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The Penguin Podcast

By Penguin Books UK

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An intimate fortnightly conversation with authors and the objects that inspired their books. #PenguinPodcast

Customer Reviews

Uneven, poor quality sound

I loved the idea of the Penguin Podcast, but I've ended my subscription. Why? The quality was so uneven. One week, a set of intriguing selections from murder mysteries; the next, the gawdawful Hairy Bikers with their less than knowledgeable stories of traveling Vietnam and the Middle East looking for food. Perhaps they would be funny if you'd seen the TV show, but I hadn't. It was by no means the cultural coup the announcer for the Penquin Podcasts claimed it was. I loved the reading of Dicken's Christmas Carol. Sure, it's been done, but it was seasonal and reminded me of the intense descriptiveness of Dickens. But then there was the long, uninspired reading from someone's gastronomical tourbook of London. No description, just "you know the xxxx, well next time you're there, have some of the chips at yyyy." No attempt to draw in the listener. The real killer, though, was the truly abysmal sound quality. I can handle accents -- jeez, I know 7 languages myself, I can handle some difference -- but when I'm walking along city streets or on the El listening, the sound needs to be clear enough that I can listen without blowing out my eardrums a la that guitarist from the Who. I had to turn the Penquin Podcasts up full blast to hear -- and I use high quality, closed headphones, not those little buds. Penquin Podcasts were notably quieter and fuzzier than all the other podcasts I listen to. So, Penquin, clean up your act! At least get the sound quality good enough, and then I'll listen even if I'm less than impressed with the content. Sorry, I WANTED to like it!

Thoughtful, interesting, fun

Penguin Books has done a very nice job on their podcast, which features readings and author interviews from the publishing company's authors. They consistently put out a wide variety of subjects, ranging from crime novels to cooking and children's books to "acclaimed novels." While a podcast about books has the potential to be extremely droll, this is not this case here. At the end and beginning of most shows, a "Penguin remix" is featured; these are upbeat dance remixes of book recordings, and are often quite funny. With this and its sharp, tight format, the Penguin Podcast should remain entertaining and listenable for a long time.

excellent podcast!

I love The Penguin Podcast. It takes book reading to the next level. I like hearing what the writing process is like from the author's mouth. There are also tidbits of info you won't find in the books. The books and authors are really varied which is nice, because it means I get to hear things I ordinarily wouldn't. It's actually turned me onto a few good books, like The Memory Keeper's Daughter. And best of all, it's intelligently done. Bravo.

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