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Talk Talk

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,906 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
"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 Brid ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2006)
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The two protagonists, Dana and Bridger, were thrust into a horrible situation when Dana's identity was stolen, but the pair really didn't handle the problem realistically or well, which was aggravating to read (Bridger phoning the identity thief--and using his own personal cell to do it, no less--never seemed like a good idea to me). On top of this, the antagonist, about whom every other chapter is devoted, is so unrepentantly evil--absolutely no ambiguity there--that I found him just painfully ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love TC Boyle, love his richly described worlds, his conflict-ridden rollercoaster plots. This one was definitely worth the headlong plunge, a deaf woman who becomes victim of an identity theft, and the ensuing alternation between her story and that of her lover, a special effects artist who becomes deeply involved in the pursuit of the culprit, and the sociopathic identity thief, another one of Boyle's wonderful narcissist rageaholic antagonists. However, it wasn't a perfect book, in that it ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stink-pile
All right, I finally finished this one. About halfway through I realized it had the potential to be a huge stinker, and I'm sorry to say that was borne out. While T.C. Boyle is a very good writer--The Tortilla Curtain is a work of the highest art--what keeps him from being a great one is that he tries to do too much sometimes.

Talk Talk is supposed to be a thriller, Ok? And I'm all right with an author playing around with the conventions of a genre, but only when it's cool and fresh and doesn't
May 28, 2009 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing Stephen Colbert read Boyle's short story "The Lie" on NPR's program Selected Shorts I decided to follow more of Boyle's work. I liked Talk Talk because the characters were easily relatable. They're real. They remind me of people I know, or could know, and I even got annoyed with them as I could with any good friend. But I still liked them, even when I didn't like how they behaved. Even the antagonist stuck to the gray areas and while I never really rooted for him, it was often hard ...more
Roderick Hart
Oct 18, 2008 Roderick Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title refers to the habit deaf people have of vocalising – often unconsciously, since they cannot hear themselves doing it – while signing. They are communicating in two ways at once, hence ‘Talk Talk’.

The ‘heroine’ of this book, Dana Halter, is deaf. Her identity is stolen by one William ‘Peck’ Wilson, resulting in great trauma for her when she is pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Wilson has a string of violations under the name Dana Halter and she is arrested, remanded in custody,
Nov 18, 2014 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Entertainment. Di classe.
Di quello che sarebbe potuto piacere a Graham Greene, che di entertainment s’intendeva assai.
Thriller. Di classe.
Non come quelli che hanno frasi che durano mezzo rigo, più punti che parole.
TC Boyle sa come scrivere una frase, renderla composita, farla durare quel tanto che basta ad ammaliare senza confondere.

Eppure TC Boyle irride il suo editore che reclamizzava questo romanzo come thriller: Non so se ho scritto un thriller. Non leggo mai thriller perché mi ann
Edward Bradburn
Jul 08, 2009 Edward Bradburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does T.C. Boyle ever write a book that isn't simply superb? Unputdownable story of a stolen identity and a mismatched couple with strong undercurrents seething underneath their relationship -- which the oddball turn of events will soon force to the surface.

As to the fact that one of the protagonists is deaf ... I think the characterization of Dana is so strong, that I'm not sure it really *is* about her deafness, really. I mean, there are moments when one appreciates her "otherness" (for me, as
The "chase-scene-as-plot-structure" can be an exhausting thing. The chaos, the misunderstandings, the almosts, and coincidences. It can all decompose into a sloppy, cartoonish stink. Racing to finish the book instead of reading and enjoying the tension and feeling the characters' burdens. Typically, I consider this the lazy writing of an author with a to-do list -- a wacky hijinks quota.

"Talk Talk" by TC Boyle is a welcome exception.

It opens with Dana Hartley, a deaf woman who is late for a de
Jun 17, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The exposition's a bit weak, and that leaves one questioning from the start the reality of a work that is trying to explore how people manufacture their own realities (and then how those realities clash with the realities of others). On that level the thing felt unfinished; the necessary work hadn't been done, but you could see how with a bit more polishing it would have been delicious all the way through.

