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The Days of Anna Madrigal

A Novel (Tales of the City)
Lu par : Kate Mulgrew
Série : Tales of the City, Volume 9
Durée : 7 h et 13 min

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Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past.

Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where sixty thousand revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty, troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

The ninth and final audiobook in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, The Days of Anna Madrigal is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened listeners around the world since 1976.

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  • Keith
  • 26/01/2014

A Life In Review

This book, the latest in the Tales of the City series, is a trip down memory lane for its primary character -- Anna Madrigal. I have lived with these characters since I first began reading the series at the insistence of my lover in 1995. It didn't take long to fall in love with the residents of 28 Barabary Lane and all of the crazy connections and puzzle pieces as they plunked into place one at a time. Although they have all moved out and moved on, their friendship has withstood the test of time.

In this adventure, Anna Madrigal is reaching the end. She is 92 years old and is unable to walk easily by herself. Throughout the book, we learn many of the secrets of her life. She goes back to the Blue Moon Lodge in her mind and we learn how, in 1936, she left and never returned.

The familiar characters are here as well. Many of them play mere supporting roles, weaving in and out of the narrative to keep the story moving along.

Stories from the entire series are sprinkled around... It's not necessary to have read the rest of the series to appreciate them, but if you have, you will be thrown back to those events in your mind and will experience them all with a sense of nostalgia for the past. My favorite is Micheal's remembrance of dressing as Pan... It reminds me of old friends sitting around talking about the past.

I won't give any details away since that is half the fun of an Armistead Maupin novel, but suffice it to say that it was a satisfying installment in the TOtC series. Will there be others? Who knows? I hope so. Was this a final installment? If so, it is a beautifully written end to a wonderful series.

As far as Kate Mulgrew's narration goes, I can't imagine anyone (other than AM himself) being able to do a better job. She understands each of the characters and gives them a dialect here or a deeper voice there. Her narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

I recommend this title to any and all fans of the TOtC series.

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  • Annabel
  • 12/03/2014

The Best Book I've Downloaded So Far

Would you consider the audio edition of The Days of Anna Madrigal to be better than the print version?

This is, without doubt, the best title I have bought so far. Everything about this performance - from the story, to the pace, to the narration - is PERFECT! I bought it not knowing that it was the 9th book in a series, and it was still easily understood. I am going back now though, and reading them all. WELL-DONE!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna....you agree with me, I promise.

What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

Stunning. I could not put this one away. I sincerely wish that she would narrate every title on here. There are many characters in this story, and she embodied each one, and gave them spirit that is truly memorable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. But I'd hate to point them out and ruin the surprise.

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  • Todd
  • 22/02/2014

Farewell Ms Madrigal

Where does The Days of Anna Madrigal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All good things must come to an end and Armistead Maupin has done a beautiful job with this "Tales" bittersweet finale.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Mulgrew’s performances?

The one downside to this book was the narrator. I will be ordering the print version of this book just to read it without having to listen to her voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter (and specifically the last 5 minutes) made me a little misty-eyed.

Any additional comments?

I am anxiously awaiting the next book from Maupin.

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  • Madison
  • 15/02/2014

Narrator is a huge mistake

I'm a long time fan of Maupin and the Tales of the City family. But this narrator is a terrible blunder. Everyone comes across as vulgar and not very bright. Mrs. Madrigal, in particular, has none of her dry wit and dignity, but other characterizations are just as bad. The voice is so jarring that it's hard to really judge the quality of the story. The author is the perfect narrator of his own work, and in this possibly last book, we should have had the gift of his own voice. If you love the series, buy the book itself instead of the recording.

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  • Meg
  • 05/10/2019

The days of Anna Madrigal

This book is so good that I listen to it over and over. It's not just the excellent narrow whom I am a fan of, but the story itself. I can see the characters in my head interacting with one another, and the world around them. That is what a well written book should do in my opinion. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/09/2019

The Days of Anna Madrigal

I found the ending very disappointing. Too many loose ends left untied. Did Michael die?

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 22/07/2019

I’ll miss them

Finishing this series is bittersweet. I love these characters and their intertwined, imperfect lives. They are real and flawed and heroic. This story fills in some gaps and sends our beloved friends into the void where we can imagine the rest of their lives. By the way, if you’ve seen the Netflix series, don’t expect to find those stories here.

My only issue is with the narrator. I usually love her work, but in this book, she made most of the dialogue sound snide, to the point of annoyance. I felt that detracted from the tone of the characters and gave them a negativity that I’m not convinced should have been there.

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  • Theo J.
  • 06/07/2019

THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL: Truly 'A Grand Animal'!

Having watched the poignant reboot of TALES OF THE CITY on Netflix, I was startled and delighted to discover Kate Mulgrew's brilliant reading of this delightful work. Her voice----by turns playful, sultry, wistful, and bluntly intolerant of falsehood---is just right for Armistead Maupin's writing, and she portrays the marvelous Mrs. Madrigal with all the joie de vivre one could possibly want. Highly recommended!

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  • David A. Heckman
  • 07/06/2019

Great Read

Omg this is a great read and final chapter in the Tales of the City series. Can’t wait for the Netflix series tomorrow night.

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  • 10 Soon!
  • 28/01/2019

Excellent Interpretation

Mulgrew's style is engaging and heartfelt. Performs characters' voices spot-on. Maupin ties up the loose ends of his previous works with many of the same characters. Offers extra insight into the Tales characters. The Tales characters escapades could end here, but please don't let them!