Novel Conversations

Novel Conversations

Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: you get the whole story from cover to cover. If CliffsNotes had an audio-bestfriend, it would be us! Each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them share their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. If you're looking for a good story, you're in the right place. *This podcast is a production of the Ohio Film Tax Credit.

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February 13, 2024 47 mins
This classic of English literature was originally penned under the name "Currer Bell", and details the story of the titular Jane as she struggles to find comfort and self-worth through the ups and downs of her life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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in 1897's West Sussex, a strangely dressed and unfriendly man named Griffin takes up lodging at a local inn, causing havoc and disharmony with his rude antics and constant scientific investigation. As the novel progresses, we see more and more of the evil within Griffin, even as he is seen less and less. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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November 28, 2023 46 mins
"Bleak House" is a novel by Charles Dickens, first published as a 20-episode serial between March 1852 and September 1853. The story centers around a variety of characters whose livelihoods depend on the outcome of an active court case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce. Throughout the novel, our perspective shifts between an omniscient third person and the personal perspective of our main protagonist, Esther Summerson. Learn more about your a...
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Evergreen Podcasts, the network that brought you From First Lady to Jackie O, is pleased to introduce Countdown to Dallas, another podcast from Host Paul Brandus.  On the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, former White House correspondent Paul Brandus takes an in-depth look at the seemingly unconnected events that led to that infamous afternoon in Dallas, Texas. He explores the troubled and brok...
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November 14, 2023 41 mins
My Antonia, the third of Willa Cather's "prairie trilogy", follows the story of a young bohemian immigrant to the town of Blackhawk, Nebraska. Narrated by our protagonist Jim Burden, Cather uses vivid imagery and beautiful prose to paint a picture of immigrant life on the prairie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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In this famous Robert Louis Stevenson novel, we follow Gabriel Utterson, a London legal-practitioner who investigates the relationship between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and a criminally abominable man by the name of Mr. Hyde. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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In "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we see the preeminent Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes' solve the eerie murder of a Sir Arthur Baskerville on the moors of Dartmoor by an apparent fiendish hound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut novel, published in 1920, he tells the story of Amory Blaine, a smart, attractive, ivy-league dropout with whom Fitzgerald makes observations about the greed and loneliness of the post WWI era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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September 19, 2023 28 mins
The Loved One tells the story of Dennis Barlow, a British ex-patriot living in Los Angeles and working at a funeral home for pets. Throughout the book, we see Dennis struggle to balance his reputation for the British community in Hollywood, the demands of his position, and the glitz and glamor of the film industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Around The World in 80 Days tells the story of Phileas Fogg, a London gentleman with meticulous habits, and his bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less. Accompanied by his loyal valet Passepartout, Fogg's whirlwind journey weaves a fantastical tale of heroics and adventure as they try to beat the clock back to London to cash in on his wager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is a story of a young, beautiful man named Dorian whose wish is granted his wish when his portrait ages on his behalf, but records his mistakes also. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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January 3, 2023 34 mins
"To The Lighthouse" is a philosophical, introspective story about the Ramsay family, a large English family that visit their summer home in northeast Scotland. Through the lens of 3 separate trips to the family's Scottish estate, we examine the small joys and quiet tragedies of an everyday life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The famous Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, who must travel to face his demise at the hands of the supernatural Green Knight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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December 6, 2022 29 mins
"Billy Budd" was Herman Melville's final novel, released 33 years posthumously. It tells the story of abeautiful, gregarious English sailor during the Napoleonic Wars who finds himself in conflict with his Master-at-arms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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"Death Comes for the Archbishop" tells a fictionalized version of the real-life story of Father Latour, the first Catholic Bishop of the newly acquired U.S. territory of New Mexico in the late nineteenth century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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November 8, 2022 55 mins
"It Can't Happen Here" is Sinclair Lewis's prescient story of a fascist ruler coming to power in the United States in the 1930s. From the perspective of Doremus Jessup, a journalist in a small Vermont town, we see the effects of a totalitarian takeover unfold. Inspired by Nazi Germany and the rise of populism in his time, Lewis shows us that it in fact, it can happen here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi...
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In "And Then There Were None," a group of strangers are called to a remote island with hopes of treasure, employment and more, but are soon haunted by the mistakes of their past and a grim poem. Join host Frank Lavallo and readers Phil Setnik and Elizabeth Flood as they discuss all the gruesome details of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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October 11, 2022 51 mins
Dracula tells the story of the supernatural Count Dracula, a vampire who comes to haunt the English seaside town of Whitby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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December 22, 2020 4 mins
Another epic outtake reel featuring Host, Frank Lavallo, and Readers, Elizabeth Flood, Phil Setnik, Peter Toomey & Katie Smith as they blunder and fumble during the making of Novel Conversations Season 7. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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