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The Truth
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Movies for your ears.
 
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Selected Shorts
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
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Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
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Dead Pilots Society
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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).
 
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LeVar Burton Reads
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Lose yourself in a great story with LeVar Burton Reads. In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you.
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.
 
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Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
 
Over the years, Selected Shorts has had to say no to some amazing stories that, due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. But no more!
 
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Morning Short
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Enjoy a new, curated short story every episode. We hand-pick 15-25 minute short stories from a pool of award-winning fiction writers. Then we turn them into to mini audiobooks that improve any commute, workout, or walk in the park. Read by professional narrators.Every day is a different story. One morning we might bring you a sci-fi thriller by the legendary Ray Bradbury, and the next morning might be a Sherlock Holmes detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Romance? We’ve got it. Narrative p ...
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
Fictional delights from Joanna Sterling
 
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AudioFile Magazine
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Podcast by AudioFile Magazine
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
A flash fiction podcast featuring short stories less than 2,000 words long.
 
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Lo-Fi Story Time
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Lo-Fi Story Time is now the MAULPOD TODDCAST with Lo-Fi Story Time... SOLO RPG ACTUAL PLAY podcast, with a Lo-Fi Story Time included each episode! Lo-Fi Story Time remains a microstory micropodcast that offers unusual and always original fiction stories (and some music) now wrapped inside a blanket of maximum geekery of SOLO RPG ACTUAL Play (and some music)
 
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Tapes and Tales - Stories for Headphones
 
Tapes and Tales is a collaboration between writers and sound designers, each episode brings you a selection of loosely themed stories with incredible sound design.
 
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Playing On Air
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​Playing on Air records entertaining​ and ​smart​ ​stage short​ ​plays​ ​by ​Tony and ​Pulitzer ​Prize ​winners a​s well as emerging playwrights​.​​ ​Jesse Eisenberg, ​​Audra McDonald, ​​Bobby Cannavale,​ Chris Cooper, ​​Adam Driver,​ ​​​Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Amy Ryan, Ed Asner, ​Margo Martindale,​ M​erritt Wever, M​ichael Stulbarg, Bill Irwin, Julie White, Carol Kane​ are some of the theater artists we feature. ​Each short play delivers a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in ten ...
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
Author Laura Hurwitz reads you a story, continued week to week.
 
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Bound Off Short Story Podcast
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Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Visit our website at boundoff.com for information about our broadcasts and how to submit your stories.
 
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American Stories - Voice of America
 
Classic short stories that introduce American literature to intermediate English learners.
 
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the boom
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Audio stories, some factual and opinionated; and some completely made up for your entertainment. What you'll find won't be thematically consistent, I think that can get boring, and I want to keep making things that don't bore any of us. It will feature a range of high quality fictional audio content from Chicago's under-appreciated and supremely talented artists, as well as journalistic stories that dive into topics and experiences I'm interested in.
 
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Be Particular Out There | Podcast
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Our podcast brings you readings and conversations from storytellers around the world. Hosted by Dustin M. Thomas.
 
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Fred Frees Favorites, an Audio Book Sampler
 
An audio book sampler. Produced by Waterlogg Productions and Joseph Bevilacqua, Hosted by Fred Frees. More info at: http://waterlogg.com
 
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Griddlecakes Radio
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Griddlecakes Radio...exploring the lost art of audio storytelling.
 
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BMF Podcast
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Brick Moon Fiction is dedicated to imagining the future through speculative fiction from diverse voices.
 
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2 Pages Of Mystery Podcast
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It's about great mystery stories, aspiring authors and the fun you can have putting the two together. The purpose here is to collect short mystery stories (see the "Rules/Submit" section of the website - 2pagesofmystery.com) and then we will turn them into published stories on the site AND create an audiobook / old-time radio program for release in the 2 Pages Of Mystery podcast.
 
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Truyện đêm muộn
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Podcast mang tên "truyện đêm muộn", khởi đầu với chương trình "đọc truyện đêm khuya" của kênh VOV2, đài tiếng nói Việt Nam.Chúng tôi chỉ để 5 podcast gần đây nhất.Note: The language of this podcast is Vietnamese, not English.We only keep 5 latest episodes available. Be sure to tune in before it's too late!–This is, currently, a syndication to the "Doc truyen dem khuya" program, bi-weekly broadcasted by VOV2. We are not endorsed by them however. Link to their program's website is here: http:/ ...
 
