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.
“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission to an off-planet world, Rakhat, and the risky and courageous attempt to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life.
“Advise and Consent” by Allen Drury
Advise and Consent is the dramatic 1959 political fiction novel that explores the United States Senate confirmation of controversial Secretary of State nominee Robert Leffingwell, whose promotion is endangered due to growing evidence that the nominee was a member of the Communist Party.
“The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells
The story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the “Father of Science Fiction.” The Time Machine sends a brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes… and our darkest fears. The discovery of two bizarre races, the Eloi and the Morlocks, offer a dystopian warning and / or a portrait of hope for the future of humanity.
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s famed novel is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. The novel tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman who questions the book-burning policy and undergoes extraordinary suffering and transformation as a result.
Novel Conversations Season 6 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 6. Enjoy!
“Till We Have Faces” by C. S. Lewis
The original story of Cupid and Psyche, told in the 2nd century AD, was believed by Lewis to be illogical and problematic. As a result, he developed a new story from a new main character’s point of view: Orual. She is the older sister to Psyche. Together, they grapple with Gods over spiritual disputes and bitter inner turmoil.
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Frank Lavallo has a great voice and a great delivery!
His guests are great, too!
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Brothers Karamazov.
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.
Like the podcast
But wish they would expand the novels they choose or rename it. Many have conservative bents and are sometimes verging on polemical. It’s highly curated and not as expansive a list as you would expect from something that evokes world, literature, and novel in its branding. I do love following along with the stories, which are explained very clearly, and the variety of guests.