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Novel Conversations

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 SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!)  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. New episode every Tuesday!

Novel Conversations Episodes

S2 Ep 8: A summary and explanation of John Steinbeck's 1937 story of depression-era hardship

Purchase "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck on Amazon

S2 Ep 7: A summary and explanation of Edith Wharton's 1905 commentary on a corrupt, upper class society

Purchase "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton on Amazon

S2 Ep6: A summary and explanation of Arthur Koestler's 1940 political thriller about the consequences of communism

Purchase "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler on Amazon

S2 Ep5: A summary and explanation of Jack London's 1906 American classic exploring nature and instinct

Purchase "White Fang" by Jack London on Amazon

S2 Ep4: A summary and explanation of Sinclair Lewis' 1927 satire about religion in America

Purchase "Elmer Gantry"  by Sinclair Lewis on Amazon

S2 Ep3: A summary and explanation of John Kennedy Toole's 1980 comedy about family, education, and justice

Purchase "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole on Amazon

S2 Ep2: A summary and exploration of Ernest Hemingway's classic war novel about World War I and romance

Purchase "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway on Amazon

S2 Ep1: A summary and exploration of Jane Austen's 1813 classic novel about pursuing love in Victorian England

Purchase "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen on Amazon

S1 Ep10: A summary and exploration of Richard Llewellen's novel about love, loss and family

Purchase "How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn on Amazon

S1 Ep 9: A summary and exploration of Jane Austen's novel highlighting the sense and sensibility of two sisters' romances

Purchase "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen on Amazon

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