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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
Topsy Turvy is a translation of Sans dessus dessous (1889) . This anonymous translation was first published by J. G. Ogilvie (New York, 1890). We meet our old friends Barbicane and J.T. Maston from “Earth to the Moon” who now give us their own approach to the topic of “global warming”. Although they are searching for coal and not oil, readers will find that the auction of the Arctic energy reserves has a definite 21st century ring. (Summary from the Gutenberg e-text.)This project was proof l ...
 
Captain Nemo, The Nautilus, and the mysterious depths of the ocean. Unforgettable. Come join an adventure that will roam among coral and pearls, sharks and giant squid, with wonders of biology and engineering that will thrust us from the Antarctic to Atlantis. Whether voyaging a yarn of the glorious unknown, a tale of the darkness that grips the heart of men, or a reinterpretation of Homer’s Odyssey, we’ll all enjoy the fantastic trip. Seasickness optional. (Summary by Marlo Dianne) A German ...
 
In London, 1872, a rich English gentlemen named Mr. Phileas Fogg argues with the members in the Reform Club, and takes on a journey around the world in 80 days with his new servant, Passapartout, with accepting a wager. Summary by Jessie Yun Cast List: Narrator: Adele de Pignerolles Phileas Fogg: BrassRhino Passapartout: Will Levine Detective Fix: Larry Wilson Aouda, Porter: Jessie Yun James Forster, A Reader, Mr. Oysterpuff, Pilot, Purser, Townsperson, Passenger: Rachel Andrew Stuart: Rob B ...
 
Anglais flegmatique, enragé joueur de whist, Phileas Fogg, dont on ignore tout, mène une vie réglée comme une horloge. Jamais un mot, ni un mouvement inutiles.Ce mercredi 2 octobre 1872, tout pourrait bien changer : contre l’avis de ses partenaires de jeu du Reform-Club, Phileas Fogg soutient qu’on peut maintenant parcourir la terre en quatre-vingts jours seulement.Un pari est lancé. S’il n’est pas de retour le samedi 21 décembre, à huit heures quarante-cinq du soir, notre homme perd tout. A ...
 
A classic science fiction adventure in the style of and dedicated to the readers of Jules Verne. An independent scientist discovers the secret of “inter-atomic energy”, and with it builds a craft which carries himself and three friends to Venus, where they discover the dwellers of the dark side, incredible floating cities, and peril at every turn. (Summary by Mark Nelson)
 
Explorers in a hot-air balloon land on an island, figuring that they must be the only inhabitants. However, they discover a bullet inside a wounded animal--one which must have been fired within the previous three months. The men propose to build a canoe so they can survey the island in search of other human life. Many adventures follow, one after another. They find a large chest filled with provisions and tools. Setting off in search of who might have left the chest, the travelers make their ...
 
The Mysterious Island is another exquisite novel written by the master of adventure writing, Jules Verne. The novel has been seen as the sequel to two other famous novels written by the same author: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaway. The story revolves around five Americans who live in a dark and harsh environment as prisoners of the American Civil War. Depleted by famine and death all around them, the five war prisoners take a big risk and escape by hijacki ...
 
The book tells the story of the quest for Captain Grant of the Britannia. After finding a bottle cast into the ocean by the captain himself after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland decide to launch a rescue expedition. The main difficulty is that the coordinates of the wreckage are mostly erased, and only the latitude (37 degrees) is known.Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Grant’s children and the crew of his yacht the Dun ...
 
An early science fiction novel written by the second most translated author, French writer Jules Verne, the classic tale depicts an incredible sea expedition on board a state-of-the-art submarine. First published in 1870 and a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series, the novel is regarded as one of the most thrilling adventure stories and one of Verne’s greatest pieces of work. Immersed in themes of exploration, avant-garde technology, and man’s insatiable desire for knowledge and scienti ...
 
