The Calculating Stars, written and narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal, follows former WASP pilot Elma York throughout an alternate space race spurred on by an apocalyptic meteorite strike off the Eastern United States. Episode includes guest Mark Siegal.
With an expanding landscape of audiobook listening options, special guest Gilbert Tang shares his experiences with Audible on the Apple Watch (Series 3 & 4) and Sonos smart speakers.
What are we listening to?
A 9-month check-in with Mark Siegal on his journey of decluttering and organizing following the guidelines of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, and published by Tantor Audio.
Brandon Sanderson's Legion series of novellas introduces us to Stephen Leeds, a genius problem solver who works with his hallucinatory "aspects" to help solve mysteries. The series is compiled in this omnibus edition set in a near future that brings together elements of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Narrated by Oliver Wyman and published by Macmillan Audio.
We discuss short audio fiction with Chris Herron, host and narrator for Tall Tale TV.
Selected Recomendations:Of Monsters and Mushrooms [Series]
Chris Herron [Narrator]:On ACX
Liquid Gambit (Upcoming Narration)
Inspired by Audible's Mount Everest Badge, we explore longer audiobooks by drafting our favorite audiobooks longer than 20 hours. Guests include Mark Siegal and Gilbert Tang.
Mark: Leviathan Wakes [20:56]
Gilbert: Song of Ice and Fire [33:46-48:55]
Scott: Stormlight Archive [45:29 - 55:05]
Mark: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [27:02]
Gilbert: Console Wars [20:41]
Scott: The Found and the Lost [34:03]
Mark: The Lord of the Rings (Omnibus) [54:05]
Gilbert: 1Q84 [46:45]
Scott: Dark Forest [22:36]
Gilbert: The Century Trilogy [30:38 - 36:51], The Kingsbridge Novels [30:19 - 45:32], The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [126:31], Anna Karenina [35:35], David Copperfield [Audible] [35:35], Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination [33:24], Benjamin Franklin: An American Life [24:45], Moby Dick [21:19]
Scott: KingKiller Chronicle [27:54 - 42:55], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], Dune [21:08], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], A Deepness in the Sky [28:25], European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman [24:27]
Patrick Rothfuss' "review" of Doors of Stone (KingKiller Chronicle, #3)
Libraries are increasingly offering digital lending using services like Overdrive and Hoopla to allow patrons to borrow audiobooks (plus ebooks and other digital media) for free. Guest Mark Siegal joins me to discuss tips for using these services. We also discuss the recently awarded 2018 Hugo Awards, 1943 Retro Hugo Awards, and recent audiobook news.
This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 19 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers and speculation, of the Star Wars: Thrawn series, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson. This episode features special guest Jerome Tarter.
[Note: Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, our audio quality for this episode is less than ideal. Our apologies for the inconvenience.]
The Star Wars: Thrawn series, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson, reintroduces a beloved character into the new Star Wars canon. This episode features special guest Jerome Tarter.
This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 17 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers, to our discussion of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This episode features special guest Shachi Bhatt.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe is a lyrical coming of age story written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This episode features special guest Shachi Bhatt. Our Discussion is spoiler-free.
A discussion of audiobooks for kids including listening tips and spoiler-free book recommendations. We also discuss podcast updates.
- Libby - Library ebooks and audiobooks
- Hoopla - Instant streaming library audiobooks (and more)
- A to Z Mysteries
- Clementine series
- Disney*Pixar Storybook Collection
- Curious George Rides a Bike
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Wild Robot
- Judy Moody
- Harry Potter
- The Tale of Despereaux
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Broken Earth is an award winning fantasy series written by N.K. Jemisin and narrated by Robin Miles. The trilogy begins with the Fifth Season. We also discuss recent awards including the Audie Awards, Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, and the Nebula Award nominees for Best Novel. Our discussions are spoiler-free.
Scythe is a science fiction novel written by Neal Shusterman, narrated by Greg Tremblay, and published by Audible Studios. The novel is the first book in the Arc of the Scythe trilogy, along with Thunderhead and the forthcoming The Toll. This episode features special guest Gilbert Tang, and the first half of our discussion is spoiler-free.
This episode was recorded a week after we saw the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, originally covered in episode 7. The discussion includes spoilers for the movie and the audiobook.
Bored and Brilliant, written and narrated by Manoush Zomorodi, is about experimenting with using gadgets less often to improve your creativity and productivity. This episode features special guest Linus Edwards, host of the podcast Slow.
Lock In is a science fiction novel written by John Scalzi, with two different audiobook versions narrated by either Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson. It's published by Audible Studios. Head On, a stand-alone follow-up novel, was released on April 17, 2018, and it also features two audiobook versions with the same choice of narrators.
An intro to audiobooks, with tips on how to listen, where else to find recommendations, and a link to download a free audiobook from Audible.