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The Sound of Your Voice

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  232 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The Sound of Your Voice is a gentle romance, following the developing love between John and his deaf lover Steve as they adjust to living in two very different worlds. Sentenced to community service for being arrested at a rally, John begins working at a relay service for the hearing impaired. Through his new work he meets Steve, a deaf man, who helps him understand that l ...more
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Published 2003 by Torquere Press
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Nov 04, 2013 vLadimiR rated it it was amazing

The blurb pretty much sums it up so, onto the strong points:

I really love the way Steve's character was portrayed as emotionally strong despite his disability. So strong was his determination to be independent and self-sustaining that, at one point, he was willing to chose his career over John in order to prove to himself that he is capable of living life and following his dream without relying on his friends and family. He knew that he needed to be a whole person before he could form a lastin
"Stand up for what you believe in-even if it means standing alone."

Wow. Powerful story! I've read a lot of disability books and a couple about deafness, but those didn't compare with this one. I will remember this for a long time, if not forever.

Us hearing folks take so much for granted. Someone knocking on the door, ringing a doorbell, answering a phone--TTY!, communicating in a room full of hearing people, etc.

I am pretty political and go to protests/demonstrations that I am passionate about
Oct 19, 2009 Perpetua rated it it was amazing
This is one amazing book I wish I could give it more than 5 stars I couldn't put it away till I finished it, and then I wanted to start all over again!! Definatly a re read for me.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Feb 28, 2011 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Lori K
A beautiful story with great characters.
Dec 25, 2013 Susan65 rated it really liked it
What a lovely, real life story. This is not so much a romance, even though there is one, but more a realistic view of two gay men who are trying to find their place together in the worlds of the hearing and the deaf. It was very eye opening for me as I sadly saw my own prejudices that I inadvertently had of the deaf community...that will change immediately. John and Steve are such great guys, so good & kind & sweet, that I would love to have them in my own life. They are the kind of peop ...more
This is a beautiful love story. It's very well written and the characters practically breathe off of the pages. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a sweet and romantic gay romance.
Lori K
Aug 02, 2011 Lori K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing. Beautifully written, touching book. I only wish that I could read it for the first time again and again.
Jan 11, 2012 Leaundra rated it it was amazing
I have to say I really loved this story. It wasn't just a story about someone who was deaf but really a story about someone in the deaf world and someone in the hearing world coming together and learning how to be with each other. I thought John and Steve were perfect for each other, everything in their lives weren't perfect but you could tell they really loved each other. I have always been fascinated with Sign Language and just how the deaf culture works. I remember being in the 6th grade and ...more
Feb 26, 2012 momokaachan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
The thing that changed my original rating (4 stars) to 5 stars is something that bugged me when I finished reading but crystallized after a few days' reflection: prejudice.

The author very cleverly and subtly pointed out that deaf people can be just as bigoted and/or intolerant as hearing people. What a concept! It humanized the characters and the issues dealt with. (I wonder, just for myself, if the issue of the president of the college would have been less of an issue if she had at least been a
Sep 26, 2010 Table4Five rated it it was amazing
Holy Mother of Good Books!!! There are times when I need to be standing on the outside looking in to see the whole picture. This book made me see the whole picture. It made me realize how much goes on around me that I am totally oblivious to. It made me realize all the things that I take for granted. I was truly enlightened and inspired after reading this book. I am so glad that I was recommended this book and given the opportunity to read it (thank you Sean!). I highly recommend this book!!!
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This book is set in during the Reagan era, and gives a window into the deaf community and the difficulties and prejudices they face.
John is sentenced to community service, because of which he meets Steve,a deaf man.
The MCs seem despite everything very unjaded , and almost naive.I can recommend this book as an eye opening and sweet book!

Lena Grey
Mar 06, 2011 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
"The Sound of Your Voice' by David Sullivan struck a strong cord with me since I've studied ASL (American Sign Language) and deaf culture. I've worked in a relay station with a TTD as well. I also live outside of DC and recognized many of the places John mentioned. There is a lot more to it than one would think. For instance, when hearing impaired people communicate, they often phrase their sentences in as few words as possible; they get right to the point. Unless you are familiar with ASL a hea ...more
Valentina Heart
Jun 08, 2010 Valentina Heart rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
I am very glad to have stumbled on such a great book. One of the reasons I first started reading m/m was the difficulty of situations that might seem ordinary to straight people. The struggle between the two worlds in this gift to readers left me wanting to read more of their story. The glimpses I got of their relationship were pretty amazing and that would also be my one remark. Somehow everything else seemed more important, the protests, side characters, stuffed animals... while all I wanted t ...more
J. Rocci
Mar 06, 2011 J. Rocci rated it really liked it
The Sound of Your Voice was one of the first novels I read at Torquere Press back in 2006 and I still remember it clearly to this day. The author's straightforward tackling of the issues between Deaf and hearing cultures, as well as the way the main characters could have misunderstandings without jeopardizing their relationship, drew me into this story, and I still remember reading through it in one afternoon, forgoing sleep to finish. The book explores the differences between the main character ...more
What a wonderful surprise this novel turned out to be. It's a beautifully written, honest-to-god ROMANCE that actually focuses on the (whatdoyaknow) the actual romance between the main characters. And, let's be honest, that isn't something I actually come across too often in this genre.

