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Ep. 70: All Things Audiobooks with Claire Handscombe of

In Episode 70, Claire Handscombe from joins me to talk about, tips for audiobook listeners, and shares a TON of fantastic audiobook recommendations.

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  • How supports independent bookstores.
  • The biggest differences between and Audible (including some I was unaware of).
  • What happens to the author of an audiobook you return to Audible.
  • How to return an audiobook to (email
  • Steps has taken to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Tips for people who tend to zone out while listening to audiobooks.
  • “Starter” audiobook recommendations [21:43]
  • 2020 audiobook listening trends and any changes in listening trends when COVID-19 hit.
  • Audiobooks that would make great gifts [26:12]
  • Big audiobooks coming out this winter that we should be excited about [28:19]

Claire’s Book Recommendations [33:53]

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T LOVE

  • The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris [44:27]

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Last 5 Star Book Claire Read [50:53]

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Claire

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Claire is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing at American University, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing.

She focussed on fiction during her MFA, but also took classes in literary journalism, poetry translation, and political speechwriting (because, yes, of The West Wing).

Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications in four countries, including both of the UK’s best-selling writing magazines, as well as the Washington Post. She is also a regular contributor to the largest independent book site in the US, Book Riot, and the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing.

Her début novel, Unscripted, is forthcoming from Unbound. She is also the author of Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language, as well as the editor of an anthology of essays and interviews about the impact of The West Wing on lives and culture.

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