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From the Close Reads Podcast Network, Close Reads is a book-club podcast hosted by David Kern and featuring an array of contributors, including Tim McIntosh, Heidi White, and others. We read Great Books and talk about them.
A NOTE ABOUT OLDER EPISODES: Since most podcast apps don't go further back than 100 episodes, you'll need to click here to listen to anything further back than that. And our first 32 episodes can be found here, on the original CiRCE Institute feed.

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    • 4.9, 296 Ratings

From the Close Reads Podcast Network, Close Reads is a book-club podcast hosted by David Kern and featuring an array of contributors, including Tim McIntosh, Heidi White, and others. We read Great Books and talk about them.
A NOTE ABOUT OLDER EPISODES: Since most podcast apps don't go further back than 100 episodes, you'll need to click here to listen to anything further back than that. And our first 32 episodes can be found here, on the original CiRCE Institute feed.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
296 Ratings

296 Ratings

Kate List ,

Better than a book club

So far I've only listened to series on books I've already read, but I look forward to reading a book alongside one of these series at some point. I really love the conversations they have and I always learn so much and see new things in books I've read before.

Redroper64 ,

Making good books even better

I just discovered this podcast a few weeks ago. I've never read Flannery O'Connor before, and probably wouldn't have enjoyed her if I hadn't been listening to the discussion sessions. I've also gone back into the archive to listen to the sessions on some old favorites. I love the perspective and insight of the hosts!

Update: I began writing the above review quite some time ago, and for some reason I never finished and submitted it!

I am so thankful for Close Reads and the whole Close Reads Podcast Network. These shows have enriched and stretched my reading life so much. Here’s to many more years!

A Living Pencil ,

For the Love of Literature

I have found my tribe. Close Reads is a windfall for people like me, who've never taken a post-high school lit class, but love reading. This podcast has expanded my horizons, introduced me to authors, and enriched my life. It has helped me in the totality of my reading to look at structure, themes, metaphors, and even the objective correlative!

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