By The Front Porch People
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We're like Cliffnotes for your ears! Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author. It is an original podcast produced, edited, recorded & published by The Front Porch People. New season Summer '18.
||Clean"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck||"East of Eden" tells the tale of the Trask and Hamilton families, who live in the scenic Salinas Valley at the end of World War I. Scott and Ildi Rich, join host, Frank Lavallo, to discuss the riveting juxtaposition of the...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway||"To Have and Have Not" tells the tale of the Depression-era Florida Keys. Featuring Harry Morgan, a "Have Not," who charters his boat to the wealthy "Haves" of the world, this story shows what happens when hard times pressure a man into a life of...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Moon is Down" by John Steinbeck||"The Moon is Down" tells the tale of port town that exports coal until it is overrun by an invading army. The mayor of the town struggles to keep control as the occupiers force him to serve as their puppet. Listen as Frank Lavallo hosts readers, Scott..||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen||"Northanger Abbey" tells the story of Catherine Morland, a young girl whose imagination is fueled by her love of gothic novels. As Catherine travels to old home with friends, she struggles to discern reality in the midst of her Romantic fancies....||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand||In "Atlas Shrugged," business owners begin mysteriously disappearing after the government places too many extreme restrictions. Ayn Rand uses this political dystopian novel to explore the relationship between capitalism and government. Listen as Frank..||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck||Through "Tortilla Flat," Steinbeck portrays a sma…||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis||Through "Arrowsmith," Lewis tells the story of a …||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Persuasion" by Jane Austen||Through "Persuasion," Austen explores the plight …||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen||"Mansfield Park" tells the story of Fanny Price, …||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck||The Grapes of Wrath centers around a poor family …||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway||"For Whom The Bell Tolls" tells the story of a yo…||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Emma" by Jane Austen||Through Emma, Austen explores the concerns and di…||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis||"Babbitt" follows a midwestern man and his strife…||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Animal Farm" by George Orwell||"Animal Farm" tells the tale of oppressed farm an…||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding||"Lord of the Flies" focuses on a group of British…||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway||"The Sun Also Rises" follows a group of American …||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck||"Of Mice and Men," tells the story of two migrant…||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton||In "The House of Mirth," an aging, single woman r…||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler||In "Darkness at Noon," a once-communist leader aw…||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"White Fang" by Jack London||In "White Fang," a young pup called White Fang ex…||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Elmer Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis||Elmer Gantry is a satire that follows Elmer Gantr…||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole||A Confederacy of Dunces follows the life and misa…||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway||"A Farewell to Arms" follows the life and war exp…||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen||In "Pride and Prejudice," we follow the lives of …||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn||In "How Green Was My Valley," Huw Morgan reflects…||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Sense & Sensibility" by Jane Austen||"Sense and Sensibility" is the story of the Dashw…||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck||In "Cannery Row," a group of kind-hearted miscrea…||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley||A summary and exploration of Aldous Huxley's 1932…||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Anthem" by Ayn Rand||In "Anthem," a streetsweeper uses extreme measure…||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott||"Little Women" chronicles the transition of four …||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck||In this novella, a man finds a pearl in his attem…||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald||In "The Great Gatsby," a veteran uses elaborate m…||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway||In "The Old Man and the Sea," An older Cuban fish…||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Giver" by Lois Lowry||In "The Giver," a young boy named Jonas discovers…||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Intelligent and focused
Down-to-earth yet insightful, these "conversations" do not stray from the featured "novel." This podcast is refreshing to those who just want the literature. I did not have to make myself listen. The "conversation" format kept my ears tuned.
If you search you’ll find
I've started to realize that Podcast are like Etsy. If I think I want something, someone HAS already made that exact thing. I simply just have to look for it.
Unfortunately, I don't get to read nearly as often as I'd like. I'm so busy almost all the time, and the few hours I'm not busy I have a hard time focusing. The stack of books I want to read keep piling up. So I got to thinking that I'd like to find a podcast that summarizes books. I was thinking Spark Notes in audio form. I downloaded a few promising ones to try out. But this podcast is the only one I've tried so far. Because, turns out, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Things I love about it:
Short (less than 1 hour) summaries
Interesting host and guests
Information about the author at the end
Nice diverse catalog of classic books
Most of all, the fact that I thought I'd only listen to the books I'd never read, but turns out I find a lot of value in listening to the books I have read!
This is Lit!
Love the classic novels they choose - learned about a few I hadn't read before. Can't wait for them to announce season 3 now!