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Favorite Podcast

by LoriFLA on
Rating: ★★★★★

Extremely well done and entertaining podcast.

When you can’t wait for your fave part of the Sunday Times

by jdexe on
Rating: ★★★★★

I enjoy the author interviews, what the editors are reading (though I wish one contributor was a regular nonfiction reader), and the news of publishing, all distinct from Sunday’s Book Review itself. If only it came out earlier on Friday—I’d love to listen to it during my breaks/driving time before 5 pm. Thanks Book Review!

Let’s here Jenna More

by Alan SF on
Rating: ★★★★★

I looooove Jenna and Wesley’s super thought provoking , relatable and often humorous podcast!!! One of my faves.... but can we please give Jenna more time to host and be a leader on the show. I love you both, but Wesley you need to share the spotlight and Jenna , it would be great to hear you take the lead rather than just support and react.Thanks!AlanSan Francisco

Love it!

by Russell M on
Rating: ★★★★★

Best podcast for readers.


by kukularoo on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love the book discussions and diversity in books and authors. I wish there a way to easily access the titles you discussed in each episode. It’s hard to go back in the podcast and find the titles.

Don’t miss an episode

by Part canine on
Rating: ★★★★★

I really look forward to this podcast every week. Even if I don’t read the book I am almost always learning something new. And Pamela Paul is an extremely good interviewer. She keeps the dialogue flowing without interrupting the person being interviewed. Seems simple but many do not do if nearly as well. You have broadened my world.

Like a great Lit class or book club

by RainCityReader on
Rating: ★★★★★

I listen to this podcast during my commute. It makes me feel like I’m reading at a time when I cannot because I am driving. The observations and background knowledge they discuss adds richness to my reading experience when I read one of the recommended books. Thank you!!

Best way to keep up with what is out there to read

by The other blind boy grunt on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is one of the best ways to find a wide range of interesting and exciting books. Even if I never read the book, I always learn something new and interesting about the author, the book, and the story the author has to tell. I discover great authors I would not run into otherwise.

Repeat title

by surfresder on
Rating: ★★★★★

After discussing a book please repeat its title. I like your podcast a lot. Thanks.Joan


by Mendham Anne on
Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderful podcast! I especially enjoy the end where the listener hears about the books the staff are reading or recently read. I love how they are not all “of the moment books.”

Best book podcast

by Ilsalaverry on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is one of my favorite podcasts. I like the format, 2 twenty minute interviews with two recently published authors. Pamela Paul, the well read host (who has a lovely voice) generally conducts these interviews. Her manner is conversational and her questions generally thoughtful and probing. These interviews are followed by a discussion of some of week's top books by Ny Times critics and editors.

Favorite podcast every week

by shelby3lou on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love Fridays even more now that I look forward to a comprehensive review of the literary world’s greatest works. This podcast helps me add books to my to-read list, hear from authors I love or haven’t heard of, and keeps me up to date on publishing and literary news. The theme music is the best, too.

One of my go-to FAVs

by Bowed Bookshelf on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pamela Paul & her team almost unfailingly capture the excitement of the brilliant new work being done across the country. "Almost" because while I adore what the big publishers are able to do with their bright & hard-working staffs and unmatched writers, they don't always have time to celebrate the work coming out of smaller publishers. But if everything were perfect, we'd never strive. I love the work being done by this team.

Great show that has gotten better

by Key West Nan on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve been listening to this podcast, off and on, since the Olden Days when you had to download podcasts on a computer then put them on an actual iPod. Love the format of interviews with writers and reviewers plus discussion among Times book reporters and critics. It’s gotten even better, smarter, more relevant with Pamela Paul. And a wonderful alternative to true crime/political podcasts.


by Gwen Strauss on
Rating: ★★★★★

Listening to the nytimes book review podcast is my Saturday morning ritual. It’s my favorite moment of the weekend, with my cup of coffee I listen to what feels like old friends talk about books.

