Aggregated reviews for The New Yorker: Fiction

A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Content and vocal fry   (1/5)

The last few episodes have been poor choices for this time in our history. I was so looking forward to listening to new stories but was grossed out at the content. Why all the bizarre sex stuff? Surly there are more entertaining entries to your magazine at this depressing juncture. Also, please stop having story tellers with such horrifically unlistenable vocal fry! I was not alone in this criticism by the way. It is grating and again, I turned it off. I have always enjoyed your selections and the authors who read their own, so this is all too disappointing.

You aren’t reviewing a specific episode   (5/5)

The complaining about readers is useless unless you clearly identify. Also, get over your complaints about vocal fry. Those who use it don’t hear it.

What a treat!   (5/5)

I’m in my mid 60’s and have lived and worked in many parts of the world, but I’m still often astonished by the diversity and depth of feeling I encounter in these great short stories! I generally come away with new insights and perspectives that I can chew on for many days. Thank you to Deborah and the entire New Yorker family.

Unexamined racism in the story archives   (2/5)

I’ve listened to this podcast for years and I look forward to episodes each month. The July 2020 episode heavily features racist portrayals of black individuals in Louisiana. Is this the view of the characters, the author, or the podcast creators? It’s hard to know, but I’m not inclined to be generous when neither Treisman or the guest analyze the portrayals. In an hour long podcast, it somehow doesn’t come up. The New Yorker has been a purveyor of ‘taste’ for decades, a powerful voice in fiction which has helped to produce the fiction tropes that are still so common (ex: black people as part of the landscape, white people as subjects). In the stories it has and has not chosen to tell (and then has or has not chosen to interrogate in this podcast) it demonstrates complicity in racist systems. Another theme, less present this week, is the abundance of episodes with sexual violence that are not discussed as such. I would like to be able up recommend this podcast, but at this point I can not.

I love this   (5/5)

I listen on the elliptical. Seems to flow into my brain so much more smoothly. Excellent!

Sleepy read of the Great Murakami   (4/5)

This podcast is often a pleasure in the reads and author interpretations. There needs to be a vetting for the reading authors unless they are hard to come by. Please weed out the vocal fries and mono-tonal readings. Washington’s reading of Murakami is painful in the slow monotone struggle of trailing sentences. It fails to capture the cadence of the story leaving one to feel tired. Was this the first time Brian was making an attempt to read this story. Boring.

Some so good but then the vocal fry...   (3/5)

I live short stories and some of these are so good but I agree with other reviewers that the vocal fry of some is so cringeworthy I can’t make it through two minutes of a reading. No one, not a single person, wants to hear cousin Hilary from Fresh Prince of Bel Air reading a story. Sit up, open your throat, and speak from your abdomen or just don’t do public readings.

Recent   (5/5)

There’s quite a difference between hearing Joyce Carol Oates rearing Cynthia Ozick vs someone who got $1.2m for a memoir after one story. Thank God for Deborah, because the dissection on this story is surface level at best.

My favorite podcast!!!   (5/5)

I have fallen asleep to these for a year and a half now so I guess I owe it to Deborah T (🥺❤️) to write this review. Since the pandemic started, I went all the way back to the oldest episode and have been listening chronologically ever since! I wake up feeling refreshed and enriched. This is also my go-to for walks and travel. There is so much diversity of experience within the selected short stories, and it's elevated further by the special meanings the guests infuse them with. 11/10-- Deborah, I love you :^)

Vocal Fry   (1/5)

Awful. Why?

Great podcast   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts. I loved it when Deborah Treismsn read. She has such a great podcast voice.

Stop with the vocal fry geesh!! can’t listen to you   (1/5)

it may have been a great story but you ruined the story with you vocal fry voice! UGGH! Just stop!!!!!

Delicious culture   (5/5)

What a treat to get to listen to the authors read and discuss stories they love? I get more out of this podcast than I did in my graduate courses

Unlistenable episode   (1/5)

Are you kidding with that vocal fry?

May 1st   (1/5)

Can’t get past that affective voice. No way.

Wonderful   (5/5)

I’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning of the Quarantine in Tehran, back in early march 2020. Each day, as I wake up to start another boring day indoors, I listen to one story while washing the last night’s dishes or cleaning my room, and I find myself drowned into the amazing world of stories, one day in Pakistan, another day in a small town in the US, or in Italy... and it cheers me up and makes me want to devour all of the unread stories from these amazing writers... of course it is somehow depressing as I come to understand howmany amazing works of fiction I haven’t yet read... but it’s also promising and gives a meaning to the life I have ahead of me... So, Thank you😊

Curtis Sittenfeld Reads Tessa Hadley   (1/5)

A painful listen. Curtis Sittenfeld’s one-note, predictable intonation while reading is distracting.

Good People   (5/5)

What a wonderful episode. I am a fan of this podcast anyway but was moved by Ms Triesman’s choice of DFW. And I feel Mr. Wallace living through his character Lane. Divided, and paralyzed by introspection I can’t help but see a thought process that bends in on itself and can never just ‘act’. Some call it overthinking and Mr. Wallace was, I think, a master and a victim of that.

Beautiful   (5/5)

I have been an avid fan for years, but just now, thank you, Deborah, for your reading of “Good People.” Maybe it is just the timing, but it floored me in respect to the passion and vulnerability of both writer and reader.

Great discussions   (5/5)

I wish there were more episodes than once a month! So many stories to choose from.

Perfect   (5/5)

Loved Marisa Silver reading Daniyal Mueenuddin. What a perfect story to head aloud and read with a pitch perfect tone that really enables the listener to become absorbed.

Superb, a must listen   (5/5)

This podcast is such a delight! The stories chosen, the reading and discussion are so wonderful, made my everyday driving home a such pleasure! Most importantly, It introduces me so many great authors. Thank you Deborah! Thank you New Yorker!

I love this podcast   (5/5)

This is so great on so many levels. To have great authors pick their favorite short story by other great authors and then discuss why they chose it. It doesn’t get better than that.

