The Penguin Podcast
By Penguin Books UK
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The Penguin Podcast - audio extracts, author interviews and news from the UK's No1 book destination
||Underdogs feat. Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew Frank and Elizabeth Fremantle||Today we’re thinking about one of literature’s favourite characters - the underdog.||6/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pelican Books||This May, Pelican’s back! What was this iconically blue bird all about? What did it publish? And most importantly, why do we need it today?||5/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Great Journeys feat. Gruff Rhys, Jared Diamond and Fredrik Sjöberg||Some journeys test the limits of physical endurance, whilst others lead to the discovery of new and different societies. Sometimes circumstances force us to venture down a difficult path or a path may be used as an escape route. These are just some of the||5/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Money, money, money feat. Flash Boys, Nicholas Lovell and Jack Monroe||Money, money, money feat. Flash Boys, Nicholas Lovell and Jack Monroe||5/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Crime & Espionage feat. John le Carré, Barry Forshaw & Karen Perry||[Download mp3] This episode of the Penguin podcast is exclusively concerned with mischief, skullduggery, ne’erdowells, and - occasionally - cold-blooded murder. Yes it’s a crime & espionage episode where we’ll be featuring master of intrigue and esp||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Changes and New Beginnings feat. Jennifer Saunders, Jane Fallon and John Steinbeck||As winter is receding and blossoms are bursting, we’re thinking about the new beginnings and the changes that Spring brings.||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||This is the News feat. Coleen Nolan, Mohsin Hamid and a reveal from Michael Lewis' new book||We interrupt this episode of the Penguin Podcast to bring you important information on our latest books and authors.||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Meet the Books that Make the Movies - feat. Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Jojo Moyes and Imogen Poots||The Oscars on Sunday evening marked the end of the film award season and we’ve come to the conclusion that the best films started their lives as books…Gone with the Wind, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, ah we c||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Books to make you think feat. Dan Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett and Dick Swaab||Get ready to shake off the cobwebs on the old grey matter - whether it's a hefty hardback on mathematics or a fictional comedy that explores mental disabilities - this podcast is all about books that make you think.||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Making of the Roald Dahl Audiobooks feat. Douglas Hodge, Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Kate Winslet||Douglas Hodge, aka Willy Wonka in the new musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, narrates this special podcast.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
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.
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.