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Summary

Atticus and Neil are the newly crowned "hottest male narration team" for Mmm-Mmm romance, and they're flying high on the praise. 

Nothing can get them down.

Until Vera and Cameron usher a mysterious voice onto the scene and shake the foundation of the audiobook industry itself.

In a world where humanity is all we have, can our group of former friends band together to save the future of storytelling? Or are audiobooks destined to be nothing more than a bunch of beep beep boop?

©2022 Erin Mallon (P)2022 Erin Mallon

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Simply Amazing

Just when you think Erin Mallon has thought of everything, and there is nothing else she can bring to the These Walls Can Talk series about the audiobook community, she lets you know how wrong you were to think such foolishness.

We’re back with the whole gang-Joe Arden (Atticus aka The Narwhal), Tanya Eby (Georgia), Shane East (Cameron), Emma Wilder (Jennifer aka Niffer), Teddy Hamilton (Neil), Andi Arndt (Vera), Maxine Mitchell (Andrea), and Erin Mallon (Narrator and Frankie) all return. And this time, they have Jason Clarke as Artie Smarts with them.

Artie is an AI. In this current climate of authors and companies wanting to use AI in audiobooks (much to listeners objections) it was a very clever and hilarious way to show the downside of it. As will all things Erin there are layers to this story and it also deals with boundaries when people make themselves available on social media. There are some lines that just seem funny at first listen but then stick with you and make you think differently. It’s one of the things I love about Erin’s writing.

Each of the voice actors brings something unique and brilliant to the character they voice. However, Jason Clarke steals the show as Artie. It is like you have never heard him before. Trust me, if you think you’ve heard all sides to Jason, he’s about to prove you wrong.

I will never get enough of this series. I hope there will be more in the future because I love these characters and the look behind the curtain of the audiobook industry. Add in the interactions of the voice actors and it is something special to experience.

Thank you to Erin Mallon, Joe Arden, Andi Arndt, Shane East, Tanya Eby, Teddy Hamilton, Maxine Mitchell, Jason Clarke, and Emma Wilder for creating such an amazing listening experience and entertaining us in such a wonderful way.

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Delightful!!!

Erin Mallon has captured so many details with this book. I loved how she brought together so many fantastic narrators for this book. The outtakes were hilarious, the storyline flowed, and the performances were top-notched! I so love it when an author does a multi-cast book, and find it even better when the author is a narrator herself. This is a delightful listen and the perfect ending to the series IF THESE WALLS CAN TALK.

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FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN!

Erin Mallon has written an entire series of audio plays that is essentially a love letter to and a wink-wink, nudge-nudge look inside the creation of romance audiobooks. There is no better genre to both divide and unite people in the community. Romance listeners are dedicated and passionate, and will through their entire hearts into support the authors and narrators they love.

Rise of the Machine is a hysterical take on the emergence of AI in voice acting. The fact that Jason Clarke, arguably one of the most successful male romance narrators, plays a robot just proves how a robot wouldn't be even half has good as the human playing the robot according to my ears. He was hysterical, and I could not stop laughing as he went through demonstrating the narration tones of different genres. That was not only a fun bit, but it was scarily spot-on!

The all-start cast is reunited, and we get to catch up with our favorites from the first two TWCT plays. Niffer, Andrea, Cameron, Vera, Georgia, Neil, Atticus, Frankie are all back to take on Arty Smarts!

I love this series so much, and it's a go-to when I need to laugh. Erin Mallon can write plays that tug at your heartstrings, plays that make you go "hmmm...." and plays that just make you laugh out loud. All of them are witty and enjoyable. So go pick this up, and all of her plays. You won't regret it.

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Erin does it again! Beep beep boop perfection!

These Walls Can Talk 3: Rise of the Machine is the third and final book in this audio play series see’s the amazing narrator crew back together again for one last hoorah with the addition of the amazing Jason Clarke.

After TWCT and TWCT2 I honestly didn’t think there was any way Erin could improve on the awesomeness, but she pulled it out the bag in the first 30 seconds. A little heads up would’ve been nice though, I spat out perfectly good tea when Neil said the name of his and Atticus’ production company. The comedy was off the charts funny, the banter between the characters was quick and snappy and I will never recover from that rap…lyrical genius! Oh, and the bloopers, I almost pee’d my pants! I can’t wait to see this amazing cast perform live in Vegas in October; it’s going to be hilarious.

The entire cast was incredible, Shane East reprising his role as Cameron, Andi Arndt as Vera, Emma Wilder as Jennifer, Maxine Mitchell as Andrea, Tanya Eby as Georgia, and Erin Mallon as Frankie. I have to shine a spotlight on Joe Arden and Teddy Hamilton who will forever be known as #swallowthejohnson these two were amazing together and that rap, holy shit, Joe was phenomenal supported by Teddy and their harem of ladies. Jason Clarke is a newcomer to the cast as Artie Smarts the AI and my goodness, he puts on a spectacular performance. What a fabulous addition, I couldn’t have loved this more.