Great concept and execution!   (5/5)

Every month a New Yorker writer picks a New Yorker story to read and discuss. The result unearths a lot of classics and forgotten gems. I love hearing how much the writers love and are influenced by other writers. The recent Haruki Murakami and Jean Stafford stories were terrific. In the archives, Lionel Shriver reads T. Coraghessan Boyle and Yiyun Li reads Patricia Highsmith, and too many other greats to list here.

Missing something   (3/5)

Would really love a story synopsis in the episode description. That’s a lot more relevant to the listener for choosing a story that who is reading it.

Margaret Atwood/Alice Munro   (5/5)

Margaret Atwood shuts down every single point Deborah Triesman tries to make in the Alice Munro episode. Does she not think it possible that Deborah might know a thing or two about fiction?? Atwood was hilariously rude.

Hands down, best episode...   (5/5)

I re-listen to David Sedaris reading Miranda July every year. The story is so good and he brings so much humanity to it. Love. (Second fav: Tessa Hadley reading Nadine Gordimer)

A superb podcast   (5/5)

Such welcome insights and commentary by Treisman & the writer/story reader. I appreciate the pre-story comments that set the stage for my listening as well as post-story discussion. Grateful for the thoughtful analysis, invigorating conversation and often eloquent dialogue - a rarity on the airwaves.

Dear New Yorker,   (5/5)

I am intimidated of libraries and in turn, no longer read books. In conclusion: I am unable to navigate the card catalog and the Dewey decimal system is incredibly cryptic. -Les Couchon- 💄🐷🍒👠

Fiction first   (4/5)

I’d prefer to hear the comments after i hear the story. It’s a spoiler thing.

Wonderful literature symposium   (5/5)

What a treat, no giggling twenty somethings..lovely voice, terrific stories. As always, thank you, New Yorker

Unadulterated happiness!!   (5/5)

Deborah has a soft yet brilliant dialogue with her guests before and after the chosen“story”. Hearing the story adds breath to it and listening to the comments adds depth. Thanks for the connection.

Among the best podcasts... thank you Ms Treisman!   (5/5)

I couldn’t praise it more.

Great Insights   (5/5)

Love listening to the old and the new selections. Helps me discover new longer fiction to check out

Engineer inspired   (5/5)

Avid reader wanted to appreciate fiction more. This podcast hit the spot! The passionate but approachable insight here is inspiring and instructional even to one that lives in the comfort of rows and columns. Thank you! Awoken to a spectacular, caramelized raspberry crumble filling my senses. The aroma was imperceptible, but familiar mounds of gooey crust warmed, rose, and cracked like fissures in baking clay while I slept. Bright red flesh with seeds of life wait with patience for the opportunity to blossom down to my scared lips and around to the outside of my right nostril like viral fire burning across my dark circled and puffy landscape of stress. The title is Cold Sores

Remove Deborah and this would be wonderful   (2/5)

Does the fiction editor have to sound like a priggish ahole.

A treat   (5/5)

These are wonderful, not only hearing all the great stories, but also the discussion of them. Even the sound, calm and quiet, is a delight. The only sour note is the ads, which interrupt at odd times, and are loud, nasal, especially the scotch whiskey one.

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

Thanks to this podcast I've rediscovered how great the podcast app is & this is also my favorite New Yorker podcast, I love the format

New Yorker Fiction Podcast   (5/5)

My favorite podcast by far. Intelligent and informed literary criticism based on appreciation rather than snarky judgement.

Sergio Ramírez   (5/5)

Have you thought about reading Sergio Ramirez?

A Class Act   (5/5)

In my next life, if there’d be one, I’d like to be married to DT; the fair maiden willing; because among other things I might have a ring side view to her literary fiction universe, a fly on the wall when these stories are selected, edited and “artfully read.” This podcast is a high quality class act! The discussion on Borges in various episodes was unforgettable. The discussion on Ishiguro’s story was what got me hooked. Please let’s spread the word!! May there be many more subscribers to this show and to The New Yorker too! Love it all!

creme de la creme   (5/5)

the fiction is my favorite part of the new yorker. I always wished they would publish more than 1 a week & with this podcast, that wish has come true! such insightful discussion of the world's best short stories. it's really prompted me to think deeper about the things I read.

Adult story time   (5/5)

Great fiction with a discussions and informative insight into the authors and their work.

Please do not ...   (1/5)

Have Orhan Pamuk read any more stories. His accent is so unbelievably strong it is impossible to understand.

Still the one   (5/5)

This was the first podcast I subscribed to in 2009 and I’ve listened faithfully ever since. I love the dialogue between Deborah and the authors, and have gained insight to the writing, editing and publishing arts. Some of these stories — like all episodes featuring Grace Paley, both Stephanie Vaughan stories, The Cowboy, Chef’s House, and so many more — I have now listened to repeatedly for years. They are like old friends and I hear new things over time. Authors like Harold Broadkey, Mavis Gallant, and Leonard Michaels I’ve come to know through this podcast. And, of course, Roy Spivey, which is as Sedaris says, perfect. “Four” I enjoy the timeliness of the Author’s Voice, but truly enjoy this original. It’s still the one.

Readers are superb   (4/5)

And the concept of reading another writers work is refreshing and an excellent way to get pay homage to other writers. Debra is insightful and generally does a good job guiding the discussion, but she has a habit of fake laughter that really detracts from the discussion. It makes her sound insecure and sometimes stops the readers from saying more because it takes the impact out of their idea if it’s serious.

Dave Eggers reads Sam Shepard   (5/5)

Really interesting story made more so by the discussion. I know I wouldn’t have gotten as much out of it without Deborah and Dave’s analysis. I love this podcast. I have discovered so many stories and authors. Thank you.

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

I return to it from time to time and it never fails to make me think, smile, and appreciate the incredible writers who make themselves available to us. Thank you to the New Yorker for putting this together.

Podcasting Treasure   (5/5)

An incredible service to have this podcast.

