A podcast about audiobooks

73: The Relentless Moon with Mary Robinette Kowal
Jul 7 • 35 min
Author and narrator Mary Robinette Kowal joined me to discuss her latest novel The Relentless Moon. We also discuss audiobook production and space flight in our timeline. Hugo Award-winner Mary Robinette…
72: Food & Drink Audiobook Draft
Jun 23 • 40 min
p>Food and drink often feature prominently in our favorite stories. It can help introduce us to new or fantastical cultures, connect us with our past, and bring together our favorite characters in celebration or loss. Our panel (Shachi Bhatt, Mark…
71: The Hate U Give
May 26 • 37 min
The Narrated audiobook club discusses The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin. Panelists include: Shachi Bhatt and Scott Ullery The Hate U Give [
70: The Aleph Extraction with Dan Moren
May 12 • 28 min
Dan Moren returns to Narrated to discuss his latest novel The Aleph Extraction in The Galactic Cold War series. We also discuss audiobook production during a pandemic and play a quick game of Disney themed…
69: The Prophet Conspiracy
May 8 • 5 min
An audio review of Bowen Greenwood’s novel, The Prophet Conspiracy, narrated by Anneliese Rennie, and published by Bowen Greenwood Communications The Prophet Conspiracy [
68: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition (Star Wars)
May 4 • 15 min
An audio review of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition, written by Rae Carson and narrated by Marc Thompson; and discussion of recent Star Wars novel/audiobook news. Happy
67: Tackling the To Be Listened List
Apr 28 • 30 min
Even the most avid audiobook listers often end up with a backlog of audiobooks on their To Be Listened (TBL) list. Mark Siegal joined me to discuss his TBL list and to pick out his next audiobook listen. **Referenced…
66: The Last Emperox with Author John Scalzi
Apr 14 • 50 min
Author John Scalzi joined me to discuss his latest novel: The Last Emperox, narrated by Wil Wheaton. He also shares his thoughts on the growing popularity of audiobooks and how they have influenced his writing. …
65: The Great Courses
Mar 24 • 18 min
The Great Courses is an educational series of college-level audio courses that connect listeners with dynamic lecturers in a range of fields. Courses are available direct from The Great Courses or from Audible and Overdrive/Libby in similar…
64: Narrator Greg Tremblay
Mar 10 • 34 min
Narrator Greg Tremblay (Greg Boudreaux) joined me to discuss his experiences as an audiobook narrator including his early interest in spoken word stories, how he prepares for each new narration, and how he approaches character voices….
63: The Bear
Mar 3 • 5 min
An audio review of Andrew Krivak’s novella, The Bear, narrated by Eric Jason Martin, that tells a powerful story of family, humanity, and our connection with nature. Published by HighBridge. The…
62: Calypso
Feb 25 • 42 min
The Narrated audiobook club discusses Calypso, written and narrated by David Sedaris. Calypso features Sedaris’ frequently humorous autobiographical essays on a variety of topics including his family, beach house, and unconventional turtle food….
