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Part romantic comedy and part social satire, here one of science fiction's most lauded authors examines the consequences of having too much connectivity, and what happens in a world where, suddenly, nothing is private. One of science fiction's premiere humorists turns her eagle eye to the crushing societal implications of telepathy.
In a not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure that has been promised to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. So when Briddey Flannigan's fiancé proposes that he and Briddey undergo the procedure, she is delighted! Only, the results aren't quite as expected. Instead of gaining an increased empathetic link with her fiancé, Briddey finds herself hearing the actual thoughts of one of the nerdiest techs in her office. And that's the least of her problems.
©2016 Connie Willis (P)2016 Recorded Books
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"An engaging and satirical look at relationships, technology, and connectivity in the digital age is expertly narrated by Mia Barron.... Barron does an outstanding job of distinguishing between the conversations in Briddey's head and those happening in real life as well as adding authenticity to each of the characters Briddey interacts with." (AudioFile)
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By Joel on 10-31-16

It doesn't work like that.

The first act especially drove me crazy. The main character is so dense - the reader knows all the "twists" chapters in advance but we still have to sit through her fumbling about for answers and explanations.

Silly, frustrating and obvious. Very much a young adult novel, but one that treats the readers like they're idiots.

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By Amazon Customer on 01-21-17

Learn when to say no

Would you recommend Crosstalk to your friends? Why or why not?

Very very interesting take on telepathy, specifically on how to harden yourself against the deluge of unwanted voices and how to combat other psychics. For anyone who likes meta-thought this would be interesting, I think.

Any additional comments?

The main character of this novel is incapable of saying "no" to anything at all. There are countless moments in the story where a simple "no, go away" or "I'm no longer going to participate" would COMPLETELY SOLVE all of her problems, but she doesn't even consider putting her foot down!

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By C and/or A on 02-27-17

It Is a Connie Willis

It is a Connie Willis, which is a hellovalot better than no Connie Willis. It ain't "Doomsday" or "To Say Nothing...", but it certainly addresses issue of our time.

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By Kate on 09-11-17

Sad choice in reader

I love this book. Despite it driving me crazy with sci-fi neuroscience and occasional paradoxes/things that just don't make sense when you think about them, I read this book twice and listened to it once within a week and a half. No spoilers, but I found the romance really engaging and fun. Willis' settings are vivid, and as always, all the little details are there if the reader wants to do some detective work to figure out what's happened before the main character gets there.

That said, I was really disappointed in the reader. I felt her interpretation of my favourite character was quite counter to his behaviour in the book - where he's meant to be kind, he sounds quite gruff. But more than anything, her tone lacked the excitement that propels Willis' books forward - that edge-of-the-seat feeling that kept me up until three AM when I first read it just wasn't there.

Buy the book instead! It's definitely a good read.

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