I wait eagerly for this podcast every month   (5/5)

Deborah Treisman chooses the best stories for this podcast and has the author read them. I often listen to each one several times because they are so rich and I don’t want to miss ANY of it. Thank you!

Gray matter candy   (5/5)

Thank you! Love to hear live writers’ voices and get the insiders’ commentary. Great selections too!!!

My evening unwind begins here   (5/5)

Lovely to enjoy this as a treat, like having a copy of the article read to my while I’m up to my ears in bubbles- soooo good. Thank you!

Good concept but poor audio quality   (2/5)

I’ve Listen to a few of these episodes, and while they’re generally pretty interesting, the audio quality is terrible, mostly because it’s almost in audible. You can barely hear anyone speak even when you have your device at maximum volume, especially the host. This is been true for almost every episode I’ve heard over the past year, so they really need to do something to make that better, and that would make it more listenable an enjoyable.

Overall enjoyable   (4/5)

I enjoy the stories for the most part and post-reading conversations are enlightening. I think a deterrent for listening to some of the stories is that some reader’s voices are more pleasant than others to listen to.

New Yorker podcast   (1/5)

Any media outlet that would interview Bannon and let his sick views permeate the airways is not something I want to listen too. Deleting podcast!!!

‘Times are a changin’   (5/5)

Like any of our favorite artists who have stayed current in their work and kept their audience like Miles Davis, Samuel Jackson, David Bowie or Madonna, the New Yorker is no different. People want to read, they published the most unique and original printed magazine. People want to read online, they get a website. People want to listen while they drive, the New Yorker won’t disappoint you. The magazine that is as coveted as by the writer, the writer enthusiast and of course the reader, the New Yorker podcast brings the artist and their fans closer than ever. Debrorah Treisman is a wonderful hostess and guide into the authors story and the authors that read them. Her voice is like a sweet melody and warming to listen to. She asks thoughtful and well researched questions that do a wonderful job of opening up the authors thought processes for little gems of insight into the craft that are priceless to any listener. The stories are all from the magazine and cut across the entire archive giving you a pleasant surprise at stories that you may have never heard and that offer examples of what writing was like or what a timeless stories sounds like as opposed to a time specific story. No matter what your favorite part about this podcast will become you will be happy you downloaded the app and you will benefit from the many ways it will stimulate your writing or just your drive home. Enjoy!

Precious   (5/5)

I am so happy to be able to find such a unique and precious podcast, it is my absolute favourite. No better way to commute than to listen to a short story, tale or poem and have another writer and expert deconstruct and provide opinion and analysis. I highly recommend this to everyone’s ears! It feeds creativity and the mind :)

Accented English   (3/5)

I’ve noticed that many of your readers have thick accents- this makes it very difficult to understand the stories. I’ve had to give up on many of them as a result. I’m fully supportive of diversity and representation, but when your platform is intended to communicate information via just audio, it should do that well and with clarity.

Wonderful   (5/5)

At its best, each episode is both an audiobook-in-miniature and a literary conversation. I particularly enjoyed Curtis Sittenfeld reading Tessa Hadley, A.M. Homes reading Margaret Atwood, and most recently, Ottessa Moshfegh reading Sheila Heti. What a wonderful way for three female authors to celebrate three *other* female authors with a female editor adept at drawing out their thoughts, without anyone’s gender ever feeling as though it were the point or even focus of the discussion.

What’s not to love?   (5/5)

A writer reads and discusses a favorite short story by another writer with the New Yorker’s fiction editor. Can’t go wrong. I find that I enjoy short stories delivered in this manner much more than silently reading on my own.

Please raise the volume!   (1/5)

I wish there was a way to communicate with whoever produces this podcast to let them know that it’s sometimes inaudible!

Speak up   (4/5)

PLEASE, for the love of God, boost the audio. Deborah Treisman practically whispers into the mic - it is nearly impossible to hear without cranking up the volume all the way.

The General’s Daughter   (1/5)

This episode was disturbing in its sexualization of the unnamed Colonel’s daughter. True, there was a lot to discuss about the men in the room planning the coup. But why wasn’t the treatment and implied gang rape even discussed. Do we really simply chalk it up to the author’s fascination with women? C’mon people. Let’s look deeper

The latest episode error   (5/5)

It seems to be complied wrong — only a fraction of the story is recorded and the follow-up discourse is featured twice

My favorite podcast, but there’s one problem...   (5/5)

Sooo good- please don’t change a thing. The only problem? I wish there was an episode every week. Please do more! I’m on the edge of my seat just waiting. Also, because of this podcast, I’ve become a huge fan of Deborah Treisman. Her cool tone, poignant questions and warm voice make me feel right at home. I know she’s a busy editor but she’s the absolute perfect host. I cannot recommend this podcast enough.

The Best of the Best   (5/5)

The New Yorker has published some of the best short stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. Its archives are full of excellent writing by award-winning authors. In this podcast, writers pick from this treasure trove to read other writers' pieces. I usually only listen to the story itself, but when I have the time and the guest is especially interesting (like David Sedaris), I listen to the entire episode.

Brilliant   (5/5)

Writers read other writers’ short stories with wonderful voices with insightful discussion afterward, which Dorothy Wickenden skillfully moderates.

The Best   (5/5)

I started listening to this podcast on my thirty-mile commute to graduate school, as a way to get some “reading” in during that time, and I’ve never let up. I’ve probably listened to 90% or more of the episodes since 2010. I’ve also become a big fan of Deborah Treisman, whose impeccable and intimate understanding of the stories is almost uncanny.

Like being at the best book group ever!   (5/5)

This is a wonderful way to delve into the meaning of terrific New Yorker fiction and to get insights on writing from well-known authors. Deborah Treisman is a remarkable interviewer.

Merge w Writer’s Voice!   (4/5)

This is a wonderful podcast for anyone who loves short stories. I’m utterly baffled, though, why you have a separate podcast—The Writer’s Voice—showcasing writers reading their own New Yorker stories. These 2 podcasts should become one.

