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Audio Book Club

Join Slate's critics for monthly discussions of new and important books. Read the book club selections and then listen in as our critics hold lively - and sometimes heated - debates about the works. Part of the Panoply Network.

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The Audio Book Club: Americanah

Slate critics Dan Kois, Jamelle Bouie, and Emily Bazelon discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel about Nigerians immigrating abroad and returning home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

6 Jun 2014

Rank #1

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Slate's Audio Book Club: Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

Slate's Audio Book Club. Katie Roiphe, Troy Patterson, and James Surowiecki discuss David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

18 Mar 2009

Rank #2

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Slate Audio Book Club: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss David Mitchell's epic novel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

2 Nov 2012

Rank #3

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Slate's Audio Book Club: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss the American classic The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

25 Nov 2008

Rank #4

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Audio Book Club: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series

Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Joining them are two Potter enthusiasts: Emily’s son Simon, 8, and Hanna’s daughter Noa, 10. They discuss death, loyalty and Snape's love for Lily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

16 Jul 2011

Rank #5

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ABC: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Rourke, and Emily Bazelon discuss Margaret Atwood's dystopic novel The Handmaid's Tale and the Hulu television adaptation.Today’s sponsor is Audible®, with an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comedy, and more. Get a free audiobook with a 30 day trial at www.audible.com/AudioBookClubAnd by Blue Apron. Create delicious meals at home with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Get your first THREE meals FREE – with FREE shipping – by going to BlueApron.com/AudioClub Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

21 May 2017

Rank #6

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The Audio Book Club Live: Slaughterhouse-Five

Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and special guest Hugh Howey discuss Kurt Vonnegut's countercultural classic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

7 Mar 2014

Rank #7

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Slate's Audio Book Club: The Catcher in the Rye

Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and James Ryerson discuss J.D. Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

17 Sep 2009

Rank #8

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Slate's Audio Book Club: Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Slate's Audio Book Club. Stephen Metcalf, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

4 Jun 2008

Rank #9

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Audio Book Club: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

29 Jun 2012

Rank #10

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ABC: The Girl on the Train

Slate critics Dan Kois, Katy Waldman, and Laura Bennett discuss Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

6 Mar 2015

Rank #11

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Audio Book Club: The Goldfinch

Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Donna Tartt’s big literary adventure novel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

5 Dec 2013

Rank #12

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The Audio Book Club: Pride and Prejudice

Slate’s David Plotz, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson celebrate Jane Austen’s classic novel on its 200th birthday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

1 Feb 2013

Rank #13

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ABC: A Little Life

Slate critics Laura Bennett, Andrew Kahn, Dan Kois, and Katy Waldman discuss Hanya Yanagihara's misery-soaked epic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

6 Nov 2015

Rank #14

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ABC: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Dan Kois and L.V. Anderson to discuss the play by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/AudioBookClub. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

4 Aug 2016

Rank #15

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DoubleX Audio Book Club: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.

In this week's audio book club, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin and The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discuss Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. The novel follows Patty and Walter Berglund's failing marriage and serves as a commentary on how we live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

7 Oct 2010

Rank #16

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ABC: My Brilliant Friend

Slate critics Katy Waldman, David Haglund, and Parul Sehgal discuss the first in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan trilogy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

9 Jan 2015

Rank #17

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ABC: All the Light We Cannot See

Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

5 Jun 2015

Rank #18

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Audio Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the plot-twisting thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

7 Sep 2012

Rank #19

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Audio Book Club: White Noise, by Don DeLillo

Meghan O’Rourke, Stephen Metcalf, and Troy Patterson discuss Don DeLillo's book, White Noise. We recommend, but don't insist, that you read the book before listening to this audio program Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

14 Feb 2010

Rank #20