If you haven’t listened to these plays that were written by the woman who quite literally can do ANYTHING, where have you been and what have you been doing? Download them all immediately, buckle up and enjoy the fun train. Beep beep boop!

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A Satirical and Poignant Comedy

Erin Mallon does it again with These Walls Can Talk #3: Rise of the Machine! She has brilliantly created a satirical and poignant comedy putting a spotlight on real issues and conversations being had in the audiobook community. The cast from season 2 is back, reprising their roles with the addition of Jason Clarke in a role unlike any I have heard him in before.

This may be my favorite of all 3 of these audio plays (and my name was in the 2nd one). I laughed from the very beginning all the way through to the bloopers which had me in stitches. This play has humor (obviously) but also, anger, sadness, betrayal, secrecy, deception, danger and of course a little romance. My husband and I listened on a long car ride, and we were both laughing throughout, and sometimes he is a hard sell when it comes to comedy.

This play is fully edited with sound effects that worked really well with the play as a whole when listening on speakers in the car. I finished the play with headphones for the last 5-10 minutes, and some of the effects were a little distracting with my AirPods in, but overall I found they enhanced the listening experience.

This is a play best consumed in one sitting and I fully intend to listen multiple times to pick up on nuances I missed.

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Erin Mallon is Brilliant

Five hilarious stars
I cannot adequately express how much I loved this audio play. Erin Mallon is a comedic genius and this cast is brilliant.
Jason Clarke has joined this series and he was the perfect addition. I do not want to spoil anything but this is absolute proof that Jason Clarke is magic and can do anything.

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A laugh a minute

I loved this audio play! I was laughing all the way through. I loved the first 2 in the series and the 3rd is just as good. Loved the introduction of Jason Clarke into the cast. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Incredible!

Another piece of audio perfection from the Queen of audio plays herself, Erin Mallon. Each narrator was made for their characters and had me crying with laughter throughout. I can't imagine how many takes some of those scenes took, ha! Incredible performance. Jason Clarke's robot voice was mind bogglingly good!

Also, the bloopers as always, were brilliant!

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Nonstop laughs! A MUST LISTEN!!

Erin Mallon does it again! I spent 2 hours & 18 minutes cracking up. I love all of the witty banter & neverending faux pas. My only complaint? It was too short. I NEEDED MORE!! Amazing narration by Andi Arndt. Teddy Hamilton, Jason Clarke, Shane East, Maxine Mitchell, Erin Mallon, Emma Wilder, Tanya Eby & Joe Arden. I can't wait to see the live performance in Vegas!!

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Fantastic

what a fantastic series, loved the story and really loved the narration, Erin you rock and so do all the cast! Thank you for a great laugh while working 🤣

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  • 26-05-22

Hilarious

Another terrific entry in this series! It was just as funny as the previous audiobooks, and the narrators are fully inhabiting their characters. They all seem to be having so much fun recording this that it is impossible not to have fun right along with them. The epilogue was sheer genius, and I plan on replaying that many times over.

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  • 18-06-22

No Skynet for us! lol

Atticus and Neil are the new hottest Mmm-Mmm romance narrator duo... until Vera and Cameron bring a new "voice" to the scene: Artie Smarts. But there is something about this Artie person than can be very dangerous to the audiobook indistry. The "Narwal" and his friends will band together because nope, they are not having it! 

If you, like me, are an audiobook enthusiast, you've certainly listened to Erin Mallon's wonderful audioplays. In this third installment of These Walls Can Talk, "Skynet" is real and is about to replace our beloved narrators! (Or at least they'll try!) Nope! No! Never! Jason Clarke is incredible as the AI robot who's apparently become sort of sentient - and also kinda scary. The story is hilarious but yeah, we know people are using synthetic voices to narrate several things. We've become accustomed to the Siris and Alexas but NOTHING will replace these talented people because narration is an A R T. 

So, my shoutout to the amazing cast: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt, Jason Clarke, Shane East, Tanya Eby, Teddy Hamilton, Erin Mallon, Maxine Mitchell and Emma Wilder. You guys can never be replaced! 

DO NOT SKIP THE BLOOPERS!!!  LOL 

Possible "triggers": Well, I was definitely "triggered" by the very idea of a synthetic voice reading my books. NOPE. NO. NEVER. NOOOOOOOOOO. 

(I understand the amazing thing it is for the people who are unable to read with their eyes to have a voice to read to them. It is wonderful. This is not what I am screaming against. )

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 12-06-22

An amazingly funny series!

The gang is back! This time, their narrating livelihoods are at risk because of an AI narrator (ripped straight from the headlines!).

Erin is such a great talent, and this series is so awesome! The addition of Jason Clarke to this already stellar cast of narrators is spot-on!

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  • Embell
  • 04-06-22

Shenanigans, Banter, Laughter, and Feels

This was just amazing. In a time where there is so much going on and the world feels even more unhinged this was the perfect escape. Some parts had me laughing so much, I was in tears.