The analysis makes this GREAT   (5/5)

I am an avid short story reader and listener (Selected Shorts). I enjoy listening to the authors reading someone else’s stories but what makes this podcast different is discussion after the reading. The authors say why the chose the story. The authors and host give in depth analysis of the stories and consider why the writers may have made various style and wording choices.

I like Updike but didn't enjoy this reading.   (3/5)

It was a bit robotic.

Best ever road trip companion   (5/5)

I have listened to this podcast during many travels for the past 10 years. The conversations and stories are inspiring & keep me awake on long drives. I am obsessed with this podcast to the point I once went to a public talk given by the editor. I feel like Ms. Treisman is living the dream in her work speaking to all of these amazing writers at The New Yorker. (I’m sure it’s a TON of work too!) Anyway, it inspires me to live my dreams. So, thank you to all involved for doing this podcast.

So good   (5/5)

This is the best podcast to listen to at work. It's so peaceful and insightful and you feel like you've actually accomplished something at the end of the day.

Who knows good stories better than other authors?   (5/5)

I love hearing authors talk about other author's stories. They see a perspective that I don't. It's great to see where they get their influences.

Engrossing and engaging stories   (5/5)

You get to hear such a wide variety of thoughtful writing on this show. Love it!

Solid pod   (5/5)

A 2.0 version of the great fiction the New Yorker publishes: hearing pieces come to life from the voices of other writers, discovering authors' tastes in short fiction, and being a part of a discussion between Deborah and a writer on the literary workings of each piece. Necessity for fiction-lovers.

NYer Fiction   (5/5)

One of my favorites. The stories are great, but it's the conversation before and after with Deborah Triesman is what really makes it stand apart.

A mesmerizing way to get fiction   (5/5)

So enchanting to hear these stories in writers' voices. I've loved The Swimmer, yet again, Hole in the Head, hearing Borges read - you made me get him in print. Don't stop.

Love   (5/5)

Unique voices, words and tales right inside my brain! What's not to love.

My Favorite!   (5/5)

I've always loved The New Yorker. I get so involved in the fiction stories I forget where I am, or what I should be doing. So when I found this podcast, I started listening to them the way people talk about Netflix binging. I guess I'm the weird one who binges on New Yorker Fiction, instead of Netflix. But, I can clean my entire house, organize closets, workout, and never feel like I'm doing anything I'd usually dread because I'm listening to the stories, and the time goes by so quickly. This is my favorite podcast, and I look forward to every time there is a new story because I've listened to all of them at least twice.

Exciting   (4/5)

I'm able to listen while exercising at the gym. It helps me ignore everyone else there. Sometimes I can't stop listening when the story hasn't ended. Keep it up!

Thank you New Yorker -- a home run!   (5/5)

The Fiction and Writers voice podcasts are my favorite, and a life saver for my long distance running and lunchtime walks. In my fifties, I feel like I have no time to read any more. These podcasts are a life saver and help me stay in touch with the literary world.

Such a great podcast...   (5/5)

Solid, solid fiction podcast... the best out there. It's interesting to hear authors describe why they enjoy other writers...

Mind food   (5/5)

This podcast is basically the reason I went back to graduate school. I'd listen to these on my commute and love them so much, and just want to jump right in the conversation in between Deborah and the writers/readers of the stories. I forwarded them all around to friends in hope of recreating those conversations, but no one took the bait. Now I get to do it all the time thanks for that, and great podcast!

One of my faves   (5/5)

So glad this exists. Wish we had more of these diverse short story podcasts. And the discussions and analysis are an added bonus. Just a real pleasure.

Really well done   (5/5)

Great podcast that provides interesting fiction with thoughtful commentary.

Please get rid of the long pauses   (2/5)

While I love the stories, the excruciatingly long pauses between sections of the stories are jarring. I never know whether the story is ending, or if it is just a long, unnecessary break. Please just read the wonderful stories!

Best Podcast Ever   (5/5)

This is my favorite podcast of all time. I am just getting into literary fiction, and because of this podcast have read Bolano, Borges, Voltaire, Tom Drury, David Foster Wallace, Antonya Nelson, Miranda July, Joshua Ferris, and so many more. Thank you!!!

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

Great stories. Great stories about stories.

Great!!   (5/5)

Really enjoy these a lot. A great dimension to the stories, from reading them to hearing them read and discussed at great length.

#goals   (5/5)

In grad school (for English education) I planned a whole unit on short stories based on the premise of this podcast. Deborah Treisman's voice is so calming to me.

Truly excellent short stories, very well read aloud and thoughtfully discussed   (5/5)

Imagine your favorite author selecting a favorite short story from the multi-decade Aladdin's Cave of The New Yorker Magazine archives. Then a reading with feeling and sometimes audible love of the text. Finally, add a self-effacing but probably brilliant editor, asking a few good questions, perhaps an anecdote. Lest you imagine I have a crush on the editor, remember that the elusive Elena "Naples Novels" Ferrante has had a decade-long relationship with a New Yorker editor translator. From the Paris Review interview, fear and loathing of editors and merchandizing drove Ferrante's anonymity decision (rather than subtlety awesome merchandizing), this selection is praise indeed. Plus, each reading is a delight, memorable, often a hoot. Your treadmill run fly by, unnoticed. And imagine the dinner party possibilities, with or without name dropping?

Very well done   (5/5)

Listen to this every month. Great selection of readers and stories. The discussion after the reading is always enlightening.

Robotic “SIRI” Voice Uncanny Valley   (1/5)

The preternaturally soothing, 100% uninflected, phone bank robot voice of whomever hosts the New Yorker Fiction podcast (which may actually be the latest generation of robotic voice) falls in the “uncanny valley” of podcast voices and becomes quite unnerving after about 10 minutes.

Solid, every time.   (5/5)

I get excited by the guitar lines of this podcast. Even if I don't connect with the weeks short story. I still get a lot of info with the reader and editor. It's great.

Always interesting   (5/5)

The dialogue is smart and thought-provoking. Great to listen to while I exercise.

