Reviews For CraftLit - Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book Lovers

I have an annoying particularity when it comes to the sandwiching of story time between discussion. Happily, the host and discussion in CraftLit add to the experience of the texts, and point out great little bits that I would surely have missed had they not been addressed. Thanks!
As a brand new listener, I’m stoked that there are YEARS of episodes and books to catch up on! Heather, the host, is smart, funny and an excellent curator. Highly recommend for anyone who loves books and nerding out about words and classic literature. Thank you for creating!
Just a lovely, calming podcast that doesn’t just educate, but inspires. I am an occasional crocheter, and since I have three kids and I work part time from home, I rarely have the motivation to dedicate to crafting (or reading, for that matter). I recently stumbled upon this podcast, as I was searching for someone to “discuss” classic literature with, and I couldn’t have found a more perfect podcast for me! I have been inspired by Heather to crochet more often, and I am so enjoying listening stories The Count of Monte Cristo, a book I would never have the time to read normally. Thank you Heather for creating such a wonderful community and podcast!
A definite highlight of my week! I love it!!
Great podcast. Sorry my iphone somehow stopped showing upload dates. Are you back?
It’s been a couple - or a few? Years since I’ve listened, I’m not sure why... But I just started Anne of Green Gables, and the intro music alone took me right back to when I was finishing college and starting to knit more and more. I was so missing my literature classes, and Craftlit helped me to find the enjoyment and analysis I was missing. I’m so happy that this podcast exists, giving us the classics with such insight. It’s like coming home after a long trip, and I can’t wait to revisit some of my favorites, too! Thank you, Heather!


By MT_Ike
Heather helped me understand Pride and Prejudice, got me through Anne of the Green Gables, and Frankenstein. Books I probably wouldn’t have read, much less understood without her informed and entertaining commentary. Start listening and you will have years of episodes to enjoy!!!
This is a great podcast, but where are you Heather?? Nothing has shown up in my feed since last October. I wrote this a while ago and failed to send, so I am adding to it since a new episode showed up today. Hurrah! I started with Anne of Green Gables, and loved it so much, I went back to the very beginning. I’m now on The Scarlet Letter. Thank you, Heather, for all of the literature and insight.
Just found your lovely podcast. You are very interesting and I am looking forward to finishing the age of innocence! Keep up the good work! 💗
I love this Podcast! I’ve been listening to it for years and I got my boyfriend to start listening too! We are so excited to hear what may come up next! Thank you so much Heather for continuing and being so inspirational. Keep it going
I can’t believe I just found this podcast! The host is witty and cool and her insights into each book is everything. The work put into such engaging, professional-sounding audio books has me delighted. I LOVE this podcast!!!
I love this podcast!! It is soothing. Almost like listening to an old friend.
And why was the internet hiding this from me? It's really great; I'm listening to the Anne of Green Gables episodes now. I love the annotations-she goes into depth in things like religious history, political history, even geology. I look forward to going through back episodes and listening to some books I haven't read before!
Heather takes the work out of choosing a good audio book. She always picks great readers and tops them of with insightful, intelligent studies of the work at hand. I’m smarter, because of this podcast. (And probably a better a human. ) The crafty talks are real and cozy, but easy to skip when you’re anxious to hear the next chapter of a book.
I just finished listening to one of the older podcasts, the one on Jane Eyre Chapter 5. I think it was one my first full episodes to listen to. I was really pleased to listen to such a rich podcast. I enjoyed the thorough discussion, it also moved me to think of ways I can give towards the recent tragedies that have been occurring due to hurricanes and also brought back memories of when I lived in NYC during Sandy. The interview was a nice addition, it motivated me to continue learning how to knit. I'm looking forward to listening to more.
Heather is an amazing host/producer/teacher. I love classic literature, and I am experiencing so many works that I missed out on in school. This is absolutely my favorite podcast, and I eagerly look forward to every new episode.
I really enjoy this podcast and wish it had been around long years ago when I taught English to high schoolers. I really could have been a much, much better teacher. My only reason for not purchasing a paid subscription is that it just takes too long to read a book. This is my first book with Heather--"The Count of Monte Cristo"--and it's already been 18 months since we started. By now I've lost track of some of the threads in the book. I may purchase a subscription once this one is over, and then I'll be able to download all episodes of former books studied on this podcast and binge listen instead of wait a week or more for every episode.
Loved this episode. Heather and Niel had a great time hanging out and I enjoyed learning about Niels story and the various careers he had before getting to his documentary work. He shares some great tips for being a true visionary, creative and thought leader.
A wonderful podcast, serializing classic literature and adding "annotations". The annotations are provided by the host, Heather Ordover, and are notable for their insight and helpfulness in shedding light on the historical context and arcane details that would have been common knowledge to an author's contemporary readers. I started listening several years ago, at very beginning with the first episode and have been hooked ever since. This is clearly a labor of love.
Well I can't believe after a year I was sitting thinking about the podcasts I use to listen to on my touch and oh my! I thought how silly I was to not have added CraftLit back to my subscribed listens! Oh how I missed her! Thank goodness there she was and to hear her voice again made me smile. One of the very best podcasts out there. Never again will I change devices and forget to add.