61: The Night Country
Feb 18 • 5 min
An audio review of Melissa Albert’s fantasy novel, The Night Country, narrated by Rebecca Soler and James Fouhey. Published by Macmillan Audio. The Starless Sea [
60: Chirp Audiobooks
Feb 11 • 30 min
Discussion and review of Chirp audiobooks, a discount audiobook service, which offers rotating selection of audiobook deals with no monthly subscription required. Chirp Audiobooks…
59: Talking To Strangers
Jan 28 • 38 min
The Narrated audiobook club discusses Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, written and narrated by Malcolm Gladwell. Narrated audiobook club panel including:…
58: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
Jan 14 • 32 min
In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, author Margareta Magnusson presents a partial memoir and a different look at decluttering…
57: Our Favorite Audiobooks of 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 52 min
As 2019 comes to a close, we take a look back at our favorite audiobooks from 2019 and what we are looking forward to in 2020. Round 1 (2019): Mark: Tiamat’s Wrath (Written by: James S. A. Corey / Narrated by: Jefferson Mays) Shachi: When Less…
Dec 10, 2019 • 15 min
Discussion and review of, a subscription based audiobook service from RBmedia, the largest producer of audiobooks. Related…
55: The Starless Sea
Dec 3, 2019 • 7 min
An audio review of Erin Morgenstern’s latest lyrical fantasy novel The Starless Sea, narrated by Dominic Hoffman. Published by Penguin Random House Audio. The Starless Sea [
54: Gifting Audiobooks
Nov 26, 2019 • 27 min
Audiobooks make excellent gifts for holidays, birthdays, and other occasions. Digital gift giving can be scheduled in advance or as a last minute option for family and friends. Our guide to gifting Audiobooks provides an overview of some of the most…
53: Phantom Tollbooth
Nov 12, 2019 • 28 min
Our audiobook club listens to and discusses a children’s classic: The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, and narrated by Rainn Wilson. The Phantom Tollbooth [
52: Entanglement: Quantum + Otherwise
Nov 5, 2019 • 6 min
An audio review of Entanglement: Quantum + Otherwise, written by John K Danenbarger, and narrated by David De Vries. Published by StormBlock Publishing. Entanglement: Quantum + Otherwise [
51: Mur Lafferty
Oct 29, 2019 • 32 min
Mur Lafferty joined me to discuss her experiences as an editor, author, and narrator of audiobooks and audio fiction. Our discussions include Podcastle and Escape Artists, her self-narration of Six Wakes, and writing for the Star War Wars…
50: News and Updates
Oct 15, 2019 • 45 min
In celebration of episode 50 of Narrated, Mark Siegal joins me to check in on our audiobook listening habits, catch up on recent audiobook news, provide updates to previous episodes, and to look ahead to a few upcoming audiobook releases that…
Oct 1, 2019 • 25 min
Discussion and review of, an audiobook service that allows you to buy digital audiobooks your local bookstore. I am joined by Shachi Bhatt.…
48: How To
Sep 17, 2019 • 10 min
In ***How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems***, narrated by Wil Wheaton, xkcd creator Randall Munroe explores increasingly absurd approaches to routine tasks. ***How To***…
47: Boston Public Library
Sep 3, 2019 • 21 min
I am joined by Melissa Andrews, the Collection Development Manager at the Boston Public Library (BPL) to discuss the wide range of audiobook services offered by the library. We also explore the behind the scenes on how libraries…
46: Thrawn: Treason And Myths & Fables
Aug 20, 2019 • 17 min
A review of two very different recent Stars Wars audiobooks. Thrawn: Treason, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson, is the third in the new canon series featuring the Chiss Grand Admiral. Star Wars Myths and Fables, written by George…
45: Wayfarers
Aug 6, 2019 • 46 min
Wayfarers, a science fiction series written by Becky Chambers and narrated by Rachel Dulude; explores a diverse multi-species universe where Humanity is a minor player. The series stands out for its world building depth and diversity; while Rachel…
44: Star Wars Audiobooks with Nick Martorelli
Jul 23, 2019 • 28 min
Audiobook producer Nick Martorelli joins me to discuss Star Wars audiobook production including the recently released full cast
43: Road Trip Audiobook Draft
Jul 9, 2019 • 33 min
With summer upon us, we are taking a virtual road trip with another Audiobook draft. Panelists Shachi Bhatt, Gilbert Tang, and Mark Siegal join me to discuss what makes a good road trip audiobook and to share our favorite audiobooks for listening with…
42: My Life as a Goddess
Jun 25, 2019 • 23 min
My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture, written and narrated by Guy Branum follows the comedian’e early life and career, while also providing listeners with his insightful perspective and insight on history, popular…
41: Kobo + Walmart Audiobooks
Jun 11, 2019 • 26 min
Discussion and review of Rakuten Kobo and its partnership with Walmart Audiobooks with guest: Mark Siegal Kobo Walmart…
40: Robin and Born Standing Up
May 28, 2019 • 29 min
This time we discuss the lives and careers of two iconic comedians based on their audiobooks: Robin, the biography of Robin Williams, written by Dave Itzkoff and narrated…
39: Triggers
May 14, 2019 • 22 min
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be, written and narrated by Marshall Goldsmith explores approaches to the challanges of adult behavioral change. Guest Mark…
38: Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)
Apr 30, 2019 • 11 min
Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars), written by Cavan Scott, and narrated by a full cast is an audio only Star Wars novel that explores Count…
37: The Good Neighbor
Apr 16, 2019 • 20 min
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, written by Maxwell King, is a compelling biography of the beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and earlier programs. LeVar Burton’s Audie nominated narration provides the…
36: Narrator Anneliese Rennie
Apr 2, 2019 • 40 min
Anneliese Rennie joins me to discuss her experiences as an audiobook narrator and producer including how she got started and how she prepares to narrate a new audiobook.
35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners
Mar 19, 2019 • 39 min
We are back for another Audiobook draft. This time we are selecting audiobooks that we recommend for new audiobook listeners. Panelists include Linus Edwards, Shachi Bhatt, and Mark Siegal. **Round 1:**…
34: The Bayern Agenda with Dan Moren
Mar 5, 2019 • 23 min
Dan Moren joins me to discuss his latest novel The Bayern Agenda, audiobooks, and to play a quick game of movie mashups. The Bayern Agenda is…
33: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Feb 19, 2019 • 13 min
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, written by Robin Sloan, and narrated by Ari Fliakos, is an enjoyable mystery novel set in San Francisco during the late 2000s that brings new and old technology to explore the secrets of a unique bookstore…
32: Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
Feb 5, 2019 • 23 min
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, written and narrated by Jon Acuff, provides techniques for overcoming common pitfalls that keep us from achieving our goals. Guest Mark Siegal…
31: Scribd
Jan 22, 2019 • 25 min
Discussion of Scribd and its unlimited borrowing model for audiobooks with guest Mark Siegal. We also briefly discuss upcoming…
30: Spinning Silver
Jan 8, 2019 • 11 min
Spinning Silver, written by Naomi Novik, and narrated by Lisa Flanagan, is a wonderful stand alone fantasy novel that weaves together elements of the Rumpelstiltskin story and Eastern European folk lore into an enjoyable and engaging story….
29: Audible Originals
Dec 30, 2018 • 26 min
Mark Siegal joins me to discuss recent Audible changes including the Audible Originals program which offers two free audio offerings to members each month. We also discuss some recent audible originals including Laurie Berkner’s Song and…
28: Walt Disney: The Triumph of The American Imagination
Dec 11, 2018 • 43 min
Walt Disney: The Triumph of The American Imagination, written by Neal Gabler, and narrated by Arthur Morey celebrates the remarkable life of Walter Elias Disney. Episode includes discussion with guest Gilbert Tang.
27: The Calculating Stars [Lady Astronaut series]
Nov 27, 2018 • 23 min
The Calculating Stars, written and narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal, follows former WASP pilot Elma York throughout an alternate space race spurred on by an apocalyptic meteorite strike off the Eastern United States. Episode includes guest…
26: Audible for Apple Watch & Sonos
Nov 13, 2018 • 30 min
With an expanding landscape of audiobook listening options, special guest Gilbert Tang shares his experiences with Audible on the Apple Watch (Series 3 & 4) and Sonos smart speakers.
25: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up [Revisit]
Oct 30, 2018 • 35 min
A 9-month check-in with Mark Siegal on his journey of decluttering and organizing following the guidelines of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, and published by Tantor Audio….
24: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds
Oct 16, 2018 • 13 min
Brandon Sanderson’s Legion series of novellas introduces us to Stephen Leeds, a genius problem solver who works with his hallucinatory “aspects” to help solve mysteries. The series is compiled in this omnibus edition set in a near future that…
23: Tall Tale TV
Oct 2, 2018 • 18 min
We discuss short audio fiction with Chris Herron, host and narrator for Tall Tale TV. Tall Tale TVSelected Recomendations:
22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft
Sep 18, 2018 • 51 min
Inspired by Audible’s Mount Everest Badge, we explore longer audiobooks by drafting our favorite audiobooks longer than 20 hours. Guests include Mark Siegal and Gilbert Tang. **Round 1:**Mark:
21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library
Sep 3, 2018 • 45 min
Libraries are increasingly offering digital lending to patrons using services like Overdrive and Hoopla to allow patrons to borrow audiobooks (plus ebooks and other digital media) for free. Guest Mark Siegal joins me to discuss tips for using…
20: Star Wars: Thrawn Series [Spoilers & Speculation]
Aug 27, 2018 • 33 min
This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 19 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers and speculation, of the Star Wars: Thrawn series, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson. This episode features special guest Jerome…
19: Star Wars: Thrawn
Aug 20, 2018 • 30 min
The Star Wars: Thrawn series, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson, reintroduces a beloved character into the new Star Wars canon. This episode features special guest Jerome Tarter.
