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popeyesm
Mar 15
Rating:   2
The kind of podcast that can put you off podcasts

The shallowness and cluelessnessness of this pair approaches self-parody. The episode I listened to on Margaret Milar was embarrassing to hear. I honestly can’t fathom what gives these two kids (and they sound like high schoolers thinking they are prepping for an exam they don’t want to take) think they have anything to add to any understanding of books. They actually debate whether Ross MacDonald influenced Dashiel Hammett. No kidding, they use Wikipedia as their main source. This embodies the worst aspects of podcasting, a low bar of entry made worse by quasi-literate kids who mistake impressionistic response for insight. Please stop.

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fefdshjutd
Oct 4 '19
Rating:   10
Funny and smart

Mike and Tom just get better and better. Love the banter and the honesty.

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EulerIsAPimp
Jul 31 '19
Rating:   10
Great Banter and Great Thoughts About Books

I don't have much to say other than the title. I've been listening to this podcast for years. It makes me laugh out loud like an idiot in public, helps me appreciate the books I've read more, and adds to my ever growing TBR shelf.

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SailorBeqa
Feb 14 '19
Rating:   10
A Book Podcast that Adds Something

There are lots of book podcasts that are pretty by the numbers. I found this one desperately hunting for some specific analysis of A Separate Peace- a classic, and yet I couldn’t find any decent commentary to help me ride out the feelings of when a good book ends and there’s no one around you to talk about it with. So I love the episodes where I’ve read the book, and I’ve come to really enjoy even the other episodes as well. It’s a fun window into a world very different from my own.

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Duke Croaker
Jan 16 '19
Rating:   10
Awesome

I love it.

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kirsten0929
Aug 4 '18
Rating:   10
Come for the book, stay for the rest

I am an avid reader and listen to several book podcasts regularly but this is my favorite (well, it’s kind of tied with Backlisted but for purposes of this review, let’s say it’s my favorite). The format is very informal and conversational, as if you’re joining two dudes…er…professors (which they are) at the local pub to chat about books and stuff over a pint. I love the discussions of the book pick itself, but perhaps love the digressions even more - and there are some (i.e. a lot). They may be ten minutes in before they even mention the book to begin with. They’re both insightful and really funny regardless of what their discussing and I’m loving going back through the archives. Highly recommend for anyone going through chemo for ovarian cancer (which I was early this year) or any other life threatening disease - it’s a great way to pass the time on the bad days. Also highly recommend for healthy people (which I am again now). Five stars. Or to use their rating system, that’s a composite five stars (it's confusing but you get the hang of it).

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SnoopyNoodle
Nov 13 '17
Rating:   10
Insightful and funny

I have to admit I put off listening to this podcast for awhile as it was recommended by my dad. I am glad I put that aside because this podcast is smart and thought provoking with genuine banter in the mix. The hosts are intelligent and bring up some great insight to books but whenever I feel a topic is going straight over my head I feel okay because I at least get all the Simpsons references.

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Phillie Phan 80
Oct 30 '17
Rating:   10
Two funny friends

These guys are such fun to listen to! They don’t get too technical but focus on what’s fun(and what isn’t) about being a fan of books. I never miss it!

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battibatch
Oct 12 '17
Rating:   2
Major downturn since election.

This podcast was great until the election. Now it is too cynical and always seems to circle back to their problem with Trump. If I wanted to listen to that, I would listen to a political podcast.

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Burdyblue
May 19 '17
Rating:   2
Ill-prepared

Nothing like hearing about Gilbert's works in one episode where it was stated they didn't read it, see it, hear it, see the movie, or wrote the quote down, "But..." they go ahead and critique the author's work. Two imbeciles who are too lazy to research. But, they discussed lawn work, probably their better calling.

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Auron32
Apr 21 '17
Rating:   10
A great Podcast

I really like this podcast, they always pick interesting books and are usually very funny to listen to!

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