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An elderly widow purchases the Holy Grail at a second-hand store, and becomes wrapped up in an epic quest. "Chivalry" appears in Neil Gaiman's collection SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SHORT FICTIONS AND ILLUSIONS from William Morrow, which is available on Audible. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Kirstin Valdez Quade reads her story from the July 31, 2017, issue of the magazine. Quade’s début story collection, “A Night at the Fiestas,” was published in 2015 and received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle.
 
Bernie Gunther is a shrewd German detective in prewar Nazi Germany. John Lee is the personification of Gunther—full of sarcasm, street smarts, and dark wit. Lee effectively captures the citizens' fear of the Nazi war machine and switches accents effortlessly while passionately displaying the brutality of the Nazis. Read the full audiofile revie ...…
 
A poignant, funny, melancholy story about a man whose wife leaves him for a ping pong player. It was written by the fiction writer and playwright, Joe Meno, who has contributed several great stories to Shorts over the years. The reader is actor, comedian and writer Michael Ian Black (Wet, Hot, American Summer, and The State). Later in the show, ...…
 
Mining towns are notoriously just a breath and a spark away from disaster. Paul Michael Garcia delivers this fictionalized account of the aftermath of a real-life 1970s underground fire that killed 91 miners in Silverton, Idaho. It's a very American story, and Garcia's reading is as hard, dark, and honest as the mountains. Read the full audiofi ...…
 
Why are our rich and poor so economically divided? Economist, Temin, offers this astute and timely overview. Along with effortless-sounding enunciation and phrasing, Stephen R. Thorne’s personality connects with the author's progressive ideals, laying out the problems and offering solutions with clarity and equanimity.Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
A young woman ‘of ill repute' is grabbing a chance at marriage when a client shows up with some jaw-dropping news. Oscar-winner Chris Cooper, Emmy-winner Margo Martindale and Broadway's Liv Rooth (Venus in Fur) star in Bite the Hand, Ara Watson's potent classic, directed by Tony-winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a convers ...…
 
Planks, poison, and Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and t ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
There are the ties that bind and those we run from. Jim Szabo's six word story is the beginning of (a beautiful?) marriage. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Jim's bio or find him on the Second Hand Stories Podcast. Five-time No Extra Words contributor Tina Tocco ponders whether you really can go home in "That Boy's a Catch." Copyright ...…
 
Leon Williams delivers an emotional roller-coaster, with a terrific portrayal of 12-year-old Matthew, so crippled by OCD that he rarely goes outside. From his upstairs window, he catalogues the happenings on his cul-de-sac. After a neighborhood boy goes missing Matthew's detailed observations become important evidence. Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces readings from three chapters of Alice in Wonderland. The children’s classic celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. Ari Graynor reads “The Pool of Tears;” Sonia Manzano reads “The Mock Turtle’s Story;” and Dan Stevens reads “Humpty Dumpty.”
 
In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Andrew Reich interviews Ira Ungerleider (Angie Tribeca, Friends) regarding his dead pilot, My Cousin Thor. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of My Cousin Thor performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like: Hayes MacArthur as Thor, Tony Cavalero as Knud/Stavros, Kyle Bo ...…
 
This is the final installment in our Tyranny of History prompt. True to form, Eric Del Carlo delivers a bizarre and out-of-the box idea that makes its deceptively simple punchline that much more profound. Pay close attention. The destination is bigger than the road trip. And sometimes we are victims of our own history. Information on illustrati ...…
 
Syndicated "Ask Amy" advice columnist Amy Dickinson, is back with a second memoir. This time her open tones recount both her uplifting and her challenging experiences, including finding love again in middle age with a childhood friend, forging new family ties, caring for aging parents and discovering what she values.Read the full audiofile revi ...…
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
New Short Story presented by The Casket of Fictional Delights – ‘Bitterness’ by MP Kenny a regular guest author read by Menna Bonsels. A tale jealousy and modern marriage. The post Short Story – Bitterness appeared first on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
 
Pull up a comfortable rocker on your front porch and be prepared to learn civil rights history in Mississippi as voiced by Calvin Robinson. Robinson recounts the life of John M. Perkins, an unassuming Christian civil rights leader of the '50s and '60s, who struggled to understand what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. Read the full au ...…
 
