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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the City Series Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061472947
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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 twenty 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.

Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest of times. Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady.

While Michael Tolliver Lives is a stand alone novel, accessible to old and new readers alike, a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way. As usual, the author's mordant wit and ear for pitch-perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story—from the bawdy to the bittersweet. Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rendered with balance, good humor, and compassion…Maupin is a master.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Great fun to read. Maupin is a master at sustained and sustaining comic turns.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] charming, heartwarming novel…sweet without being sappy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Cheerful and reassuring…all good fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Way | 2/19/2014

    " A definite and enjoyable read for Tales of the City fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/9/2014

    " Another great Julia Glass tale. Great characters, a bit of a mystery that comes undone like a Doonesbury cartoon, but all-in-all, a satisfying, well-written story, whose author looks with a keen eye and sympathy on our human quirks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/30/2014

    " Armistead Maupin pours so much of himself into Michael Tolliver that comparing the Tolliver of the 70s to Mouse now can serve as a review between two different eras. If Maupin's earlier writing seemed daredevilishly humourous, then his later novels are more reminiscent and thought-provoking. Another later Maupin must-read is "The Night Listener." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/28/2014

    " Not the best of Maupin's series, but still, excellent reading. He has the magic necessary to bring characters to life and to put into words those thoughts that even ourselves cannot express "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 1/23/2014

    " Reading this book was like attending a family reunion with people I actually relate to more than my Midwestern relatives. What does that say about me? I'm a 40 year old straight woman and I seem to relate more to gay men, transgendered elderly women, old hippies, and young sex journalists.Hmmm.... I spread out the Tales of the City series when I was in grad school, and by the time I ended them I had 2 years invested in this group of characters. I was so happy to see Mouse around I didn't even bother paying attention to the writing, plot, etc. I just enjoyed the 2 days it took to catch up. Perfect summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rkutler | 1/17/2014

    " Great fun. Ultra fast San Francisco fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Akers | 1/10/2014

    " Armistead Maupin had said many times that "Sure of You" was indeed the final Tales of the City for many reasons. Never say never...this book is a wonderful contemporary view of his characters and particularly of his doppleganger, Michael Tolliver. I wouldn't call it a sequel; it's more of "what are they doing now, and what is the future?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/5/2014

    " Sytarted this last night after hearing Armistead Maupin in conversation with Julie McCrossin at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 1/5/2014

    " This book was amazing! I was afraid I was going to be disappointed because I had loved the other books in the series so much, but it was wonderful. It was like visiting with old friends again. All the old characters were back and better than ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaystouffer | 1/3/2014

    " Great ending to the series wraps it all up... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/18/2013

    " I read Tales of the City one after the other years ago. So happy to find this one. Maupin's characters are hard to leave behind. "

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

    " I can't say enough good things about this book. It was phenomenal. There were times when I had to put the book down because I was crying too hard to read, and other times when it got put down so that I could stop laughing. This was an amazing come back to Michael Tolliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laila Brenner | 11/10/2013

    " It is nice to visit with old friends... and who was expecting a masterpiece anyways? Great if you live in SF. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean McDonald | 2/16/2013

    " Thank You Thank You Mr. Maupin for bringing back so many of the characters I fell in love with years ago. If you enjoyed the original "Tales of the City" books you should certainly pick this one up. Cliche' but true, I laughed, I cried, I read this book within 24 hours! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/3/2013

    " Good easy read. nothing too cerebral, but entertaining and insightful. I love San Francisco, so appreciated the geographical references. The characters are all likable folks.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mai Ling | 2/3/2013

    " I think it may be time for me to re-read the "Tales from the City" series all over again ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2013

    " I may be the only person in the world who hasn't yet read Tales of the City, so I was happily surprised when I came upon this book. A funny, touching and enlightening look at a gay man's life in San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voracious | 7/27/2012

    " Like coming back to a group of friends you haven't seen in forever, and everything being just as good as ever. Must reread Tales of the City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Parchman | 6/8/2012

    " fantastic. like meeting and old friend for lunch in sf. and totally a new chapter in the tales of the city.. despite what mr. maupin says. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Callahan | 3/26/2012

    " I have read all the books in the series and was skeptical about picking up the story almost 20 years later. It was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/28/2011

    " The Tales of the City series isn't about great literature; it's about gay San Francisco in all of it's tawdry, hilly, sublimely myopic glory. This series brought me to San Francisco, and it'll help keep me here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth W | 11/14/2011

    " kind of maudlin and self-serving, but cute. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 7/19/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/24/2011

    " I read "Tales of the City," so I was looking forward to reading this book. Ultimately I was disappointed. It's full of Michael Tolliver's navel-gazing while he talks to one-dimensional characters. There's lots of San Francisco location name-dropping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 6/19/2011

    " I prefer Maupin's third person narrative style of his previous work rather than the first person of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 6/16/2011

    " Possibly my favorite of the Tales of the City novels. I laughed and I cried... more than once. Oh, this book! "

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

    " It was fun to get back in touch with these old friends after so long! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/18/2011

    " My sense is that a lot of Tales fans didn't love this one, but I'm seriously easy when it comes to Armistead Maupin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/11/2011

    " It was completely insufferable. And I'm a big fan of his Tales of the City books. This book reads like bad fanfic. I gave up halfway through and I almost always finish books. There are just too many good ones to waste more time on this. "

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

    " Another great Julia Glass tale. Great characters, a bit of a mystery that comes undone like a Doonesbury cartoon, but all-in-all, a satisfying, well-written story, whose author looks with a keen eye and sympathy on our human quirks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. Michael | 3/19/2011

    " It might have happened, but I can't remember a book ever making me cry, before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/16/2011

    " Funny, sad, tender. If you liked Tales of the City series, you have to read on about the adorable Mouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 3/3/2011

    " Sytarted this last night after hearing Armistead Maupin in conversation with Julie McCrossin at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. "

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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.