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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. C. Boyle Narrator: T. C. Boyle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781415928455
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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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, engaging, and suspenseful.”

    New York Times

  • “Boyle’s most exciting novel yet.”

    Washington Post

  • Talk Talk makes the lurking danger of identity theft a dizzying reality…A tricky novel of unlikely intimacies.”

    O Magazine

  • “Boyle once again delivers an entertaining story with his usual laser commentary.”

    USA Today

  • Talk Talk opens at full throttle and never slackens.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The novel flies along on the power of Boyle's propulsive and exquisitely perceptive prose.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A novel you’ll be likely to talk about for a long time.”

    St. Louis Post Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana * | 2/5/2014

    " INteresting mystery attached to a very real problem of identity theft. Thrilling and interesting at same time. Add that the main character is deaf, truly a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Brogden | 2/4/2014

    " A quick but compelling read. Finished it in a weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/31/2014

    " I just like everything T C Boyle writes. I think he is one of the most talented yet under celebrated writers around (I mean, Twilight compared to this kind of writing?) Who else would choose a deaf woman as a protagonist? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/31/2014

    " About identity theft and a deaf woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/29/2014

    " I gave this book three stars because two-and-a-half isn't an option. Starts out very cooL Smart hearing impaired woman gets arrested and thrown into jail over the weekend because some crook had stolen her identity -- committing crimes and going on spending spree. When she gets out she starts to sort though the mess caused by the theft, some problems a direct consequence and others indirect. Still very good. The "authorities" are no help at all. Still very good. When she starts to take direct action, however, the quality of the story suffers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/20/2014

    " Total page-turner. Some guy steals a deaf woman's identity? Only Boyle could come up with this stuff. Fun read, light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/1/2014

    " I am listening to this and it has kept me entertained through 5 states and back again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri Radford | 12/25/2013

    " I enjoyed this book thoroughly all the way through, then the ending was completely flat and unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/21/2013

    " I listened to this book while cleaning the garage...it definitely made cleaning the garage easier. The author read the book which also made it more engaging. However, the ending was a disappointment, a little too realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Songbaker | 12/3/2013

    " I love TC Boyle. He has an amazing viewpoint and vocabulary and he writes about towns along the Hudson River- setting that are close to my heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meet Jayne Jetson | 11/22/2013

    " Cat and mouse comes of age in this edgy fast paced tale of stolen identities and the levels people will go to reclaim whats been taken from them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/21/2013

    " I was totally sucked into this book, and I finished it after only a few days - but I have to say that I was disappointed by the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 9/16/2013

    " A racing narrative about identity theft veers into an examination of what makes our identity and how we communicate. A page turner with one of the most likable, despicable antagonists. Boyle does a good job with the voices of all three main characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn Lurie | 8/27/2013

    " Basically, a mystery/thriller that takes you on a chase to clear the name of an innocent. Interesting for what it was, but it was way too long, with not enough of a return for the time invested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Kelley | 8/13/2013

    " An entertaining, and yet frightening story. We've had some identity (not outright theft or fraud) issues in our family, and a lot of people can probably relate. The ending was a real disappointment though. I may just be too dense to extrapolate what was the outcome of the protagonists' relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/5/2012

    " Compelling, actually somewhat disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Day | 8/31/2012

    " An O.K. cross-country chase with an unsatisfying finish. The insight into the life of a non-hearing person was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kater Cheek | 8/13/2012

    " This novel is about identity theft, and consumerism and has the slightly far-fetched plot that fans of T.C.Boyle will likely recognize. It's not a terrible book, and pretty good for a book club discussion, but the ending left me unsatisfied and the characters never made me fall in love with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/12/2012

    " TC Boyle does it again! Really, really fascinating novel with good representation of a minority character (the protagonist, Dana, is d/Deaf), excellent pacing, and it's beautifully written. EXCELLENT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Hali | 2/7/2012

    " Another great TC Boyle.this one a bit of a mystery to plot. Language,love,identity..main topics and interestingly woven thru. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paola | 12/19/2011

    " While I've liked TC Boyle before, this book failed to capture my attention past the first few chapters. The writing was poor and got boring pretty quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/18/2011

    " I must be too used to thrillers on the television, because this was not what I expected. TC Boyle is a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 9/27/2011

    " Birthday gift from my mom-very well written story of a deaf girl who has her identity stolen-sort of a mystery/ but presnts both sides and has a happy ending. I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 3/30/2011

    " it made me want to take a sign language class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Songbaker | 3/24/2011

    " I love TC Boyle. He has an amazing viewpoint and vocabulary and he writes about towns along the Hudson River- setting that are close to my heart "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 3/16/2011

    " pretty good, but didn't like the ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/5/2011

    " Basically, a mystery/thriller that takes you on a chase to clear the name of an innocent. Interesting for what it was, but it was way too long, with not enough of a return for the time invested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Hali | 2/13/2011

    " Another great TC Boyle.this one a bit of a mystery to plot. Language,love,identity..main topics and interestingly woven thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauradillon | 1/21/2011

    " I always love TC Boyle. As weird as he is, his writing is timely and makes you think. Highly recommend this novel about identity theft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 1/12/2011

    " I loved this book. Boyle takes us to places that are amazing, with characters that pop off the page. He's one of the best contemporary writers we have. Always a pleasure. Whether it's a novel or a short story, I'm never disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ChristyAnne | 10/21/2010

    " I liked it. It was very tense from the first chapter and the momentum kept building. However, I thought the climax was too drawn out and the ending unsatisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 10/17/2010

    " Horrible disappointment. Absolutely no pay off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/12/2010

    " T.C. Boyle must have used a bunch of creative juice when he wrote this book, but it just did not speak to me so much. It did however fill a couple of lazy afternoons and for that I am appreciative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 10/7/2010

    " Scary how true this could be. It is a page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mselleck | 10/6/2010

    " I liked it better than 'The Women' but not my favorite author or genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/28/2010

    " I listened to this book while cleaning the garage...it definitely made cleaning the garage easier. The author read the book which also made it more engaging. However, the ending was a disappointment, a little too realistic. "

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About the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Drop City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and World’s End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written numerous short-story collections. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.