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Special Episodes

Episode Five: Reading Roundup: Oldies and Newbies (July 2024)

Amy, Claire and Jessica each bring one ‘old’ book and one ‘new’ one to the table before Amy and Claire square off in Jess’s ridiculously challenging literary game.

Books mentioned:

Weirdo, Sara Pascoe, narrated by the author

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens

The Canary Club Series, Louise Hare, narrated by Leonie Elliot and Georgina Campbell

Psyche and Eros, Luna McNamara, narrated by Rachel Petladwala and Joshua Riley

Persuasion, Jane Austen, narrated by Juliet Stevenson

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, full cast LA Theatre Works production

Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by Charlie Thurston

Episode Four: Reading Roundup: Books That Centre Celebrations (Dec 2023)

A special festive episode discussing books that feature celebrations. Amy and Edward return for a final a face-off as Jess attempts to foil them with her literary quiz. 

Books mentioned: 

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers 

The Party, by Elizabeth Day 

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding 

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen 

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Episode Three (July 2021) - Reading Roundup: Summer Reads (Make Us Feel Fine)

Amy, Edward, and Jessica are back for this summer special filled with all the books they’ve got lined up for the sunshine and the sea shore. Come for the stellar book recs. Stay for the most unfair literary game in history (our history anyway). The Listening Books Podcast returns in September for a new monthly series! 

Edward is reading:

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann 

Amy is reading:

Dead Famous by Greg Jenner 

To the Greatest Heights by Vanessa O’Brien 

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown 

Jessica is reading:

Home Stretch by Graham Norton 

The Master by Colm Toibín 

The Magician by Colm Toibín 

Ulysses by James Joyce as read by Friends of Shakespeare and Company Read Ulysses 

Who Are We? 

Edward Herring is Membership Support Officer at Listening Books. Amy Flinders is Publisher Relations Manager. And Jessica Stone is Audio Producer, and host of the Listening Books Podcast. 

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Episode Two (Dec 2021): Reading Roundup: Audio Comfort Blankets

The second episode of our 2020 two-part special, and our festive holiday gift to you. Amy, Abbie, and Jess talk about how their reading habits changed during the pandemic and which books and audiobooks saved the day. 

We also hear from authors Jenny Eclair, Bali Rai, and Sally Gardner about their comfort reads. Tayari Jones, Yangsze Choo, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Sue Townsend, L.M. Montgomery, Marian Keyes, Roald Dahl, Gabriel García Márquez, Maggie O'Farrell, P.G. Wodehouse, Kiley Reid—all get a look-in as writers that have brought us comfort and cheer. There's also a literary game with absolutely no prizes but lots of jingly bells.

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Episode One - Author Adam Buxton

Writer and comedian Adam Buxton misses David Bowie, and he misses his dad. Here he talks with Amy about his new book Ramble Book: how it started, why it changed, how humourist David Sedaris influenced his process, and what might be next. With him, we ramble through pop culture, comedy, audiobooks, the 80s and 90s, boarding school, and more.

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