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Have you always loved stories? Reading them, listening to them, talking about them? Then The Graham Norton Book Club is for you. 

Graham chats to top authors, goes behind the mic with famous audiobook narrators and talks – and argues! – about the book of the week with his passionate band of virtual book clubbers. Plus, if you’re wondering what to read next, each edition is jam packed with ideas and recommendations from Graham and co-presenters, Alex Clark and Sara Collins. What are you waiting for? Come and join the club! 

The Graham Norton Book Club is an Audible Original produced by So Television. Free for members. New episodes will arrive in your Library on a Thursday for 10 weeks. 

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So disappointed

I was really excited to download Graham's book club but am really disappointed. It seems to be a mish mash of jumping around to different people and topics. The group only discuss the main book for a few minutes. This is not what I am looking for. I want a more in depth discussion and different people's viewpoints on the nominated book.

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  • Mae
  • 25-06-2021

Loving this!

I am enjoying this series and now have a long list of titles to read based on these reviews, and of titles I would never have noticed of considered otherwise - including the additional audible genre lists they discuss. Love the Author interviews and the book clubbers. it's a brilliant mix and Graham delivers with his usual humour and interview style.
Will look forward to more in the series.

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  • papapownall
  • 16-05-2021

Lots of content to inspire any reader / listener

I have always loved books but never been a member of a book club mostly on the basis that I prefer to chose what to read rather than let someone else decide. Anyone who knows Graham Norton from his TV and Radio shows will know that he has a relaxed but chirpy style and in this podcast he talks to people about books. The first show was always going to be a but challenging as there is no reference point to discuss and instead the presenters Sara Collins and Alex Clarke who sounds a lot like Mel Giedroyc (well, to me anyway) talk in general about their favourite books.
The guest presenters are Denise Mina who talks about her own true crime book The Less Dead and Maxine Peake who talks about her experience narrating Lady Chatterly's Lover in 2011.
There is certainly plenty of content here and of course anything with Maxine Peake in is going to be great. This comes over more as a podcast about books than a book club however, it looks like this is going to be a series which is certainly worth following.

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  • Peter Buchanan
  • 25-05-2021

underwhelming

I suspect this was driven by advertising execs at Audible rather than Graham Norton who gamely goes along with a weak formula and some dull folk discussing dull mainstream books. This is a 40+minute advert for talking books but without any spark or much insight. While it is (more than) convenient that all the books they mention are linked to the audible versions of said books from the Audible webpage, it does make you wonder if all this is scripted, and rehearsed and they are only allowed to mention talking books Audible want flogged.

If anyone from Audible is reading this: time you recorded some Raymond Carver short stories please. Unfortunately Graham won't be discussing those because they aren't available from Audible.

Top stars Maxine Peake and Juliet Stevenson fail to get this turkey off the ground. 2 episodes in and I won't be doing any more. Avoid, unless you are a fan of those specific books discussed or feel that Graham N reciting the alphabet meets your needs. In which case give this 5 stars. (sic: "A nice natter with friendls")

You can check the list of books before listening to an episode. Which saves time.

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  • Laura williams
  • 29-05-2021

Great books, warm humour - perfect book club

I have really enjoyed the first couple of episodes of this. Graham Norton is warm, interesting, always funny and really insightful. I love that the recommendations are all here on audible to find too

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  • sue
  • 16-05-2021

Interesting and entertaining

Audible got the right host for this. Graham is always funny and clever and is great at drawing people out, well he would be given his day job.

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  • Lyvendian
  • 17-05-2021

Great idea

A great idea and done really well. inspired me to try other genres, thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • 15-05-2021

A nice natter with friendls

I’m a huge fan of Graham’s and would probably listen to him recite the alphabet, but that aside it’s a great little podcast. I like the fact that we have Graham’s input but also random readers from the general public. I look forward to listen regularly and discovering some new books xx

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  • spore dude
  • 31-05-2021

Relatable

Really enjoying this book club, it is light and breezy and unpretentious. I like the fact that the book group members are diverse, the comments are thoughtful and genuine and there are some good recommendations for reading and listening.

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  • James Marris
  • 27-05-2021

Great Expectations

Wonderful format and personally found very entertaining. I wonder what the Audio equivalent of a page turner is? Especially enjoying the insights from the readers of the books and the author interviews. Seems very natural to me and delightfully lead by Graham. He really is amazing at getting the best from his guests. Thanks Audible, can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • midei lara
  • 22-05-2021

Really good

Really interesting and full of interesting suggestions. You can find inspiration for your next reading

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2021

Graham strikes again!

A provocative title I am sure but this book club is yet another vehicle for the genius of GN. A lover of his show and on-the-nose perceptions at Eurovision, I am gripped by this communal book club and thoroughly enjoy the talking books section. A second series seems inevitable and deserved.

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