A man is contacted by a 102-year-old woman with an unusual and seemingly impossible request. "Graham Greene" appears in Percival Everett's collection HALF AN INCH OF WATER, available from Graywolf Press.Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Cristina Henríquez reads her story from the July 24, 2017, issue of the magazine. Henríquez has published the story collection “Come Together, Fall Apart,” and two novels, including, most recently, “The Book of Unknown Americans.”
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
This week on The Easy Chair: “Matricidal Maniac” by none other than Mightier Than the Sword co-host and gifted, ever-popular writer Stephanie Spaulding. In this tale, which we want you to note is 100% fictional, honest, Christine’s excruciatingly embarrassing mother travels to Manhattan to spend time with her daughter, and Christine’s annoyance ...…
 
Thérèse Plummer ably explores he story of Izzy Poole, a pregnant high school graduate who receives an intriguing offer to join a research project called The Infinite Family in which parents collectively rear their offspring. Plummer deliversIzzy's musings in a restrained tone even as cracks threaten the collective family.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Michael Page's precise, stately, and almost courtly British accent perfectly suits Fortey's observations. Fortey purchases a small beech wood and closely observes the natural environment for a year learning about beech and cherry trees, mushrooms, beetles, orchids, centipedes, and the art of making walking sticks.Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
Miranda Hodgkins has her sights set on Robert Carlisle, but her failed plans at seduction lead her to share a kiss with the older Carlisle brother, Sebastian, Duke of Trent. Justine Eyre is the perfect fit for this Regency romance. Her voice is textured and full of emotion, and her British accent draws the listener into the story.Read the full ...…
 
In L.M. Montgomery's classic, the Cuthberts are expecting to foster a boy to help on their farm, but it's 11-year-old Anne who arrives from the orphanage. Rachel McAdams illuminates Anne's anxiety as words tumble out of her mouth, light, breathy and speedy. Anne's escapades as she discovers her new world will amuse listeners. Read the full audi ...…
 
The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
Today's drabble writer is my buddy and fellow podcaster Kelly J. Covert, and she pays tribute to something sacred to us all. Find Kelly on Instagram or head over to her website to check out her amazing podcast.
 
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Selected Shorts
 
Guest host Krista Tippett presents works about art, faith, and spirituality. A clergyman is tempted in "The Strength of God, Concerning the Reverend Curtis Hartman," by Sherwood Anderson. It's read by James Naughton. A time-travelling artist has a positive attitude in Elizabeth Crane's "You Must Be This Happy to Enter," read by Claire Danes. An ...…
 
Scott's debut novel is part crime story and part contemporary Western. T. Ryder Smith offers natural-sounding West Texas accents for the cruel sheriff and the calm, strong-willed tones of a Mexican high school student. Like cornbread and molasses, Ryder’s truthful reading and Scott’s storytelling are meant to be together.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Andi Arndt highlights Lydia Green reactions when her wedding day turns into her fiance's coming out announcement. Arndt delivers Lydia's deadpan humor with the right inflection and her perfect sense of timing. Arndt transforms an unlikely rebound romance, a predictable story with inane dialogue into an enticing listen.Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
Many psychiatric disorders arise from the interactions of infectious diseases and immune system vulnerabilities. Robert Petkoff’s intelligent delivery enhances this astute, fast-moving exposition on how microbes figure in mental disorders as diverse as anorexia, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read the full audiofile review at ...…
 
A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions. "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" is the title story of Lesley Nneka Arimah's collection from Riverhead Books. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at ...…
 
This 4th in the Virgil Tibbs mysteries, first published nearly 50 years ago, gains unexpected new life. Dion Graham injects a touch of irony into the antiquated speeches, creating voices that show varying levels of comfort speaking English, including a variety of Chinese, Chinese-American, and Japanese-American characters. Read the full audiofi ...…
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
This week, it’s Mightier Than the Sword. Co-host Steph Spaulding and I show by example the leap of faith and specific intentions of editing in general, and peer editing in particular. We have swapped manuscripts for editing purposes, with different editorial goals for our work, and we walk you through the process of editing. Aspiring writers an ...…
 
Maggie Service's Scottish accents reflect a strong sense of place in this prequel to CODE NAME VERITY. Service embodies 15-year-old Julie, consumed by the mystery of an attacker who knocked her unconscious, a murder victim, and her grandfather’s stolen pearls. Service heightens the tension as the twists and turns multiply.Read the full audiofil ...…
 
