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.

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S3 Ep 8: A summary and explanation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel depicting the issues of 19th century social relationships and morality

Purchase “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen on Amazon Purchase “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen on iTunes

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S3 Ep 7: A summary and explanation of John Steinbeck’s 1939 Nobel Prize winning novel accounting the disparity and struggles of the Great Depression

Purchase “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck on Amazon Purchase “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck on iTunes

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S3 Ep 6: A summary and explanation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel exploring wartime clashes during the Spanish Civil War

Purchase "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway on Amazon Purchase "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway on iTunes

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S3 Ep 5: A summary and explanation of Jane Austen’s novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance

Purchase "Emma" by Jane Austen on Amazon Purchase "Emma" by Jane Austen on iTunes

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S3 Ep 4: A summary and explanation of Sinclair Lewis’ 1922 satirical novel critiquing life in middle-class American

Purchase "Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis on Amazon Purchase "Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis on iTunes

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