If suppose there is a tar file by name "files_test.tar" in desktop and you want to untar them,see the below code..it worked fine for me.
chdir("C:/Documents and Settings/John_Kinn/Desktop");
my $tar = Archive::Tar->new;
my @files = $tar->list_files();
print "I can see @files in th specified location.\n";
print "The files are untared\n";
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