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For readers who are listeners, for listeners looking for something to read—this feed includes book discussions and conversations with authors from across the Slate Podcast network.

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Audio Book Club: The Group
Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Mary McCarthy's classic 1953 novel.
50 min
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Audio Book Club: The Good Lord Bird
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and David Haglund discuss James McBride’s National Book Award winning novel about slavery and John Brown.
45 min
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Audio Book Club: The Goldfinch
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Donna Tartt’s big literary adventure novel.
45 min
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The Audio Book Club: Bleeding Edge
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Forrest Wickman discuss Thomas Pynchon's mystery set in the New York tech world around 9/11.
40 min
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The Audio Book Club: Ender’s Game
Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic.
41 min
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The Audio Book Club: The Flamethrowers
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund debate Rachel Kushner’s novel of the New York art scene, Italian revolutionaries, and motorcycle racing.
39 min
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Audio Book Club: Life After Life
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Katy Waldman discuss Kate Atkinson’s historical novel about a British woman who lives World War II over and over again.
39 min
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Audio Book Club: The Interestings
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Plotz discuss Meg Wolitzer's novel.
40 min
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The Slate Audio Book Club: Tenth of December
Slate critics Dan Kois and David Haglund discuss George Saunders’ celebrated collection of short stories.
40 min
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The Slate Audio Book Club: Swann's Way
Emily Bazelon, David Haglund, and Meghan O'Rourke celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first volume of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time.
39 min
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The Audio Book Club: Going Clear
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Lawrence Wright's epic investigation into Scientology.
46 min
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The Audio Book Club: Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Slate’s Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Lauren Groff’s novel of a 1970s hippie commune.
48 min
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The Audio Book Club: Pride and Prejudice
Slate’s David Plotz, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson celebrate Jane Austen’s classic novel on its 200th birthday.
44 min
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The Audio Book Club: Katherine Boo’s Behind the...
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning story of life in a Mumbai slum.
48 min
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The Audio Book Club: Zadie Smith’s NW
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Zadie Smith’s novel about four Londoners from the same council estate.
47 min
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Slate Audio Book Club: Cloud Atlas by David Mit...
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss David Mitchell's epic novel.
41 min
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The Audio Book Club: How Should a Person Be? by...
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O’Rourke, and David Haglund discuss Sheila Heti’s polarizing novel about life and art.
34 min
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Audio Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the plot-twisting thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
39 min
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Audio Book Club: Capital by John Lanchester
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and David Haglund discuss the sprawling London novel Capital by John Lanchester.
45 min
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Audio Book Club: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. ...
Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.
41 min
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Audio Book Club: Are You My Mother? by Alison B...
Emily Bazelon, Dan Kois, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Alison Bechdel's comic memoir Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
45 min
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Audio Book Club: The Good Mother by Sue Miller
Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and special guest novelist Amy Bloom discuss Sue Miller's The Good Mother on the novel's 25th anniversary.
41 min
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Audio Book Club: This Beautiful Life by Helen S...
Slate editors discuss Helen Schulman's "This Beautiful Life," a new novel about a video that goes viral and ruins the lives of two teenagers at a posh New York City private school.
44 min
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Audio Book Club: The Submission by Amy Waldman
For Slate's September Audio Book club, Yale art historian and architect Kishwar Rizvi joins Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin to discuss The Submission, Amy Waldman's novel about memorializing 9/11.
37 min
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Audio Book Club: Jennifer Egan's A Visit From t...
Michael Agger, Emily Bazelon, and Julia Turner talk about the memorable themes and intricate structure of Jennifer Egan's prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad.
39 min
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Audio Book Club: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter se...
Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Joining them are two Potter enthusiasts: Emily’s son Simon, 8, and Hanna’s daughter Noa, 10. They discuss death, loyalty and Snape's love for L
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Audio Book Club: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine ...
Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, and the New Yorker’s Margaret Talbot discuss Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks’ latest historical novel, Caleb’s Crossing.
33 min
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Audio Book Club: Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Our critics, including Yale historian David Blight, discuss the Civil War classic The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.
43 min
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Audio Book Club: Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with...
In this week’s audio book club, Slate’s Daniel Engber, David Plotz and Hanna Rosin discuss Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein, about his quest to compete in the U.S. Memory Championships, and what he learned about the human brain along the way.
36 min
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Audio Book Club: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!
In this week’s Audio Book Club, Slate’s Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and Hanna Rosin discuss Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, a new novel about the struggle of a family who runs an alligator-wrestling theme park.
44 min
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Audio Book Club: Emma Donoghue’s Room
Slate’s Audio Book Club discusses Emma Donoghue’s Room, a best-selling novel about a 5-year-old boy raised by his mother in a shed where she has been held prisoner since before he was born.
40 min
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Audio Book Club: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Moth...
Hanna Rosin, Ann Hulbert, and Nina Shen Rastogi discuss Amy Chua's book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
41 min
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DoubleX Audio Book Club: Lydia Davis’ Translati...
Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin and Margaret Talbot discuss the new translation of Gustave Flaubert's nineteenth century French classic Madame Bovary. Relive your college days with this dissection of the original desperate housewife.
36 min
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Audio Book Club: "Lord of Misrule," by Jaimy Go...
Meghan O’Rourke, Troy Patterson, and Michael Agger discuss Jaimy Gordon's book, Lord of Misrule. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
45 min
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DoubleX Audio Book Club: Nicole Krauss’ Great H...