Makes me love reading even more!

by marzkim on
Rating: ★★★★★

When editor Pamela Paul conducts interviews, she never fails to ask the kinds of questions I’m wondering about as I hear the authors speak about their research, experience, and/or about the writing craft. I love that this podcast gives me a chance to hear about all sorts of books, from the two featured ones, to the industry update, to what the critics reviewed, to what the Book Review staff are reading on their own time. I love to hear about the different reading habits they have, because well, it turns out- NYTBR editors- they’re just like us! Haha. Anyway, I love that the subjects covered are so varied, it’s a little surprise journey that I get to take every Friday. This is one of my very favorite podcasts.

Great Content & Great Production

by Zendude2664 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Many, too many, podcasts need to take lessons on production quality. For example, how to coach the caller. The Book Review nails it.And of course it is The Times so the authors are the influencers of record.

One of my favorites

by Tinaindenver on
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent podcast and excellent and articulate host. I especially like the end where the host and guests discuss what they are currently reading. Would like to see more episodes on fiction books.

Love this podcast

by DiShApt on
Rating: ★★★★★

I always learn from this podcast and get great recommendations. I love the part at the end when Pamela Paul and others talk about what they are reading.

One of my favorites

by Unit826 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have had podcast come and go from my library, but the NYT Book Review is one for the few that I have remained faithful to. Even if the books that are discussed aren’t ones that I will ever pick up, I still learn something about the topics that the books cover. I love the updates from the publishing industry and listening to what the reviewers are reading. Lovers of books and reading MUST add this to their library.

Excellent Show

by JR McFly on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a fantastic listen if you hope to explore exciting ideas, narrative philosophies, and the accounts of talented artists. Pamela is a national treasure! Open, intuitive, and a brilliant interviewer. If I had one criticism, it might be that the show can feel ever-so-slightly inaccessible at times, and I wonder about efforts to draw in folks who are less enamored by the literary world. That being said, I adore this show. Hit that subscribe button!

A favorite podcast

by JudithLD on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am a huge Pamela Paul fan. I only realized a couple of years ago or so that the NYT had a Book Review podcast. I like the format--speaking to an author whose book is reviewed in the paper or to an author who has written a review. The podcast often goes deeper into a subject than is permitted in print. I really like the segment in the end where the staff talks about what they have been reading. Not all the books cited are new. Some are classics, others books I did not know and have put on my list to read.


by MGH SF on
Rating: ★★★★★

This weeks wonderful interview with Isabel Wilkerson finally tipped me into action to write what I feel most weeks when I listen to this podcast. Paul’s tone and questions elicit important material from authors that give context to their books. I generally listen to several podcasts weekly. I’ve felt that Pamela Paul’s interviews delved more deeply into some authors interviewing than when the same author is interviewed by others, such as Paul’s outstanding interview of Todd Purdum (“Something Wonderful “) compared to Terri Gross’s.

A wonderful find and easy to jump in!

by Spotidaddy on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have been a life-long reader and to find this podcast as an adult is a pleasure! I don’t always have time to read new and/or notable works (of fiction, nonfiction, journalism); isn’t it wonderful “The Book Review” covers them for me? I often find myself adding books that are discussed on this podcast to my wishlist and the hosts are always delightful, insightful, and judicious with their time. I particularly loved the recent interview with Kate Atkinson about her most recent novel “Transcription.” That interview spurred me to find Atkinson’s novel “Life after Life,” in my local library, and what a great find that was! Many thanks for a great weekly hour (away from these hectic times) just to settle into listening to folks talk about what they love: books.

Encore! 📚

by Drew Korschun on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m a graduate student who researches Japanese literature, so listening to the Book Review podcast is a breath of fresh air that lets me catch up with major trends in contemporary literature without so much of the academic jargon and theoretical viewpoint that come up in grad school seminars. I often feel inspired listening to Pamela and the other Book Review folks tell us about their favorite books and it’s not seldom that I end up checking out many of the reviewed pieces.

Thoroughly enjoyable

by The Mary reader on
Rating: ★★★★★

I always learn something new, even when I think I’m not particularly interested.

Love it!

by Piggy knuckles on
Rating: ★★★★★

One of my favorite 2 podcasts. My other is The Westwing Weekly. I am entertained and informed. I often buy books based on what I hear. My favorite segment is “What I’m reading this week”. Paula is the best!