Excellent production, stories, and conversation   (5/5)

The perfect way to "read" more short stories. Love

Wonderful   (5/5)

The best fiction pieces from the history of the New Yorker, read by legends of fiction. The only reason you aren't listening is because you don't know about it.

Fantastic!!!   (5/5)

What is left to be said? The stories as a rule have been some of the best literature I have had the pleasure to listen to. The readers are good, even when their accent or cadence was wrong. (But that is purely my opinion.) Please keep them coming!!!

Questionable choice of stories.   (2/5)

I know the New Yorker has printed many great authors, which is why it's such a mystery that 4 of the 5 stories I listened so far were tedious and just plain uninteresting. I can't take anymore of this podcast.

Passionate People Speaking Articulately   (5/5)

The host and guests alike almost always possess beautiful voices, and their words are engaging, thoughtful, and exciting. The literature they read and discuss is brought to life through the vibrance of the participants. A joyful podcast that scratches the literary itch.

Hit or miss   (4/5)

Why is there such a huge gap in quality of the stories and readers? The first one was absolutely amazing, but the second one is so bad and distracting that I was taken out of the story. “Wes said, Wes said, Wes said…” I counted about 40 times this phrase was repeated from a flat, emotionless narrator. And this is one of the higher rated stories. Hoping the rest is not like this...

One of my faves!   (5/5)

I've listened to every episode! I'm dyslexic so it is really nice to take a break and have something read to me. The selections are great and I love the analysis at the end. Plus, when I took a short fiction class in college I was already familiar with a lot of the stories because of this podcast.

Delightful Podcast   (5/5)

I look forward to each podcast and find myself listening more than once. There’s something about another person’s enthusiasm for the written word that is contagious. Thank you for such a delightful podcast, Deborah Treisman.

My monthly dose of literature   (5/5)

I am busy but I love the arts - this is a great dose of culture in my life.

A true gem   (5/5)

This one is nothing like anything else I have subscribed to. The connection between the readers, the stories and the host is extraordinary, and the performances have been great. There's a real and intimate sense that you are getting to experience the works in a sublime way. Make no mistake, this is not a background podcast. You can't slap it on at 2x while you're playing a game or working. You have to listen, but if you do, I have found the rewards are something special.

Mandatory listening for any creative person   (5/5)

Want to hear extremely intelligent people grapple with the toughest questions of the universe in short, digestible episodes? This is the podcast for you. I don't read the New Yorker (don't have time) but Deborah Treisman is a shaman among podcast hosts and inspires all her guests to sound brilliant. This is routinely the most inspiring podcast I listen to and I confess to not even knowing most of the authors! Must listen.

Too good to be monthly   (5/5)

Among my top 5 podcasts. Please make it weekly!

Deborah is fantastic   (5/5)

It is such a privilege to get to sit in on these amazing discussions. That the New Yorker's fiction editor also happens to be an incredibly talented host is a wonderful surprise. May this podcast continue forever!

What a Treat!   (5/5)

Such a joy to hear authors read and analyze their own influences, offers unique insight into both the story and the reader.

A great quality listen   (5/5)

The stories are largely excellent, and the discussions are brief and poignant. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who is interested in short fiction.

So good! My favorite podcast!   (5/5)

Great variety, great depth with old episodes. I wish it were more frequent!

Little windows into other lives   (5/5)

The writing is great and the readers are too. My absolute favourite was the Nabokov "Symbols and Signs" story--the discussion and analysis after that story was exceedingly interesting too, as is often the case. I wish this podcast came out 2x a month--I'd purchase episodes if it did.

Confession   (5/5)

Caveat audiens: Listen to a bunch of these and you may, like me, end up developing a massive podcrush on Deborah Treisman.

Source of enjoyment and inspiration   (5/5)

Huge thank you to Deborah Treisman and the New Yorker for this project. I’ve discovered many wonderful authors and can’t wait for the new episode to come online.


I love this podcast series since it exposes me to so many wonderful authors. My only quibble with it is the commentary portion of the podcast, where the New Yorker rep talks to the person reading the story. I feel like it's a complete waste of time. Not only is it spoilerish, but why, oh why, would anyone want to hear people analyzing a story they haven't yet heard? Please, please, please put that stuff at the end. I skip the introductory conversation each and every time. Otherwise, excellent podcast. It's wonderful to hear these stories read aloud.

Great literary selection   (5/5)

I like to be able to listen to a short story, start to finish, via podcast. Audiobooks don't work with my attention span! The selection of stories is great, and the readers do a really good job. It's not quite as good as Selected Shorts from PRI, but I still really enjoy it.

God bless Richard Ford   (5/5)

The May 2013 installment with Richard Ford was perfect. I think it was my favorite episode to date. The reading was gorgeous, and the discussion afterward with Deborah Treisman was insightful and generous. I wish I could give this podcast six stars.

I wish   (5/5)

this podcast were more frequent. A month is a long time to wait for a new episode. AND -- What's up with the new logo?? :-/

The Best   (5/5)

Absolutely my favorite podcast out there! Incredible content, consistently fantastic!

Fantastic   (5/5)

This most worthwhile literary insight anywhere. Brilliant stuff every time.

Monthly is not enough   (5/5)

Really enjoy the discussion before and after the readings. Hoping someone picks John Updike's "Separating" soon… I've been listening since at least 40 episodes ago and it never gets old, I'm always looking forward to each one.

Good source of fiction read aloud   (4/5)

Sometimes I'm lulled by the readers of this podcast, but for the most part I love the format (intro, story read aloud, discussion of the piece by the reader and the New Yorker fiction editor). The podcast tends to run 45 minutes to an hour, which is perfect during a workout if you don't have a lot of time to read.

Awesome   (5/5)

What a pleasure. Resourceful for a writer, entertaining for everyone.

NYFP rules   (5/5)

I've been nerding out with this podcast since the beginning. Love it.

