Novel Conversations

Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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Enjoy this “irrevocably” humorous compilation of outtakes featuring amusing mistakes and mishaps from Host, Frank Lavallo and Readers: Elizabeth Flood, Phil Setnik, Peter Toomey, & Katie Smith, which occurred during the making of Season 5 of Novel Conversations Podcast.

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“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

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S5 Ep 8: An exploration of Mary Shelley’s 1818 Gothic novel and dark cautionary tale about the dangers of science.
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“Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley

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S5 Ep 7: A summary of Christopher Morley’s 1917 novel about a fictional traveling horse-drawn wagon filled with books.
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“The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain

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S5 Ep 6: A summary of Mark Twain’s 1896 novel exploring the life of Joan of Arc and her heroic effort to end the Hundred Years’ War under Charles VII.
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“White Fang” by Jack London

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S5 Ep 5: A summary and explanation of Jack London's 1906 American classic exploring nature and instinct.
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The Team

Frank Lavallo

The Host
A former private attorney, a current High School Honors History & Literature Teacher, and a classic novel aficionado.

Julie Fink

Julie (a.k.a. Big Julz) brings a unique blend of radio, broadcasting and creativity to her producer role.

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