Podcasts for book lovers, part 1: Fiction

I have a huge commute nowadays (~5 hours round trip and I am totally for serious about that) which is mostly a really boring bus ride when it isn’t punctuated by flashers or foul stenches. Thus I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts!

What are podcasts? They’re kind of like what old radio shows used to be: people talking into a microphone about all kinds of topics. There are comedy podcasts, drama podcasts, personal diary-type podcasts, news podcasts, music podcasts, and more! Being a book blogger, I tend to listen to lots of book and blog-related podcasts.

Don’t know where to start? Lucky for you I’ve created a series of posts for podcasts recommendations!

First up:


welcome to night valeWelcome to Night Vale which blew up the internet last fall and it was totally worth it.

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. Music by Disparition. Logo by Rob Wilson

Listen if you like: horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, magical realism, scifi/fantasy, REALLY GOOD WRITING! Also, music!
valentin & the widow
Valentin and the Widow which is more like an audiobook in serial form.

The story of widowed English aristocrat Eleanora Rosewood, her Russian valet Sacha Valentin, and their quest to take down the covert evil organisation known as Dominion.

Eleanora Rosewood is a headstrong young woman in the 1920s with a progressive view of world affairs. When her husband is killed in a tragic accident, she learns that he was involved in a secret society bent on perpetuating the oppression of the weak and the poor by any means necessary.

Sacha Valentin is a burly Russian sailor who is as chivalrous in his regard for others as he is cavalier in his regard for himself. Living in self-imposed exile from his motherland, he is lured back to face the temptations of the world of men when he is recruited to Lady Rosewood’s cause.

Valentin & The Widow is serialised as a free weekly audio drama narrated by the author. You can also buy ebook novella editions of the adventures at Amazon and Smashwords for just $2.99 each.

Listen if you like: mysteries, historical fiction, unusual women characters.

Podcastle which is actually a company that makes audiobook/podcasts of various authors’ short stories.

PodCastle is the world’s first fantasy audio magazine. Each week we bring you short stories across the spectrum of fantasy from leading authors and new discoveries. Like our sister podcasts, Escape Pod and Pseudopod, PodCastle is entirely free to listen and share.

Listen if you like: fantasy, short stories.

Do you listen to any fiction podcasts? Which ones would you recommend?

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