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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (35 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: 9780061977350
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times Review of Books

  • “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

  • “What makes Maupin’s writing so rich and humorous is the way he juxtaposes the goings-on of irreversibly different worlds, flirtatiously overlapping them at times.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cflack | 1/25/2014

    " Really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series - light and fun. This one "jumped the shark" - Jim Jones, kidnapping, keeping someone locked up in a basement - too much. This is the last one I'm going to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/18/2014

    " I know these books are meant to be light, stupid fun, but working the massacre at Jonestown into the plot -- a relatively recent event at the time of publication -- and making Jim Jones a CHARACTER in the book is a really bizarre choice. And the racism is more noticeable than ever in this one. Ugh. Also no Mona in this one at all! Man, tell me the whole series doesn't irreversibly jump the shark at book three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret M. | 1/3/2014

    " Just finished this up June 16, 2012 after setting it aside to read some other things. I have read Maupin's other "Tales" serial novels. He is an excellent writer - realistic dialogue, characters. I have been to southern California, but his reads make me want to visit San Francisco, and see all the places described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly Bamford | 12/1/2013

    " Not as gripping as previous two. Not such well drawn characters and plot too "out there". Took a while to find it's direction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 11/26/2013

    " Love this series of books! Really got me in to reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Greaves | 11/25/2013

    " Continuing adventures of the best bunch of characters ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/4/2013

    " First read in 1987. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 11/2/2013

    " this one revved things up quite a bit and threw in some speculation on a bit of history which tends to haunt me so yes, I gulped it down. Wondering how things will go in the second half of these tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stig | 10/25/2013

    " How can you go wrong with San Francisco? This is a great series, and this third installment didn't disappoint me. When I had finished this book, I went out and bought the next two volumes - a ringing endorsement, in other words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 10/23/2013

    " Like most everything else, this series lost some magic when it moved into the 1980s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sezin Koehler | 10/21/2013

    " Fab!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsie Heyrman | 10/16/2013

    " Another gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diaman | 9/29/2013

    " A fun easy read. Made me want to live in their 1970's Barbary Lane world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Ireland | 8/3/2013

    " Being familiar with the madness (I'd read the wikipedia article about Jonestown) made this more fun. I also really like Michael now that he is more secure and rounded (and not called "Mouse" much anymore). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 7/4/2013

    " A plot somewhat more contrived than previous outings, but still allowing a view into the characters I have grown to like. The sub-plots and tangents I found more compelling than the main story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/24/2013

    " An excellent finish to a fantastic series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Whitton | 11/25/2012

    " How can you not enjoy stories of San Francisco in the 1970's?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 10/18/2012

    " Not his best, but still signature Maupin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 10/18/2012

    " I love this series...flippant, campy, with a little adventure and mystery thrown in as well. Great little cultural capsules. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kariann | 9/29/2012

    " Junkfood! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krishnamurthy Viswanathan | 10/31/2011

    " Excellent follow up to the first two books in the series. Great setting and plot, terrific dialogues. Worthy of your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/29/2011

    " fun, quick read. love the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 8/1/2011

    " this was a gripper...I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish. remember Jim Jones? he's alive! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 6/2/2011

    " Maybe I was trying to read them too quickly or liked the first so well that I dived right into the rest. This one was not as good, perhaps I needed a break or something more substantial between these volumes? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 3/12/2011

    " These books are like candy. Thank you free book shelf at the Ann Arbor library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/10/2011

    " One two many coincidences and a lackluster mystery let this book down. Still readable, but definitely the lesser book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/9/2011

    " Still enjoyed the third one for the same characters I had got to know, rather like a sit-com, though read them in my twenties and dont think would be as enjoyable now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/7/2011

    " I enjoyed this more this time than I remember from ten years ago.
    Sweet, silly, fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 1/3/2011

    " this one revved things up quite a bit and threw in some speculation on a bit of history which tends to haunt me so yes, I gulped it down. Wondering how things will go in the second half of these tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 12/21/2010

    " Like most everything else, this series lost some magic when it moved into the 1980s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/5/2010

    " Just as good as the other 2 - so far so good.

    Then it deteriorated into a bit of a Nancy Drew mystery - liked the first 2 books better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmanuel | 8/16/2010

    " deus ex machina out the wazoo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/15/2010

    " Like the first two in the series, this book made me laugh, think, wonder what the hell was going to happen next...and just generally go, "Yep, that's San Francisco." Maupin's great character writing doesn't hurt, either. On to book 4!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 2/8/2010

    " Just re-read this ... Maupin gets the time-periods that he writes about, but his humor and his characters' humanity are truly timeless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sweetman | 12/7/2009

    " Maybe I was trying to read them too quickly or liked the first so well that I dived right into the rest. This one was not as good, perhaps I needed a break or something more substantial between these volumes? "

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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.