Book Podcast Crisis Part 4: Adventures With Words

Adventures With Words

The next bookish podcast Ann and Michael of Books on the Nightstand recommended is Adventures with Words. This is a monthly podcast of books, sprinkled with reviews of film, tv, theater, and music. Hosted by Kate and Rob, it is based in the UK.

Looking at the description of their latest download, dated November 14, I am trepidatious. “It’s been an ‘interesting’ week in the world so Rob and Kate pick out some of the books they turn to for their comfort reads.” Even though this is a British-based podcast, to have such a strong reference to the US Presidential election, and in a negative way, is off-putting for me. However, after listening, while both hosts are obviously liberal, they do restrain themselves from making political comments.

In choosing her first comfort read, Kate chooses … a radio program. I forwarded through ten minutes of her talking about this daily 15-minute UK radio soap opera. To Rob’s credit, he did choose a book, “Young Bond Strike Lightning” by Steve Cole. He gave a nice, succinct summary, as well as why he considers it a comfort read.

When it was time for Kate to talk about her next pick (would it actually be a book this time??), I felt my shoulders tense as she went on and on about buying the entire set of “The Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Series” by Robin Stevens. Can’t stand the voice with her vocal fry.

Can’t do this one.

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