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Audio Book Club

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Join Slate's critics for monthly discussions of new and important books. Read the book club selections and then listen in as our critics hold lively - and sometimes heated - debates about the works. Part of the Panoply Network.

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ABC: Lincoln In the Bardo by George Saunders

51:17 | Apr 29th, 2017

This month Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Rourke, and Nora Caplan-Bricker discuss George Saunders' Lincoln In the Bardo. Next month is Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.The Slate Audio Book Club is sponsored by Audible, with an unmatched selection of aud...Show More

ABC: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

56:08 | Mar 13th, 2017

Slate's Katy Waldman and Laura Miller discuss Zadie Smith's new novel, Swing Time with The New York Time's Parul Sehgal.The Slate Audio Book Club is brought to you by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitt...Show More

Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

40:24 | May 9th

Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his c...Show More

ABC: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

59:11 | Mar 30th

Laura Miller, Alex Barasch, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new novel by Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, a multigenerational saga about gay life. Following this episode, the Audio Book Club will be going on hiatus. From the hosts and producers ...Show More

ABC: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

57:06 | Feb 27th

Laura Miller, Jacob Brogan, and Charlie Jane Anders discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's classic science fiction novel "The Left Hand of Darkness". Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey

ABC: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

49:42 | Jan 29th

Katy Waldman, Parul Sehgal, and Laura Bennett discuss Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. This episode is Katy's last episode as host of the Audio Book Club, but watch this space for more about the future of the show. 

ABC: The Odyssey, Translated By Emily Wilson

1:10:05 | Dec 19th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Parul Seghal, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey by Homer. Next month's book will be Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.

ABC: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

53:48 | Nov 28th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss the novel Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Our selection for next month will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey. 

ABC: What Happened by Hillary Clinton

1:03:49 | Oct 30th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Roark, and Emily Bazelon discuss Hilary Clinton's memoir, What Happened. Next month's book will be Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. 

ABC: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

49:59 | Sep 26th, 2017

Laura Bennett, Katy Waldman, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Sally Rooney's debut novel Conversations with Friends, and idea-driven novel about a group of four young people in Dublin struggling with ideology and identity. Next month's book with be What H...Show More

ABC: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

53:04 | Aug 30th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Isaac Chotiner, and Laura Miller discuss The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the sprawling novel by Arundhati Roy about sectarian violence in India. Next month's book will be Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.The Audio Book Club ...Show More

ABC: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

49:25 | Jul 29th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Jacob Brogan, and Dan Kois discuss Maile Meloy's novel Do Not Become Alarmed. Next month's book will be The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.The Slate Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible. Audible has the best audio...Show More

ABC: Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose

57:13 | Jun 29th, 2017

Katy Waldman, Jacob Brogan, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Durga Chew-Bose's collection of essays Too Much and Not the Mood. Next month's book is Do Not Become Alarmed, by Maile Meloy. The Slate Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible. Audible has ...Show More

ABC: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

1:01:21 | May 21st, 2017

Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Rourke, and Emily Bazelon discuss Margaret Atwood's dystopic novel The Handmaid's Tale and the Hulu television adaptation.Today’s sponsor is Audible®, with an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comed...Show More

ABC: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

44:20 | Mar 24th, 2017

In this bonus episode, Katy Waldman, Jeremy Stahl, and Ava Lubell discuss The Art of War by Sun Tzu as self-help and potential guide to understanding the world of 2017. April's Audio Book Club will be on Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

ABC: Bob Dylan's The Lyrics: 1961-2012

48:29 | Feb 10th, 2017

Slate's Katy Waldman, John Dickerson of Face the Nation, and writer and poet Meghan O'Rourke discuss Bob Dylan's The Lyrics: 1961-2012. They discuss whether his work should be considered poetry, how his work functions on the page, and what makes a gr...Show More

ABC: Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher

37:47 | Jan 19th, 2017

Slate's Katy Waldman, Aisha Harris, and Laura Bennett discuss Carrie Fisher's Postcards from the Edge, a novel inspired in part by the author's own struggles with drug abuse and experiences as an actor in Hollywood.  The Audio Book Club is brought to...Show More

ABC: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

48:12 | Dec 10th, 2016

Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Gabriel Roth and Jacob Brogan to Michael Chabon's new novel Moonglow. Join us in January for a conversation about Bob Dylan's The Lyrics 1961-2012.The Slate Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible, with an unmat...Show More

ABC: The Underground Railroad and Underground Airlines

58:13 | Nov 16th, 2016

Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Laura Miller and Jamelle Bouie to compare and contrast Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and the new book by Ben Winters Underground Airlines.Join us in December for a conversation about Bob Dylan's The Lyr...Show More