First published in 1863, Five Weeks in a Balloon depicts an insightful journey undertaken by a group of intrepid explorers into the partly uncharted African continent, as they aim to explore its exotic wonders. Apart from concentrating on themes including exploration, loyalty, friendship, determination, and honor, the novel also offers an endearing set of jovial characters and vivid imagery. Furthermore, the novel is the first book in Verne’s distinguished Voyages Extraordinaires series. The ...
 
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" was originally a 1979 BBC radio series, written by Douglas Adams, which first premiered in the US on PBS in 1980. The subsequent TV show (available on DVD) recreates the insight and beauty of the radio broadcast with visuals that were precognizant and beyond "state of the art." The book of the same name was actually a transcript of the original audio. The book pales by comparison to the original radio episodes because of the genius of the audio effects. ...
 
Jules Verne is the master of classic adventure tales. Around the World in Eighty Days is just more proof that his excellent writing skills put the readers right in the book with Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. Because of a bet by his friends, Phileas sets out to get all the way around the world in eighty days. Phileas is a rich man, but also very precise about his life. He wants everything done the way he likes and will get rid of anyone who does not do that. The wager starts when he is at a ...
 
The faculty behind the academic journal Academicasaurus really just want to get the next issue out. If only they'd stop getting bizarre submissions shoved under their doors... and who exactly is recording all this, anyway? Academicasaurus is a fictional podcast written and produced by Mary O'Reilly. It stars Maryna Matlock as Ida Winters, Amanda Funk-Hilton as Bee West, and Mary O'Reilly as Anne Dye. New episodes are posted every other week.
 
A historical manuscript penned by a medieval Norse poet. A mysterious code. Three intrepid explorers. A subterranean world filled with prehistoric creatures and proto-humans. These are some of the brilliant ideas that are superbly blended in A Journey to the Interior of the Earth by Jules Verne. Jules Verne, the French writer who created several works of science fiction, adventure stories and very popular novels, wrote A Journey to the Interior of the Earth in 1864. Some of his other books e ...
 
One of the earliest examples of literature written in the science fiction genre, From the Earth to the Moon is a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series by French novelist Jules Verne. Written more than a century before the Apollo mission, Verne’s classic is somewhat a prophetic novel of man’s travel to the moon with its thorough and descriptive detail. A remarkable blend of action, humor, science, and audacious schemes, the timeless classic is sure to fascinate with its unique vision of ...
 
SCIENCE FICTION--Video Podcast (16 x 9 / Apple TV optimized): The Adventures of Thomas Brin is a science fiction series about a man who thinks he's a machine. A Jules Verne meets Silent Running aesthetic, the Adventures of Thomas Brin harkens back to 60's scifi were the visual effects (VFX) did not have to look real to draw a viewer into the story. Created almost entirely on a virtual set with real actors, this surreal science fiction series is a new, bold direction in independent movie maki ...
 
Part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series by French novelist Jules Verne, and also a sequel to his classic science fiction novel From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon presents the continuation of the gripping tale which ended with a cliffhanger and left readers to ponder over endless possibilities. Published in 1870, the novel presents an unprecedented journey into space, while focusing on space navigation, scientific calculations, unforeseen circumstances and dangerous encounters, whi ...
 
A wonderful coming together of two writers who wrote their books more than half a century apart. Neither of them had ever visited the remote islands they were writing about yet they provided inspiration for a couple of exciting adventure tales. In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. It was the only complete novel published by the American author. It was the story of a young boy who stows away on board a whaling ship and it goes on to relate the ev ...
 
The Hudson's Bay Company is one of the earliest corporations in the world and the oldest commercial organization in North America. It began as a fur trading company in 1670 and today owns a variety of retail corporations selling a diverse range of goods. In The Fur Country by Jules Verne, the plot describes how a team of Hudson's Bay Company members travel through the Northwest Territory of Canada with the aim of establishing a mission on the Arctic Circle. The members are a mixed bunch. One ...
 
