Reviews
The content of these articles is almost always fascinating, but marred by huge inconsistency among the readers/narrators. Some genuinely sound like a schoolchild being made to read out loud; others pronounce words wrongly, and yet others are fantastically nuanced and gripping. I sometimes have to...Read full review »
Tooting listener via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/30/20
Really enjoy the podcast and lasts my train journey. Thanks
jfisher25 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/10/20
A+
blossom W via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/08/20
Well researched and presented stories from around the world. Highly recommend giving this a listen.
🦄💜🦊🦁🐯❤️💚 via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 03/04/20
Brilliant depth and research to unique and interesting bodies of work but near impossible to listen to due to the manner in which they are read. The accents, tones and speed are frustratingly uncomfortable and incongruous to the articles.
podworks via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 03/02/20
Although I love listening to these long reads - the content being interesting and engaging - I think you should consider hiring a range of voices to read them. It seems at the moment as though they are very one tone and it would be great to hear voices with some character and accents, I...Read full review »
draughte via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/26/20
Ads now interrupt this podcast mid sentence, twice as loud as the podcast text. Are ads for Menu Log in line with the Guardian’s core values? Long reads are getting shorter, too — which kind of defeats the purpose — & no longer a selection of the ‘best long form journalism from The...Read full review »
amcqu via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/15/20
Some of the articles are not much more than ramblings, how can you write something this long without ensuring that there is a point to it and that the bottom line (whatever it is) is clearly supported by what precedes it. It's just full of intellectual sloppiness... Don't stoop down to...Read full review »
Vincentxyz via Apple Podcasts · France · 02/10/20
I really want to love this but all of the readers sounds robotic, over enunciating everything. It makes beautiful tender stories sound clinical. I haven’t made it through a whole episode yet because of the readers.
mdg999 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/20
I love the article choices and the long form reading format. Several have been well read by British speakers with natural intonation. Particularly the episodes on the Zaghari-Ratcliffes unjust suffering and the Dirk Obbink’s corrupt sales of Oxford antiquities were impeccably researched and...Read full review »
ccr226 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/20
One suggestion- replace the American voiceover guy. He sounds creepy and corny. Completely takes me out of very well written and compelling stories.
CoconutChild via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/20
Reader is in monotone and no variation in the voice. It sounds like she/he is reading some dry text rather than telling a story. Prefer to read the long read than listen to it
Meester7459 via Apple Podcasts · Argentina · 02/01/20
Educational thought provoking & balanced long form journalism at its best. I absolutely love this podcast- except the gratingly annoying voices of the American read articles - I have to skip those. I love the breadth & scope of this podcast.
Flick Harris via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/31/20
Washing and drying my hands has acquired a new significance!
Helen Kara via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/29/20
Good content, but uneven readers. Have to shut off that smug-sounding American reader as soon as she starts. Kelly Burke?
PDaddy1815 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/27/20
Super unimpressed by these podcasts. Constant focus on LDN and NY trends as if the entire world lives there - completely out of touch and is symptomatic of the Guardian's general tendency to waft around in a closed world of its own opinions instead of making an impact and affecting the real...Read full review »
L512 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/26/20
Bravo! Long may long listens last.
PAgina761 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/18/20
My favourite podcast! Such good quality and so interesting!
James Bartlett via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/21/19
Raleigh isn’t Ray-Lee ! So ignorant. No one watching this store???
JJRROMI via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/04/19
What could be better than a podcast where talented readers recite a piece of important and in-depth journalism? Not much, not much at all. Give the Guardian Audio Long Reads a listen and you’ll hear why!
Daveiii via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/19
mostly nonsense. this one by ms gentleman about eu citizens rights is a non story. all they have to do is fill in a form. as long as they aren’t muckingabout with multiple ids and havent got stuff to hide theyll be uk citizens
obafgkmn via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/25/19
Please keep your wonderful British readers. As an American myself, I love to hear them and cringe at the American voices that come across as jarring and pretentious. Also, I agree with another reviewer who hates the loud ad in the middle.
