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Talker | [Amy Lane]

Talker

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    N. Houghton Mendon, NY United States 04-09-12
    N. Houghton Mendon, NY United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Good High School Gay Story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Lansing, MI, USA 02-04-13
    Irene Lansing, MI, USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    Would you listen to Talker again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book. It will be one of my re-reads/relistens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy books that shows how folks learn to communicate with each other.


    What about David Kaplan’s performance did you like?

    You really felt what the characters were feeling. He did a great job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Talker and why?

    I liked both MC's, they were both struggling with growing up and loving.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy all of Amy Lane's books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 09-22-13
    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very boring book"
    What did you like best about Talker? What did you like least?

    I did not like it. It was nothing like Amy Lane's Keeping Promise Rock or The Locker Room.


    What could Amy Lane have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. I shouldn't have bought it, that's all.


    What does David Kaplan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I now have another male narrator to add to my list of favorites:)


    Do you think Talker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13
    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "i didn't hate it but..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Length, plot development, stronger characters, better plot...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from Josh Lanyon. He really is the best at gay fiction!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was ok. He was probably the reason i listened all the way through.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Meh, Amy Lane can do better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-02-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "A bit hard to follow at times"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Brian. I think I identified with him more than I did with Talker.


    What aspect of David Kaplan’s performance would you have changed?

    He mispronounces some words but other than that, he is a very good reader.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If it had been a longer book, possibly with a greater antagonist it would have faired better in my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen, but a bit short and hard to follow at first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Aalborg, Denmark 02-21-13
    Amazon Customer Aalborg, Denmark 02-21-13
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    "Cute story, overly dramatic ending"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Talker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Did David Kaplan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Talker?

    I would cut the present characters and just keep the story of the past ones.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Lubbock, TX, United States 09-26-12
    Bryan Lubbock, TX, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Talker to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Talker I seam to connect with him!


    Which character – as performed by David Kaplan – was your favorite?

    Loved them all


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

    Laugh and Cried, I was listen to it at work and keep getting wierd looks when I randomly Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    More Details in some of the sex scens

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chuck brett Reno, NV USA 04-28-12
    chuck brett Reno, NV USA 04-28-12
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    "Heads up"

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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