Published in 1838, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Poe’s only complete novel and concentrates on several sea adventures gone awry. The novel follows Arthur Gordon Pym, who finds himself in the center of gloomy occurrences on board numerous vessels, as his anticipated sea adventure takes a drastic shift in the wind. Shipwreck, starvation, mutiny, near death experiences and cannibalism are just some of the issues endured in the gripping, and at times gruesome novel. The adve ...
 
This is a true account by American woman journalist who, in 1889, set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name “Nellie Bly”), reported her travels back to avid readers in America.
 
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Tonight's bedtime story is Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. This novel was first published in 1864 in French and then in 1871 in English. In this episode, Axel and his uncle Otto Liedenbrock try to decipher the code from a note discovered in an old manuscript. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple P…
 
Y'all don't wanna wear masks. Y'all don't wanna get a shot. But y'all still wanna be out here hoppin' on planes, trains, and automobiles. Okay, fine. Well, here are some fool-proof tips for staying safe while traveling right now. If you're not about a mask or a vax, pay special attention to tip number one. And then we're on to our book ... Le Tour …
 
Need help drifting off to sleep? Settle in with tonight's bedtime story - Afterward by Edith Wharton. This short story was first published in 1910. Mary and Ned Boyne move from America to the village of Lyng in Dorsetshire. Enjoying their new wealth, they joked that they wanted an old house with a ghost. Be careful what you wish for... If you like …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Published in 1856, the book was considered immoral and the author was put on trial by the French government. In this episode, Charles Bovary goes to school for the first time and then medical school. Years later, he meets Emma, the daughter of a patient with a broken leg. His wife isn't …
 
We've invented another game for you this week! Play along and see if you can beat Alexis. The theme is banned books, and a few of your favorites are sure to be on the list. Then, it's on to this week's feature... Books are illegal, and being caught with one could mean your life. Society is high on the pacifying pleasures fed to them constantly, inc…
 
Spooktober continues! A narrator wanders rooms in his old house, telling the reader stories about his life. Is he an old man responding to a psychological evaluation? Is he a ghost recounting (and selectively editing) his best and worst memories? Will we ever know peace from the miasma of possibilities? Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis…
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Drift off to two chilling tales by Edgar Allan Poe - The Cask of Amontillado and the Masque of the Red Death. Published in 1846 and 1842 respectively, these stories show the master of horror at his finest. In the Cask of Amontillado, a man takes revenge on his "friend" in the catacombs. In the Masque of the Red Death, Pri…
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov, a short story to help you fall asleep. First published in 1899, this story unfolds the relationship between a cynical, older, married man and young, married woman while vacationing in Yalta. It is considered, by some, to be the greatest short story ever written. If you lik…
 
Before we dive into the thrilling conclusion of Jurassic Park, we have to get something off of our chest. Is this a safe space? Can we be honest about one of the darkest habits of society? That's right. Zoos. Are memories of innocent animals restricted in cages the highlight of your childhood? Well, we're not judging, but let's be real about where …
 
Spooktober 2021 kicks off with a book about a jerk who turned himself invisible and then was still a jerk! The titular invisible man is a forerunner to a hundred comic book villains, who all suffered some kind of scientific mishap at their own hands and then took it as an excuse to become Evil. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Adverti…
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Drift off to our first spooky tale for the Halloween season, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. A novella published in 1898, this ghost story has been adapted numerous times on tv (including the Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix) and on stage. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcast…
 
Enjoy another episode of our newest show-within-a-show! We're reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few chapters at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. These episodes cover Chapters 43-52 of Part One, and the Prologue and …
 
Tonight's sleep story is the continuation of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In this episode, the apothecary visits Jane after the events in the red room. Also, Mr Brocklehurst meets Jane for the first time. If you want to listen to the first chapters, you can find them in Episode 11 published on the 27th March. If you like this episode, please reme…
 
Despite what we often hear, can the movie ever be better than the book? This week, our theme is just that, and we talk in detail about movies that outshined their source material. Yes, Devil Wears Prada is on this list. Then, it's on to our book... What if dinosaurs walked the earth today? Like all questions, the subtext is about power. Who would p…
 