Surohan7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/15/19
Painful to listen to the over-enunciating (North) American readers. It is uch a shame as the content of the podcast is relevant and engaging. I much prefer listening to British readers (I am Canadian.) Please consider this critical feedback before losing more listeners.
Arp121 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/29/19
Very engaging and current subjects. Always feel smarter after I listen! Keep it up.
Snooky11 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/27/19
a great idea for those who like to have something informative on in the background, the guardian long reads podcast combines audiobook-like narration and quality long form guardian articles into an interesting podcast curating a selection of stories that i don’t usually look to read. even if you...Read full review »
thewilliamrayner via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/30/19
Lately has become more frivolous. The British readers are sooo much better than the over-enunciating North Americans. I have to skip one of them unless the subject is particularly compelling. On balance, an excellent program and mercifully not cluttered with ads
brainzmatter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/19
Too many American accents.
LozzaBlingT via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/16/19
A super loud and annoying ad plays in the middle of these. Not sure who the marketing genius was that decided loud and annoying would make money here but i hope they write an article about him/her. I won’t listen to it though.
111342 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/19
Ugh made it 1/4 in and couldn’t take the voice (a/i?) anymore. It’s unnatural.
Don't Break the Internet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/19
I love the journalism. I love the format (that there isn’t any nonsense or window-dressing). I even love the ads from Australian Dairy that tout “sustainability” and “environmental vision” because this is truly hilarious - the dairy industry is planting trees and I just think that’s really funny...Read full review »
nab666 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/16/19
Crazy, stupid and wrong. Avoid!
Psektuepr via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/15/19
The ads are extremely loud and annoying
joogkoo via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/16/19
Intellectual bliss.
nsarwar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/10/19
Fantastic podcast!
BooksinNewYork via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/05/19
Really great podcast. I skip the ones read by the woman with the annoying American voice
THOMMY RAAB via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/31/19
Please please please do not subject us/me to those irritating American accented reports. Me, along with a number of other listeners love your show when it is spoken in English. The American spoken word is singularly the most annoying noise one could be expected to endure. Please please please...Read full review »
Sфlеми via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/31/19
I wish there was one about how 5G, cell towers and cell phones are bad for us
Scooby Doo 33 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/01/19
This is a really fabulous podcast, covering longer features from the Guardian newspaper (the type that, sadly for them, go beyond too many people's concentration threshold). With very few expections, I have found them really interesting.Read full review »
Tortugadorada via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/28/19
Long form journalism, presented as a podcast, allowing time to expand on ideas and cover the more nuanced parts of a story. I might not always agree with the analysis, but it makes me think and reconsider my opinions. Well worth you time.
bob-dodo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/09/19
While listening to many longform audio texts, I usually get bored and distracted. The Guardian’s audio long reads are always engaging and thoughtful. I just listened to a fascinating analysis of the effect of privilege on social mobility. Last time, I listened to an analysis of the Silicon Valley...Read full review »
m0nsoon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/19
Great to go in depth in important and interesting topics. So much news is superficial, but this is eye-opening, gives a new, complete perspective. Also, I prefer pods than reading articles, so thanks for making these!
Proutprout via Apple Podcasts · France · 02/15/19
The best of British journalism delivered to my ear hole. Perfect.
Matthewedwardthomas via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/10/19
Beautifully relayed but heartbreakingly sad. Are we too late for my young granddaughters?
Barb in Milton via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/19
A great variety of really good articles which are well written and well narrated
onthedoubletibbs via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/20/19
The podcast is great, well produced and narrated. tho please include author details in ep. description or title.
Biggi1990 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/29/18
In the past it felt like many Long Reads feel could have benefited from a little more editorial input when they were recorded. For example, the ‘Putin: Killer, Kleptocrat…’ GLR dismissed Russia’s interference in the US Presidential election as negligible. However, ever since the ‘Casa Pound’...Read full review »
MBelderson via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/14/18
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