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The Audio Long Read

The Guardian
Society & Culture

The Audio Long Read podcast is a selection of the Guardian’s long reads, giving you the opportunity to get on with your day while listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer, including in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more


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4.3 out of 5 stars from 3.8k ratings
  • My go-to Podcast! Varied and fascinating topics!

    I learn so much about the world from this podcast. Faultless journalism. I read some grumbling about the narration. Our current public discourse, on my side of the pond, is full of bloviating and shouting and hyperbole. Even many of the more reasonable broadcast journalists seem to feel the need to vocally push. I now seek out, almost exclusively, calm and quiet narration paired with excellent writing, as is presented here. Thank you so much for providing that. A much needed and refreshing respi... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Never clean enough
    United States18 days ago
  • Excellent writing, but please find other narrators

    The writing is consistently strong. But it’s let down by the narration, which generally sounds robotic and utterly devoid of personality. It feels like narrators were chosen to sound as flat as possible.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States25 days ago
  • One of the sadest episodes I've ever heard. The whole thing is a piece of spoken word poetry, from the reading to the writing, it's beautiful and gut wrenching.

    a month ago
  • Appreciate this podcast so much

    I have listened to this podcast for over a year and have really loved going back to listen to the earlier episodes as well. I often see reviewers who complain about various readers but I find myself quickly engrossed in the content and no longer focusing on the voice. That said, I am from the United States and especially enjoy hearing the British readers who seem to have a typically steady, soothing and consistent sound. I see reviewers complain about liking some topics but not others and yet th... more

    Apple Podcasts
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    United States2 months ago
  • For me, it missed the mark

    You might assume that an interview with a notorious, brutal double-murderer would be a controversial topic and after listening to the Malcom M episode I would agree that was the case. I felt that any purpose to quality journalism (sorry, “essaying”) was missed, or simply never existed, and instead an echo chamber of self-excusing drivel ensued. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 months ago

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