These Walls Can Talk by Erin Mallon
Narrated by Joe Arden, Andi Arndt, Shane East, Tanya Eby, Teddy Hamilton and Emma Wilder
A Comedy Audio Play
If you love romance audiobooks, These Walls Can Talk by Erin Mallon is one you can’t miss. Originally performed via zoom on Facebook, I missed the live show and then went away for the weekend and missed it for the short time it was up. Now I’m glad, because I hear this version was better.
WARNING: Don’t drink while listening. I spit water (luckily) all over my front windshield because I took a drink and then started laughing my face off. I had no idea what to expect from an audio play, but I didn’t expect it to be so over-the-top funny!
Written as sort of an ode to romance audiobooks, there were a lot of underlying themes that ran through this short (too short) little play. First, we have the wife who listens to audiobooks to spice up her life and her snooty husband, a scifi author who looks down his nose at her audiobook hobby. We have the nutty audio producer who is quite inappropriate in the studio but loves his job, and then there is the romance author who doesn’t believe in love. We also have the new narrator who doesn’t quite ‘get’ the romance genre yet, and last, we have “The Narwhal”, the gorgeous and sexy-voiced narrator that all the women want but nobody has ever seen.
Each of the characters were narrated by a different person and they were all phenomenal. Being that this is all about audiobooks, I can’t find any reason to read and not listen, because These Walls Can Talk was meant for audio, that’s for sure. The blooper reel at the end was just as funny as the book.
- A short, fun read (listen).
- Completely unique, as I never listened to a play.
- A few different storylines were going on, but it was easy to follow.
- The whole cast was amazing.
- I literally laughed out loud. HARD. Hard enough to spit water everywhere.
- It was completely over-the-top and didn’t try not to be.
- It was like a love-letter to audiobooks. Well maybe more of a roast, but in a loving way.
- The bloopers. I want these in every book!
- The sneak peek at the end for Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon. I am so excited for this! I cracked up at the preview.
- Sometimes there were so many voices it was a little hard to keep track.
- I didn’t love the play format. It was fun for this one book, and I wouldn’t change it, but I wouldn’t seek out other audio plays.
Almost all of my favorite narrators in one little listen, and they played different characters than usual! I loved it. There was one scene with too many voices that lost me but I didn’t mind listening to it again.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 3 Heat, 5 Narration
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If you enjoy These Walls Can Talk, you should absolutely check out Andi Arndt and Tara Sivec’s book, Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words.
Erin Mallon‘s debut romantic comedy novel, Flirtasaurus, releases in July 2020. She is an award-winning narrator of over 450 books and an accomplished playwright and producer in New York City. She has written over 40 plays, which have been produced Off-Broadway and all over the country, including These Walls Can Talk, a raucous theatrical love letter to the romance audiobook community. She lives in a little yellow house on the outskirts of NYC with her husband and Three J’s.