Natasha from the Unspoiled podcast joins us this week to hatch a podcast about Eragon, a book that borrows freely from every other fantasy/sci-fi story that existed as of its creation in the early 2000s. Find more from Unspoiled here! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa…
 
Drift off to sleep with tonight's reading of the opening chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit. Published in 1904, it is part of a series of books following the adventures of siblings Anthea, Jane, Cyril, Robert, and the Lamb. In this episode, the children "test" some fireworks indoors and their parents buy a new carpet. Inside the …
 
It's time to solve the mystery of the Boxcar Children! (Or is it The Box-Car Children?) Warner's novel about a quartet of self-sufficient kiddos underwent a major revision 20 years after its debut AND it spawned dozens of mystery-focused sequels despite there not really being a mystery in the original. Tune in to hear about our own secret hideouts …
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with Aladdin, a folk tale to help you fall asleep. You know this tale of a boy and his magic lamp. But this isn't quite like the Disney version. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Also, share with any family or friends that might have trouble…
 
Having trouble distracting your active mind before bed? Relax tonight with two short stories by Guy de Maupassant: The Necklace and A Piece of String. Guy wrote more than 300 short stories in his short lifetime and these are two of his most popular. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite po…
 
NOTE: Avoid spoilers by skipping 48:23 - 58:08 Today, we go back to high school as Alexis teaches us the elemental points of Greek tragedy, prepping our discussion of this week's book (which itself is a tragedy in more ways than one). What is a Greek tragedy, and which notable writers lifted the formula for their works? Broaching this topic is sure…
 
Craig and Andrew said they would record the podcast themselves. This very modern episode about a very modern novel discusses Woolf's signature writing style, the regrets of a postwar British people, and when (or where) you might find yourself Thinking Big. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com/listen…
 
Drift off tonight to two tales featuring Snow White: Little Snow White and Snow White & Rose Red. The first story is the most familiar with Snow White, an evil stepmother, and a chatty mirror. The second story features another Snow White, her sister, and an ungrateful dwarf. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podc…
 
Tonight's sleep story is the Blue Cross, A Father Brown short story from the book the Innocence of Father Brown by G.K Chesterton. Published in 1910, it is the first appearance of Father Brown who is featured in over 50 short stories by Chesterton. In this episode, Valentin, the famous French detective, is searching for the criminal Flambeau in Lon…
 
This here's a very special episode! Before officially launching this podcast in 2020, we recorded months of episodes exclusively for a pool of private test listeners. Those listeners then provided feedback, and we improved the show based on their comments. Now, we proudly would like to share with you the fourth episode, previously unreleased - it's…
 
Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning is mostly concerned with big historical questions like "what if nationality had nothing to do with geography" and "what if a boy could make toys come to life," but it also deals with things like "what if noticing gender were a fetish" and "what if all the world's leaders were secretly slamming each other." Our th…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapter of Silas Marner by George Eliot. This is the third novel by George Eliot and was published in 1861. In this episode, Silas Marner is accused of stealing money from a dying deacon in his church. His faith shaken, Silas moves to the village of Raveloe. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on S…
 
Everybody get up it's time to read now. We got a podcast goin' now. Welcome to the Space Jam! Join us as we talk about a storybook edition of the 1996 cartoon basketball commercial Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Settle down with The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. This is the first story in the collection of children's stories published in 1888. A swallow is the messenger for the Happy Prince statue that can see the poverty and suffering in his town. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or …
 
This Thursday we're getting reLIT with a throwback to one of our favorite shows from season one! 📖 Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir. A streetwise hustler grows up during America’s fight against drugs, poverty, and civility. He takes the lessons he’s learned and marries them to the philosophies and ideologies he picks up as an avid reader. With …
 
After 488 episodes, we finally return to ol' Johnny Steinbeck. East of Eden mixes autobiography, pastoral fiction, and Biblical allegory -- a cocktail that has dismayed critics and excited audiences for decades. We dig into what works in this sprawling story and what might leave some readers wanting more. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerang…
 
