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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,617 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: 9780061977381
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Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world's most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His most skillful balancing act yet.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Ribald, rich, and sentimental.”

    Washington Post

  • “An unprecedented portrait of the agonies and absurdities of modern urban life.”

    Times (London)

  • “Comedy in its most classical form...some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The color is wonderful, the line bold and flowing. It is also wise, witty, loving, and caring about the foibles and frailties we all seem to have.”

    David Hockney

  • “Maupin writes with a warmth and humor that is sorely missed in some recent gay novels having more overtly literary aspirations; his tales...are lit with a glowing humanity that brings each character to vivid, poignant life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/12/2014

    " Feeling sad about having only one more left to read in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/11/2014

    " I had the wonderful opportunity to read these books as they were published and I immediately fell in love will all the characters! So much so that I have read the series several times over the years. I agree with critics that these books are not "great literature" in a classic sense but they are great works of art that are an integral part of LBGTQ history. "

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

    " It's a good think Maupin doesn't invest in absurd crimi plots... Not too much at least. Mary Ann is almost as absent as Mona and I didn't miss them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/14/2014

    " Fun but not a favorite in the series. We seem to be edging back to San Franscisco as the main location though and I'm pleased about that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmanuel | 1/11/2014

    " mehsville "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/10/2014

    " Series complete (again!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Jr. | 1/1/2014

    " The humor in this one really appealed to me and I felt more of the magic of the first three books. We spend a lot of time away from Barbary Lane, but the journey is fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kariann | 12/28/2013

    " Junkfood with more lesbians! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/18/2013

    " First read in 1987. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/5/2013

    " I'm going to be so disappointed when I am done with this series. I am in love with the characters, all of them. I'm only sorry I didn't read these books much sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/19/2013

    " I re-read this series about every 2 years or so. Never ceases to make me laugh or cry. I love all these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 10/12/2013

    " I enjoyed learning more about what happened to those characters from Tales of the City "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaver | 8/18/2013

    " I just picked this series back up after a year haitus. Maupin just wrote a seventh tale and I got all excited to finally get through this one!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecil James | 6/26/2013

    " A spectacularly dramatic novel, even after all these years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Ducos-filippi | 6/13/2013

    " I have never cried so much on a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Turnbull | 1/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/22/2013

    " Starting to get a bit full now. Still you hope one more bag of salty snack treats is hidden in the kitchen somewhere. It may be hard to come down from this food high.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beowulfwulf | 7/6/2012

    " L'intrigue s'essouffle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/21/2012

    " Book # 5 in the 6 book series. LOVE IT!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 4/21/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miles Jay Oliver | 2/6/2012

    " MUCH better than Babycakes. This was a major return to the form of the first three books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/11/2011

    " Much better than "Babycakes", and I fell a little in love with Wren! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 6/23/2011

    " Well written interweaving of stories-the role of others in our lives. Captures the impact/fear/loathing of early days AIDS awareness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 6/20/2011

    " I enjoyed learning more about what happened to those characters from Tales of the City "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/31/2011

    " Fun but not a favorite in the series. We seem to be edging back to San Franscisco as the main location though and I'm pleased about that. "

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

    " This one was a very good addition to the series. It has a lot of wry human observations, something Maupin is excellent at doing. And he continued to write about the devastation of AIDS before most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/22/2011

    " "The worst of times in San Francisco was still better than the best of times anywhere else."
    Less farcical than the last, and more measured. God I love these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/28/2010

    " Accidentally read this one before Babycakes (which is #4) but it didn't ruin either book for me. LOVE THIS SERIES! Now I only have one more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 12/21/2010

    " Feeling sad about having only one more left to read in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 12/6/2010

    " Michael saved this one. I wasn't too hot about reading about Booter or the scene at Wimminwood. And Wren felt like an intrusion. Oh well. Onward! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 6/29/2010

    " I read this one out of order, kinda wish I hadn't, but no big deal. Same as before, love the characters, love the way Maupin paints the City. Totally books I keep on my bookshelf. Now I need to watch the miniseries again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/12/2009

    " The humor in this one really appealed to me and I felt more of the magic of the first three books. We spend a lot of time away from Barbary Lane, but the journey is fun. "

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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.