Michael Tolliver Lives (Audiobook on 6 CDs)

by Armistead Maupin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0061256412 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Moody-Blue of Montrose, Colorado USA on 3/25/2012
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Moody-Blue from Montrose, Colorado USA on Sunday, March 25, 2012
When BigJohnLefty's "Another CD Only" Bookbox arrived at my door, we had just completed a VBB from iwillrejoice and my Available pile was completely wiped out. I made a quick trip to McKay's Used Books in Chattanooga -- looking for a few good titles to contribute -- and found this one for only $1.95!

Journal Entry 2 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Thursday, May 31, 2012
Chosen from BigJohnLefty's CD-Only Audiobook box

Journal Entry 3 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, October 05, 2012
HOMOPHOBIA ALERT: This is about a gay man living in San Francisco. There is some sexual content, maybe about as much as one of the racier Harlequins. Actually, the sexual orientation was not that important, except as it affected Michael Tolliver's relationship with his deeply conservative family. I did not find anything offensive, but if you're uncomfortable with the idea that GLBT people have lives which include sex, love, and marriage, this book is not for you.

This was a very relaxed story, focused more on description and reflection than incident. The main plot deals with Michael's visit to his family in Florida as his mother nears the end of her life, and is touched with warmth and gentle humor. If you've read any of Maupin's previous 'Tales of the City' books, you'll enjoy meeting your old friends and keeping up with what's new in their lives, but it's not necessary.

Maupin is not a superb audiobook performer, but he's telling his story in his own voice, and who wants to argue with that? Besides, the interview at the end casts some interesting light on the way in which he's speaking through Michael Tolliver.

But that's just one person's opinion. Future listeners, what do YOU think of this book?

Released 5 yrs ago (2/28/2013 UTC) at BigJohnLefty's CD-only AudioBookBox, Audio Book Box -- Controlled Releases


Into the book box for the next reader

Journal Entry 5 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This book has made a short stop at my house. It will continue on its journey until it finds its new home.

Journal Entry 6 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, August 01, 2013
Took this out of BigJohnLefty's First CD-Only AudioBookBox. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 7 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Monday, June 05, 2017
I listened to this back in November, 2016 but forgot to journal it, until now. It was a pretty good story. It was a touching, bittersweet tale with some wit and humor mixed in. I found the main character, Michael, a likeable fellow. Michael Tolliver Lives is part of a series but this book stands on its own. This is the first book of Armistead Maupin's I've read and I had no problem getting into the characters and their life in San Francisco.

Journal Entry 8 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (12/20/2017 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA


Sending this to Azuki who picked it out from JudySlump612's New Audiobook VBB (BigJohnLefty's box transformed). Happy Travels! Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 9 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, January 05, 2018
Thanks for sharing, book has safely arrived. Look forward to a good read.

Journal Entry 10 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
When I picked up this book I had not even heard of the Tales of the City series. Then the series was selected as one of the Great American Reads, and I read the first two books. I then realized that this book I have is actually part of the series.

I very much enjoyed this book, which is very genuine, in turns funny and moving. As I don't usually read racy novels, some scenes did make me turn pink! I haven't read much LGBTQ books, and I had thought their romances will be just like the regular romances, with a pronoun change. Was I wrong.

I also loved the author's interview at the end.

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