The Guardian Books podcast

Reviews For The Guardian Books podcast

I always enjoy listening to the Guardian Books podcast. But for heaven's sakes, get rid of the audio "leaders" that now begin every episode. The recent episode on Latin American poetry, for example, was prefaced by two or three minutes of random sounds that included newsreaders intoning authorial obituaries, decontextualized snippets of prose and poetry, and someone playing an accordion badly. Such additions do nothing for the podcast and indeed may form an obstacle for some listeners. I, for my part, scroll past this material until I reach the point where the show actually begins. In brief, less style and more substance is warranted. Thank you!


By Ollapop
Why is it not possible to get older podcasts here? It is only possible to do on the web page, and there you can only load on per page, its idiotic!
So, what can I say? You know it'll be good. This is one of the better literature podcasts, ranking with the (NYT)Book Review and Books on the Nightstand. It covers a wide variety of topics and the books are virtually always available in the US so you needn't worry that they are talking about things you've never heard of and will never be able to buy. They occasionally produce an episode devoted to an author reading their work. I also admire the charmingly British cheekiness of the show. They had David Shields on to talk about his book "Reality Hunger" after which the host Claire Armistead invited a panel of reviewers to discuss the book, which they panned. Love this show.
the speakers shine. it must be the location as the beginning of the English language.
If you like to read, or better yet if you are an aspiring writer, this podcast is most definitely for you. The content is intelligent, insightful and in many ways quite delicious for one's mind and ears. Try it because I promise you that you will fall in love with it.