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The Talk Show
Title : The Talk Show
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ISBN : 9780985900298
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 342

Someone is following Jack Winthrop-most likely the gunman who tried to kill America's most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed toSomeone is following Jack Winthrop-most likely the gunman who tried to kill America's most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed to collaborate on Jones' national "Emancipation Tour." The plan is to bring Jones' passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality. As t


The Talk Show Reviews

  • Stacey

    I want to thank First Reads and author Joe Wenke for the good fortune of winning this wonderful book! Author Joe Wenke is a terrific author, one of the best that I have come across. He is able to set a scene brilliantly, putting the reader right in the action. This book was a thought provoking commentary on our country, our society, and humankind in general, set in an exciting storyline. His characters are terrific, amongst them are a lesbian transsexual Catholic priest, strippers, and a larger [...]

  • Marjorie

    Given To Me For An Honest ReviewThe Talk Show: A Novel by Joe Wenke was not at all what I had expected. There were way too many foul words used all throughout. I could not finish the book. Foul words are not constantly needed to make something funny. I can't recommend this one, so readers you are on your own with this book.

  • JMV

    Received from NetGalley for a honest review. The Talk Show maybe for a lot of people but I don't think that's me. I really tried to get into it but found it hard to keep my attention. I do think if this is your style ( like a lot of other reviews) go for it. Just wasn't for me.

  • Jay Williams

    Wenke is brilliant, imaginative and insightful. He tells a great story .Unfortunately, with a PhD in English he must frighten his editor. The story could have been 20 pages shorter without losing a thing. It is still a good read, but could have been great.

  • Angel Hatfield

    Abe Jones is a controversial person.but he has masterminded the Emancipation Tour. Abe had called jack who was a Pulitzer winning journalist who worked for the N Y Times. Abe wants jack to collaborate on Abe’s national Emancipation tour. - a traveling talk show. Abe believes this tour will bring back truth to the American people. Jack helped Abe to design his program for the tour. Jack was in the audience when Abe was shot where Abe had his speaking engagement. Jack thought he had seen two sho [...]

  • Melanie

    I was excited about getting this one to read, but I have to say I was sort of disappointed. The language is not the best and some of what the characters believed in is not my cup of tea, but that is just my opinion. Others may really like this one so you should give it a shot for yourself! Sorry!

  • Tony Parsons

    Abraham Abe Lincoln Jones (ALJ, African American, talk show host) was quite the flamboyant & controversial individual.He was the master-mind behind the Emancipation Tour.The speaking/rally engagement was close by the Plaza Hotel & Sherry-Netherland Hotel.Abe’s life was ended that day by a sniper or 2 maybe.Jack Winthrop (NY Times reporter) swore he would figure out who did the assassination & bring justice/closure to the matter.Jack’s favorite hangout was the Tit for Tat strip cl [...]

  • Tex Reader

    4.0 of 5 stars – Intelligent Satirical Suspense with a Diverse Cast.I'm a fan of political thrillers, but I didn't know how much I was getting into a satirical, evangelical trip with this one.Joe Wenke gave me an interesting story with nice, intelligent phrasing (like ALJ's almost evangelical, hip-hop dialogue) that built suspense slowly, keeping me engaged with his description of surroundings, characters and action. The satire (or cynicism) was spot on, but the cuts weren't too deep and uncom [...]

  • Buho

    First thing first, for all the readers out there looking for more diverse characters this might be the book for you. This novel contains wonderful three dimensional characters from different races and members of the LGBTQIA community. And honestly, just for that representation I have so much love for this book. This story follows New York Times reporter Jack Winthrop. Late one night he receives a phone call from anti-Oprah, king of talk tv, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Jones wants Winthrop to join him [...]

  • Connie Anderson

    I was given a copy of this book to read and give my honest review. At first, I didn't know if I could continue on. There was gratuitous, constant hard core swearing. But I really got into the book big time when I realized that the main character wasn't Abraham Lincoln Jones, the radical talk show host turned activist of sorts. He was just too full of himself. The main character was the New York Times journalist, Jack Winthrop, who was teaming up with ALJ for a tour: talk directly to the American [...]

  • WriteKnight

    The Talk Show: a novel was an enjoyable, satirical take on the state of our society. In this quasi-political suspense, Joe Wenke is an imaginative, even refreshing, author in his honest, if raw, portrayals. He employed clever phrasing and plot, which is hard to pull off especially with satire of this nature, and he largely succeeded. And as a bonus, for those familiar with the territory, the locale of NYC was described nicely.He had a collection of colorful characters, and they were indeed a bun [...]

  • J.