Love it!

by Sonianic on
Rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely love this podcast. It’s enlightening and accessible - enriching and most of all enjoyable. I learn so much about books I want to read and even those I don’t. It’s like having coffee with your most well-read friends, that probably don’t exist in real life. Highly recommend!!!

Perfect podcast

by Kate Pittsburgh, PA on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am so grateful for this podcast- I get book recommendations and learn something new in every show! I usually have to hit pause so I can request the discussed books from my library!

Regular Listener

by utgujjar on
Rating: ★★★★★

For a book lover like me, this is best that’s out there. Keep up the great work!

Don't have enough time to read? Listening to this podcast will help.

by JJR* on
Rating: ★★★★★

There will always be more good books to read than time to read them, but this podcast will help prioritize. The interviews will help you determine whether you will be interested enough to make that particular book a worthwhile use of your limited time, and even if you decide not to read a particular book, you'll know more about that book, and about related trends in publishing, making those hard choices a little easier. As other reviewers have noted, it's well worth the time it takes to listen (particularly if you have a lengthy commute like mine).

My Favorite Podcast

by ODebbie on
Rating: ★★★★★

The New York Times Book Review is my favorite podcast. Pamela Paul is an excellent interviewer, and I often wonder how she comes up with such insightful questions. I learn so much about many different topics when I listen. Then there is my endlessly growing list of books to read based on those referred to here - no matter how obscure! I already had an addiction to books now it's just a constant battle to keep up. I wish I could join them sometimes to talk about the books we are reading I love all of the reviewers - the regulars and the visitors.

Required listening

by WillNedved on
Rating: ★★★★★

Absurdly informative

Long Time Listener

by ame0608 on
Rating: ★★★★★

As a poet, I tend to gravitate my to craft talk, but I started listening to NYT Book Review Podcast in 2012, and it has been my favorite podcast ever since. It’s made me start to read for enjoyment, not just for my craft. And in many ways that’s deepened my love for books and has allowed me to feel a greater sense of play with my own writing. This podcast is just fun!

Martin Amis didnt “get” Barbara Pym.

by jules a.c. on
Rating: ★★★★★

Dear Pamela Paul,I’ve been listening to your NYT book review podcast lately and want to compliment you as an impeccable host. Your research is admirable, your questions are excellent, and you allow your guests to answer them (unlike Charlie Rose, who didn’t on his tv show. He’d ask a question to a celebrity guest and then proceed to answer it before his guest could. Drove me up the wall. I literally yelled at Rose because I wanted to hear his guest talk, not him! -an epitome of egotist.) Anyway, you’re just a fabulous interviewer I wanted also to mention Martin Amis’s comment in regards to Barbara Pym. Martin told me he couldn’t understand her appeal as a writer; he just didn’t get it!Your guest pointed out Pym’s novels never really went anywhere; but rather, they were about “excellent women” of that post war era. Martin (IMHO, an alpha man) could not connect with the female characters in Pym’s novels. I, having read most of Pym’s novels, quote or refer to her pithy words in my memoir “Visiting Martin Amis.” Kindly read a free sample of “Visiting Martin Amis” on Amazon.com or Kindle.com below. Thank you for your attention. Sincerely yours,Julia ClinchSent from my iPhone

I love this podcast!

by Ed Van Buren on
Rating: ★★★★★

It's people who know about the latest books, talking about the latest books. They know some things about old books too, and one of the fun parts about listening is confronting those moments when they forget. Like in this latest episode (10/12/18): Pamela manages, by alluding to some recent successful novels, to persuade the otherwise brilliant Tana French that unreliable narrators tend to be female. If you're like me and enjoy arguing with podcasters as if they can hear you (or would ever bother listening if they did), moments like this give you the opportunity to yell back at your phone: "Really? So Huckleberry Finn should be trusted when he accuses himself of immorality? Sheriff Nick Corey really is the second coming of Christ?" It's a blast. And the rest of the time you get to learn about new books.

A calm, thoughtful way to end the day

by DK F-L on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is a perfect world where people talk thoughtfully about ideas in books.