ABC: Shrill

40:55 | Oct 8th, 2016

Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Meg Wiegand and Nora Caplan-Bricker to talk about Lindy West's confident book Shrill.Join us in November for a conversation about two books: Underground Airlines by Ben Winters and The Underground Railroad by Colson ...Show More

ABC: The Girls

45:19 | Sep 9th, 2016

Katy Waldman is joined by NPR's Hanna Rosin and Slate's Laura Bennett to sort through their respective feelings on Emma Cline's novel, The Girls.Join us in October for a conversation about two books: Underground Airlines by Ben Winters and The Underg...Show More

ABC: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

45:31 | Aug 4th, 2016

Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Dan Kois and L.V. Anderson to discuss the play by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audio...Show More

ABC: All the Single Ladies

47:06 | Jul 16th, 2016

Slate critic, Katy Waldman, is joined by Parul Sehgal of the New York Times Book Review and culture critic, Meghan O'Rourke, to discuss Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies. Next month, Slate's Audio Book Club will discuss The Girls by Emma Cline...Show More

ABC: Eligible

34:17 | Jun 10th, 2016

Katy Waldman, Emily Bazelon, and Jessica Winter discuss Curtis Sittenfeld's modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Eligible. Next month, the Audio Book Club will dig into All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister. Read the book and st...Show More

ABC: Lab Girl

47:29 | May 6th, 2016

Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Susan Matthews discuss Hope Jahren's budding debut memoir, Lab Girl. Join us next month to discuss Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audioboo...Show More

ABC: When Breath Becomes Air

38:16 | Apr 9th, 2016

Critics Katy Waldman, Parul Sehgal, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Paul Kalanithi's bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. Join us next month to discuss A Hologram for the King by Dave Egger's.Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Fun Home,...Show More

ABC: Better Living Through Criticism

44:03 | Mar 24th, 2016

Critics Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Laura Bennett discuss A.O. Scott’s insightful new book, Better Living Through Criticism. Next month, Slate's Audio Book Club will be chatting about When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Read the book and j...Show More

ABC: A Manual for Cleaning Women

41:01 | Feb 4th, 2016

Critics Christina Cauterucci, Mark Harris, and Katy Waldman discuss Lucia Berlin's dazzling short story collection. Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free...Show More

ABC: Purity

43:21 | Jan 14th, 2016

Slate critic, Katy Waldman, is joined by Parul Sehgal of the New York Times Book Review and culture critic, Meghan O'Rourke, to discuss Jonathan Franzen's Dickensian novel – Purity.   Next month, Slate's Audio Book Club will discuss A Manual for Clea...Show More

ABC: Fates and Furies

45:00 | Dec 8th, 2015

  Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Laura Miller, and Katy Waldman discuss Lauren Groff's ambitious new novel, “Fates and Furies.” Next month, Slate's Audio Book Club discusses “Purity,” by Jonathan Franzen. Read the book and join us for our conversation ...Show More

ABC: A Little Life

53:20 | Nov 6th, 2015

Slate critics Laura Bennett, Andrew Kahn, Dan Kois, and Katy Waldman discuss Hanya Yanagihara's misery-soaked epic.

ABC: The Martian

44:14 | Oct 8th, 2015

Slate critics Dan Kois, Laura Miller, and Katy Waldman discuss Andy Weir's tense space procedural.

ABC: Between the World and Me

47:08 | Sep 18th, 2015

Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katy Waldman discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates' searing book about being black in America.

ABC: Go Set a Watchman

38:41 | Aug 7th, 2015

Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katy Waldman discuss Harper Lee's newly published sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird."

ABC: Station Eleven

46:43 | Jul 10th, 2015

Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Emily St. John Mandel's award-winning novel.

ABC: All the Light We Cannot See

45:54 | Jun 5th, 2015

Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

ABC: H Is for Hawk

42:11 | May 8th, 2015

Slate critics Katy Waldman, Julia Turner, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Helen MacDonald's shapeshifting memoir.

ABC: How to Be Both

51:52 | Apr 10th, 2015

Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Ali Smith's novel about a prickly, grief-torn teenager and her Renaissance painter counterpart.

ABC: The Girl on the Train

36:50 | Mar 6th, 2015

Slate critics Dan Kois, Katy Waldman, and Laura Bennett discuss Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller.

ABC: The Night of the Gun by David Carr

46:54 | Feb 13th, 2015

David Carr, former New York Times critic and media columnist, died on Thursday. He was 58. In honor of Carr, we are re-posting our Audio Book Club about his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun.  The story of Carr's descent into alcoholism and drug depe...Show More

ABC: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

41:08 | Feb 13th, 2015

With the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie in theaters this week, wandering minds are drifting back towards the world of E.L. James’ blockbuster erotic novel. In this episode of the Audio Book Club, previously published around the height of F...Show More

ABC: Redeployment

34:55 | Feb 6th, 2015

Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss Phil Klay's National Book Award-winning debut collection of stories about the Iraq war. Complete Slate's podcast listener survey! Tell us about yourself and your favorite podcasts so Sl...Show More

ABC: My Brilliant Friend

43:34 | Jan 9th, 2015

Slate critics Katy Waldman, David Haglund, and Parul Sehgal discuss the first in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan trilogy.

