• Talk Talk

  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: T.C. Boyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Talk Talk

By: T. C. Boyle
Narrated by: T.C. Boyle
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Publisher's summary

There’s more than one way to take a life…The first time he saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then he was falling in love.

Now she is in a courtroom, her legs shackled, as a list of charges is read out. She is accused of assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft, and passing bad checks, among other things. Clearly there has been a terrible mistake. A man, his name is William "Peck" Wilson, as Dana and Bridger eventually learn - has been living a blameless life of criminal excess at her expense. And as Dana and Bridger set out to find him, they begin to test to its very limits the life they have begun to build together.

Talk Talk is both a suspenseful chase across America and a moving story about language, love, and identity from one of America’s most versatile and entertaining novelists.

©2006 T.C. Boyle

Critic reviews

"[Boyle's] most exciting novel yet." (The Washington Post, front page review)

"Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in signature style, and readers will be hot on the trail." (Publishers Weekly)

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    3 out of 5 stars

get a professional reader

T.C. Boyle appeared on the Bob Edwards show this past Sunday and apparently said he really enjoyed reading his book, would keep doing it in the future and thought other authors should read their own books. I disagree. Except for some memoirs, like The Liar's Club and Runnng with Scissors, where the authors are telling their own life experiences can be meaningful AND well done, the reading should be left to a pro at reading/acting.

Boyle is in the first part of the book too rapid. He slows down some as the book goes on.

On substance, the protagonist and her boyfriend are barely tolerable. It is hard to sympathize with them. They whine constantly and are too self-absorbed. Boyle voice makes their whiny complaints worse. I know some people are like but not everyone. And to have all 3 main characters (the bad guy is the same, but you expect it from him) is unwelcome to a reader who wants to like somebody in the book.

The author has each of the 3 main characters asking themselves rhetorical questions in a complaining voice again about life's oddities probably 30 times for each one. Really irritating. Again, why all three?

Finally, the author doesn't do a credible or clear job of explaining how the identity thief has so much money and so many valuable assets.
Boyle is a great writer but at best this one should be read in the traditional hardcopy mode.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Worth the reading

The stroy of ID theft was current, interesting, and relevant if less than gripping. But Dana Halter, the main character, is deaf and that sets this story apart and makes it worth the "reading."

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Professional narrator needed

"Talk Talk" is a fascinating tale woven around a most unlikely topic, identity theft. This in itself was quite informative--and helpful to all of us--but the secondary theme of deafness in a hearing world was my first real understanding of deafness from the perspective of the hearing-impaired themselves. The s