Whenever I suspended my disbelief for five minutes, a puppet string would be left showing
Apr 18, 2009 jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: linda, simon
Shelves: the-body
i really like the cover of this book. the perfect white teeth, no ridges on the edges, the beautiful red lip. it has nothing to do with the book – the image i mean. or the title. the title has nothing to do with the book either. and you know what? it's a real shame, because i don't know how many good novels there are that depict the deaf experience but, me, i haven't come across any other than this, and t.c. boyle is a great writer who can write intelligently about all sorts of things, but on th ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Antula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I barely broke through the endless number of the pages of this book. Must admit, I skipped the most of the paragraphs of the last hundred something pages. Full of unnecessary details, like how did a waitress looked at her, what he is cooking today, what did they ate, drink or spot through the car window. And none of that didn`t get us closer to the protagonists or the antagonist. They remained distanced, closed, boring and uninteresting. The title of this book should be `Don`t talk, don`t talk` ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice idea, but this was like too many stories where coincidence played too much of a part and it became just unbelievable. The characters were very one-dimensional and I basically slogged through waiting for something to happen or for some reveal as to why this or that... I'm even disinterested in the review. Just left me with nothing in the end.
Oct 31, 2007 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and liked it better than Drop City. It was a quick read and and a page-turner. And thought some might not like the ending, I did.
Lola Picayo
Overall, Talk Talk is a potentially thrilling story, but it is overshadowed by an unrealistic sequence of events, too much poetic language and a cheap ending. Talk Talk outlines an initially realistic plot of a deaf woman struggling with identity theft, but soon becomes unbelievable as the protagonists Dana and Bridger take a cross-country trek in hopes of finding the dangerous man who stole her identity. The fact that neither of them contact the police in their search for an ex-con, seems highl ...more
Sandra Bašić
Jan 27, 2015 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kasnila je, uvijek kasni, to joj je mana, svjesna je, ali nije mogla pronaći torbu, a kad ju je uspjela locirati (ispod plave samtene jakne na vješalici za kapute u predsoblju), nije mogla naći ključeve."

Ovako počinje uradak T. Coraghessana Boylea, svojevrstan psihološki triler o nečemu što čovjek s ovih prostora baš i ne može zamisliti. Kašnjenje i gubitak ključeva bili su mačji kašalj za ono što je toga dana predstojalo Dani Halter, gluhonijemoj profesorici engleskog jezika, u Školi za gluhe
Lisabet Sarai
Sep 22, 2012 Lisabet Sarai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You never know what to expect when you pick up a book by T.C. Boyle. In the case of TALK TALK, I was totally misled by the log line: There's more than one way to take a life. Murder, I thought. However, the triggering event in this novel is not murder, but identity theft.

The victim, Dr. Dana Halter, is a fiercely independent deaf woman who teaches literature, a Type-A personality determined to control her own destiny. When she's stopped for running a red light, the police discover she's wanted
Mar 26, 2014 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like character novels
I read many of the other reviews and will use them for a springboard. This is a character driven novel. There are four main characters, 3 of who are extraordinary, 1 who is average. At different times, I identified with all four to the point of water rising in my eyes. (That's good writing.) It is a novel about the contemporary "The road trip." I love road trips and I identified with that. (That's good writing.) It's a novel about the struggle to be understood and I could identify with that. (Th ...more
Nov 20, 2007 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the twentieth book I read on my commute, another modern lit novel, but not a comedy. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to label the type of story this narrative represents (which probably speaks well of the book in and of itself). It's not a coming-of-age story, or an adventure story, or a love story, although it has some minor superficial resemblances to all of those. It's a story wherein non-ordinary things happen to ordinary people, which draws them into conflict, but there's no good way for ...more
Rhonda Hess
Jul 29, 2015 Rhonda Hess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This riveting story is well worth the dud ending for it's insight into the challenging world of the deaf, the horrors of identity theft, and the steep costs of rage.

Dana is a young independent deaf woman who lands in jail after running a stop sign for serious crimes committed by someone who stole her identity. Because the police don't have the resources to pursue these types of criminals, Dana and her boyfriend chase the guy across country as he serially steals the identities of others.
Jan 28, 2009 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I'm on a crazy book binge this month. It helps that I didn't go to work due to an ice storm in Tulsa so just lounged around the house in my pajamas all day. This is the tenth novel of Boyle's I've read--counted them, I haven't missed a novel he's done--plus a couple of short story collections. Just on sheer numbers, I don't think I've read more stuff by any other writer. So, I guess you could say he's a favorite of mine.