18: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe [Spoilers]
Aug 13, 2018 • 25 min
This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 17 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers, to our discussion of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda….
17: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe
Aug 6, 2018 • 23 min
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe is a lyrical coming of age story written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This episode features special guest Shachi Bhatt. Our Discussion is…
16: Born a Crime
Jul 23, 2018 • 33 min
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, is a memoir written and narrated by Trevor Noah. This episode features returning guest Gilbert Tang. Born a…
15: Audiobooks for Kids
Jul 9, 2018 • 32 min
A discussion of audiobooks for kids including listening tips and spoiler-free book recommendations. We also discuss podcast updates. Libby - Library ebooks and…
14: The Golem and the Jinni
Jun 24, 2018 • 23 min
The Golem and the Jinni is a literary fantasy novel written by Helene Wecker, narrated by George Guidall, and published by HarperAudio. Our discussion is spoiler-free.
13: The Broken Earth
Jun 11, 2018 • 48 min
The Broken Earth is an award winning fantasy series written by N.K. Jemisin and narrated by Robin Miles. The trilogy begins with the Fifth Season. We also discuss recent awards including the Audie Awards, Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, and…
12: Scythe
May 28, 2018 • 39 min
Scythe is a science fiction novel written by Neal Shusterman, narrated by Greg Tremblay, and published by Audible Studios. The novel is the first book in the Arc of the Scythe trilogy, along with Thunderhead and the forthcoming The Toll. This…
11: Ready Player One (Movie Adaptation)
May 14, 2018 • 44 min
This episode was recorded a week after we saw the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, originally covered in episode 7. The discussion includes spoilers for the movie and the audiobook.
10: Bored and Brilliant
Apr 30, 2018 • 39 min
Bored and Brilliant, written and narrated by Manoush Zomorodi, is about experimenting with using gadgets less often to improve your creativity and productivity. This episode features special guest Linus Edwards, host of the podcast…
9: Lock In
Apr 16, 2018 • 26 min
Lock In is a science fiction novel written by John Scalzi, with two different audiobook versions narrated by either Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson. It’s published by Audible Studios. Head On, a stand-alone follow-up novel, was released on April…
8: Intro to Audiobooks
Apr 2, 2018 • 39 min
An intro to audiobooks, with tips on how to listen, where else to find recommendations, and a link to download a free audiobook from Audible.
7: Ready Player One
Mar 19, 2018 • 29 min
Ready Player One is a science fiction novel written by Ernest Cline and narrated by Wil Wheaton. This episode features regular co-hosts Mark Siegal and Scott Ullery, and our discussion is spoiler-free.
6: Stardust
Mar 12, 2018 • 7 min
Stardust is a fantasy novel written and narrated by Neil Gaiman and published by HarperAudio.
5: Matilda
Mar 5, 2018 • 83 min
Matilda is a classic children’s novel written by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet, and published by Listening Library and Penguin Audio. This episode features special guest Shachi Bhatt.
4: The Expanse
Feb 12, 2018 • 71 min
The Expanse is a science fiction series written by James S. A. Corey, narrated by Jefferson Mays, and published by Recorded Books and Hachette Audio. So far seven books have been released out of a planned nine-book arc, which starts with…
3: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Jan 5, 2018 • 30 min
A self-development book about decluttering and organizing written by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, and published by Tantor Audio.
2: Wonder
Dec 19, 2017 • 15 min
A middle grade children’s novel written by R. J. Palacio, narrated by Diana Steele, Kate Rudd, and Nick Podehl, and published by Brilliance Audio.
1: The Night Circus
Dec 4, 2017 • 13 min
A literary fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale, and published by Penguin Random House Audio. There’s also discussion of why to start a podcast about audiobooks.
00: Introduction to Narrated
Dec 1, 2017 • 2 min
Narrated is a fortnightly podcast about audiobooks, primarily for audiobook listeners. Episodes include audiobook reviews, recommendations, tips for new and experienced listeners, and other audiobook related discussion and interviews. This…