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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Tom Holt | 2/10/2014

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

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About the Author
Author Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin 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. Maupin 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. Maupin is the author of numerous novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. 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. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.