Tonight's bedtime story is the continuation of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You can listen to the first chapters in our episode #18 released on the 22nd April. This classic Canadian novel was published in 1908. It follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan girl, mistakenly sent to the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Isl…
 
Tonight's sleep story is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Published in 1899, this novel is considered by many to be a landmark work of early feminism. In this episode, Edna Pontellier starts to feel uneasy about her life while on vacation. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Al…
 
Before finishing our discussion of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, we're talking about the first black pilots who helped us all get flewed out. Never forget, they broke boundaries and shattered ceilings so that none of us would have to fly Spirit today. They were uppity in more ways than one, and we can't help but aspire to their level flyness. Then it'…
 
This book is a work of "faction" (that's "fact" plus "fiction") about Richard Nixon's interactions with the physical manifestation(s) of Uncle Sam in the run-up to the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. So, uh, a weird one. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with the Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia, by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is one of the stories in the collection of twelve stories called "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." In this episode, Dr Watson joins Sherlock in the quest to retrieve an indiscreet photograph for the King of Bohemia. If you like this …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Published in 1925, this is one of Woolf's best known novels. In this episode, Clarissa Dalloway walks to the flower shop on Bond Street while thinking of her past. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Also, share with…
 
Caste is a history book somewhat like any other you'd find in a well-stocked high school classroom. The difference is that its contents dissect a country's most embarrassing and evil parts, lighting the anger and disbelief of purposely obtuse skeptics. However, it is complete with sources, and none of its information is new. It reminds us that no m…
 
There are small flames all over the place! Well, specifically all over a family's house in Shaker Heights, OH in the late 1990s. Ng's bestselling sophomore effort dives into two different but intertwined families whose lives are flip-turned-upside-down by a conflagration of personal mysteries, teenage desires, and a tense adoption case. Our theme m…
 
...and everything ends. Here we go, Jormunganders - the final episode of the series. Let's finish this. ...and everything ends. This is the final episode, Jormunganders. Let's finish this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Starring Maryna Matlock as Ida Winters, Amanda Funk-Hilton as Bee West, and Mary O'Reil…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapters of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1874, this was Hardy's first literary success. In this episode, Farmer Gabriel Oak helps the woman with black hair and a red jacket with her toll and later sees her again, late at night while tending his sheep. If you like this episode, please re…
 
We're so happy to present our 50th episode! Drift off to sleep tonight to the opening chapters of the Invisible Man by H.G Wells. This story was published in 1897 and helped establish Wells as the "father of science fiction." There have been a number of film adaptations, most recently in 2020. In this episode, the stranger arrives at the "Coach and…
 
In a memoir about standing up and standing out, one writer-slash-fashion editor must weave her way through society’s expectations, cheating boyfriends, and the racism, sexism, and doing-too-much-ism of corporate before finding she needs none of it to be enough. The editor? Elaine Welteroth The book: More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are …
 
Everyone! There's been a MURDER! And the person who committed it is still listening to THIS VERY PODCAST!! While we try to figure this out you should definitely listen to us talk about Hercule Poirot, the unassuming-ish detective who is here to discover your deepest darkest secrets and chew bubblegum and is all out of bubblegum. Our theme music was…
 
Tonight's sleep story, The Quest Of The Hammer by Abbie Farwell Brown, features Loki - the Norse god of mischief. This story was published in the book In the Days of Giants: A Book of Norse Tales in 1902. Thor's hammer is missing. Did Loki steal it? If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite po…
 
Tonight's snoozy tale is the Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain. This short story was published in 1893. Two wealthy brothers in Victorian London spot a down on his luck American man and make a bet. If he is given a million pound bank note, can he survive an entire month without spending it? If you like this episode, please remember to follow on…
 
Before Tom Joyner was cruising with your parents, Black Americans enjoyed resorts and vacations for us by us. What is the history of Black getaways? That's our theme this week. It's a lot of fun. Then, on to our book. There's death in the air, even though this summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard, a wealthy, upper-class Black American beauty i…
 
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