The Book Review

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My absolute favorite podcast. Pamela and her team present a wonderful hour of discussion and interviews about the most popular and interesting fiction out there today, complete with authors, historians, and critics. It's especially lovely to hear what the staff at the NYTBR are reading every week. What a lovely group of people, and what an engaging project!
If you like to read you will love this podcast. Great ideas for what to read next.
Don’t be put off by the idea of a book review podcast. It’s so interesting to hear authors speaking about their own work, and they are surprisingly humble and accessible. On the other hand, the podcast staff are so bright, articulate, and, of course, well-read, that being a regular listener has challenged me to step up my reading game. As a result of regular listening, I have now read more non-fiction, poetry, and modern literature. Finally, the podcasters have now begun to conclude each episode with a chat about what they’re reading, which is very fun!
This podcast is a weekly “must hear” podcast for me. I love books and find the interviews to provide more background on the books detailed than is provided in the book review. The interviewers ask great questions that augment the print review rather than highlight the published review. My favorite segment is the “What we’re reading” segment. I eagerly look forward to seeing where and what everyone is reading. It is also wise to place it at the end.
I split my time between London and Buenos Aires, both very literary cities, and this podcast is almost as good as having a stopover in New York along the way. Although I mainly read non fiction, I enjoy the conversations on fiction and poetry, as well as the discussion of books being read by the reviewers. The sound quality is excellent, even on telephone interviews. A great way to keep up on the latest in the book world, as well as a useful source for books that deserve a second look. Thanks and congratulations to the team that makes it happen!
My favorite segment is at the end of each episode, when assorted Times staffers talk about what they’re reading. Will Greg ever finish Ulysses?
I love this podcast because I love to listen to people talking about books. A great balance to the political podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.
I look forward to my Saturday mornings listening to this amazing podcast. It keeps me abreast of publishing trends, older books I missed, and, of course, new titles.
Every week, I look forward to hearing Pamela Paul and the entire book review team. From interviews with authors to hearing what they are reading, this intelligent group brings us along as they share what has held their interest. Books, old and new, are shared and my interest is always piqued.
I find this to be such a great companion to the book review itself; often one or both of the guests are authors whose works in that week’s review I wanted to know more about. Paul’s easy conversational approach to all her interviews and discussions works nicely here, too. As a writer I find it keeps me up-to-date on the latest in the literary world without overwhelming me, either with information or attitude! It’s a keeper.
I've been listening to the NYT Book Review Podcast since Sam Tanenhaus hosted it - I loved it then and I love it now. Pamela Paul is insightful, engaging, and gets to the heart of the matter.
I look forward to The Book Review podcast all week. Pamela Paul is an excellent interviewer, welcoming and open but not afraid to ask revealing questions. The format is interviews about two different books, usually with the author but sometimes a reviewer, followed by a brief exchange on the world of publishing, and conclusing with Pamela and several editors discussing what they are reading. A newer feature is to alternate the discussion of current reading with presentations by reviewers. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Be careful. You will buy more books. Deadly.
Simply the highlight of my week; great interviews by Pamela Paul (far-ranging, open-minded, in-depth and such a great variety of topics) and excellent discussions by the critics. Always enjoy the brief updates on the book business itself, too. All around, refreshing and very thoughtful. If there is a better interviewer around than Pamela Paul, I'd like to know his or her name.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I especially enjoy the discussion near the end of the show with different reviewers about what they have been reading on their own time. Civilized, informative discussion led by a personable host. I get a lot of good book tips from it.
I listen every Sunday morning to this knowledgeable and interesting set of conversations Very well done.
I look forward and listen to this podcast every week. Keep up the good work Pamela.
Interviewing isn’t necessarily a skill set one would associate with the editor of a book review— yet Pamela Paul is one of the best interviewers I’ve come across. Can’t wait to listen every Friday on my commute home to start the weekend.
I find this podcast to be a breath of fresh air. Interesting, often funny, I finish each episode feeling more connected to the world. It does not have a left wing bias: it has a “human interest” bias.
I recently stopped my subscription to NYT after 40 years because of left-wing extremism and blatantly false reporting. Unfortunately liberal bias has infected the podcast and made segments hard to listen to. Jill Abramson was intolerable—what an annoying individual. I will still listen because the podcast is amazing good....but will stop if infection gets worse
Recently I have been forced to listen to Bayer commercials. In print I can avert my eyes or adjust the page to obscure the ads but in audio format I can only fast fwd if I have my device in hand. Otherwise, I am captive and the entire experience is ruined. Is there no refuge left in our culture? Must everyone sell out? Do you never make enough money?
No more ....tired of listening to the left wing book reviews of left wing authors. Done
I look forward to this podcast every week. Great interviews and I’ve found a lot of my favorite books this way. I love the segment at the end when they talk about what they are currently reading. Lately they have only been doing that every other week though and on the off weeks they have the critics talk about what they have been working on. I don’t like those weeks. I usually turn that segment off.
This podcast really hits the sweet spot of vaguely interesting mixed with mediocre production values that lulls me into a deep sleep every night. I very much enjoy the quiet background chatter about books as I snooze away.
Can’t wait for every new review!!
While I enjoy the literary news and interviews with authors about new releases, my favorite part of the podcast for the past few years has been the “What we are reading” segment, which introduced countless books I’ve loved that I would have missed or passed over without a second thought. The Towers of Trezibond (Rose Macauley), Wave (Sonali Deraniyagala), and Ghachar Ghochar (Vivek Shanbhag) were some memorable works just in the past year that this segment shared with me. It’s also placed multiple works on my “to read” list that I’ll be scouting out at used bookstores. In the latest podcast, the “What we are reading” segment was not present. I’m hoping this was a short term lapse and that it’ll return next week, or biweekly, with the new reviewer roundup.