In this week’s gabfest, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker’s Margaret Talbot, discuss Nicole Krauss’ latest novel, Great House. They discuss why this novel is less light hearted than Krauss’ last one, The History of
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Audio Book Club: "Remainder," by Tom McCarthy
Meghan O’Rourke, Troy Patterson, and Michael Agger discuss Tom McCarthy's book, Remainder. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
46 min
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DoubleX Audio Book Club: Jonathan Franzen’s Fre...
In this week's audio book club, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin and The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discuss Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. The novel follows Patty and Walter Berglund's failing marriage and serves as a commentary on how we live.
51 min
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Audio Book Club: "Super Sad True Love Story," b...
Jacob Weisberg, Jody Rosen and Troy Patterson discuss Gary Shteyngart's book, Super Sad True Love Story. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
36 min
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Audio Book Club: "The Imperfectionists," by Tom...
Julia Turner, June Thomas and Troy Patterson discussTom Rachman's book, "The Imperfectionists." We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
40 min
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Audio Book Club: "Imperial Bedrooms," by Bret E...
Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Michael Agger discuss Bret Easton Ellis’ book, Imperial Bedrooms. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
41 min
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Audio Book Club: "Reality Hunger - A Manifesto,...
Meghan O’Rourke, Troy Patterson and Jody Rosen discuss David Shields’ book, Reality Hunger - A Manifesto. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
56 min
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DoubleX Audio Book Club: The Immortal Life of H...
DoubleX editors Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, discuss Rebecca Skloot's new non-fiction book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
33 min
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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee: Slate's A...
Meghan O’Rourke, Troy Patterson and Emily Bazelon discuss Harper Lee's book, To Kill A Mockingbird. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
52 min
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DoubleX Audio Book Club: The Surrendered
DoubleX editors Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discuss Chang-rae Lee's new novel, The Surrendered.
42 min
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Audio Book Club: "The Big Short: Inside the Doo...
Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Daniel Gross discuss Michael Lewis' book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
44 min
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Audio Book Club: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Troy Patterson, Jacob Weisberg, and John Swansburg discuss Hilary Mantel's book, Wolf Hall. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
45 min
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Audio Book Club: White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Meghan O’Rourke, Stephen Metcalf, and Troy Patterson discuss Don DeLillo's book, White Noise. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
51 min
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Audio Book Club: Lit, by Mary Karr
Meghan O’Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss Mary Karr's memoir, Lit. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
40 min
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Audio Book Club: Vladimir Nabokov
Meghan O’Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss Vladimir Nabokov's book, The Original of Laura. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
45 min
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Audio Book Club: Raymond Carver Stories
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson compare two versions of a story by Raymond Carver - "The Bath," and "A Small Good Thing." One version was heavily edited by Gordon Lish.
48 min
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Audio Book Club: The Anthologist, by Nicholson ...
Meghan O’Rourke, Michael Agger, and Troy Patterson discuss Nicholson Baker's book, The Anthologist. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
46 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: The Catcher in the Rye
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and James Ryerson discuss J.D. Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
63 min
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Audio Book Club: A Vindication of Love: Reclaim...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and guest Laura Kipnis discuss Cristina Nehring's "A Vindication of Love." We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
41 min
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Audio Book Club: Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Ta...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss Gay Talese's "Thy Neighbor's Wife." We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program
46 min
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Audio Book Club: John Cheever's 'The Swimmer,' ...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss two short stories - John Cheever's The Swimmer, and Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard To Find. .
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Audio Book Club: Atmospheric Disturbances, by R...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
45 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Infinite Jest, by Davi...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Katie Roiphe, Troy Patterson, and James Surowiecki discuss David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
59 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Rabbit, Run, by John U...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss John Updike's Rabbit, Run. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
51 min
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Note on Infinite Jest and Rabbit, Run
The Slate Audio Book Club's discussion of Infinite Jest will be posted in March. In the meantime, we'll be discussing Rabbit, Run by John Updike the week of Feb. 16. Listen for more details.
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An Inauguration Novella, Part 5 of 5
"All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen," an original novella about the inauguration written and read by Curtis Sittenfeld. Part 5 of 5.
13 min
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An Inauguration Novella, Part 4 of 5
"All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen," an original novella about the inauguration written and read by Curtis Sittenfeld. Part 4 of 5.
12 min
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An Inauguration Novella, Part 3 of 5
"All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen," an original novella about the inauguration written and read by Curtis Sittenfeld. Part 3 of 5.
10 min
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An Inauguration Novella, Part 2 of 5
"All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen," an original novella about the inauguration written and read by Curtis Sittenfeld. Part 2 of 5.
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An Inauguration Novella, Part 1 of 5
"All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen," an original novella about the inauguration written and read by Curtis Sittenfeld. Part 1 of 5.
12 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: The Great Gatsby, by F...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss the American classic The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
44 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: The Night of the Gun, ...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Troy Patterson discuss New York Times columnist David Carr's The Night of the Gun.
46 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: American Wife, by Curt...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and Julia Turner discuss the novel American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
44 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Brideshead Revisited, ...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss the novel Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
55 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Netherland, by Joseph ...
Slate's Audio Book Club: Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Anna Karenina, by Leo ...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
44 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: Beautiful Children, by...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss the novel Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
33 min
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Slate's Audio Book Club: All the King's Men, by...
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Jacob Weisberg discuss the novel All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
51 min
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Slate: Audio Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love
Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Katie Roiphe, and Julia Turner discuss Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
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Slate's Audio Bookclub: Tree of Smoke
Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and James Surowiecki discuss the novel Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.
48 min