The Audio Book Club

Slate’s Audio Book Club Returns

Listen for The Emperor’s Children on Dec. 27.

You still have two weeks to read our latest Slate Audio Book Club selection, The Emperor’s Children,by Claire Messud. Since we chose the book, it’s been included on the New York Times list of the five best novels of 2006 (our previous selection, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is on the nonfiction list).

We’ll post the audio of our discussion of The Emperor’s Children on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Watch the site on that day, or subscribe to our book-club podcast and have the file automatically downloaded when it’s ready. (Click here to subscribe in iTunes, or paste this RSS feed into the program of your choice.)

Our club leader, Meghan O’Rourke, wrote this about The Emperor’s Children in her New York Times review earlier this year:

Set mostly in New York City at the turn of the 21st century, “The Emperor’s Children” is a masterly comedy of manners—an astute and poignant evocation of hobnobbing glitterati in the months before and immediately following Sept. 11.”The Emperor’s Children” entwines the stories of Danielle Minkoff, Marina Thwaite and Julius Clarke, who met at Brown University and came to New York in the early 1990’s, giddy with the parochial entitlement of expensively educated young Americans. Each expected to do something important and each, at 30, is still struggling to make something of him- or herself.

Pick up or borrow a copy of The Emperor’s Children and join us on Dec. 27 for the latest Slate Audio Book Club.

You can also listen to any of our previous club meetings by clicking on the links below *:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Everyman, by Philip Roth
Saturday, by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

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* If clicking on the link doesn’t start the audio playing on your system, or if you prefer to download it, try right-clicking (Windows) or holding down the Control key while you click (Mac), and then use the “save” or “download” command to save the audio file to your hard drive.