    The Talk Show A novel by Joe Wenke“The Emancipated Mouth, the Black Hole that swallowed America, the Master Blaster of Talk Show Disaster — Abraham Lincoln Jones” has a plan to conduct a nationwide tour. It will be “beyond talk shows, beyond all the politics, beyond all the m____f_____ b___s___ and lies.“ It is to be titled “The Emancipation Tour “ and its aim is to be a “referendum on freedom and equality in America.“ In order to pull it off he enlists the aid of Jack Winthrop [...]

  • David Lamb

    I won a free copy of this book through a giveaway and have, after about a month, found the time to read it. I read it on a nice snow day so I could delve in and not have distractions. I think the overall story was engaging and fun. The story moved quickly and the message behind the work (equality, fairness) was strong. I was turned off, however, by the relatively frequent passages in which the protagonist is hanging out in a strip club and the need to describe the dances and numbers. At one poi [...]

  • Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?

    After reading this book for a week and only making it to 25% of the way through, I have decided to give it a rest for now. Reasons I could not finish this book:1. The Language--While I am not offended by foul language, dropping the 'F' bomb 10+ times in the first 2% of the book is a bit extreme. I did a search for the word on the Kindle and found out it appears over 100 times throughout. 2. The story is moving way too slowly for me. At 12% there is a shooting and at this point I still don't know [...]

  • Nicole

    I received this book for free through First Reads.I enjoyed the overall madcap story and the diversity of the characters. I didn't have a problem with the swearing or the politics, but I felt that the narrative was interrupted a lot in order to explain various political viewpoints or goings-on. I expected the author to expound his views (this is a political satire novel, after all), but I think this could have been done more smoothly; as it is, it comes across as a lot of telling, not showing.T [...]

  • Lucie Paris

    Hmm… I was really puzzled by this story. I can see the author has a great way to picture an atmosphere and describe a scenery like you were yourself watching it. Only problem, even if you try to be modern and young, you don't have to swear and to use "Fuck" all the time.I've spent more time rolling my eyes at the full mouth all the characters have than to really being able to enjoy the author writing. :-(Then, the pace was slow. Even if I like the melting pot of different people… Jeezzz, I w [...]

  • John Wheeles

    Let's get this out of the way, first and foremost, I loved this story!!!If you are at all political, you may have some difficulty with this book. The characters are very liberal and outspoken politically. I lean much more to the conservative side, so while I agree with some things in this story, there is quite a bit of rhetoric I can not begin to agree with. That said, this was a very engaging story with extremely likeable and colorful characters. It is well written and worth overlooking all the [...]

  • Kathy

    I received this book from to read and review. Unfortunately, I can’t uphold my end of the bargain. While I am no prude and can accept some foul language novel (and do in many cases), this one went too far for me. I saw no need to insert foul language into every sentence uttered, as I think there are better ways to tell a story. I gave up trying after several pages. I guess this book can appeal to some readers and some will even like it, based on a couple of reviews I read, but it is not for m [...]

  • Don Gorman

    Wenke needs to try and make up his mind, does he want to write good mystery/thriller stories or push his politics? He almost is able to do both in this endeavor but it just does not quite get it. Jack Winthrop is a very cool customer, but his behavior is way too over the top, his involvements a little too unbelievable and the story around him bordering on completely ludicrous. There is potential here, but some refinement is needed.

  • Trina Knittle

    win. Will read and review once received.This is definitely one of those books that was just hard to tell whether I loved it or hated it. I can say i am in the middle of this book. If you get offended easily or don't care for cuss words I would stay away from this book. But if you are open-minded and love to give something a chance then read this book. I found myself reading this book almost nonstop besides the breaks I had to take for school. A good read.

  • Cheryl

    I won this book on and didn't realize how bad the language is. I can't give it a fair review since I didn't read much of it. the first page alone had the F word in almost every line and the language and theme continued to be very off color.

  • Philip Bailey

    Perhaps a commendable effort to raise awareness of racial intolerance, or LGBT issues, or defense of “Shock Jocks”. With an overall decent plot, but for my taste just overboard on the racial aspect even if it is the norm in some circles.

  • John

    I won this as part of a giveaway for an honest review. Well, what can I say other than it's an interesting read with some really interesting characters which can be hard to read because of the harsh language. All in all I give this a 3.75. Not a book for everyone.

  • Justin

    I did NOT receive the book for free through First Reads.Won the giveaway but never got the book. Noted as not received but there was no correspondence. (Won in Nov)Will change review if ever received.

  • Bree Hodges

    A great , fast read. :)

  • Barb Hollis

    Won this in a drawing.It is a fast paced, interesting and thought provoking read, would recommend it!

  • K.

    I won a free copy from the First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.

  • Julia David

    Too much swearing for me. Couldn't get into the story.