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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,448 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: 9780061977367
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maupin has always been a humane storyteller, and an accessible one. His life-is-good-but-sloppy soap operas are marked by solid craft, surperb dialogue, and what used to be called heart.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Maupin writes with warmth, acuity and tremendous wit about ordinary people learning to live with themselves and one another. Read him.” 

    Harpers & Queen

  • “Sparkling entertainments...lit by a glowing humanity that brings each character to vivid, poignant life.”   

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/14/2014

    " Second in the 'Tales of the City' franchise. I have read this book twice now (the second time in 2005) and I am getting ready to read it again (June 2007) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rozanne | 2/5/2014

    " I can't believe I read another book by this guy. He's pretty awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Holt | 2/3/2014

    " More Tales of the City (Showtime Tie-In Edition) by Armistead Maupin (1998) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/19/2014

    " I don't really understand the reviews mentionning the role of the city in this book... In the first one, yes, San Francisco was almost a character as important as Mary-Ann, Michael and so. But the sequel doesn't have that same atmosphere of freedom and frivolity I felt and liked in the first Tales. The action could almost take place anywhere else, in another town. It's a pity, because without it, the soap opera that is the plot is less delightful, the coincidences are too blatant. In spite of that, I was hooked, and I still read it really fast. I guess I'm just a little sad about what it could have been... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2014

    " The plot twists in this book are even more unbelievable than those in the first volume, but it is entertaining reading nonetheless. A good book to make your Muni ride go by faster, if you don't mind looking slightly touristy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Pelz | 12/24/2013

    " These are just fun quick reads. Like getting sucked into a soap opera. It's amazing they were written so long ago in such a different time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Hoyt | 12/24/2013

    " Not nearly as smooth and effortless as Maupin's first installment in his Tales of the City series, but fun nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/11/2013

    " Glad that this second Tales of the City ended with much better resolution than the first one. Not sure I need to continue with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/30/2013

    " Good so far. Mystery, sex, scandal. All the makings of a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/15/2013

    " More 70's fun in San Francisco "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clari | 9/27/2013

    " It is a fun journey through San Francisco in the 1970s but I did not enjoy it as much as the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin S | 6/21/2013

    " Not as good as the prequel, but still hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrill | 1/23/2013

    " These books are great....laugh out loud funny in some places...with a good storyline and engaging characters...and they are a classic reminder of that era...good AND bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/16/2012

    " Continuing saga of Anne Marie, Mona, and Michael Tolliver. I just love these books, Maupin has a real flair for making you care about his flawed characters. And they are so easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Golombek | 8/23/2012

    " A quick, fun read. Nothing special, less about SF in particular than the first book. You can definitely tell it was written as a serial for a newspaper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 V.L. Locey | 3/10/2012

    " Micheal Tolliver is as addictive as potato chips. I think I need an intervention. But not until I get through the entire series, please! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/24/2011

    " I absolutely adore this series. Every 20-something should read it. Maupin is making me fall in love with San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 8/21/2011

    " Once you get hooked on Maupin's characters and their hip soap opera lives, it's hard to quit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaystouffer | 8/14/2011

    " Great easy enjoyable read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/15/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/8/2011

    " Glad that this second Tales of the City ended with much better resolution than the first one. Not sure I need to continue with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/25/2011

    " Once you get hooked on Maupin's characters and their hip soap opera lives, it's hard to quit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/25/2011

    " Once you get hooked on Maupin's characters, it's hard to stop reading about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cflack | 4/23/2011

    " Fluffy but fun follow up to Tales of the City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 2/27/2011

    " I can't wait to be back in San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/6/2011

    " Better than the first. Intriguing mystery makes it impossible to put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellyann | 1/25/2011

    " Michael's coming-out letter to his parents is one of the most moving things I've ever read. Overall, a dark, funny, weird-ass book. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/19/2011

    " A quick, fun read. Nothing special, less about SF in particular than the first book. You can definitely tell it was written as a serial for a newspaper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/9/2011

    " Loved this as much as his first book Easy to read and light hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/30/2010

    " Still sweet and lovely. This is the one with Michael's letter to his parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 11/27/2010

    " I love the way Maupin crafts his San Francisco tales. You can imagine how well it would have been serialized in the chronicle. The coincidences are unlikely, but it is an extremely easy-to-read San Francisco fairy tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wang | 11/8/2010

    " Enjoyed the book, but not as much as the first one. "

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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.