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CraftLit is—Annotated Audiobooks for Busy People

Love the classics (or wish you did)

*** No time to pick up a book? Not any more! *** This weekly annotated audiobook podcast presents curated classic literature in a serialized format. The host—Heather Ordover—"teaches to the joke" by filling in any relevant tidbits before listening to the next chapter of the book.

*** Callers regularly send in voicemail comments for play on the air to keep the "book club" vibe going. ***

The podcast has been in continuous weekly production since 2006 - Our current book, "Recollections of Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain begins with episode 581.

* * As seen in What's Hot on iTunes * *
As heard on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday | FiberHooligans | Podcast 411 | Marly Bird's Yarn Thing Podcast | Math-4-Knitters | Eddie's Room | Libsyn's Podcasting Luminaries | Chilling Tales for Dark Nights | WEBS podcast

--Classic Audiobooks: because loving great books in a busy world is tough--

CraftLit - Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book Lovers Heather Ordover

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    • 4.7 • 414 Ratings

CraftLit is—Annotated Audiobooks for Busy People

Love the classics (or wish you did)

*** No time to pick up a book? Not any more! *** This weekly annotated audiobook podcast presents curated classic literature in a serialized format. The host—Heather Ordover—"teaches to the joke" by filling in any relevant tidbits before listening to the next chapter of the book.

*** Callers regularly send in voicemail comments for play on the air to keep the "book club" vibe going. ***

The podcast has been in continuous weekly production since 2006 - Our current book, "Recollections of Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain begins with episode 581.

* * As seen in What's Hot on iTunes * *
As heard on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday | FiberHooligans | Podcast 411 | Marly Bird's Yarn Thing Podcast | Math-4-Knitters | Eddie's Room | Libsyn's Podcasting Luminaries | Chilling Tales for Dark Nights | WEBS podcast

--Classic Audiobooks: because loving great books in a busy world is tough--

    655: Brick - Chapter 12 of Emma

    655: Brick - Chapter 12 of Emma

    Ep. 655: Brick  Book talk begins at 15:02.  Fainting fits, Mr. Woodhouse’s quirks and whims, and a cure-all remedy? All in this week’s episode! (And Belated Happy Birthday to Heather! 😁 — Valkyrie and Erik) --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our raffle giveaway of   • Brick Pics   • Map • Bags and fabric from Auntie Cheryl • Eye of Fatima/Hamsa from my other Auntie • Aquetong spring park • Watercolor and reference photo     CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month) • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642

    • 57 min
    656: Sampled - Chapters 13-15 of Emma

    656: Sampled - Chapters 13-15 of Emma

    Ep. 656: Sampled  Book talk begins at 14:31.  John Knightley complains about the cold while Mr. Elton does something surprising. 😨  • Join our raffle giveaway of and visit Aimee's shop . • Clip from   When you watch the know that the actors are:  —Samuel West (SO good right now in the Slow Horses series),  —Eleanor Tomlinson (who—after this—played a marvelous Demelza in the Poldark reboot),  —Mariah Gale (who seriously, is the ONLY Ophelia I've ever thought was worth her salt—it's worth it to track the David Tenant recording of their Hamlet), and  —Dominic West (who you don't hear in the Emma scene, but is excellent at everything. If you haven't seen him before you've missed out. Please visit the Intelligence Squared channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@Intelligence-Squared for this and many other videos that could have been made for the CraftLitterati. Enjoy!   • • Yo-Yo Quilt puffs on Denim— IS for sale at Etsy.   • Birthday Card CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month)   • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642

    • 1 hr 43 min
    657: Miasmic - Chapters 16-18 of Emma

    657: Miasmic - Chapters 16-18 of Emma

    Ep. 657: Miasmic Book talk begins at 14:31.  Emma attempts damage control while Mr. Knightley’s prejudice against a particular stranger surprises our heroine. --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our raffle giveaway of     and visit Aimee's shop . •  IS for sale at Etsy. • Map showing the location of Weymouth • Jane Austen Sewing Box book (the Jane Austen craft book I was talking about) • iPad Case pics • (in reference to the carpet work stuff I talked about last week) • Carpet Work photo from • Panel from a table carpet showing the Four Continents, the Seasons, and Four Planets from • Carpet Work Sampler from CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month)   • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642

    • 1 hr 13 min
    654: Speed Bumps - Chapters 10-11 of Emma

    654: Speed Bumps - Chapters 10-11 of Emma

    Ep. 654: Speed Bumps Book talk begins at 8:41.  We hit Emma's famous "I need not marry" speech that you see in every adaptation of Emma!  And when it comes to making moves with Harriet, Elton moves at a snail's pace. But Emma persists and is determined to make this match a reality, despite having little interest in getting married herself. --------------------------------------------------------------- • • • • • (Smiling) punctuation • Pratt Munson anime club stickers CraftLit’s socials:  • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month)   • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642

    • 1 hr 12 min
    650: In Memoriam - Chapters 1-3 of Emma

    650: In Memoriam - Chapters 1-3 of Emma

    Ep. 650: In Memoriam Book talk begins @ 15:34 Time to meet our delightful and bubbly (did we also mention meddlesome?) protagonist!  --------------------------------------------------------------- • This month’s giveaway:  • • Plum Deluxe Loose Leaf Tea on | • • • • • • • • --------------------------------------------------------------- CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month)   • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642 --------------------------------------------------------------- We use royalty-free music from the YouTube Creator’s Library. Other music heard on CraftLit downloaded from (now defunct) Free Podsafe Music site “Garage Band”:   • Opening Music: Joshua Christian, “Chasing Hiro: Sailing the Gale” • Closing Music: Matthew Shell, “Love Part Two (Original Mis)”   CraftLit makes a small commission from sales made through any product links above.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    650: Confirmation Bias - Chapters 4-5 of Emma

    650: Confirmation Bias - Chapters 4-5 of Emma

    Ep. 651: Confirmation Bias Book talk begins at 8:16 Emma's matchmaking prowess is in full swing! Will her plans for Harriet end in a fairytale ending, or is disaster lurking just around the corner? And who is this guy named Frank? --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join the raffle giveaway of  • • • T • •   CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTok podcast: • Email: • Check out the list of previous CraftLit Classics here:   Support the show links: Subscribe to the Premium feed (on the app) here: or on Patreon: (same price, $5/month)   • Download the FREE CraftLit App for iOS or Android (you can call or email feedback straight from within the app) • Call 1-206-350-1642

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

dactyljd ,

Classic Lit and Contemporary Conversation

No matter how many times I have encountered a classic (I have read Emma many times), I always learn something new from Heather.

Feelsosilly ,

Most Excellent!!

I have listened to CraftLit for years - I believe I began during Jane Eyre, but I’ve listened to so many books and episodes I can’t remember. I have been exposed to many more classics than I would have without CraftLit - and have been richly rewarded by not only the content of the books, but also by author background, subtle humor, historical settings/politics/sociology, and so much more. Heather does not spoon feed - she teaches, challenges and inspires further research into so many topics related to the readings. She has a large and loyal following, and I am delighted to be a included in this group!

Have a Wonderful Day!:) ,

Simply Lovely

I simply adore this podcast! So many good books and fun conversations. I learn so much every time! I started listening as a way to hear my favorite book, the Count of Monte Cristo, and have since loved the show! Thank you Heather and team:)

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