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Tales of the City

Written by: Armistead Maupin
Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed a singular 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 six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a wry comedy of manners and a deeply involving portrait of a vanished era.

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 '60s trance; Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, forever in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right; and their marijuana-growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.

Includes:

  • Tales of the City
  • More Tales of the City
  • Further Tales of the City
  • Babycakes
  • Significant Others
  • Sure of You
©2000 Literary Bent LLC (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

"Maupin, with all his elegance and charm, has found a place among the classics." (The Observer)

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  • Dan
  • 2007-02-16

a collection of abridged books

While it's highly welcome to have TOTC on Audible, this omnibus is a collection of the abridged versions of all the books. Minor but important plot points that add depth and understanding to the characters are missing.

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  • Paula
  • 2007-08-25

too continuous

Good listen but there are no indications to where one book ends and another starts. I understand that they are continuous but it would still be good to know if this is Tales of the City or More Tales of the City...

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  • Maya
  • 2012-06-12

The charm was edited out

What was most disappointing about Armistead Maupin’s story?

As I see it, the beauty of the books is in the city and its characters. In order to get the books short enough, so much of that was cut, leaving the books gray and boring in comparison. In my opinion, it's better to avoid the series altogether that listen to it like this.

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  • Darrell
  • 2011-11-29

Captures an Era

Love the portrayal of the times, the great characters, and the serendipity. Maupin has an eye for contemporary society and its quirks.

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  • THOMAS
  • 2011-09-03

I guess that time is gone, now

I lived in San Francisco at the end of the time when this novel was serialized in The Chronicle newspaper. I remember reading it with some puzzlement at first, and later with a sense of enjoyment. I had an apartment that looked into Trader Vic's parking lot, and I would spend Friday evenings sitting on the fire escape watching the comings and goings: Tales of the City reminds me of those moments. However, absent that social scene, that society, that oddly innocent moment, I'm not sure the stories really stand up well today. At times it seems almost elegiac, which was not the original intent. Something unfortunate seems to have happened to the dreams, the beliefs, the energy we had back then, which is not the novel's fault, yet it somehow affects how one thinks of it today. The narration is all right, not affected by overdone "voices", but it isn't wonderful either.

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  • OSUCBN
  • 2019-07-23

this is an abridged version

love the books. This hits highlighta but omits much of the charm of the unabridged version. I'm disappointed

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  • rockawaybirder
  • 2018-08-17

The Best

Even after all these years and multiple hearings I still love it. It’s in my favorites.

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  • Cassandra Noonan
  • 2018-06-15

A collection of forever favorites

Such an amazing collection of stories of the characters and scenes that will make anyone from the Bay area yearn for a visit back - one of the only books I've read to tackle the Aids epidemic with taste and humor too

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  • John Masters
  • 2011-04-12

A Special Place, A Special Time, Great Stories

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I have read the entire series as books multiple times. These are pretty much the only books I've read more than once. I feel like I know the characters, and I just love the stories. It's a vignette of gentle stories about the lives of a set of interesting characters, and how those lives intersect, even in a large city like San Francisco. Now, when doing yard work, I love listening to them as audio books. If you want something that's fun, interesting, and quirky....this is the book (this is the series) for you. I can't say enough good about my friends at Barbary Lane.

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  • Beezus
  • 2008-11-20

The perfect trashy read

I think this book is a wonderful trashy distracting read for anyone who think they could enjoy a fabulously dated but yet still timeless soap opera of wayward queers and their friends in SF. This book got me through a couple thousand miles of really boring driving. Get it... their good washing the dishes or driving real far or taking a nice long bath alone stories.

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  • Chouette
  • 2013-04-07

Amazing

This audiobook is one of the best I had this year, Armistead Maupin is a great author and an amazing narrator, get it !!