Babycakes : Tales of the City

  • by Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by Alan Cumming
  • Series: Tales of the City
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.

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Fun Book in the Series Destroyed by Poor Narration

Would you listen to Babycakes again? Why?

No, because I can't take Alan Cumming's narration. He's ruining the book and doesn't seem to understand the first thing about acting or character. All of his female characters, regardless of their age, sound like an overly effete, drunk, air-headed, lush of a 13 year old girl. This one's definitely better in book form.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but Alan Cumming made it a chore. His amateurish narration was jarring and pulled me out of the book (which I have happily read at least eight times, like the rest of the series, since it was released).


Any additional comments?

Most of these books are better read than listened to, but this one is the most poorly narrated of all. It's impossible to love the characters the way you do in the book when they all talk like completely gushy drunken idiots.

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- Robert R.

I ordinarily love Alan Cumming, but...

I've listened to other books narrated by Alan Cumming and loved them, but this one not so much. His British accents in Babycakes are (as you would expect) excellent, but he manages to make every single female character in this book sound extraordinarily shrill. It marred the experience for me.
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- Catnip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio