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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.


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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.






S6 E44: Chella Man, Joseph Bruchac, and Tyler Feder

S6 E44: In this episode, meet actor and activist Chella Man, author and musician Joseph Bruchac, and artist and author Tyler Feder. Tune in to hear these authors talk about writing for kids and teens and the importance of visibility, body positivity, and how we can better learn to care for both ourselves and others within a community. Continuum by Chella Man: Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac:...


S6 E45: Leona Godin, Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez

S6 E45: In this episode, meet writer, performer, and educator Leona Godin, TV writer and podcast host Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, the husband and wife duo behind the band Johnnyswim. Discover why each author decided to write about personal subjects and what it was like recording them. There Plant Eyes by M. Leona Godin: The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson:...


S6 E43: Steven Rowley, Amit Majmudar, and A.S. King

S6 E43: In this episode, meet author Steven Rowley, poet Amit Majmudar, and author A.S. King. Listen in to learn what it was like for these authors to bring the characters and rhythms of their books to life, and how "the voices in their heads" translated into their narrative styles. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights, delightful mispronunciations, and from-the-heart audiobook recommendations. The Guncle by Steven Rowley: What He...


S6 E42: Jonathan Balcombe, Steven Johnson, and Michael Easter

S6 E42: In this episode, meet biologist Jonathan Balcombe, author and PBS host Steven Johnson, and journalist Michael Easter. This is an episode for curious minds: discover the essential role flies (yes, flies) play in our ecosystem, the reasons behind why we're living longer, and how to leverage the power of discomfort to improve health and happiness. Plus, hear what it was like for these inquisitive authors to record their audiobooks. Super Fly by Jonathan Balcombe:...


S6 E41: John Green, Ronald C. White, and Daniel Barbarisi.

S6 E41: In this episode, meet New York Times bestselling author John Green, New York Times best-selling biographer Ronald C. White, and veteran journalist and author Daniel Barbarisi. Listen in to discover what it was like for these authors to voice their work out loud (even when that means capturing President Lincoln's unique vocal cadence). Plus, get the delightfully detailed low-down on one very cozy home recording space. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green:...


S6 E40: Cindy McCain, Sho Baraka, and Chris Bosh

S6 E40: In this episode, meet Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka, and NBA Champion, All-Star, and Olympian Chris Bosh. Listen in as these authors talk intimately about the intersection between our gifts and life's obstacles, and the transformative experiences that can arise from being in touch with both. Plus, hear what it was like for each of them to record their audiobooks. Stronger by Cindy McCain:...


S6 E39: John Stange, Sarah J. Robinson, and Jon M. Sweeney

S6 E39: In this episode, meet pastor John Stange, author Sarah J. Robinson, and author Jon M. Sweeney. Each of these authors have written books inspired by the relationship between faith and practice, especially during hard times. Listen in to hear their reflections on writing, and on recording their audiobooks. Dwell on These Things by John Stange: I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die by Sarah J. Robinson:...


S6 E38: Carol Leonnig, Jessica Murnane, and Sohrab Ahmari

S6 E38: In this episode, meet investigative journalist Carol Leonnig, Know Your Endo founder Jessica Murnane, and op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari. Listen in as each of these authors examines what it means to get the story behind the story, whether that's investigating the secret service, navigating your health, or exploring how tradition can connect with the modern world. Plus, hear what they learned while recording their audiobooks. Zero Fail by Carol Leonnig:...


S6 E37: Alessandra Narváez Varela, Laura Hankin, and Ishle Yi Park

S6 E37: In this episode, meet poet Alessandra Narváez Varela, performer Laura Hankin, and poet Ishle Yi Park. Listen in as these three authors describe their new novels and what inspired them - whether that be rethinking how we talk about mental health, classic love stories, or infiltrating secret clubs. Plus, hear them share what it was like to record their audiobooks. Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela:...


S6 E36: Julianna Margulies, Suzanne Simard, and Ian Manuel

S6 E36: In this episode, meet actress and producer Julianna Margulies, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, and speaker Ian Manuel. Listen in as each of these authors describe what inspired them to write their books, and get their behind-the-mic, off-the-cuff impressions of what it was like to record their audiobooks. Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies: Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne...