ABC: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

35:33 | Dec 5th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Karen Joy Fowler's novel about an all-too-human family.

ABC: The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

36:47 | Nov 7th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Choire Sicha, and Miriam Krule discuss Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy.

ABC: Cheryl Strayed's Wild

41:39 | Oct 10th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman discuss Cheryl Strayed's memoir.

ABC: The Bad Feminist

40:14 | Sep 12th, 2014

Slate's Audio Book Club take on Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay's book of essays on gender, race and her messy life.

Audio Book Club: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

47:57 | Aug 7th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Hanna Rosin discuss Roz Chast's cartoon memoir about her parents' decline.

The Audio Book Club: My Struggle

54:11 | Jul 11th, 2014

Slate's Dan Kois and David Haglund talk with New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal about Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 6-volume autobiographical epic.

The Audio Book Club: Americanah

47:42 | Jun 6th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Jamelle Bouie, and Emily Bazelon discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel about Nigerians immigrating abroad and returning home.

The Audio Book Club: Dept. of Speculation

39:25 | May 9th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Jessica Winter discuss Jenny Offill's novel about the struggle to make art part of a full life.

The Audio Book Club: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

36:17 | Apr 11th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Maria Semple's bestselling comic novel set in Seattle.

The Audio Book Club Live: Slaughterhouse-Five

1:09:25 | Mar 7th, 2014

Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and special guest Hugh Howey discuss Kurt Vonnegut's countercultural classic.

Audio Book Club: The Group

50:17 | Feb 6th, 2014

Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Mary McCarthy's classic 1953 novel.

Audio Book Club: The Good Lord Bird

45:08 | Jan 10th, 2014

Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and David Haglund discuss James McBride’s National Book Award winning novel about slavery and John Brown.

Audio Book Club: The Goldfinch

45:56 | Dec 5th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Donna Tartt’s big literary adventure novel.

The Audio Book Club: Bleeding Edge

40:25 | Nov 8th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Forrest Wickman discuss Thomas Pynchon's mystery set in the New York tech world around 9/11.

The Audio Book Club: Ender’s Game

41:53 | Oct 11th, 2013

Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic.

The Audio Book Club: The Flamethrowers

39:41 | Sep 5th, 2013

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.

Audio Book Club: Life After Life

39:33 | Aug 8th, 2013

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.

Audio Book Club: The Interestings

40:15 | Jul 11th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Plotz discuss Meg Wolitzer's novel.

The Slate Audio Book Club: Tenth of December

40:28 | Jun 17th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois and David Haglund discuss George Saunders’ celebrated collection of short stories.

The Slate Audio Book Club: Swann's Way

39:48 | May 2nd, 2013

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.

The Audio Book Club: Going Clear

46:02 | Apr 12th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Lawrence Wright's epic investigation into Scientology.

The Audio Book Club: Arcadia by Lauren Groff

48:42 | Mar 1st, 2013

Slate’s Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Lauren Groff’s novel of a 1970s hippie commune.

The Audio Book Club: Pride and Prejudice

44:43 | Feb 1st, 2013

Slate’s David Plotz, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson celebrate Jane Austen’s classic novel on its 200th birthday.

The Audio Book Club: Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers

48:17 | Jan 4th, 2013

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning story of life in a Mumbai slum.

The Audio Book Club: Zadie Smith’s NW

47:24 | Nov 30th, 2012

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Zadie Smith’s novel about four Londoners from the same council estate.

Slate Audio Book Club: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

41:10 | Nov 2nd, 2012

Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss David Mitchell's epic novel.

The Audio Book Club: How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

34:36 | Oct 5th, 2012

Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O’Rourke, and David Haglund discuss Sheila Heti’s polarizing novel about life and art.

Audio Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

39:51 | Sep 7th, 2012

Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the plot-twisting thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Audio Book Club: Capital by John Lanchester

45:58 | Aug 3rd, 2012

Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and David Haglund discuss the sprawling London novel Capital by John Lanchester.

Audio Book Club: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

41:26 | Jun 29th, 2012

Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.

Audio Book Club: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

45:11 | Jun 1st, 2012

Emily Bazelon, Dan Kois, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Alison Bechdel's comic memoir Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

Audio Book Club: The Good Mother by Sue Miller

41:30 | Dec 8th, 2011

Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and special guest novelist Amy Bloom discuss Sue Miller's The Good Mother on the novel's 25th anniversary.

