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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,354 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:
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All six Tales of the City novels available in one audio edition with a special introduction by the author

Armistead Maupin’s uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels have earned a unique niche in American literature; not only as matchless entertainment, but as indelible documents of cultural change in the 70s and 80s.

Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents of 28 Barbary Lane: the bewildered but aspiring Mary Ann Singleton; the libidinous Brian Hawkins; Mona Ramsey, still in a sixties trance; Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, forever in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right; and their marijuana-growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.

This collection includes

  • Tales of the City,
  • More Tales of the City,
  • Further Tales of the City,
  • Babycakes,
  • Significant Others, and
  • Sure of You.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delia Chiu | 2/17/2014

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/15/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsey Morel | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rika Johnson | 2/9/2014

    " 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.) "

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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.