Reviews
Truly a gold standard in podcasting, David Naimon is a consummate host (does not! interrupt! guests!), and listening regularly to Between the Covers is an entire education in itself. Do listen and support this podcast’s Patreon!
Han VanderHart via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/21
This is the food I need as an interdisciplinary musician. Thank you!
kushkaOR via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/21
This show is incredible, David’s insightful questions never fail to tease out extraordinary moments from impeccably chosen guests. I’ve listened to several more than twice. If you still need convincing look up George Saunders’ video endorsement of David’s skills. Then tell your friends.
MattJohnCook via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/12/21
David, host of the Between the Covers podcast, highlights all aspects of writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
malfoxley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/10/21
The long form allows for deeper conversations. The questions are well informed holding thoughtful twists going beyond the standard banter
objectplace via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/21
You just can’t get better than this. Reliably excellent episodes to sink into...
pdx011 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/21
Natalie Diaz!! Wow, parts I & II, fantastic!
RosemariB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/13/20
Just listened to the episode with Jenny Offil about Weather... wow! Great job! Illuminating conversation, it was hard at times to connect with an unhinged narrator!
Sra. O via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/21/20
Insightful and eye opening, even if you haven’t read the work they are discussing. David thinks critically and is remarkably well-researched: carefully composing his questions and directing the conversation. Truly the best podcast to which I’ve had the pleasure of listening.
steph1927 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/20
Really love the show and your preparation for your guests. The interviews are in-depth and provide really insightful tips for nonfiction writers.
AnthonyCMoore via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/28/20
My favorite literature podcast. The conversations always a reflect genuine curiosity. Also, I get many tips on further readings from them, which is great, especially since I’m more familiar with the German scene. Best wishes from Berlin to Portland!
DanWa0789 via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 04/23/20
Along with Bookworm, this is the highest quality podcast on lit. David is incredibly good and knowledgeable. And in response to the last reviewer, he ask questions because that’s his job, lol. Keep up the good work.
lovlit via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/05/20
No one reads as insightfully or prepares as well as David Naimon. His questions are doorways that lead us deeper into literary works and elucidate the creative process of writers. I don’t think there is a more valuable podcast for readers and writers anywhere. This is the cutting edge of...Read full review »
didilea via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/18/20
I wanted to like this but I can't get past the lip smacking and other mouth noises. The EQ or mic settings need to be adjusted for David to prevent these sounds from coming through.Read full review »
Disappointed_gamer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/20
Great chats with authors I’ve mostly never heard of. Still a worthy time passer.
Mindspray via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/01/19
Between the Covers might be my favorite podcast to fall asleep to. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I mean it as anything but. David Naimon has insightful, deeply felt questions and invites his guests to answer with equally rich, personal responses. There’s something so comforting...Read full review »
Daveiii via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/18/19
This season I listened to at least 3 interviews with Marlon James This was the 3rd one and the BEST. Generally great interviews with all your authors. Thanks.
Vera8149 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/11/19
Great podcast but Naimon pronounces everything as if it was a question? I don't understand why he does that? Please get it under control, it drives me up the wall?Read full review »
Kinga-Bee via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/12/19
I am so glad I found Between The Covers. This is honestly the most intelligent conversations and interviews I have ever been privy to. Thank you so much.
Bobbi from Bloomington via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/28/19
I love this podcast
Jsoc211 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/19
I absolutely love this podcast! Thanks to BTC I've learned about so many fantastic writers and books and especially love revisiting particular author episodes after reading the books that I learned about the first time through. David is easily the most reliably thoughtful and well-researched...Read full review »
Matty G Maps via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/19
I happily found this podcast by chance. The interviews are fascinating of course but the breadth of writers interviewed has been useful to widen my own reading.
Pestgeek via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/18/19
Recent find for me. Immediately began pouring through the backlog. Has some of the most insightful interviews with a clearly engaged host in David.
Bernardeph via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/19
People talk about books, people ask writers questions, and people do this stuff often but David Naimon is different. He actually reads each writer's work and actually thinks about it because the conversations he has with these writers and the questions he asks are insightful and hella...Read full review »
Adie_A via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/30/18
As a writer and a reader, I get so much out of David Naimon's interviews. I end up reading a lot of the authors I hadn't heard of and love them--and appreciate them.Read full review »
Astonished Barb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/13/18
The Catherine Lacey episode was phenomenal.
Scott Mcclanahan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/09/18
David Naimon’s thoughtful insights as a deep reader and masterful interviewer make Between the Covers my favorite podcast of any genre. Thank you, David, for the time, effort and soul you put into each and every episode. If I could, I’d add another star to your rating!
