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S2E3 - True Crime Story by Joseph Knox

An ingenious take on true crime

Episode Notes

We had a blast discussing this thrilling and innovative take on true crime. It is a surprising and strange story of family dysfunction, coming of age, and, how difficult it is to get to the truth of things. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC.

Blurb:

What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world? In the early hours of Saturday, December 17th, 2011, Zoe Nolan, a 19-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.

She was never seen again.

Blending fact and fiction in his first stand-alone novel, Joseph Knox delivers a thrilling true crime story like no other.

Cast: Joseph Knox, Sarah Parks, Ciara Baxendale, David John, Chris Thompson, Louis Bernard, Drew Dillon, Shane Zaza, Caitlin Griffiths, Conor McLeod, Dolly Webb, Grace Cooper, Isla Lee, Levi Brown, Noah Marullo and Tara Tijani.

If you have any comments about the episode, have any recommendations or would just like to get in touch our email is: [email protected] Our next book is The Carpet People by Terry Pratchet

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S2E2 - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

We review The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and, The Amber Spyglass.

Episode Notes

We review the classic fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman. All three audiobooks were advance review copies provided by Penguin Random House.

This is our longest episode to date. The His Dark Materials Trilogy is one of Poppy's favourites as mentioned in our pilot episode. With a review this long our discussion of The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and, The Amber Spyglass covers does contain spoilers!

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Our next book is True Crime Story by Joseph Knox

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S2E1 - Gudrun by Lucy Catherine

BBC Radio 4 Norse Epic

Episode Notes

It is finally here! Season 2!

We discuss Gudrun by Lucy Catherine. It is a Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

It is a bit of a departure for us. Gudrun is a BBC Radio 4 drama, and it is also available through Penguin audiobooks. You can listen to all 7 seasons of Gudrun on BBC Sounds.

As a young woman growing up in 11th century Iceland, Gudrun must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. The tale begins in her youth, with her childhood friends Kjartan and Bolli – but the love the two boys have for Gudrun causes a deathly enmity between them that leaves her reeling.

Gudrun is based on the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century.

The cast features Kate Phillips and Samantha Dakin. It was directed by Sasha Yevtushenko, Gemma Jenkins, and Jessica Dromgoole

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S1E8 - Slaine: The Horned God by Pat Mills & Simon Bisley

The Classic 2000 AD Graphic Novel, in Full-Cast Audio for the First Time

Episode Notes

We review the audiobook adaptation of the 2000 AD classic graphic novel. We chat about Celtic myths, feminism, and the advantages of shorter audiobooks.

This is the last episode of season one. We will be back soon. Thank you all for listening and sharing.

Description For too long the people of Tír na nÓg have suffered under the dominion of the drunes; strange druids who have poisoned the land with their magic. Sláine has had enough of their tyranny and, through the Earth Goddess, he learns some shocking truths about the priesthood and his own future. Now Sláine must unite the four kings of Tir-Nan-Og and use their mystical weapons as he and the Sessair tribe prepare for all-out war! Featuring Colin Morgan, Gerry O'Brien, Ayoola Smart, Gemma Whelan, Stephen Hogan and a full cast, fans of Sláine and newcomers to the famed barbarian's world will be transported to a world of Celtic mythology and fantasy for an immersive listening experience like no other.

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S1E7 - Interview with Sherry Green (AKA Wryreader)

Episode Notes

Today our guest is Sherry Green. We discuss Sherry's love of stories and ask her about her top five audiobooks.

Sherry is a bibliophile who teaches by day and reviews books by night. She is an avid user of Audible, Libby, and Hoopla and enjoys nothing better than nice hot beverages, well-narrated audiobooks, and long walks with her dog, Hannah. She is a proud member of the “Publishing Hopefuls” group on Facebook. She can be found on both Instagram and Twitter @wryreader.

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S1E6 - No Fixed Abode: Life and Death Among the UK's Forgotten Homeless by Maeve McClenaghan

Episode Notes

This week's episode is a discussion of No Fixed Abode by Maeve McClenaghan. No Fixed Abode starts with a simple question: How many homeless people are dying in the UK every year?

What follows is a thorough investigation of homelessness policies, the people on the frontline trying to help those seeking support, and the stories of the homeless themselves. Our discussion covers Maeve's compassionate approach to journalism, the rage-inducing details of a system close to collapse, and how the book has an ultimately hopeful conclusion. It doesn't have to be this way.

As we come out of lockdown this is a timely reminder not to forget the most vulnerable in our society.

About the author:

Maeve McClenaghan is an award-winning investigative journalist at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and founder of the popular, critically-acclaimed podcast, The Tip Off. She has led investigations for BBC radio, the Guardian and Buzzfeed UK. Maeve has won the Bar Council's Legal Reporting Award, the innovation awards at the British Journalism Awards and the European Press Prize. She has also been a finalist for four Amnesty Media Awards, the Paul Foot Award and the Orwell Prize in 2016 and 2018.

You can find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaeveMCC

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S1E5 - Interview with Samantha Hunter (author of Flamingo Fashion)

We chat to the Samantha Hunter about making audiobooks for children

Episode Notes

In an exciting first for us, we chat with author Samantha Hunter about the launch of her excellent audiobook Flamingo Fashion. The interview covers her inspiration for creating the story, why she choose to make it audio-only and advice to other writers.

You can buy Fashion Flamingo from Audible. All audiobook & Kindle sale profits will be donated to LitWorld, a non-profit organization supporting the development of children’s literacy around the world.

You can find further information about Flamingo Fashion on its official website, as well as activities for children.

Thanks to Literally Public Relations for arranging the interview.

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S1E4 - Interview with Rebecca Fortuin

Episode Notes

We chat with Rebecca Fortuin who is the Senior Audio Editor at Farshore Books. We discuss what makes a good audiobook, her dream projects, and much more. You can find Rebecca on Twitter at @TWA2Becky. She had a brilliant blog where she reviews audiobooks and provides advice about publishing hopefuls about working in the industry.

https://doaudioeditorsdreamofelectricbeats.wordpress.com/

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S1E3 - The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

Episode Notes

We review The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey. This beautiful novel was the winner of the 2020 Cost Book Award and the 2020 Costa Novel Award. The audiobook is narrated by Ben Onwukue and Vivienne Acheampong. Our discussion covers the use of music in audiobooks, our love of horrible villains, and how some books are written to be read aloud.

About the book:

March 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season. A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn't expect. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by this man David and his song.

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S1E2 - Toksvig's Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig

A review of Toksvig's Almanac in honour of #IWD2021

Episode Notes

In honour of International Women’s Day, here’s our review of Toksvig's Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig, which celebrates forgotten women missing from history books. We talk about book covers, historical listicals, and the challenges a book like this poses in the audiobook format.

IWD2021 theme this year is #ChoosetoChallenge. The Toksvig's Almanac 2021 is full of stories of women who chose to do just that.

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