Love It!

by The Stymied Chef on
Rating: ★★★★★

My favorite podcast of all time. I love the cast. They manage to be intellectually stimulating, clever, and funny—and not overly pretentious. (I'm not a big fan of the people at Slate Audio Book Club. They're a bit annoying; had to unsubscribe.) Pamela Paul is the best. She's a independent thinker and a winsome host who puts great questions to her guests. I love her perspective. It's fresh and not always what one might expect. Such a great range of authors, books, and topics. I wish the podcast were on more than once per week! I would tune in every day if I could. Keep it up, guys! Love,An American listening from London

No more marketing (ads) please !

by Jimbo Seattle on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I like the podcast, but since the podcast itself may be seen, by some, as marketing for the NYT I find it aggravating to have ads within it as well. Am sure that as the ads fail to disappear I will cancel my subscription as I have with every other podcast that markets to me. Thankfully CSPANs podcast do not look likely to go that route. Some music podcasts as well.

A window through which to share the world of books

by hoysalgoadelante on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pamela Paul interviews and commentary and the NYTBR critics and staff guide incisive conversations with authors to give details about what inspires the making of books: they contribute key insights that are often not apparent reading the works. I look forward to the podcast every week.

The Best Podcast Ever

by Jean Lillquist on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is my dessert podcast. I save it so that I can savor it. And of all the interviewers on all the shows I've listened to, past and present, I really think Pamela Paul is the best. She listens. She does her homework. It is totally about the guest and not her. This is rare among many interviewers who use their captive audience as a platform to talk about themselves. I have discovered so many authors as a result of this podcast and learned so much about books and the publishing world. I also enjoy the camaraderie in the last segment when other people from the book beat join her and they discuss what they're reading or other contemorary literature. Thank you, Pamela and pals, and may you continue for a long, long time.

Great Podcast

by Vrcann on
Rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely love everything about the NYT Book review podcast: interviews with authors, news from the publishing world, and reviewers comments about the books they are/have been reading. I think Pamela Paul is a wonderful interviewer and her questions penetrating.

Easily my favorite podcast

by Ewayland on
Rating: ★★★★★

If the host, Pamela Paul, ever tires of editing the Book Review she could do this full time. And that is true of a lot of the people who work with her, apparently. My favorite part of this podcast is when she and other reviewers just chat. There are times, unfortunately, when you (and, I suspect Ms. Paul herself) must suffer through interviews with authors who...are not as interesting as their books let's say. But that is not the norm. So if you like reading and intelligent talk you need this podcast in your playlist.

Best Source For The General Reader

by dixie832 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is my main source from which I choose books. A well organized podcast, informative and a very wide array of subjects.

What they are reading

by Argh!#%! on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the reviews and interviews with authors, but I especially like the end of the podcast in which the participants talk about what they are reading. It always gives me new ideas about books to look for… next on my list a new, for me, author, Shirley Hazard


by kurtbat on
Rating: ★★★★★

is what it is

Pamela Paul asks great questions

by ttweety on
Rating: ★★★★★

Lots of interviews are sort of soft, but Paul advances the conversation with each question. Really impressive.

Consistently excellent podcast on ideas

by _______________-____—___—__ on
Rating: ★★★★★

Perhaps my favorite podcast. Author interviews, critical discussion, and--something that I didn't imagine would interest me, but that does--publishing news. Its greatest value is as a quick gauge of what everyone--from NY Times reviewers to fans of young-adult-novel franchises in genres I've never heard of--reads, and of the ideas that come through. Well produced and edited. Interesting and topical every week. Thoughtful, consistently engaging host. Strong recommend.

My #1 favorite podcast

by LauraSSF on
Rating: ★★★★★

The NYTBR podcast is my favorite, hands down. It's probably because I love reading, but it's ironic I like this one best since I actually have a podcast myself on a very different topic, and most of my mental energy is spent on thinking about that other, somewhat technical subject. But weirdly enough, despite the fact that I have to listen to podcasts on that other topic, I always, always listen to the NYTBR one first if a new episode is out. Through interviews with authors, you learn a ton about a subject you yourself may not have time to dive into, and I love the conversations amongst the staff about what they're reading -- it's like any conversation I might have with my other book-loving friends. Thanks, Pamela and staff, for doing such great work every week!

Keeps me sane

by SK*1978 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is one that has kept me sane the past couple of years.