Glad this is free   (5/5)

This really is a great podcast. And its free. Its nice to hear good readers read short stories. Not too many places you can get that free.

wonderful~!!!   (5/5)

this is an excellent way to enjoy great short fiction read by authors who are not the writers of the stories they choose to read but rather are themselves fans of the stories & the wee discussion between the reading author & deborah treisman is always interesting as well... this podcast is 100% quality... my only complaint is that a month is so long to wait in between times~!

New Yorker Fiction - THE BEST!   (5/5)

There could be only one way to improve this podcast - MORE, MORE, MORE!!!

Worth it!   (5/5)

The wide range of stories and authors is simply amazing. I am getting exposed to so many new writers and styles of storytelling. Great learning experience!

More!   (5/5)

These stories are helping me get through an illness. I am so thankful for all the hard work everyone has put into these podcasts, and I would love to hear more. They have brought me back to my college English classes and introduced me to some amazing new authors. Thank you!

Thank you always a fan of a good short story.   (4/5)

Podcasts are fine vehical to get the short strory out to a wider audiance while giving consideration to this mobile information age. Thank all of those who contribute. Let this be a note of encouragement to all you first time writers - WRITE, just write. As our beloved Professor Brerton told us aspiring strotytellers. Write, just write of what you have knowledge of. Please more stories! Mahalo.

Fast food culture! I love this podcast!   (5/5)

Highly recommended!

New Yorker Fiction   (5/5)

I discovered this podcast about a month ago, and it is one of my favorite things this year. I am telling everyone I know about it! I'm a New Yorker subscriber, and I love the short stories, but don't always have time to read them. This podcast has been a revelation for me. I love that the authors pick the story and then read it. And if that weren't enough, they discuss it too! So interesting! Please, could we have 2 per month??? For those who subscribe, and have an iPad, each issue features the author reading their story, so once I finish the podcasts, I will continue listening this way. Thank you New Yorker! You are a class act!

Quite Perfect   (5/5)

These are wonderful. In general, the discussion of each story's texture and flavor is fascinating. Each reader convinces me that "his" favorite is the best, yes of course. In specific, the last one is absolutely amazing. Passion, humor, affection, grief -- I was as drawn to the reader as I was to the writer. I foresee many happy hours ahead over as yet unread stories.

The New Yorker tops in everything angle   (5/5)

The podcast from Daniel Alarcón reading Bolaño is excellent. Te fajaste Daniel!

Ben Marcu reads Kazuo Ishiguro   (5/5)

Not happy reading. But a poignant and accurate window into the nightmare of dementia. Important reading for those who are caring for elderly parents.

I eagerly await each new podcast   (5/5)

I highly recommend. I enjoy both the reading and the discussion. A real gem. Deborah T. and each guest author bring lovely insight to the stories. I am grateful to be able to download for free.

Fantastic   (5/5)

Can't believe programming of this quality is free. Amazing fiction and illuminating discussion, so good you quickly get over the pretentious classroom voices used by many of the guests. This and the Out Loud podcast persuaded me to renew my lapsed New Yorker subscription!

Twice a month   (5/5)

Would be even better!

Short story cheesecake   (5/5)

Current writers choose and read other, usually older and influential, writers' stories. And the chit-chat before and after is the blueberries and crust. Delicious.

Love the reading and the discussion   (5/5)

This is the only podcast that I never miss... and unlike some other reviewers, I think it's SO much better hearing writers/real people reading stories than actors. But what is the best is the commentary - it's like being in a really good writing seminar or workshop to hear some of our best authors analyze and discuss about other writers' works. I only wish there were more of these podcasts. And by the way, I think Deborah Treisman does a good job - she often turns up interesting nuggets of informatioin.

One of my favorite podcasts   (5/5)

I value this podcast. Thank you so much for providing it. It's touching and insightful.

Great podcast!   (4/5)

Love the guests and they always choose great stories and have insightful commentary after the reading. Ms. Treisman, however, sounds like a computer generated voice. She laughs occasionally, and it's a relief when she does. Her generic voice is starkly contrasted to the artful readings.

Fascinating!   (5/5)

I love listening to these stories

Great Stories and Lovely Fiction Editor   (5/5)

The stories are thoughtfully chosen by well known authors of our time. In addition to writing well, these authors can narrate beautifully. Deborah Treisman, in her lovely voice, also does a wondeful job in the discussions

Oh, how I wish I could listen to this   (3/5)

The stories are a treasure, and the idea of pulling up great forgotten pieces of writing is wonderful, but I find myself all too often turning the podcast off halfway through because of the grating monotone in which many of the authors read out the stories. At this point, I'd really prefer if they'd let the authors choose the stories and talk about them at the beginning of the show as they usually do, but then have someone professional do the actual reading. Half an hour of the exact same pitch and rhythm used for every sentence just wears on the ears, no matter how good the story. I guess I'll just have to go look the stories up and read them the old fashioned way.

Great podcast!   (5/5)

My only wish is that there were more, the stories are interesting and well written. They are performed perfectly. I love this podcast. When a new one appears in ITunes, I drop everything I am doing and I listen. Sometimes I listen to the stories more than once.

Quickly a favorite   (5/5)

This podcast has quickly ridden to the top of my list. The love of the readers for the stories comes through so clearly, and the discussion before and after the readings are wonderful listening. This has become an essential podcast for me and reminds me why I love the New Yorker so much!

Inspiring   (5/5)

Just returned from vacation near a Lake Michigan beach. I'll always remember that is where and when I got hooked on three mile morning walks and listening to these podcasts.

Thank you   (5/5)

Another great reason to own the itouch.

Inspiring, insightful, captivating, love it!!   (5/5)

Great story selections! I love the analysis and discussions between the host and the reader at the end of each podcast. I find those amazingly insightful and interesting. Please keep this going! I'm addicted to this podcast now and I actually look forward to my daily annoying commute because of being able to listen to them while driving!

Well done   (5/5)

Love it.

Completely addictive   (5/5)

This is one of the most consistently enjoyable podcasts on iTunes. It's a real shame it only appears once a month.