Gabriela Veritas via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/18
David is an incredibly insightful and thoughtful interviewer and the guests he brings on are wonderfully diverse.
emilryan via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/02/18
A deeply important and needed show
gloriaNoto via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/01/18
This is certainly the most erudite, intelligent, intellectual literary show I’ve heard. What I love about this show is that the conversations, led by host David Naimon, always have depth to them but I never get the feeling that I’m being left out. Quite the contrary, these conversations are...Read full review »
saxon75 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/12/18
I love David Naimon's "Between the Covers" podcast. David conducts in-depth interviews with all the best literary writers working today. Every episode gives me something to think about or makes me look at something in a different way. It's a pleasure to listen to this podcast, and...Read full review »
herheadinfilms via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/18
David Naimon delights and impresses me with every episode. He is able to meet wonderful authors in their own writing, bringing insight to texts and in depth focus on both story and technique. Not many readers are as insightful and thought-provoking in their connections to and considerations of...Read full review »
Moyer to self via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/07/17
I came across this podcast looking for interviews with great writers, gave it a shot and it sure paid off. Always listen to it in the morning before work and it sure makes my day. Great by all means.
Carl Zand via Apple Podcasts · Mexico · 08/23/17
This podcast is one of the best I've heard. David Naimon is so well read, his questions are so well prepared and incisive. I learn so much on every episode. I've been introduced to many new books and authors and have also found new ways of looking at books and authors I know very well....Read full review »
Superema63 via Apple Podcasts · Israel · 04/15/17
David Naimon is an amazing reader. I've got to believe that every writer he interviews must go away afterward with a new understanding of their own writing. Cetainly the listener does. If you love to read -- and think about what you are reading -- you will enjoy this broadcast. If you read...Read full review »
RT8248 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/17
A wonderful way to learn more about the authors and books I love and explore those I don't yet know. The host is exquisitely well prepared and asks great questions while respectfully keeping the focus on the author and the work.Really well done!Read full review »
#mbj via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/06/17
David's style of interviewing and the questions he asks is academic enough to challenge me while still staying entertaining. He always has interesting people on the show, and I've learnt a lost listening.Read full review »
Xpata via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/18/16
If you're a writer, this podcast is the next best thing to reading. David Naimon's craft-focused interviews provide the context behind the writing as he teases the how's and why's out of the authorial decisions we find on the page. It's a remarkable resource, not just in terms...Read full review »
Indiesummit via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/07/16
The best books podcast.
Kyle Minor via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/29/16
David Naimon is a terrific interviewer and his guests are the best. Don't miss the Ursula Le Guin interview.Read full review »
Sort of a Librarian via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/16
If you like books you must subscribe.
Reviewer in California via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/16
Great authors, insightful host, engaging conversations. An all-around fantastic podcast.
Lily B-D via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/22/16
I absolutely love this show! David Naimon is such a good interviewer. He's thoughtful and does extensive research. He's clearly a good reader and he makes the guests comfortable and open about their work. So glad I stumbled upon this show!Read full review »
Hannah McNeely via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/16
David Naimon is a writer's reader whose insight into an author's oeuvre allows him to plumb from them deep inspection and knowledge. His interview style is reserved, yet firm--he comes to his conversations with a map, and I'm only too happy to take the journey along with him. A...Read full review »
HCMarks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/04/15
In water the term “soundings” is used to measure depth. David Naiman’s interviews are soundings that represent that plunge. In order to accomplish this, David shows up prepared, respecting the artist, and nudging them to plunge deeper. When David questions, I hear amazement and delight in the...Read full review »
AnnaMonnaPia via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/16/15
Not just book reviews, but explorations into the craft of writing, the writing life, the meaning of literature and the role it plays in our lives. Incredibly well researched and thought out. These interviews make me a better writer and a better reader. Top notch.
PKullberg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/25/15
This podcast is fantastic. Interview subjects have included award-winning authors such as George Saunders, Kelly Link, Junot Diaz, Claudia Rankine, Roxane Gay, William Gibson, Karen Russell, Anthony Doerr, and many more. The host, David Naimon, has a charming personality and asks thoughtful,...Read full review »
cvmarm via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/16/15
This is by far my favorite literary podcast. David Naimon offers the most in depth interviews with top literary writers and poets I've ever heard/read. David offers incredible insight into contemporary literature and issues facing readers/writers/artists today. He interviews my favorite...Read full review »
MariaLoreD via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/15
David Naimon's interviewing prowess makes Between the Covers the best podcast about books. His breadth of knowledge about the writing world is impressive, and his insightful questions are astute.Read full review »
Diane the Reviewer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/15
David Naimon is an intelligent and amiable host and you can't beat the all-star list of authors he interviews on Between the Covers. Portland is fortunate to be a literary mecca, thanks mostly to Powell's, our world-class independent book store that books for readings the most interesting...Read full review »
kenajones via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/15
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