Extremely well done and entertaining podcast.
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 Sundayâs Book Review itself. If only it came out earlier on FridayâIâd love to listen to it during my breaks/driving time before 5 pm. Thanks Book Review!
I looooove Jenna and Wesleyâs 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
Best podcast for readers.
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. Itâs hard to go back in the podcast and find the titles.
I really look forward to this podcast every week. Even if I donât 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.
I listen to this podcast during my commute. It makes me feel like Iâm 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!!
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.
After discussing a book please repeat its title. I like your podcast a lot. Thanks.Joan
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 âof the moment books.â
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.
I love Fridays even more now that I look forward to a comprehensive review of the literary worldâs greatest works. This podcast helps me add books to my to-read list, hear from authors I love or havenât heard of, and keeps me up to date on publishing and literary news. The theme music is the best, too.
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.
Iâve 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. Itâs gotten even better, smarter, more relevant with Pamela Paul. And a wonderful alternative to true crime/political podcasts.
Listening to the nytimes book review podcast is my Saturday morning ritual. Itâs my favorite moment of the weekend, with my cup of coffee I listen to what feels like old friends talk about books.
When editor Pamela Paul conducts interviews, she never fails to ask the kinds of questions Iâm 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- theyâre just like us! Haha. Anyway, I love that the subjects covered are so varied, itâs a little surprise journey that I get to take every Friday. This is one of my very favorite podcasts.
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.
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.
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.
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 arenât 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.
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!
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.
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. Paulâs tone and questions elicit important material from authors that give context to their books. I generally listen to several podcasts weekly. Iâve felt that Pamela Paulâs interviews delved more deeply into some authors interviewing than when the same author is interviewed by others, such as Paulâs outstanding interview of Todd Purdum (âSomething Wonderful â) compared to Terri Grossâs.
I have been a life-long reader and to find this podcast as an adult is a pleasure! I donât always have time to read new and/or notable works (of fiction, nonfiction, journalism); isnât it wonderful âThe Book Reviewâ 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 âTranscription.â That interview spurred me to find Atkinsonâs novel âLife after Life,â 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.
Iâm 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 itâs not seldom that I end up checking out many of the reviewed pieces.
I always learn something new, even when I think Iâm not particularly interested.
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 âWhat Iâm reading this weekâ. Paula is the best!
I absolutely love this podcast. Itâs enlightening and accessible - enriching and most of all enjoyable. I learn so much about books I want to read and even those I donât. Itâs like having coffee with your most well-read friends, that probably donât exist in real life. Highly recommend!!!
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!
For a book lover like me, this is best thatâs out there. Keep up the great work!
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).
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.
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. Itâs made me start to read for enjoyment, not just for my craft. And in many ways thatâs 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!
Dear Pamela Paul,Iâve 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 didnât on his tv show. Heâd 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, youâre just a fabulous interviewer I wanted also to mention Martin Amisâs comment in regards to Barbara Pym. Martin told me he couldnât understand her appeal as a writer; he just didnât get it!Your guest pointed out Pymâs novels never really went anywhere; but rather, they were about âexcellent womenâ of that post war era. Martin (IMHO, an alpha man) could not connect with the female characters in Pymâs novels. I, having read most of Pymâs novels, quote or refer to her pithy words in my memoir âVisiting Martin Amis.â Kindly read a free sample of âVisiting Martin Amisâ on Amazon.com or Kindle.com below. Thank you for your attention. Sincerely yours,Julia ClinchSent from my iPhone
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.
This podcast is a perfect world where people talk thoughtfully about ideas in books.
My favorite podcast of all time. I love the cast. They manage to be intellectually stimulating, clever, and funnyâand 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my main source from which I choose books. A well organized podcast, informative and a very wide array of subjects.
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 forâ¦ next on my list a new, for me, author, Shirley Hazard
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Lots of interviews are sort of soft, but Paul advances the conversation with each question. Really impressive.
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.
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!
This podcast is one that has kept me sane the past couple of years.