Recommended Listening for Book Worms

Events Coordinator, Uriel, joins us on the blog to talk a little bit about the listening he’s been doing when he puts the books down for a bit. Each selection here is inspired by a book he’s read (or wants to read) recently. Check out the titles and their perfect audio pairs below.

I’m straying from the book content a bit because I wanted to share with you, the loyal blog readers, some of my favorite podcasts of late (It should be no surprise that they’ve got a little bit to do with my reading list). These, I felt, were the perfect programs for anyone looking for several hours of escape, especially because the storytelling and commentary in each is absolutely impeccable. What I can guarantee is plenty of laughs, thrills, chills, wisdom, and comfort in wonderful stories. Happy Reading/Listening!


9780307279286_b0470If you liked Say Nothing, try listening to Patrick Radden Keefe’s new podcast, Wind of Change.

New Yorker staff writer, Patrick Radden Keefe, captured the hearts and minds of readers in early 2019 with Say Nothing, his intricate narrative about The Troubles in Northern Ireland framed through the disappearance of a young mother. In Wind of Change, Keefe looks towards the Soviet Union and a (rumored) CIA plot to undermine the Kremlin by penning one of the bestselling power ballads of all time.

It’s engrossing and moves at the pace of a great espionage thriller…to the tune of a Scorpions guitar riff.


9781982137977_12318Just wrapped up your reading of Stephen King’s latest, If It Bleeds? Try out The Kingcast.

Stephen King manages to produce bestseller after bestseller, year in and year out. If It Bleeds, his latest, reminded me of the reason I love his writing so much. It’s not all killer clowns and youngsters with deadly telekinetic powers (though they are there) with King, there’s also the very human stories about our obsessions and regrets and the things that bring us joy.

If you’re like me and you can’t get enough King, kickstart your day with a few episodes of The Kingcast— a podcast created by King enthusiasts, for King enthusiasts.

But, if you do need more scares in your life, take a listen to The Scaredy Cats Horror Show. Each week Reply-All co-host Adam Goldman invites avowed scaredy cat, PJ Vogt (Reply-All co-host), to screen a horror film and find out if it’s possible to become a person who enjoys fear.


9780307476074_fd2ecIn need of some comfort, à-laCheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and Wild? Tune in to Sugar Calling every Wednesday.

These are wild times and it’s no simple task to tune out everything going on around us daily. No fear— Cheryl Strayed has come to the rescue with Sugar Calling. In this brand new podcast, Strayed looks to her favorite writers, seeking wisdom and advice from those who have long inspired her for courage and insight.

The list of guests is already so impressive. George Saunders. Amy Tan. Margaret Atwood. It’s only going to get better.


9781524744977_3d6e9Fans of The Office need this book & podcast combo in their lives immediately.

I know you’re looking to fill that Dwight Schrute-sized hole in your life, look no further. Andy Greene’s The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s is an immersive history of one of TV’s greatest treasures and gives you nuggets of knowledge that make the show that much more enjoyable the 647th time around.

Pair that with Office Ladies, the episode-by-episode re-watch podcast hosted by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey (co-stars of The Office and real life best friends). You will not regret it.


9780316486637_75264Catch and Kill rocked our worlds. For further listening, check out the podcast of the same name.

The true crime reader in me couldn’t resist the page-turning experience of reading Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill. I was appalled, but not shocked; my heart raced; it left me breathless.

Go the extra mile with the Catch and Kill Podcast as the sources and whistleblowers join Ronan Farrow to give you even more insight into the unbelievable stories that appear in this book.


Just looking for general book-ish content? Boy, do we have some listening recommendations for you.

  • The Book Review podcast is your weekly dose of news from the Books department at the New York Times. Every Friday they bring you up to speed with the big things happening in the publishing world, connect you with the authors releasing the hottest new titles, and give you an inside look at what the editors of the NYT Book Review are reading.
  • In Marlon and Jake Read Dead People National Book Award-winning author, Marlon James, and his editor, Jake Morrissey, talk about the old books they love (and hate) by authors that are no longer with us. And they do it…candidly. Come for the digs at Dickens and stay for glimpse at the way your favorite booksellers talk books when you’re not looking.
  • LeVar Burton Reads takes you back to the good ol’ days of nap times and juice boxes. Sit back, relax, take a deeeeeeeeeep breath (exhale), and let the LeVar Burton read you a story he loves. He’s really into sci-fi and fantasy, so if that’s your thing, you’re in for a treat.
  • The BookPeople Podcast, of course! Just cause we’re not in the store doesn’t mean you can’t revisit the in-store events we miss so badly. We’ve had some good ones in the last year and a half. Lara Prescott. Robert Caro. André Aciman. Wow.

Titles featured here can be purchased from BookPeople, online, today.

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