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The Book Review

The New York Times

The world's top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at


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4.2 out of 5 stars from 4.3k ratings
  • New host please for the love of god

    Does Gilbert Cruz read books 😫

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • Good review

    Good to have the review back.

    Apple Podcasts
    Elmo Pete
    United States2 months ago
  • Wrong direction

    The new format is a real disappointment. Pamela Paul had a much more engaging and informative structure — and a wonderfully effective interview style. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • New format a nothing burger

    Been listening for many years. Enjoyed listening to Sam Tanenhaus’ and Pamela Paul’s thoughtful approaches. The new format is a cop out, doing the minimum and simply leaves me waiting for the missing segments. Very disappointing. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Bring back the old format

    The old format was just brilliant, with interesting interviews and great inspiration on what to read. Now I am sorry to say, that is just dull, uninspiring and plain boring.

    Apple Podcasts
    Switzerland2 months ago

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