One of the best podcasts I've ever heard...   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts, and as good as the fantastic Selected Shorts podcasts. Unlike Selected Shorts, however, each of these podcasts is read by a noted short fiction writer, and includes a brief discussion. I have found the discussions to be insightful, educating, and enjoyable.

Perfection   (5/5)

If you've ever read The New Yorker, you'll know it's a great source of short fiction and they have an amazing archive. What a brilliant idea then to ask well-known fiction writers who have themselves been published in the magazine to pick their favorite stories, read them aloud, and then have a brief sit-down with TNY's fiction editor to discuss why they chose that story. Tobias Wolff's reading of Stephanie Vaughan's story "Dog Heaven" may be the greatest recorded fiction I've ever heard. Love this podcast. Great job.

Love It   (5/5)

Deborah Treisman is an amazingly insightful host that has the ability to explain the unexplainable. Even when the stories do not necessarily excite me, the critical analyzation from Ms. Treisman and her guest never fail to amaze me.

has become my favorite   (5/5)

After discovering this podcast, I've hardly listened to anything else. The stories are great (of course) and very well read. On top of that, I really enjoy the conversations between Debra and the authors who come in to read. My only complaint: Since it only updates once a month, I'll soon catch up with all the past episodes and have to start waiting around for the new ones!

Excellent when understandable   (4/5)

This podcast has introduced me to some wonderful writers- John Cheever, Karen Russell, Peter Taylor and others. It makes my road trips fly by. My only complaint is that there have been a couple of narrators whose accents were distracting to excess. Please, New Yorker, choose readers whose accents don't overpower the stories.

Rita   (5/5)

Love love love it!

Requesting more frequency!   (5/5)

Love the podcast. I've been a fan of spoken word albums and short stories via podcast for some time and finally stumbled across (stumbling is the only way I discover podcasts, unfortunately) the New Yorker: Fiction podcast. I instantly fell in love with the stories and the enlightening discussions after the readings. The discussions have provoked more thought than the stories themselves, and as a result I've been developing a critical ear for short stories. Keep up the good work; my only suggestion is that there be more frequent podcast postings and updates!

Pick any story   (5/5)

Go ahead. pick any story. This is an amazing podcst. The stories are brilliant and the commentary is enlightening.

tight   (4/5)

excellent anecdotes!

Something to look forward to each month   (5/5)

When I see this podcast loading, I get a thrill. Like an unopened gift, I wonder what story has been chosen this month and who will read it. I especially enjoy hearing how the authors made their selection to read and what emotions they felt upon their first reading of the story. Since subscribing to the podcast, I've added several authors to my favorites list; from both the selections and the readers! Thanks!

Not too far from perfect   (3/5)

I'm not a good English listener,so if there's a script for each episode to the kinds of people like me,better learning and enjoying.And that would be perfect...

Stories that create a feeling   (5/5)

New Yorker Fiction is my favorite podcast, with Selected Shorts a close second. The podcast is very well produced. Deborah Treisman, Fiction editor for the magazine, begins with an insightful discussion of the story with an author who selects and reads a story by another author who has published something in the New Yorker. The story is followed by another discussion. I have been introduced to many new authors through this series and find myself relistening to several stories.

A true entry point to American fiction   (5/5)

What pleasure to listen to the humble and soothing sagacity of the fiction editor of the new yorker! What joy (agree - like Christmas when you were young) to get some insight into the literary universe and taste of this partocular sample of contemporary US writers! What magic unravelled in the reading of this treasure trove of fiction! Borges by Theroux, cheever's reunion, the lottery,grace paley's somewhere else, I bought a little city by barthelme, treisman's ever so slightly offended remark on which category of women are most "easy", in the discussion of the junot Diaz story (thereby validating the simple genius of it), Denis Johnson, dovlatov; so many pearls in there! I always hesitated in front of what I thought of as old fashioned journalism and esoteric newyorica (for crying out loud: there is no inherent stylistic value in your "classic" layout!). With several small kids, a full time job and many friends and interests this is now my third subscription after daily newspaper + the economist... Only funny exception: I can't for my life understand why new York fiction insiders so revere brodkey? Even the guy reading and choosing the story admits to get stuck in some novel... Which in itself is a high point in the series! Enjoy so very much! From Erik E

One of the best Parts of Time Wasting...   (5/5)

I admittedly didn't read the New Yorker Magazine, (Mainly, because It's not sold at my main haunts.), so I wasn't familar with the New Yorker's ususals. I recognized one or two off the long list of talented writers, but for the most part it was an unexplore well. Because of this podcast, I've discovered my new favorite writer, Veronica Ging. Quick word on Veronica Ging, the lady makes me jealous. She shows off in a way that I probably never could compare and apparently does it effortlessly. It's not fair. Listen to "Extreme Writing." You'll see what I mean. But, yeah, I listen to the episode over and over again, alot of the time when I should be studying or working or living the life of a respondsible adult. It's honestly the best part of wasting your time.

Great stories, great writers reading them. Thassit.   (5/5)


Great!   (5/5)

I've discovered some amazing authors from listening to this podcast. I Highly recommend listening to this.

Count me a rave   (5/5)

I love, love, love these broadcasts -- great stories brought to life with wonderful reading -- and capped off with incive-- but never snooty-- discussions. If only they were weekly!!! Please give me more!

couldn't ask for better   (5/5)

the reading is spectacular - and the discussion makes it even better!

Definitely worth the listen!   (5/5)

I subscribed to this podcast almost by accident because I "needed" another podcast to fill my exercize time and because I enjoy the other New Yorker podcasts. I generally listen to business and sports podcasts. One listen and I was hooked. I have never really been a big fan of short stories. In fact, I have not really read them since high school (over 20 years ago). The writings that have been selected are well chosen and compelling. The readers have very proffesional voices and the recording level is good. The analysis before and after the reading just adds to my enjoyment. From someone who thinks that a baseball biography is a good read, this is an excellent podcast. I can only imagine what more literary types might think.

