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The Accidental Tourist

Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone.

A heartfelt novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amateur Marriage and Breathing Lessons, now available as an audiobook.

©1985 Anne Tyler (P)2014 Audible, Inc., 2014. Published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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Boring

Same old depressing characters as in her other books. Nothing ever happens or is resolved.

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Total dissapointment

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Tried hard to get into it. Gave up half way. Still not sure what is it all about. Very dull narration, plot boring to say the least.Very dissapointed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Tyler again?

No

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

Terrible

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None what so ever

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A life gently told

If you could sum up The Accidental Tourist in three words, what would they be?

Sensitive intelligent insightful

What other book might you compare The Accidental Tourist to, and why?

The Burgess Boys. Both explore relationships with insight.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Murial's family's Christmas dinner.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get inside the American mind.

Any additional comments?

The book is beautifully narrated.

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Superb storytelling

An extraordinary tale, with characters so authentic and relatable. Wonderful writing with Baltimore as charming and frustrating as ever.

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Great book well performed

A great book and the performance of the reader was superb. Be nice to yourself and read it.

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characters

The beauty of Anne Tyler is that she writes characters that you really believe in. In this novel you don't particularly like the main character but you end up falling in love with him and with the heroine Muriel.

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Human nature thru a microscope

Ann Tyler is a master at writing about the every day in a way that engages the full attention of the reader/listener .


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Anne Tyler is a great writer.

Lots of lol moments and gasps which made me look slightly silly when I was walking the dog lol. My dad told me to read this and I thoroughly enjoyed it.