Tune In Tokyo

  • by Tim Anderson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards.
Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”?
In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin”, an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these 16 hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it.


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Customer Reviews

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Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior

I had started out getting the Kindle version and was part way through it and when I discovered it was available on Audible I got it quick! Audio books work out so much better for me that I was glad I could switch to the Audible format to hear the rest of the book.
I really enjoyed the story of the author's adventures in Japan. I thought it was an often funny story and would recommend it!
The Audible version is also a great example of how the right reader can really make the story great! He sounds a lot like Mathew McConaughey to me and does great with his accents when he's describing some of the other foreign characters in the story.
I think it's really worth the 'credit'!
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- JOSEPH "Joseph Brown"

You'll learn almost nothing about life in Japan

Would you try another book from Tim Anderson and/or MacLeod Andrews?

Absolutely not

Has Tune In Tokyo turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. I've decided that when an author embarks on an adventure just to get a book out of it rarely leads to a good book.

I bought this book because I thought I'd learn about Japanese culture and daily life. Rather it was the diary of a down and out 20-something who goes to Japan to teach english. I did not care about his creepy roomates or his employer.

Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?


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

There were a few moments where I did gain some insight into Japanese culture and life.

Any additional comments?

I do need to admit that I could not finish the book. I tried skipping sections to find something new but every time I did that I landed on more of the same.

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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio