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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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Muriels voice sounds like Marge Simpson

I loved hearing this, already a favourite book as I am a fan of Anne Tyler. The narration was good but the only thing I didn’t like was that the voice he used for muriel sounded like marge Simpson. Much as I like marge, it made her into a caricature. Great story though.

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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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Gripping story and great characterization

Really gripping story & fantastic characterisation - as always with Anne Tyler. Hard to put down.

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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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Perfectly Observed

The wonderful thing about this book is how the characters develop. They start off shadowy & grey & end up rich & full of colour.
I absolutely loved this perfectly observed story of a couple surviving a trauma.

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Fantastic

I v only discover Anne Tyler and have listened to a couple of her books.

I really have to highly recommend her and her most enjoyable stories of the everyday written in a brilliant way

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Charming, quirky and unpredictable

My first AnneTyler and can't wait to read another. Insightful and moving, highly recommended. Brilliantly performed too.

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Boring

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

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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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