It’s one factor to show a chart-topping, awards-festooned podcast right into a ebook; it’s one other to show the ebook into audio with out cannibalising the unique pod. Fortunately, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are previous arms on the audio enterprise – an outline that might have them shouting: “Much less of the previous!” In addition to co-hosting the podcast sequence Luckily … With Fi and Jane, Glover heads up Radio 4’s The Listening Challenge. And till final yr, Garvey was a presenter on Girl’s Hour. All of which signifies that, for a lot of, their voices shall be as acquainted as their very own furnishings.
As described within the introduction, their shtick is “random ideas, the occasional pleasantry, fatuous double-entendres, real-life real private challenges and, each every so often, one thing approaching knowledge”. By means of a sequence of alternately narrated essays, they study subjects together with divorce, house cities, hair, center age, orgasm merchandise, pet deaths, parenting and ladies casting judgment on different ladies (AKA “the No Higher Than They Must Be’s”). The audiobook additionally accommodates what they name “extra waffle”: the chapters are prefixed with contextual musings that don’t seem within the printed model and permit for a much less formal tone.
If their radio incarnations are wise and restrained, and their podcast selves freewheeling and liable to corpsing, the tone right here lands someplace in between. There may be fluency and professionalism, but additionally intimacy and silliness that makes their podcast such a delight. To spend time with these two is to listen in on a barely sozzled, bracingly candid dialog between friends.
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William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin, Canongate, 6hr 55min
The prequel to the late McIlvanney’s Inspector Laidlaw trilogy, written by Rankin who based mostly the ebook on McIlvanney’s notes. Right here it’s infused with environment and gravitas by the actor Brian Cox, quickly to return to our screens in Succession.
Nancy Mitford, Penguin Audio, 5hr 54min
Katie Leung reads the primary Mitford novel, set in a Scottish fortress.