The Book Review

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This podcast is a perfect world where people talk thoughtfully about ideas in books.
My favorite podcast of all time. I love the cast. They manage to be intellectually stimulating, clever, and funny—and not overly pretentious. (I'm not a big fan of the people at Slate Audio Book Club. They're a bit annoying; had to unsubscribe.) Pamela Paul is the best. She's a independent thinker and a winsome host who puts great questions to her guests. I love her perspective. It's fresh and not always what one might expect. Such a great range of authors, books, and topics. I wish the podcast were on more than once per week! I would tune in every day if I could. Keep it up, guys! Love, An American listening from London
I like the podcast, but since the podcast itself may be seen, by some, as marketing for the NYT I find it aggravating to have ads within it as well. Am sure that as the ads fail to disappear I will cancel my subscription as I have with every other podcast that markets to me. Thankfully CSPANs podcast do not look likely to go that route. Some music podcasts as well.
Pamela Paul interviews and commentary and the NYTBR critics and staff guide incisive conversations with authors to give details about what inspires the making of books: they contribute key insights that are often not apparent reading the works. I look forward to the podcast every week.
This is my dessert podcast. I save it so that I can savor it. And of all the interviewers on all the shows I've listened to, past and present, I really think Pamela Paul is the best. She listens. She does her homework. It is totally about the guest and not her. This is rare among many interviewers who use their captive audience as a platform to talk about themselves. I have discovered so many authors as a result of this podcast and learned so much about books and the publishing world. I also enjoy the camaraderie in the last segment when other people from the book beat join her and they discuss what they're reading or other contemorary literature. Thank you, Pamela and pals, and may you continue for a long, long time.
I absolutely love this podcast. It’s both enlightening and accessible - it brings much to my life. It’s enriches me and as a result, I learn and grow.
I absolutely love everything about the NYT Book review podcast: interviews with authors, news from the publishing world, and reviewers comments about the books they are/have been reading. I think Pamela Paul is a wonderful interviewer and her questions penetrating.
If the host, Pamela Paul, ever tires of editing the Book Review she could do this full time. And that is true of a lot of the people who work with her, apparently. My favorite part of this podcast is when she and other reviewers just chat. There are times, unfortunately, when you (and, I suspect Ms. Paul herself) must suffer through interviews with authors who...are not as interesting as their books let's say. But that is not the norm. So if you like reading and intelligent talk you need this podcast in your playlist.
This is my main source from which I choose books. A well organized podcast, informative and a very wide array of subjects.
I love the reviews and interviews with authors, but I especially like the end of the podcast in which the participants talk about what they are reading. It always gives me new ideas about books to look for… next on my list a new, for me, author, Shirley Hazard
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Lots of interviews are sort of soft, but Paul advances the conversation with each question. Really impressive.
Perhaps my favorite podcast. Author interviews, critical discussion, and--something that I didn't imagine would interest me, but that does--publishing news. Its greatest value is as a quick gauge of what everyone--from NY Times reviewers to fans of young-adult-novel franchises in genres I've never heard of--reads, and of the ideas that come through. Well produced and edited. Interesting and topical every week. Thoughtful, consistently engaging host. Strong recommend.
The NYTBR podcast is my favorite, hands down. It's probably because I love reading, but it's ironic I like this one best since I actually have a podcast myself on a very different topic, and most of my mental energy is spent on thinking about that other, somewhat technical subject. But weirdly enough, despite the fact that I have to listen to podcasts on that other topic, I always, always listen to the NYTBR one first if a new episode is out. Through interviews with authors, you learn a ton about a subject you yourself may not have time to dive into, and I love the conversations amongst the staff about what they're reading -- it's like any conversation I might have with my other book-loving friends. Thanks, Pamela and staff, for doing such great work every week!
This podcast is one that has kept me sane the past couple of years.
My happy time is early morning - pre-coffee - listening to the New York Times Book Review. Elucidating, entertaining and inspiring. Joy!
Well put together. Love Pamela Paul, love her colleagues, and her writer guests. I've bought many books talked about on this podcast.
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.