Audio Book Club: This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

44:10 | Oct 31st, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: The Submission by Amy Waldman

37:28 | Sep 26th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad

39:00 | Aug 29th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series

38:00 | Jul 16th, 2011

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 Li...Show More

Audio Book Club: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

33:27 | Jun 27th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

43:41 | May 31st, 2011

Our critics, including Yale historian David Blight, discuss the Civil War classic The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.

Audio Book Club: Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein

36:32 | Apr 27th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

44:08 | Mar 27th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: Emma Donoghue’s Room

40:01 | Feb 27th, 2011

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.

Audio Book Club: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua

41:56 | Jan 26th, 2011

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.

DoubleX Audio Book Club: Lydia Davis’ Translation of Madame Bovary

36:03 | Dec 30th, 2010

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.

Audio Book Club: "Lord of Misrule," by Jaimy Gordon

45:18 | Dec 19th, 2010

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.

DoubleX Audio Book Club: Nicole Krauss’ Great House

39:56 | Dec 2nd, 2010

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 Lo...Show More

Audio Book Club: "Remainder," by Tom McCarthy

46:27 | Nov 15th, 2010

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

DoubleX Audio Book Club: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.

51:08 | Oct 7th, 2010

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...Show More

Audio Book Club: "Super Sad True Love Story," by Gary Shteyngart

36:46 | Sep 20th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: "The Imperfectionists," by Tom Rachman

40:59 | Aug 16th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: "Imperial Bedrooms," by Bret Easton Ellis

41:38 | Jul 18th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: "Reality Hunger - A Manifesto," by David Shields

56:30 | Jun 21st, 2010

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

DoubleX Audio Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

33:35 | Jun 17th, 2010

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.

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee: Slate's Audio Book Club

52:53 | May 16th, 2010

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.

DoubleX Audio Book Club: The Surrendered

42:13 | May 6th, 2010

DoubleX editors Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discuss Chang-rae Lee's new novel, The Surrendered.

Audio Book Club: "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine," by Michael Lewis

44:37 | Apr 19th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

45:09 | Mar 15th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: White Noise, by Don DeLillo

51:09 | Feb 14th, 2010

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

Audio Book Club: Lit, by Mary Karr

40:31 | Jan 18th, 2010

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.

Audio Book Club: Vladimir Nabokov

45:13 | Dec 21st, 2009

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.

Audio Book Club: Raymond Carver Stories

48:27 | Nov 16th, 2009

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. We recommend, but don't insist, that y...Show More

Audio Book Club: The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker

46:24 | Oct 19th, 2009

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: The Catcher in the Rye

1:03:19 | Sep 17th, 2009

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.

Audio Book Club: A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century, by Cristina Nehring

41:03 | Aug 20th, 2009

Slate's Audio Book Club. Meghan O'Rourke, Katie Roiphe, and guest Laura Kipnis discuss Cristina Nehring's "A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century." We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listenin...Show More

Audio Book Club: Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Talese

46:03 | Jul 15th, 2009

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

Audio Book Club: John Cheever's 'The Swimmer,' and Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard To Find'

43:22 | Jun 18th, 2009

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.' We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before l...Show More

Audio Book Club: Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen

45:27 | May 21st, 2009

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

59:28 | Mar 18th, 2009

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

51:11 | Feb 19th, 2009

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.

Note on Infinite Jest and Rabbit, Run

1:21 | Feb 7th, 2009

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.

An Inauguration Novella, Part 5 of 5

13:57 | Jan 20th, 2009

"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.

An Inauguration Novella, Part 4 of 5

12:34 | Jan 19th, 2009

"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.

An Inauguration Novella, Part 3 of 5

10:17 | Jan 16th, 2009

"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.

An Inauguration Novella, Part 2 of 5

9:36 | Jan 15th, 2009

"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.

An Inauguration Novella, Part 1 of 5

12:52 | Jan 14th, 2009

"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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

44:14 | Nov 25th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: The Night of the Gun, by David Carr

46:59 | Oct 9th, 2008

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, a memoir in which he uses his journalistic skills to dig up the details he's forgotten about his earlier li...Show More

Slate's Audio Book Club: American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

44:34 | Sep 8th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

55:21 | Aug 6th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill

44:59 | Jul 16th, 2008

Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katie Roiphe discuss the novel Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

44:40 | Jun 4th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock

33:55 | Apr 16th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Book Club: All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

51:35 | Mar 13th, 2008

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.

Slate: Audio Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love

57:07 | Feb 7th, 2008

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.

Slate's Audio Bookclub: Tree of Smoke

48:34 | Jan 3rd, 2008

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.