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Author: Armistead Maupin Narrator: Armistead Maupin Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Series:The Tales of the City Series Release Date: October 2009 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780061977435

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga, soon to return to television as a Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

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  • “An enormously talented writer—witty but always sympathetic, generous in showing us the secrets of his heart…By writing about what’s seemingly different Armistead Maupin always manages to capture what’s so hilariously and painfully true for all of us.” 

    - Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author
  • “An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco.” 

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A consummate entertainer who has made a generation laugh…It is Maupin’s Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly.” 

    - Times Literary Supplement

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I finally got around to reading this book a couple of years ago, having seen the TV series based on it already. It made life in San Francisco seem so fun and funky back in the day! I know it was written before AIDS and a lot of other problems, and also San Francisco is very expensive and kind of different now, so it was fun to see the perspective of how it used to be. Kind of historical fiction, although that may not have been what the author intended! "

    - Delia, 2/17/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " But the next one, More Tales of the City, is not available for my e-reader. Boo. "

    - Jennifer, 2/15/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I look for 28 Barbary Lane everywhere. This is the only series that is consistently great. As is the miniseries but don't tell anyone that. A wee bit silly, but I don't care. "

    - Lindsey, 2/13/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was a fun, interesting read for me. It was very much like a soap opera, meaning that it could be very over the top and dramatic. Basically, it takes place in a 1970's San Fransisco and there is a collective group characters brought together in a series of commical and/or over dramatic events. Some of the humor kind of went over my head, concidering my age, but there were aspects I could definatly relate to. I think the ending could have been a little different, but even so, I really enjoyed its quirky and fun look on a crazy time (that I wouldn't have a clue about.) "

    - Rika, 2/9/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Taught me how to be a fag hag. This series of books is amazing, wondrous, and free. "

    - Sandy, 1/23/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Second time around read. "

    - Geri, 1/17/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This novel, which began as a series in a newspaper, gives one of the best descriptions I've read of an urban family of friends. "

    - Julz, 12/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Junkfood that was actually required for a class during my freshman year at UCLA. Once I read this one, I rapidly read the rest in the series. "

    - Kariann, 12/1/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I had numerous laugh at loud moments in this book!. I absolutely loved Michael aka "the Mouse". The only downside of this, is that I'm hooked and got to read the second book to findout what happens next.:-/ "

    - Ruth, 11/27/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is by far one of my favorite books. I read it in high school and had such a crazy idea of San Francisco! It makes me proud to say that years later, I finally live in the crazy city Maupin brought to vivid life in his books. "

    - Anhoni, 11/14/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Listened to the first volume on CD during my trip home. A couple of storylines were kind of flat-out stupid, but mostly this was really smart and interesting. "

    - Christen, 6/24/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I read this book in Germany (in german) and got introduced to the life of San Francisco. Now that I am living here - I have to salute Maupin's : he described and pictured the city and its people well. "

    - Conny, 12/6/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I just love this whole series. "

    - Shara, 11/25/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Funny, eccentric, and mind-addled tales of my beloved San Francisco. "

    - Elizabeth, 9/2/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A lighthearted saga. Anyone who knows a true San Franciscan should read this book! One of the best summer reads I have ever had. "

    - Erin, 4/29/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It is what it is. "

    - Ben, 3/9/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It is a fun trip back to the 1970's in San Francisco. "

    - Holly, 1/8/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Awful ending. I can't believe 3 people died in this book. "

    - Mia, 10/22/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My friend/ex-husband, Gene, got me this book shortly after he moved to SF. I really enjoyed the stories and the pace. I don't remember that much about the book other than to remember how ground-breaking it must have seemed when it was first published. "

    - Lisa, 6/24/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " great fun! finally read it! saw tge musical first, check that out if you can! "

    - Brendan, 6/8/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very funny indeed, a great style of writing adn easy to get into, will have to get the rest of AM's work now! :o) "

    - Donna, 6/5/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read this book as a 19 year old. Fell in love with San Francisco and all the wonderful residents of Mrs Madrigal's Barberry Lane. Big fan of Maupin's writing. "

    - Brendan, 6/2/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A fun and funny read, particularly for someone who lived in San Francisco in the 1970s and in the Bay Area in the 1980s and 1990s - lots of familiar references, and a good insider's laugh at ourselves. "

    - Bob, 5/27/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " OH is this ever the book for you if you're moving to San Francisco from Ohio. "

    - Lisa, 5/27/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The one that started it all. Funny, quirky. Armistead Maupin is a wonderful observer of human nature in all its guises. Just adore all his books "

    - Catherine, 5/19/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Breezy, bright, deceptively dark. A Dickensian tapestry of human nature disguised as something frivolous and frothy. Warm, lovely, intricate, with an underlying bite. The best books to read when you are sad. "

    - Elinor, 5/18/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " First 3 pages mentions Buena Vista Cafe, Top of the Mark, Aquatic Park, and Alcatraz... It's making me home sick. Can't wait to read the rest! "

    - MarayaSol, 5/14/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It's like a mash-up of The Bell Jar, Catcher in the Rye, and Lolita, but written in the 1970s so not at all derivative of any of those! A great insight into the culture of San Francisco, as well as the psyches of each compelling character. "

    - Valarie, 5/11/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This was the first and only Maupin I read. Meh. Much prefer Jacqueline Susann. "

    - yengyeng, 4/28/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " So dated!!! I wish I had read it 15 or 20 years ago, but it was entertaining nonetheless. I do not feel the need to read the subsequent novels, however. "

    - Deb, 4/26/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Helped unlock the mystery of SF. "

    - Polly, 4/20/2011

About the Author

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.