Talk Talk is kind of different for Boyle. It's a thriller actually. All the
Oct 04, 2011 Kit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In his 18th book of fiction, T. C. Boyle wildly impresses some critics (as he often does) but leaves a few critics wanting more. The slick, page-turning plot becomes "sadly undermined by a forced, slap-dash ending that feels as if it had been grafted on at the last minute" (New York Times). That aside, Boyle's first entry in the suspense genre is a welcome addition that showcases his rich characterizations and high-flying prose. In Talk Talk, the ease of assuming a new identity appears frighten

Stephen King recommended book. He said in Entertainment Weekly's column My Top 20 of 2011: "Dana Halter is a schoolteacher with a good life and a handicap (which she refuses to think of as a handicap): She's deaf. Everything changes when she's pulled over after failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign. Instead of the ticket she expects, she's handcuffed and taken to jail. What follows is a richly written novel of escalating tension and a character study of an amoral identity thief you m ...more
Sugar Snap
This book could have been 40-50 pages shorter.
I didn't HATE it, per se.
However, I didn't like the ending, Boyle has an annoying tendency to go on and on and on about things that don't matter at all to the plot or the story, and it was VERY anti-climatic.

Dana's character is annoying...I didn't connect with her AT ALL. She's too stubborn and her actions make no sense. Her identity is stolen and she caroms off across the country to catch the guy herself? Weird. She's shut off emotionally and uses
This book starts off at a breakneck speed as within the first few pages Dana Halter finds herself stopped by the police & arrested on charges she knows nothing about. Her situation worsens as it comes to light as to what charges she is being held on & the horror of her predicament is increased by the fact that Dana is deaf & unable to protest her innocence easily. The idea of being accused of a crime I haven’t committed is abhorrent to me & coupled with the thought of identity th ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Lynetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I liked several things about this book, including the premise.

Our heroine, Dr. Dana Halter, is a teacher at a school for deaf students. On Friday afternoon she slides through a four-way stop on her way to the dentist, is pulled over and hauled off to jail, booked, which is quite the surprise. She is told she has warrants for "passing bad checks, auto theft, possession of a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon," (page 10) among other things in places she has never been.

She has jus
E Wilson

I listened to this on an audio book read by the author and that was a
plus because he seemed to be reading it exactly as he wrote it and
wanted it to be read. The style and delivery were sort of choppy and clipped as If there was no time to spare in the telling . I liked his descriptions of the people and their surroundings.

I would have liked the book more if I had liked Dana (the
real Dana not the imposter). Yes, she is deaf and probably has good
reason to have a chip on her shoulder, but she com
Michael Livingston
A compelling enough read but one that never really transcends the genre in the way you can feel the author trying to. The protagonists are frustrating in ways that I imagine were meant to feel realistic, but instead seemed jarring. The idea of exploring the ways in which deaf people experience the world within a thriller was a promising one, but in the end Boyle falls a bit short on both counts. A shame, because it has the kernel of something wonderful in it.
Jan 25, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T.C Boyle is about pulse - about rhythm. He writes like a jazz musician, with sentences that stop. And start. And burst away full of description and odors and fast food tastes. His stories explore the underbelly of modern America - and it is not a comfortable place to inhabit, because it is always normal folks, just like you, with day-to-day lives of quiet laziness, conflicting emotions and moral laxity who get sucked into situations which take them from their comfort zone into the world of pett ...more
Rob Mcgrory
Feb 09, 2016 Rob Mcgrory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that Boyle's wrting style is excellent and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. At the end, however, I wanted to throw this book in the toilet, find Mr. Boyle's identity and steal his life! How dare he build us up for thousands of miles and a trip to the hospital!! And for what??? NOTHING!! Yes, I realize that good does not always triumph but give us SOMETHING, Mr. Boyle. You are as arrogant as Peck Wilson himself for stealing a week of my life and
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T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and more than 60 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York. He is married with three children. Boyle has been a Distinguis ...more
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