The sexual component of the characters' romance isn't portrayed by sweaty porno-worthy smut scenes that you see all too commonly, but rather through soft kisses, a playful shower scene, and a naked haircut. The no
Nov 22, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
What I especially liked about this book was its unique point of view, as one of the two main characters is deaf (not a perspective you see in most novels). The story describes important historic events that happened during the late-80s at a school for the deaf (Gallaudet U) in Washington DC, as well as details about life in the deaf community in general (something with which most people have very limited - if any - experience!), and the challenges that a hearing man and a deaf man encounter in t ...more
rating: 4/5

I loved the romance development, the characters, the story... I was also impressed at the amount of research done into deafness. I have some friends who are ASL interpreters and, even though I am far from an expert, many issues addressed in this story were done with care, respect, and a reflection of reality (as far as I understand it myself).

What really stood out were the times we were privileged to Steve's POV. The author uses a style of writing that I usually hate, but in this cas
Dec 05, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This as to be one of my favourite books.highly recommended,i realy enjoyed the time in john and steves lives.hope david sullivan is planning to follow up this great book.
Andi Anderson
Nov 12, 2011 Andi Anderson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Very sweet and believable romance. Highly recommended!!
Aug 16, 2012 Sadonna rated it really liked it
I really really liked this story of Steve and John. I have always had a fascination with ASL and when I'm at an event with an interpreter, I tend to focus on that. I took a couple of introductory ASL classes about 20 years ago and met one of my best friends there and she has a deaf niece and nephew. Her sister is as fantastic signer. It's a really beautiful form of communication - really an art as well as a language.

This is not a "traditional" romance, but a really beautiful love story about tw
Mar 08, 2011 Shell rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful love story that drew me into a world I'm not otherwise familiar with. John and Steve are both attractive gay men, living in the DC metropolitan area. They have many things in common, but one lives in a world rife with sounds and the other lives in one devoid of it.

When an unfortunate series of events finds John doing community service at The Telecommunications Exchange for the Deaf, Inc (TEDI) on the Gallaudet University campus, he meets Vivian Dawson. Vivian is a genuinely
Hans Hirschi
Mar 06, 2013 Hans Hirschi rated it it was amazing
I love simple love stories. Why does it always have to be near death and a gazillion of misunderstandings to make a book worth reading?

David does an excellent job at describing the budding relationship between a hearing and a hearing impaired person, how they overcome the distance between them, and fine true love.

The descriptions are very well written, it's almost as if I were there in DC with them, but it's the down to earth, everyday things that make it so easy to relate to this story.

The sex
Elisa Rolle
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book; while I enjoy Torquere Press’s production, I’m used to consider it an Erotic Romance publisher and consequently I’m expecting all the novel to be more about the sex (not that this is bad, on the contrary). The Sound of Your Voice is a romance, no doubt about that, but it’s leaning more on the Contemporary General Fiction than the Erotic Romance, and there are various reasons to lead me to this idea.

First of all the period: it’s set during the ‘90s, w
Apr 03, 2013 Jaden rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, romance
This was truly a good book, dealing with sensitive issues like being homosexual and/or deaf. What I liked most about it though,was the fact that the author didn't weave the story only around the relationship between the two male leads, but offered a different point of view regarding other matters as well.

The characters were both strong-willed, sensible and evolved perfectly throughout the pages. If only there weren't so many parts with what seemed as useless information and descriptions, it wou
Sep 08, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
This is a beautiful story of two men falling in love. They face prejudice not only because they are gay but because one is hearing and the other is deaf. I was a little surprised to find that there was prejudice amongst Steve's deaf friends that he would enter into a relationship with someone who was not deaf but I suppose it makes a kind of sad sense. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I learned a lot as well.
Oct 06, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The writing was generally solid, although at times it felt a bit stilted and, more rarely, a bit too flowery. However, I liked how deaf culture inhabited the plot -- not just as a subplot or as a single character, but as a firm and living presence. Part of the story takes place during Gallaudet University's Deaf President Now rally, which is also interesting.
Jul 22, 2012 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This story is comprised of key snapshots of the building of a relationship between Steve and John. I loved seeing these snippets of important moments and the connection between these two men. It was an eye opener for me regarding deaf and hearing community. Great read.
 ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
I give this book 3.5 stars. I loved the characters and enjoyed reading this book, however, I wish there was more to the story. I really think the plot could have dug deeper and really blossomed had it been allowed to do so.
Jul 12, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbtq, 2014
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Edina Rose
Mar 16, 2011 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
This book is a sweet romance where one hero is deaf. It sure can be helpful to learn sign language
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