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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S6 Ep 4: A summary of the American classic novel that explores Hester Prynne’s moral dilemma as an adulterer.

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S6 Ep 3: A summary of the celebrated 1969 science fiction-infused anti-war novel.

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S6 Ep 2: Written eight years after Tom Sawyer, this novel continues to tell the stories of youthful adventures in boyhood, as Huck Finn and his travel companion, Jim, float down the Mississippi River on a raft.

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S6 Ep 1: A summary of Mark Twain's 1876 classic novel about a young schoolboy and his gang of mischief troublemakers.

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A compilation of outtakes featuring the host and readers from Season 5 of Novel Conversations. Enjoy!

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