S6 E34: Gregory Curtis, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Sarah Sentilles

S6 E34: In this episode, meet authors Gregory Curtis, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Sarah Sentilles. Each of these writers have written powerful memoirs that recount their experiences of love and loss. To hear these authors read their audiobooks is to be drawn into the intimacy of their experiences, and also struck by the universality of grief. Listen in to hear what it was like for them to write their stories and read their audiobooks. Paris Without Her by Gregory Curtis:...


S6 E35: Ellen Marie Bennett, Greg McKeown, and Katy Milkman

S6 E35: In this episode, meet Hedley & Bennett founder Ellen Marie Bennett, bestselling author Greg McKeown, and award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman. If you're an overthinker, in danger of burnout at work, or in need of a change (a real one!), tune in to this episode for an instant refresh. You'll learn what inspired these authors to write their books, and how their work can in turn inspire you. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights from the audio booth. Dream First, Details Later by...


S6 E33: Tyler Knott Gregson, Jeffrey Marsh, and Rodney Scott

S6 E33: In this episode, meet poet and artist Tyler Knott Gregson, Internet superstar Jeffrey Marsh, and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott. Summer is about to begin, and it's time for fresh and feel-good listens. Hear poet Tyler Knott Gregson on the importance of light after a dark year, Jeffrey Marsh on his audio workbook for self-esteem, and chef and BBQ king Rodney Scott on the best BBQ tips---and most importantly, staying true to your dreams. Illumination by Tyler Knott...


S6 E32: Jennifer Barrett, Ali Kriegsman, and Steve Dalton

S6 E32: In this episode, meet Acorns CEO Jennifer Barrett, Bulletin co-founder Ali Kriegsman, and career consultant Steve Dalton. Whether your goal is financial independence, closing on a job interview, or starting your own business (or empire) from scratch, you'll want to hear from these career pros-turned-authors. Plus, find out what it was like for them to get behind the mic in the audiobook studio. Think Like a Breadwinner by Jennifer Barrett:...


S6 E31: Martha Beck and Gina Hamadey

S6 E31: In this episode, meet life coach and speaker Martha Beck and writer and editor Gina Hamadey. These two authors share a desire to help listeners discover happiness. Now, listen in as they talk about their audiobooks and their recording experience. The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck: I Want to Thank You by Gina Hamadey:


S6 E30: Patrick Radden Keefe, Mira Sethi, and Michelle Zauner

S6 E30: In this episode, meet writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, actor and writer Mira Sethi, and musician Michelle Zauner. Whether it’s an explosive investigation, a lyrical collection of short stories, or a deeply personal exploration of grief, each of these authors stepped behind the mic to share their work. Hear what the experience was like for each of them. Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe:


S6 E29: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Brandi Carlile, and Senator Mazie Hirono

S6 E29: In this episode, meet Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and the first Asian-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mazie Hirono. Listen in as these authors describe how—and why—they were each inspired to share their remarkable life stories. In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter: Broken...


S6 E28: Cookie Hiponia Everman, Ali Stroker, and Rachel Wenitsky

S6 E28: In this episode, meet writer Cookie Hiponia Everman, actress Ali Stroker, and comedy writer and actor Rachel Wenitsky. Discover how each of these childrens' book authors uniquely experienced what it was like to bring their written words to life in the recording booth. We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman: The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz:...


S6 E26: Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy, David Thomson, and Brian Castner

S6 E26: In this episode, meet co-authors Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy, film critic David Thomson, and journalist Brian Castner. Whether you are a business buff looking for a jolt of inspiration, a film buff seeking behind-the-screen secrets, or a history buff questing after untold stories, you'll want to hear more about each of these author's new audiobooks. Plus, get the inside scoop on what it was like for them to record their work. The Unconventionals by Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy:...


S6 E27: Jodi Cohen, Marc and Angel Chernoff, and Ximena Vengoechea

S6 E27: In this episode, meet the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils Jodi Cohen, coauthors Marc and Angel Chernoff, and writer and tech researcher Ximena Vengoechea. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships: what better way to start the spring season? Listen in as each of these authors talk about what inspired them to write their books. Plus, hear their stories from the audio recording booth. Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body by Jodi Cohen:...