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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“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

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S7 Ep 1

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Katie Smith and Peter Toomey

Author: Ray Bradbury

Year of Publication: 1953

Plot: Ray Bradbury’s famed novel is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. The novel tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman who questions the book-burning policy and undergoes extraordinary suffering and transformation as a result.

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S6 Ep 7: The 1925 classic novel details a day in the life of a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England.
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S6 Ep 6: The episodic 1933 novella follows Jody Tiflin and his life on his father's California ranch.
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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

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

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