Every epiosde begins with "what makes this a great book?" The answers launch some interesting discussions. Sometimes an episode will nudge me to re-read an old favorite, while another will introduce me to something new.
John J Miller brings knowledgeable guests on the show and questions them as to why should this book be considered great. Fun and insightful - has led me to read (or reread) classics with new set of eyes.
I try not to miss a single episode.
Love the podcast! Gives great overviews of classics.
I enjoy the broad swath of books Miller selects. Itâs great to get an overview of unfamiliar works and perhaps be inspired to read them. Itâs also satisfying to enjoy a favorite with another who clearly enjoyed it as much as I did. Outstanding podcast!
Great podcast. John nails it. I pass on some of these podcasts to our son who is an active duty Army Infantry Captain.
Looking forward to each new episode.
Can anyone explain how to get back and listen to Episode 32 Gallic Wars? I told my 13-year old son all about it but we canât figure out how to listen to earlier episodes.
If you are going to do remote interviews the sound engineering needs to be optimized. Content is great but hard to listen to because of garbling and variations in volume
This has easily become one of my favorite podcast. I have only read maybe less than half of the books reviewed, but I still find the ones I havenât read to be really interesting! I may finally read Brothers K now ;) My favorite episode though is on Marcus Aureliusâ Mediationâs. SO good!
Books I would never have even considered seem intriguing after a podcast with John & his guest. If you appreciate literature & enjoy intelligent discussion about it, listen to this podcast.
Mr. McCarthyâs observations regarding the current legal scene are indispensable for all fair minded citizens.
This is a great podcast from Hillsdale College and hosted by John J. Miller. Each week Miller discusses a highly-regarded book with an academic and always begins with the question, "What makes this a great book?" Miller casts his net widely, from Homer to Willa Cather, and each week's episode is worth listening to, even if the particular book isn't to my tastes. If you have any interest at all in books and good reading, this podcast should be on your list.
Just finished the podcast on The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and learned so much! I read this several years ago and canât wait to get it back down off the bookshelf with a new set of eyes
My comments are threefold.1. Iâm using the books in these episodes for my Christmas wishlist.2. Iâd love to see C.S. Lewis or Dietrich Bonhoeffer discussed3. Imagine my surprise at hearing one of my own Great Books professors from Faulkner University, Robert Woods, discuss Fahrenheit 451. I had to rewind to make sure I heard correctly!Anyway, great show!
The only downside about this podcast is that the episodes arenât longer. So much great stuff. It would be cool if there were a sort of longer, uncut option for each show, though I know that would interrupt the natural flow of the shorter format you use now. Regarding suggestions that John asks for at the end of the podcast, it would seem that The Great Gatsby and The Sound and the Fury canât be put off for too much longer right? Ginsbergâs Howl would be another very interesting one in the poems category.Thanks for doing what you do!Evan Butts
Podcasts devoted to books and movies tend to be awful â usually a pair of giggly, self-absorbed English major fanboys or fan girls blabbering on for an ice age about what they did or didnât like. Great Books, by contrast, brings in experts who know the work in depth and have some intelligent perspective as to where it fits in the authorâs life or in world literature; at the end of 30 brisk minutes, you feel youâve learned something. Keep up the good work.
I always enjoy what the guests have to say. Love the podcast!
Great intro to many âgreat books.â More Patricia Bart, please â I could listen to her all day. One of my canât-miss podcasts.
John Miller hosts an excellent podcast for those interested in learning something new-even about books previously studied. Excellent guests, great insight, and even a few laughs for good measure. Many thanks to Mr. Miller and National Review.
Discovered this wonderful podcast recently. Huge Jane Austen fan.
I love everything about this podcast - great (and diverse) choice of subjects, and the perfect length. Keep it up!
So enjoying these discussions on wonderful books. Thanks to Mr Miller and National Review for making it possible...I need to check out this NR Plus membership! Just wonderful!!
I wonder if you would consider discussing Patrick OâBrianâs âAubrey-Maturinâ series?
Awesome conservative analysis on some of history's best literature
So many things I never got around to reading, but now (in retirement) I have time for! Working now on The Gulag Archipelago, sitting on my shelves for years.Suggestion: Don Quixote (Including a brief biography of Cervantes).
These podcasts are so great, so why limit the podcast feed to only the latest 10 episodes? Please expand the access!
I hadn't realized it, but we need just this: concise yet substantive conversation about great literature by informed admirers who appreciate (in both senses) this art form. Few things in today's world can unite swaths of people in that deeply human act of praise, but John J. Miller and his guests direct our gazes to literary beauty with competence and good humor. Thank you!
Youâll need to do one show per book for LOTR and The Hobbit now.
There is art and skill in being a good interviewer and John J Miller demonstrates both as he asks questions of his guests. Many podcast hosts and TV show hosts make an interview about themselves and their opinions - interrupting the guest and âstepping onâ the response of the guest. Pleasantly John doesnât do this.John asks his guests insightful questions and then letâs the guest answer. Consequently you learn a lot about the the book and the author.
John J. Miller does a fantastic job exploring and explaining the great books. Each episode is so full of information, you have to listen more than once.
Very well done. Miller is very good at interviewing and I like the choice of books.
Great content. Great interviewer.
My favorite new (about six months old at this point) podcast. Good selection of books with good discussion of each. Miller and his guests pack a lot into just half an hour.
Thanks for providing such engaging conversation around great literature.
Great Podcasts for classic lit lovers! I wish it was longer but at the very least I want more! A request for a future episode would be something from my fellow Californian - John Steinbeck. Thank you so much!
I listen to these while exercising. I enjoy that time with you! Learning about books I may or may not have read from people who truly know and are passionate about the author, the book, and the message. I hope you continue this for a long, long time.
I have been looking for book reviews on classics like this. Finally found it but just can't listen to John Miller. Listening to John Miller makes me want to scream "will you please get it out of your mouth?". He goes on forever "the, the, the, the, the, the" then ended up saying "so what, what, what, what about them?". Just kill me now. I am sorry but I have to look for something else.
This podcast is a great mix of introductory material for those unfamiliar with a work or author and deep, thoughtful comments for those already familiar. Never miss an episode.
This is truly a useful introduction to great books. So much so that I've picked up one or two after hearing the podcast. I hate the introduction music, so I also give the fast-forward feature of my iPhone five stars.
Of course most of us know this book, but the professor gives us an in depth analysis of why it is so beloved. Excellent!!
Iâd love to hear an episode, or two, about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
As a person who runs around so much and doesnât have the time to think back on things heâs read or things that he wanted to read, I love this podcast. It brings back memories of some of the best reads Iâve ever had, and has caused me to pick up books that I missed along the way. Miller is great in his interaction with the variety of Hillsdale professors, and I wait for a new episode each week.
I follow multiple conservative podcasts, and recently discovered The Great Books. Itâs a thoughtful and educational alternative to politics; a good-for-your-mind-and-soul discussion of what is truly great in literature. Highly recommended.
Very good way to spend some time
The original is "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." I don't know how "The Adventures ..." came into use.
I am a voracious consumer of podcasts (I subscribe to dozens of them), but this one has quickly become my favorite. I had been looking for something that would help serve as a primer to overcome my inertia in starting to engage with the great books, and this is exactly what I've been looking for! It also helps me to engage with my daughter in discussing these works as she reads some of them for school.
Love this podcast! It motivates me to read all these great books. I hope this podcast continues for years and even decades to come. Keep reviewing great books.