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Welcome to Voluminous, the new Listening Books Podcast! We'll be talking about books with an audio slant, through round table discussions with Listening Books staff and stars of the book world. You can subscribe to the podcast at http://voluminous.libsyn.com/, or alternatively visit this page.

Series One

In our first series, we will look at the highs and lows of horror, why Mary Shelley was a goth, the upcoming book award season as well as why Charles Dickens would definitely have recorded his own audiobooks.



Episode One: Are you crazy? Don't go in the Basement! - when is a horror a horror, what makes a monster plus book recommendations

For the start of our first series, host Jessica Stone delves into the dingy depths of horror with two members of the Listening Books staff: Claire Bell and Nik de Garis. They will answer questions such as:

- What makes a horror story a horror?

- Is it the actions or the circumstance that creates a monster?

- What you should be reading next

PLUS play along with our horrible horror anagram quiz!


Episode Two: "No one is more goth than Mary Shelley" - A celebration of Frankenstein with Abigail Jaggers

To celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, Listening Books staff member Abigail Jaggers spoke with our host Jessica Stone about the bizarre life of Mary Shelley. They also go into detail about why the story of Frankenstein is simply amazing and why you may feel you have read it without actually having read it.



Episode Three: "I had to just put the book down to have a good cry" - Books to make you weep

Our host, Jess Stone, passes the tissues to our panel of Listening Books staff, Louise Barling and Jenny-Ann Lewis, as the discuss books that made them cry (or at least, get a bit misty-eyed). They look at both fiction and non-fiction titles that bring on the waterworks and talk about why books can have this effect.


 

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