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The Night Listener

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Borrow Only

    It started off with the promise of a good story and ended with much less.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Hodgepodge Mess

    Premise was enticing so I bought it. Started not liking it about halfway through but kept going expecting it would all come together (based on reviews of the book). Felt like I'd wasted my time when I finished. Never read anything by him before and, after this, never will again. Creepy too, and not in a good way.

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    Posted July 12, 2002



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Doesn't compare

    I bought Night Listener, because I will read anything written by A.Maupin. If you are an avid fan, this will disappoint. Though I believe it not to be his best, I hope he continues to create. I will definitely give him 1, 2, 3, 4, or even 5 chances to redeem himself. If Maupin has been recommended to you, start with the 'City' books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Armistead Maupin Continues to Perpetrate Fraud With His Latest 'Novel'.

    .In 1993 either Paul Monette or Armistead Maupin (perhaps in concert) concocted a book claiming to be the true autobiography of an abused, aids-inflicted young teen-ager named, allegedly, Tony Johnson. The book was named ' A Rock and a Hard Place.' The book jacket came garlanded with ribbons of praise from confederates such as Fred Rogers, Marva Collins,and (of course) Armistead Maupin. Unfortunately, not a single word in the book was true. The putative author, despite extensive investigation on my part, was uncovered by no-one who had ever seen the bogus rascal, not even his agent, or his 'very best friend,' Paul Monette. The book was obviously a cruel hoax written for unknown reasons, perhaps pecuniary or social. The Pirandellian denouement is that Maupin has now produced a novel which recapitulates my role in trying to unmask the fraud, and confesses at the end that the Tony Johnson book was a hoax. So, what we have here, in The Silent Listener, is a novel claimed to be fictional based on an autobiography claimed to be true, which was, in fact, entirely fictional. Those of you out there tempted to buy the book may not wish to entrust yourself to the manipulation of such a deceitful writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Not worth the wait...

    I LOVED the Tales of the City series, and 'Maybe the Moon' was certainly memorable, but this is just not up to par. Contrived is the best word i can use to describe this book. Mr. Maupin has made a living with making us believe in the impossible. He has moved me tremendously in the past. I know i speak for many people when i say, please Mr. Maupin write another installment of 'tales of the city'.

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