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.
©2012 Tim Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 23-12-12

a funny insight to living in Japan

I picked up this audio book expecting a dry and factual travel story.. thats not what i got at all, its actually a really amusing tale of the authors life in Japan over the course of a year and a half while working as a English Teacher.. our litirary gaijin spins an interesting story of life in a way different from his suburban American roots with tales of psychotic drunken flatmates, strange customs and falling in love with a culture so alien to him.

Ok. you wont learn much in the way of Japanese language or customs from this book but you woll come away with a desire to experience the lifestyle yoursrlf someday.. a highly enjoyable read indeed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Boobie on 28-04-18

Enjoyable and Funny

I enjoyed this book.

It's funny and well read. Also, the narrator seems to pronounce the Japanese words well - not that I would really know, but they sounded good!

Some listeners may not like the sweary or gay content, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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By JOSEPH on 18-10-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel-san on 26-06-14

Good book to waste some time with.

Would you listen to Tune In Tokyo again? Why?

I've travelled and lived in Japan and love the country. This book was on a 5 dollar sale and thought it would be worth a try. The book is read by MacLeod Andrews who has a pleasant voice well matched to the tone of the book. The story itself is about a 20ish gay person visiting Japan for the first time to teach English. The book basically it a collection of experiences and interesting intervals which he encountered.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Anderson? Why or why not?

It would depend on the topic, I think he wrote pretty much all he could about Tokyo in this book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The voice of the author is well suited for the tone of the book. Which in many cases is a bit cynical but funny. Speaking Japanese myself I

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

To book is good for some slow giggles and best enjoyed when relaxing or commuting.

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