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Publisher's Summary

The first time Bridger 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 Dana's expense. And as Dana and Bridger set out to find him, they begin to test to its limits the life they have started to build together.
Talk Talk is both a thrilling road trip across America and a moving story about language, love, and identity from one of America's finest novelists.
©2006 T.C. Boyle
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Critic Reviews

"Boyle drops crumbs of wisdom in signature style, and readers will be hot on the trail." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Harvey on 07-20-06

Too Much Talk

I'll give this book a 4 out of 5, because the narration was just over-the-top too fast. I know it is read by the author, so the speed must reflect his intent, i.e. breathless suspense, but I did not enjoy the listen. The story was superb but the author/narrator just outpaced his own content. Anyone with a pacemaker should have it checked and stock up on any anxiety meds before starting this book! It leaves you breathless, and not in a good way. Many of the images and metaphors were just thrown away.

And while I don't really like to quibble about endings, as things have to turn out one way or another, I thought this one was under-developed.

But still an excellent listen, and very well-crafted, with vivid images and strong character development.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sanford Rosenberg on 08-01-06

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 story is a bit of a detective novel, but I found myself complaining out loud that the two main victims did way too much amateur sleuthing than was believable, and payed the price for not enlisting police help even when they "had the goods". The author should leave the narration to someone who understands that a story must be "told", not "spewed out" like water from a fire hydrant. Even more annoying is his tendency to mispronounce the words he has himself written. As far as the writing itself, my geatest complaint was the author's irritating habit of prefacing statements by every character, over and over, with "What was that word they use?", or "What is it they called that?" , or "What was it they meant by that?", etc.
The book is interesting as a character study of the narcissitic nature of this criminal's personality, but not a "page-turner", and the ending, which just seems to "happen" rather suddenly, is wholly disappointing.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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