I Will Never Forget --   (5/5)

-- These extraordinary stories coming to me word by word. Each one so different. Framed by thoughtful people bringing me their love of the material. Through that love, seeing this detail, that marvel of writing. Was this what Christmas was like when I was very little? Thank you.

I like   (4/5)

Nice way to end my day. Entertaining, insightful, relaxing.

hello,could you please post the "Brokeback Mountain"?   (5/5)

Hello,I'm from China and I love this podcast very much.I'm really a fan.I recently saw the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and am deeply touched by it.One of the most glorious film I've ever seen. I know that the short story was originally published on your magzine,so I hope to see it here.many others do as well. So could you please?We'll appreciate that!!Thanks!!

Great novels, poor performance   (2/5)

The selection of novels and stories is great yet the minor drawback is that the performers are not professionals. Listen to the PRI selected shorts to hear the professional actors in opposite to the readers picked by random by The New Yorker stuff to perform this podcast. When there is even low noise in your environment it is much more difficult to understand the reader of this podcast. This issue could be not important for natives or the people without any hearing impairment.

great   (5/5)

I love this podcast almost as much as my dog!

Just one complaint   (5/5)

My only complaint is that it's difficult waiting a month between episodes.

Are there more?   (5/5)

Has there only been one podcast so far this year? Last fall they seem to have appeared once a week...PLease continue! It's the most interesting arts podcast by far.

New Yorker fiction recommedation   (4/5)

to anyone who wishes to write or hear or listen to a completely satisfying fictional segment, this is something that you would be interested in. subscribe and you will be very pleased. you can expect authours of short storys reciting passages and providing enciteful thought on what are truly beautiful stories. make no mistake, you are priveleged to listen.....

wowza   (5/5)

Really awesome podcast. I wish they were daily!

Not Great...   (2/5)

I really, really want to like this podcast. I am a huge fan of New Yorker fiction and the choices that are made by the writers. The problem I have is that most of the writers that read the stories are so boring. They have absolutly no emotion while they read. I literally fell asleep while at work while listening to one. However this is not the case with all of the stories, just the majority.

Wonderful! Please do more...   (4/5)

I have really enjoyed these stories. This is definitely a five-star production except for the small criticisms voiced within several of these reviews which I will second: the podcasts are too infrequent, and they should be called the name of the short story featured. That aside, if you love short literature, download these podcasts. Even those stories you are likely to be familiar with already sound fresh in this format, read by successful authors who offer insights as to why the work is a favorite.

Boring   (1/5)

This is a sleeper podcast.

The Titles   (4/5)

The only problem I have with this podcast is that they name the podcast episode something other than the piece of fiction featured. For example, one episode is called "Sign Language" but the actual short story (by Nabokov) is called "Symbols and Signs". Why do they do that? You'll end up coming to know these great pieces of liturature as their podcast names rather than their actual titles. Curses!

more more more!   (5/5)

this is a great podcast - my one complaint is that its never enough! i love the combination of story and discussion, although the host is a bit of a know-it-all. super show, super podcast. i have recommended it to all my bookish friends, and the ones who pretend not to be so bookish...

Great format, great content   (5/5)

I love the way that the short stories are bookended with an interview with the New Yorker's current short story author. The stories are almost always well read and well chosen. It was a treat to go through all the back issues!

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

I love The New Yorker podcast! I listen to it as much as possible; I can't get enough! The only thing is I try to only listen to it when I have the time because otherwise, I'll just sit and listen all day! The stories, the format, everything! Definitely makes my hour-long commute to school go by in a flash! Thank you, Deborah!

I only wish there were more episodes.   (5/5)

I can't say how much I enjoy the format of this show. I love the stories, but more than that I love hearing the authors explain why they love the stories. This is like an amazing bookclub, and, when I have the luxury, I hope to go back and give each one a second listen. Just amazing.

Once a month? Come on...   (4/5)

I would give this five stars if they recorded more than one a month.

Lame   (1/5)

This podcast is weak at best.

The highlight of my month   (5/5)

I never review podcasts (or anything) on iTunes, but this is a gem. Thank you so much, New Yorker staff, for capitalizing on the medium. I wish there were more podcasts like this one--it's the perfect blend of lyrical storytelling and astute analysis.

One of the very best...   (5/5)

Each episode has been fantastic! These stories really are gems and hearing them read aloud by contemporary authors makes them that much more engaging. It's also great to get a bit of critique and comment about each story. Keep it up, New Yorker, and thanks!

Essential.   (5/5)

Wow. If you like short stories, you need this podcast.

Amazingly Accessible and Entertaining   (5/5)

This a fabulous podcast. You get to know authors, by the stories they pick to read, the questions that the fiction editor asks are not stupid and incredibly provocative, and the stories themselves are so varied and rich. This podcast gives you a great story, a great interview, and an education about fiction and writing all in one.

This is so good   (5/5)

I'm so excited about getting and ipod and being able to listen to these wonderful stories. Thank you thank you NewYorker for doing this. I could listen to them again and again.

wonderful podcast   (5/5)

I enjoy listening to these very much. Always insightful and educational. The discussion afterwards is especially rewarding.

well executed great stuff   (5/5)

I've been a big fan of New Yorker fiction for a long time and this Podcast pushes the joy to the next level. Not only do authors give us their favorite stories but they tell us why they love the stories so much, and read them out loud with sensitivity and relish. Maybe I'm just a philistine, but I think art + commentary is more fun than art alone. Let's have more! How about a story by Alice Munro, or better yet get the master to pick out one of her favorite stories.

Great Addition...   (4/5)

I love hearing stories. I just wish the fiction podcasts were more frequent, especially since they're pulling stories from their archives. Maybe a 30-min or hour-long one. Otherwise, an excellent podcast

Loved it!   (5/5)

This is a simply amazing podcast that is quite entertaining.

.   (4/5)

it is pretty good ...

Surprised   (5/5)

I'm not a New Yorker reader & stumbled upon this podcast. It captivating in a different way from This American Life (Chicago) in a New York way. If you're from NY or a similar urbin setting, this podcast may through you off a little. Enjoy.