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Customer Reviews

Often disappointing

The New Books podcast is a great idea that is poorly executed.
Some of the most inept interviewers you will ever hear are the hosts of these podcasts.
If you are listening to these podcasts in the hope of learning what the book is about, you often will be disappointed.
Interviewer mistakes include:
-- Failure to understand that people are tuning in to hear what the AUTHOR has to say, not what the interviewer thinks.
-- Boring, trivial, tangential questions that elicit little information about what the book says. It is possible to listen to some of these podcasts and never learn what the book says.
-- Far too much introductory background. It’s not unusual to slog through 15 or 20 minutes of such introductory blather before the first question is asked about what the book says.
-- Overlong questions in which the interviewer tries to show off his/her erudition by outlining every possible answer before giving the author a chance to answer.
The other big disappointment of this podcast is the choice of books to review. A large percentage of the titles are eye-glazing renditions of race/class/gender victimology. Zzzzzzz......

Informative and vast in breadth

The new books network is consistently filled with fascinating original interviews with a wide array of writers and academics who have changed the ways I think about a number of fields and sparked many lines of inquiry. Many of the interviewers and very skilled and I especially appreciate the typical introductory biographical questions to help situate how these books come to be.

Great podcast

I've found a lot of good books through this podcast. Some, I've read and enjoyed. In cases where I don't have time to read the book, I still learn a lot about the author and the ideas from the interviews. They focus on scholarly and academic works and literary novels. Strongly recommend if you're interested in intellectual discourse.

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