Totally biased in the world view. They hate Trump and anybody that voted for him. Blah blah drivel Too bad they could not just give book reviews rather than political bias because that’s what I would’ve like to hear.
The New York Times Book Review podcast is my current favorite bookish podcast because it delivers almost three podcasts in one. Every week there are author interviews handled by the editor, Pamela Paul. Then there is a bit of “news from the literary world.” And finally, several members of the book review staff talk about what they’ve been reading. This is my favorite part.
I did not think that I would enjoy listening to people talk about books I may never read. But I learn about so many books that I want to read. And even the discussions about books I don't want to read are very interesting.
I look forward to this each week. I usually knit while listening. What could be better than knitting, listening to intelligent conversations, and learning about books I add to my reading list?
Quitting this podcast after year listening. This podcast has become 80% a one sided political narrative/20% obvious book industry info. Not worth the time for the minimal new book discovery .
I do like this podcast but recently, there was one woman and two men on the podcast, which really goes against the grain. Women read more books than men, and they buy more books than men. Let's get it straight, especially in light of the recent "Me Too" revelations, which all women were aware of generations ago. If this continues, I just won't care to listen anymore.
with the passing of the host torch, the interviews now lack any sense of wonder or fun. there’s an added “discussion” of “what we are reading.” i could care less - egotistic ny book nerds who like their own vocab. i loved it much more when it included industry news and an overview of the bestsellers. and a sense of humor. it had life. now its the deadly dry lecture you might have thought from the label on the tin. dana former new yorker now in boulder
Really great podcast that provides me information on new books coming out and what books the reviewers are reading. Great interviews. Only caveat is when they are discussing books they are reading there seems to be embarrassment if one is reading nonfiction or a long book as if that is inferior. Get over it people!
I gave a 1 star because of their latest interview of Jill A. on their show. What a ridiculous, self-serving former NYT executive editor they had on their show! The NYT enabled racism and sexism and was instrumental to the destruction of democracy, aka election of Trump, in 2016. That's a fact.
I used to love this podcast, but ever since the election, which apparently didn't go the way the editors wanted, they find any avenue they can to add their digs or political opinions. Please just get back to opinions on the books and great writing. I hope to rejoin the podcast - but telling everyone for now to go to another podcast for the book reviews.
I always start listening to an episode hoping I'll like it but inevitably fail to listen all the way through. The pace feels slow, interviews a bit stale, and I really hate the classical lead in music--feels intentionally pretentious
Love this
Although I use the amazon editor's choice monthly reviews to drive my book choices, I like listening to this podcast for deeper info, snapshots of new books, and hearing discussions of books I've never heard/seen.
The right length at the right depth and the right breadth. Entertaining but also informative. Deft interviews of authors - not the easiest genus of humans to accommodate. Were the rotating cast able to be a bit less NYC-centric, it might help the rest of the country, if not planet, hit the "subscribe" icon. But then again, is not NYC the epicenter of intellectual and entertainment imperialism in the modern world? :-) Paul, Bangkok, Thailand
I have been a listener to this podcast from the very beginning when it was hosted by Sam Tanenhaus. Even then, it was very good. However, there have been two changes that have vaulted it to the front of my list. First, the new(ish) host Pamela Paul is a delight. I think of her as Terry Gross 2.0: she asks insightful questions, but gets them out much more quickly and is able to cover a lot of ground with her guests in a short amount of time. She is well-prepared (Tanenhaus prided himself on not having read the books his guests wrote, because he felt it gave his reactions freshness and spontaneity; this is complete hogwash). Paul is well-prepared and familiar with the material at hand. The second development that has improved the show is that they have replaced the somewhat-tedious best-seller list review segment at the end with a roundtable discussion among 3 or 4 staffers about what they are currently reading. This segment has turned out to be a delightful surprise: rather than a stuffy, pseudointellectual humblebrag fest of all the great classics they are reading in impossible quantities week after week, it is instead a down-to-earth window into what intelligent and well-read-but-busy people think and feel about the books they are reading: the slog of getting through a long biography; the guilty pleasure of a pot boiler or self-help book, and then, BAM, a deep insight into the nature of life and literature. I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough.
I stumbled across the podcast and figured I would check it out. Love it!
The Times book review podcast was among the first great podcasts, and it remains the best literary podcast around.
but also personal reviews of some books by the hosts. Especially like the "what I'm reading" segment.
Very insightful and entertaining.
I love books. Last year I listened to 106 books. As an avid book consumer, I have always enjoyed the weekly "New York Times Book Review. ". Outstanding! I only just recently started to listen to this podcast. It is exceptional! I love the author interviews and the Staff discussions. Fantastic!
This is the first podcast that I ever subscribed to and my favorite podcast of the 2-3 that I listen to regularly. I find this podcast about books to be very accessible, which is my favorite thing about it. Too many other literature podcasts are too snooty and way above my head, or they are too narrowly focused on a particular genre or author. Some of the interviews with authors are one of a kind, and really allow you to learn more about authors that interest you. I enjoy the newest segment where the hosts discuss the best sellers as well as what they themselves are reading. This is a fun, upbeat, intelligent and captivating podcast for anyone who likes books! I highly recommend it.


By ZelTN
With the exception of their snooty attitude regarding Wuthering Heights, I have enjoyed the comments and perspective of the NYT staff.
It's a great substitute when I can't find the time to read the hard copy. And even when I do read the hard copy, the interviews are a great supplement. I especially enjoy the "What we are reading" segment.
Been a listener since 2012, love how it has evolved and expanded with the new host. Great way to discover and choose your next book.