Written by Erin Mallon and performed by an amazing cast. The story continues with plenty of shenanigans, laughter, banter, and a side of feels. The conversations between the characters is everything and Erin's ability to write really shines. Jason Clarke was added to the cast and voiced the role of the machine. I had heard/read other narrators from this project proclaim Jason's performance blew them out of the water, and they weren't kidding. If you enjoyed the first two books of this series, you will hands down love this as well.

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  • ElyLibrarySec @AudiobookObsession
  • 03-06-22

This Is A Must Have Series

If you love to laugh, you're going to want to check this one out. To get the full experience, you should start with book one. This is a play that makes fun of their profession. There's a storm brewing, more like building momentum, and it's one I'm not happy about.

I found it interesting that the author addresses concerns I had after seeing something in a group I belong to. She puts a funny spin on it and made my yard work a fun experience. The downside had nothing to do with any of these people, or the storyline, but at my iPod. Maybe it was revolting because of what I was listening to but I was getting to a really good part and the "stupid thing" kept shutting off. I almost began to wonder if it had sympathy for the new character that was added here. But we both got through it and now I want more. If I add too much more to my review than it will become a spoiler and this is something that needs to be experienced.

After you have finished, I hope you will check out more of both the author's other work as well as those of the other voice actors. I can't say that I liked one above the other since they are all important to this comedic piece. One good thing about listening to this as I was doing yard work was I could laugh out loud and not care if anyone saw me. Now if I had been in the grocery store, that would have been a problem because there was no way that I would be able to hold back the laughter. Now that I've been through all three in the series, I can now go back and listen to each one in succession. Think of them as acts in a play.

I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Diane's Kindle
  • 03-06-22

absolutely fun

This was a fun story. Some of the scenes in the story had me laughing hysterically this narrator group just nailed it Jason as the machine outstanding. I don't want to give anything away but I have to say the scene towards the end was hysterical I couldn't stop laughing grinning from ear to ear well done ladies and gentlemen well done.

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  • Ya Book Girl
  • 03-06-22

I FREAKING LOVE THESE BOOKS

I have loved every book in this series and I have listened to them several times in a row!!!! Of course the narration is STELLAR and the stories are so funny but I must say I FUC$ING LOVE THE OUTTAKES SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. WORTH 5 Fu@#$& Credits. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️🥰🥰❤️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️🥰❤️

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  • NerdyNovel
  • 01-06-22

Calling all Comedy lovers!

The third and final installment of Erin Mallon's These Walls Can Talk trilogy is the perfect wrap up! Connections between listeners, fans, narrators, authors, and production companies relays insider secrets and is a play on the audio experience. You will want to listen time and time again!
The Narwhal is back and ready to lay down the law! When AI technology comes to play, this crew is ready to slay, rap battle style! Joe, Andi, Shane, Emma, Teddy, Tanya, Maxine, Jason, and Erin take this and run with it. Their sense of pride in what they do, their passion for everyone involved; It's all within this trilogy with a happy comedy twist.
Erin Mallon is the queen of play writing. Hands down one of my favorite trilogies to lift me up when needing a laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine. This has it in spades.

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 01-06-22

Rise of the Machine

"I am a narrator not a definitioner."
Ha ha ha, if you listened to this series then your in for a treat this one delivers perfection and brilliance. I couldn't stop laughing it was excellent.

I love the way its truth and fiction and the community all rolled in. Its fun and witty makes me want to go back and listen from 1 all the way through again.

I needed this laugh, and the narration is fabulous each character is awesome and narrators who play them equally as stunning.

No way around it if you haven't listened to these seriously what are you waiting for it is audio brilliance.

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  • Phara Blair
  • 31-05-22

Brilliant!!

Erin Mallon has taken the art of playwriting and turned it on its head and I couldn’t love her more for doing it. I never imagined anyone could write a short form play, perform it in audiobook format, place it in the romance world and make it a smashing success, but she has done it again and again and again! These Walls Can Talk 3 - Rise of the Machine is the absolute perfect conclusion to this hilarious, heartfelt, clever, and downright incredible trilogy of award winning collaboration from a group of narrators and actors that are the best in their field. Erin Mallon has proven yet again that her talent as an author/playwright rivals that of her stunning acting and narration, and I hope she continues to be the hardest working mom/author/actor/narrator/producer/wife that she has shown us for a while now. Talk about a triple/quadruple threat, she seems to be able to do anything she puts her mind to with smashing success. Andi Arndt, Shane East, Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell, Emma Wilder, Teddy Hamilton, Tanya Eby, Jason Clarke, and Erin Mallon herself have come together to create a laugh-out-loud, don’t-drink-while-you-are-listening (for fear of spit-takes and snorting through your nose), don’t-miss-a-word performance that will keep you ROTFL for the whole 2-plus hours and then leave you wishing for more. Bravo to the whole cast and especially Erin Mallon for bringing us this much needed piece of glorious entertainment.