A BETROTHAL brings you into the cutthroat world of iris breeding, where delicacy meets domination. Lanford Wilson's classic brings us two competitors, two irises--and one ingenious chance to win. Performed by Lisa Emery (Broadway - Casa Valentina) and Frank Wood (Tony for Side-Man); directed by Bruce McCarty. Stay tuned after the performance fo ...…
 
Scott Brick's smooth voice flows with the twists and turns of this political thriller as Cotton Malone uncovers a Civil War secret society, stolen gold and a potential constitutional crisis. The book offers the usual straightforward delivery and a "writer's cut," interspersed with the author's commentary on people and events.Read the full audio ...…
 
The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
What do you do when time away is simultaneously long enough to sink your teeth into and yet not nearly long enough? "Walk a Pavement Once." By Eivend Nerberg, copyright 2007, used with permission. Originally published in 2008 in the anthology Nano2ales, edited by Ziv Navoth (Franc Roddam's Ziji Publishing, UK.) Read Eivend's bio. It's funny how ...…
 
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Selected Shorts
 
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two pieces about living in the dark. In “I Go Adventuring” Helen Keller describes her visits New York, a city she could sense but not see. Maggie Siff is the reader. In Jess Row’s “The Secrets of Bats,” a schoolgirl teaches herself echolocation. The reader is Heather Goldenhersh.…
 
40-years-ago, Lis and Janey were playing outside when Lis ran after a puppy, leaving 4-year-old Janey alone. When she returned, Janey, and her one-of-a-kind porcelain doll, were gone. Amy McFadden's delivers the compelling plot twists and coincidences with understated intensity, offering intriguing, credible characters. Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Arundhati Roy's melodic voice and lilting accents deliver this captivating story. Born with both male and female genitalia and raised male, Anjum is a woman trapped in a man's body. Roy's lyrical prose and flawless diction make this dense, challenging saga, interwoven with India's growing pains, accessible and unforgettable.Read the full audiof ...…
 
In the conclusion to our story, Jayn risks death when he infiltrates the queen’s chambers, and discovers the real reason for his mission. "Empty Places" was collected in FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR (2005). Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.…
 
This week, It's The Easy Chair episode 100!!! To mark this momentous podcasting milestone: Shoulda Swiped Left with Hannah and Jake. Of course there’s dating talk but also career talk, house talk, and a smattering of observations and opinions. My greatest joy as host and podcast editor is once a month, I get to appreciate the special dynamic be ...…
 
12-year-old Gwendy of Castle Rock, Maine, meets a strange man who knows a little too much about her, and receives a gift that brings her good fortune and unthinkable terror. Maggie Siff makes the horror elements effective and beautifully captures Gwendy's adolescence with touches of nostalgia, wonder, and insecurity.Read the full audiofile revi ...…
 
Simon Vance delivers this first-person narrative that opens during the French Resistance during WWII and follows 30 years of Adolfo Kaminsky's career. Vance fully captures Kaminsky, the daring and heroic document forger who helped hundreds of Jewish families escape Occupied France with his perfectly created passports.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
This audiobook is about the making of a definitive Japanese dictionary. The book's translation combined with Brian Nishii's interpretation makes the story sound and feel Japanese. Mitsuya Majime begins his journey with the dictionary as a young man, discovering the joy of being consumed by one's work. A fascinating listen.Read the full audiofil ...…
 
Karissa Vacker is wonderful delivering the fast-moving teen dialogue in this Sarah Dessen romance. She captures the witty sarcasm of Louna, who believes the possibility of love is limited. She nails the jaded attitude of the 18-year-old who's been raised by a busy, problem-solving mother, a wedding planner extraordinaire.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Ali Smith's moving, dreamlike novel, the first in a planned quartet, is made even lovelier by Melody Grove's consummate narration. Smith weaves the friendship of a young woman and an old man, the tragic life of a British pop artist, and the Brexit vote into a complex narrative that explores isolation and unexpected connections.Read the full aud ...…
 
Jonathan Yen brings an expressive reading to a scientific subject that remains an elusive concept, difficult for many of us to verbalize: flavor. Yen's enthusiasm helps keep the scientific information and the fascinating facts fresh as he describes the intricacies of cutting-edge research into flavor.Read the full audiofile review at http://www ...…
 
Saskia Maarleveld expertly presents the many questions swirling around Maja, charged with involvement in a school shooting in Stockholm. Maja retrieves vignettes and insights that complicate an easy take on what happened. Framed as a court case, this absorbing psychological study unfolds as an intimate confession.Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter ...…
 
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