly Bamford | 6/10/2013

    " Liked it more than the last couple. Interesting adventures for the characters. Sadly the last few books aren't in my shelf so shopping required. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 5/15/2013

    " An entertaining read, no doubt! Characters I wanted to know more about, real (and truly funny) story lines, not overly wordy. My first taste of the 'Tales of the City' series, eagerly anticipating more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/3/2013

    " Maupin holds up after all these years. Solid writing, great characters and great character portrayal. And an accurate snapshot of a very different San Francisco of not so long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/7/2012

    " Book four in the Tales of the City series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 7/25/2012

    " This was once a series for television and is still on sometimes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matty Smith | 2/23/2012

    " Probably my favorite book of the series so far. The growing pains of "Further Tales of the City" have paid off in layering the world of Babycakes. It's definitely the most serious and adult of the books, but also has some of the sweetest moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wickedmirror | 2/8/2012

    " Brilliant, a true page turner and in my opinion one of the best in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/2/2012

    " I was addicted to this series, and needed to continue reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/28/2011

    " Another interesting book in the series. Character development is exceptional. Surprised me at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Greaves | 7/25/2011

    " I wanted to marry Michael Toliver! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 7/20/2011

    " See my review of this series under "Further Tales of the City" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/24/2011

    " finished up 2012 with this fun read. Love Armistead Maupin!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 5/8/2011

    " I read this several montes ago. I forgot to put it on my goodreads. Love some armistead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitchell | 4/4/2011

    " A good continuation of the 'Tales of the City' series, but I wish there had been more than just 2 storylines: 1) Is Mary Ann trying to surreptitiously get pregnant? and 2) Is that really Mona in England? and that their revelations weren't so obvious early on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 angela | 3/21/2011

    " These books are very entertaining and are easy reads, but the stories are pretty incredulous. It's like a soap opera basically. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/20/2011

    " Maupin holds up after all these years. Solid writing, great characters and great character portrayal. And an accurate snapshot of a very different San Francisco of not so long ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/17/2011

    " Not as enjoyable as the first three. Mary Ann! How could you do something so dumb? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wang | 2/1/2011

    " The worst so far of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 9/21/2010

    " My favourite of the TotC series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wickedmirror | 7/10/2010

    " Brilliant, a true page turner and in my opinion one of the best in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matty | 2/18/2010

    " Probably my favorite book of the series so far. The growing pains of "Further Tales of the City" have paid off in layering the world of Babycakes. It's definitely the most serious and adult of the books, but also has some of the sweetest moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/15/2009

    " Babycakes (Tales of the City Series, V. 4) by Armistead Maupin (1994) "

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About the Author
Author Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is the author of numerous novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. His novels Sure of You and The Days of Anna Madrigal made the New York Times bestsellers list. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three novels in the Tales series. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. He was born in Washington, DC, in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. He worked briefly as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971.