191 episodes

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Wuthering Heights.
Join Michael's weekly book club as he reads aloud from a classic and asks people like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage kids to weigh in with their perspectives. 
Season 1: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. The book is bleak, but Michael does a lot of accent work.
Season 2: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Season 3: Wuthering Heights. It's a love story? Who knows
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

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    • 4.9 • 1.7K Ratings

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Wuthering Heights.
Join Michael's weekly book club as he reads aloud from a classic and asks people like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage kids to weigh in with their perspectives. 
Season 1: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. The book is bleak, but Michael does a lot of accent work.
Season 2: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Season 3: Wuthering Heights. It's a love story? Who knows
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

    S3 Episode 55 - It's the guns, stupid

    S3 Episode 55 - It's the guns, stupid

    Today's episode explores the difference and distinction between fictionalized violence and the real sort. One of them is highly entertaining, the other not so much.

    • 32 min
    S3 Episode 54 - At long last, "Wuthering Heights" the song

    S3 Episode 54 - At long last, "Wuthering Heights" the song

    https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

    • 32 min
    S3 Episode 53 - Tainted Love

    S3 Episode 53 - Tainted Love

    In which your narrator struggles to identify the connective themes that make this classic American novel a classic American novel and, sorry to say, comes up short.

    • 29 min
    S3 Episode 52 - Happy New Year

    S3 Episode 52 - Happy New Year

    https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

    • 30 min
    S3 Episode 51 - Two Devils at Play

    S3 Episode 51 - Two Devils at Play

    Mrs. Dean is laid up for three weeks, leaving young Cathy Jr. with plenty of nightly leisure time.

    • 32 min
    S3 Episode 50 - You Can't Alter What You've Done

    S3 Episode 50 - You Can't Alter What You've Done

    Linton and Cathy Jr. tussle and make up, the weirdos.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

ehmerrell ,

How did Michael Ian Black get so smart?

We all know he’s a legitimate idiot (his words). I found out about this podcast only recently and was intrigued because I love Jude the Obscure. Yes, I had read it before this podcast!

Michael is a delightful reader and his insights and interpretations are very wise. [I cringed and got very nervous every time he predicted a murder/suicide.]

I enjoyed almost every aspect of this podcast: the tangents; the landline phone ringing; the sneezing. If I could, though, I would lower the rating by half a star for the number of ads. 4.5 stars.

Trp4398 ,

So smart and funny

Love this podcast. Could never have gotten through Wuthering Heights without it.

valfresno ,

Great Podcast

Love Michael Ian Black and it’s just fun listening to him read these books!

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