I've been listening to podcasts for more than 10 years and CraftLit is one of my favorites. The audio books always have wonderful narrators. Heather is an English teacher and has a background in theater, so she always has interesting tidbits to share that give us more information about the author orthe historic significance of the book that further enhance our enjoyment and understanding of the current novel. An added bonus is that she is also a crafter, so she often has crafty news about what she is making or interesting things happening in the crafty world. Her online personality is one that makes you feel you are among friends. We get occasional news about her family, without anything that violates privacy. And we learn about other podcasts and readers. Heather always says, "CraftLit listenes are just better!" Well, that gos for you, too, Heather. You and your podcast are just better!
Heather helped to reignite my interest in knitting and classic literature all in one superb podcast. I never miss an episode and look forward to expanding my literary and crafty horizons!
I absolutely LOVE this podcast :) I listen to it every single day at work and it makes time fly listening to these great books. I love how she explains the books too I have learned so much information and she really helps you understand the book and the author.
This podcast is for anyone who enjoys a good story. However it is the commentary Heather (the host) provides that makes this podcast stand out. I have discovered so many new to me books through the podcast that I wouldn't have read or listen to (or in some cases even heard of) without CraftLit. CraftLit is my favorite podcast and it makes my day when I see there is a new episode.
I've been listening since the podcast began years ago. There just isn't anyone better at combining great literature with entertaining audio than Heather Ordover of the CraftLit podcast. As a secondary English teacher, I've also used her expert insight into classic literature numerous times with my students. I can't praise her work enough. I hope she never stops recording.
One of the very first podcasts I ever subscribed to, and still one of the best. It brings so much insight to books I've read before, and causes me to fall in love with ones I've never picked up. After 9 years of podcasting, it still feels fresh.
New episodes every weekend -- and they jump straight to the top of my list every time! Awesome, awesome, awesome!
With busy hands, it is really hard to get time to read a book. This podcast allows me to listen. I am getting to listen to books that I would not ordinarily pick up to read. Can't thank you enough.
I was searching for a something to listen to during my commute and I love this one. Great insight into book and love the crafting information. Started about a month ago and I'm addicted. Love Heather's extras
Such an excellent podcast! Great audio quality and excellent CONTENT. Insightful thoughts on the literature being covered. Makes me feel so much smarter for having listened. BONUS POINTS for helping me teach literature to my teenage daughter. Oh. Yeah.
My favorite podcast by far!
I've been a loyal listener for a long time now. Even if I don't love the book being read, I'm always learning new aspects of the literature. I got my English-teacher husband hooked on it as well; he finds the background info invaluable when teaching related works.
I have followed Heather around the country as she has moved to different geographic areas in the US. She makes each home and community come alive. I have listened to CraftLit from the beginning and enjoyed the discussion of all of the novels. Heather loves to create and is one of the most interesting people I listen to. Her voice is amazing. The podcast is of the highest quality.
What could be better than listening to great books and having them explained, critiqued and discussed by a fabulous teacher? I only wish I'd had a teacher like Heather in high school or college.
I have been listening to Craftlit since 2009. It just keeps getting better. If you like books and learning this is for you.
I've been listening for quite some time, but this is my first review - the title says it ALL!
I love knitting, spinning, sewing, quilting and stories. This wonderful host, with a marvelous voice, eloquently combines all of these.
Heather does an amazing job of educating the listener about outdated language and customs. Intellagent thoughtful guide to classic books. A pleasure to listen to with the best of the best readers with voices that are a pleasure to hear.
I started with episode 1 about 2 years ago and have been slowly working my way forward. I have loved being able to gorge myself on craftlit, I am not sure what I am going to do once I catch up to real time. I have so enjoyed listening to and actually getting a understanding of books that I know I would have never picked up again after high school, let alone books that I would have never read at all. Do not even get me started on the crafty part. Because of Heather I can now spin with a drop spindle and I have knit my first sock (soon to become pair of socks)
Heather (yes, I feel like I can be on a first-name basis with her) is a wonderful podcaster and discussant for the books she offers to us. I listen/view quite a few podcasts, but hers is one of my very favorites! She has a great voice to listen to and is always up to something innovative and engaging in her craft life. I feel like my review is long overdue!
I'm really glad that I found this podcast. It's really interesting. Keep up the good work Heather.
Heather gives thoughful insights and shares helpful facts gleaned from her research and years of experience reading and teaching literature. The crafting component is fun and creative. She talks like a good friend sitting and crafting together. The sound quality and production is clear and professional. Excellent podcast all around.
This show gives me everything I miss about taking english classes - the insights, the hidden jokes, the historical context - without any homework. I've been listening so long, that when I attended a talk Heather gave, it was like seeing an old friend. I recommend this show all the time.
I am so thankful that I stumbled across this podcast. It gives me the opportunity to blend my passions. How very enjoyable the dialogue and discussion.
love the background on both the story and the author. love the feel of the podcast- like an open discussion for the sake of learning. like the crafting talk, and LOVE her voice. great content, great voice, great everything!
Great podcast. Heather is my long lost GF :) She makes me want to JUMP out of the box. I am even going to try ZenTangling; my son is too, even though he doesn't know it yet...baawwwwwaaaaaa. Love the books, ok maybe not the last one so much, but you can't help but listening. Wish my kids teachers were as good as Heather.
I feel as though Heather Ordover were a personal friend by now. I love the combination of craft news and literary discussion, as well as the sense of community which this podcast has developed. As Heather reminds us, CraftLit listeners are just better (and so is the podcast itself).
I have been listening for years. I really appreciate Heather's insight and enthusiasm for the books. I learn so much. Thank you for your hard work. I support you by buying your books. I look forward to my vacation so I can read Grounded!