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Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. If CliffsNotes had an audio-bestfriend, it would be us! Each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them share their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. If you're looking for a good story, you're in the right place. *This podcast is a production of the Ohio Film Tax Credit.

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    • 4.7 • 61 Ratings

Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. If CliffsNotes had an audio-bestfriend, it would be us! Each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them share their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. If you're looking for a good story, you're in the right place. *This podcast is a production of the Ohio Film Tax Credit.

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    • 1 min
    Season 7 Blooper Reel

    Season 7 Blooper Reel

    Another epic outtake reel featuring Host, Frank Lavallo, and Readers, Elizabeth Flood, Phil Setnik, Peter Toomey & Katie Smith as they blunder and fumble during the making of Novel Conversations Season 7. Enjoy!
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    • 4 min
    "1984" by George Orwell

    "1984" by George Orwell

    1984 follows the life of Winston Smith, a low ranking member of ‘the Party’, who is frustrated by the omnipresent eyes of the party, and its ominous ruler, Big Brother. Orwell effectively explores the themes of mass media control, government surveillance, how a dictator can manipulate and control history, thoughts, and lives in such a way that no one can escape it.
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    • 44 min
    “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court” by Mark Twain

    “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court” by Mark Twain

    One of the greatest satires in American literature, Twain's novel shares how Hank Morgan, a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England arms factory, is struck on the head during a quarrel and awakens to find himself among the knights and magicians of King Arthur's Camelot. The 'Yankee' embarks on an ambitious plan to modernize Camelot.
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    • 36 min
    “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne

    “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne

    A novel published in nine volumes, this extraordinary work of literature details the accounts of the four comical mishaps which shaped the course of Tristram Shandy’s life from an early age. Tristram’s life story is nothing short of a strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece. 
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    • 34 min
    “The Tenth Man” by Graham Greene

    “The Tenth Man” by Graham Greene

    During World War II, a group of men are held prisoner by the Germans, who determine that three of them must die. This is the story of how one of those men trades his wealth for his life - and lives to pay for his act in utterly unexpected ways.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

host - Renee ,

Wonderful podcast!

Love your podcast. I love the concise summaries, how you pass the summary between all three announcers and tightly package it into a short show. Your show helps me decide which classics to read. Thank you!

nickanderhoey ,

Frank!

Frank Lavallo has a great voice and a great delivery!
His guests are great, too!
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Brothers Karamazov.

timdavis7730 ,

Intelligent and focused

Down-to-earth yet insightful, these "conversations" do not stray from the featured "novel." This podcast is refreshing to those who just want the literature. I did not have to make myself listen. The "conversation" format kept my ears tuned.

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