42 episodes

We're like Cliffnotes for your ears!

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.

In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way.

Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author.

It is an original podcast produced, edited, recorded & published by The Front Porch People.

Novel Conversations The Front Porch People

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We're like Cliffnotes for your ears!

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.

In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way.

Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author.

It is an original podcast produced, edited, recorded & published by The Front Porch People.

    Novel Conversations Season 5 Blooper Reel

    Novel Conversations Season 5 Blooper Reel

    Enjoy this “irrevocably” humorous compilation of outtakes featuring amusing mistakes and mishaps from Host, Frank Lavallo and Readers: Elizabeth Flood, Phil Setnik, Peter Toomey, & Katie Smith, which occurred during the making of Season 5 of the Novel Conversations Podcast.

    • 2 min
    “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

    “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

    This early 19th century novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Unbeknownst to the obsessed scientist, the creature is intelligent and longs for a mate. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

    • 34 min
    “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley

    “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley

    This old-fashioned, sweet novella is about Helen, a governess turned adventurer, who hops on a traveling book-selling wagon as a way to escape the monotony of farm-life. Her brother, Andrew, unexpectedly becomes a celebrity author and leaves Helen chained to chores… until Roger Mifflin shows up with Parnasuss on Wheels and offers her a thrilling life on the road selling books and beyond.

    • 30 min
    “The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain

    “The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain

    Twain's last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old, recounts the life of Joan of Arc through a fictional character (invented by Mark Twain) - The Sieur Louis de Conte. Joan of Arc, at the age of seventeen, fights for French independence from the English in the 15th century under Charles VII. Louis accompanies Joan as her secretary through the battles and witnesses her trial and execution at the hands of the English.

    • 40 min
    “White Fang” by Jack London

    “White Fang” by Jack London

    Plot: This adventure story details White Fang's journey to domestication in Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. The young pup, who is part wolf and part dog, struggles to survive after he is separated from his mother. White Fang eventually finds his life in the hands of a young gold hunter, Weedon Scott, who purchases the pup and attempts to tame him. After a long, patient effort, Scott succeeds.

    • 33 min
    “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis

    “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis

    Plot: Main Street relates to the life and struggles of Carol Milford Kennicott in the provincial town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, as she comes into conflict with the small-town mentality of its residents. She moves to the town with dreams of transforming it into a sort of modern utopia. But there's just one problem... everyone else in Gopher Prairie likes the ugly old town just the way it is.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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.

Campire129 ,

If you search you’ll find

I've started to realize that Podcast are like Etsy. If I think I want something, someone HAS already made that exact thing. I simply just have to look for it.
Unfortunately, I don't get to read nearly as often as I'd like. I'm so busy almost all the time, and the few hours I'm not busy I have a hard time focusing. The stack of books I want to read keep piling up. So I got to thinking that I'd like to find a podcast that summarizes books. I was thinking Spark Notes in audio form. I downloaded a few promising ones to try out. But this podcast is the only one I've tried so far. Because, turns out, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Things I love about it:
Short (less than 1 hour) summaries
Interesting host and guests
Information about the author at the end
Nice diverse catalog of classic books
Most of all, the fact that I thought I'd only listen to the books I'd never read, but turns out I find a lot of value in listening to the books I have read!

ABrigTooFar ,

This is Lit!

Love the classic novels they choose - learned about a few I hadn't read before. Can't wait for them to announce season 3 now!

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