Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being.
Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet—in dramatic fashion. He'll do anything to make sure Talker sees that he's the Prince Charming Talker has always needed.
©2010 Amy Lane (P)2011 Amy Lane
I am a mature gay man and not a pedophile. I listen to this kind of fiction with an ear toward what I wish was available when I was growing up gay. I have mixed feeling about the graphic sexual conduct. A straight version of this story, while including the sex would hardly be as explicit, making it more acceptable to parents to recommend it as a coming of age story that would speak to the universality love. But it is what it is, and I wish it were available 40 years ago.
I really enjoyed this book. It will be one of my re-reads/relistens.
I always enjoy books that shows how folks learn to communicate with each other.
You really felt what the characters were feeling. He did a great job.
I liked both MC's, they were both struggling with growing up and loving.
I really enjoy all of Amy Lane's books.
It's a sweet story, but I think it got downplayed by the narrator. He added no emotion to the story. It was a bit confusing the back and forth with past and present but again, that may have been delivered better from the narrator.
I did not like it. It was nothing like Amy Lane's Keeping Promise Rock or The Locker Room.
Nothing. I shouldn't have bought it, that's all.
I now have another male narrator to add to my list of favorites:)
It has and I made the mistake of buying them but I'll wait awhile and see if I want to give it another try. If it still sucks, I'll get a refund.
Length, plot development, stronger characters, better plot...
Probably something from Josh Lanyon. He really is the best at gay fiction!
he was ok. He was probably the reason i listened all the way through.
Meh, Amy Lane can do better
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
Yes. Parts of it are hard to follow and it seems to jump around from place to place and from this timeline to that timeline.
Probably Brian. I think I identified with him more than I did with Talker.
He mispronounces some words but other than that, he is a very good reader.
If it had been a longer book, possibly with a greater antagonist it would have faired better in my eyes.
A good listen, but a bit short and hard to follow at first.
More cute moments, there were a few in their past and I liked their past interactions. It is the melodramatic climax I have issues with. I realize it would have been a 'flat' endning if they had just sat down and talked, but that would probably have made my rating go up.
It hasn't turned me off from the teenage/coming of age genre, but it has made me a bit more cautios in what I pick.
While Kaplan has a nice voice it is often difficult to distinguish whether it is talk, speech or thoughts he is reading. The book isn’t chronological, the changes are marked as ‘then’ and ‘now’, but this isn’t expressed thoroughly enough in either tone or pause. If you are aware of it and make sure to pay close attention it doesn’t matter, but otherwise it might be somewhat confusing in the beginning. I had to sit afterwards and piece the two different timelines together.
I would cut the present characters and just keep the story of the past ones.
It is a cute story, but overly dramatic in the end. The narration experience doesn't add much to the experience but can cause some confusion.
I love to read but never have time to sit down and read, so I listen at work, in the car, cleaning the house, and Working out! I have fell in love with Romance novels. Other than That Just Living Life the best I can and enjoying every Minute!
Talker I seam to connect with him!
Loved them all
Laugh and Cried, I was listen to it at work and keep getting wierd looks when I randomly Laugh
More Details in some of the sex scens
I thought this was a great love story...until the end. Then the bubble burst. Amy Lane is not trying to write a man love story, but a female romance story with male characters. Men don't use terms like "Dream-boy." One last word: Don't impose feminine characteristics on men.
"The boy of your dreams; close but yet so far."
Yes. The story is beautiful. It's subtle and it's down-to-Earth. Nothing's perfect and this shows how one deals with the imperfections and makes it pure.
I liked the musical intermissions to signify a new chapter and it relates to the personality of one of the characters.
The non-phone phone sex talk.
He brings expression to words. For instance, sometimes as the protagonist speaks, he follows his sentence with a exclamation thought. David does express it that keeps to the meaning.
Yes. I could have easily have if I had the chance.
Bonus points for having Audiobook Artwork that gives a good visualisation to the appearance of the characters. Especially for Tate.
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