Hear… Read This! Ep.11: The Maid’s Version & The Driver’s Seat

Hello and welcome to the August edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re discussing our views on The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell and The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark. Unknowingly, again Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a similar theme, although with an even more different tone… This time, we’re reading about society’s perception of women, and how women can subvert and take control. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell 

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This was Kate’s selection, an impulse-choice based on the interesting whodunnit-style blurb and the fact that Woodrell’s previous novel, Winter’s Bone, has been very popular, and also adapted into a very successful film. This novella comes with glowing recommendations, but will we agree? Will this explosive tale blow us away or turn out to be a damp squib?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin and Jim Henson’s biography, Simon recommends ,Rose Tremains Trespass & Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens. Gav thought Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock was a great read and Kate enjoyed Acid by Emma Pass and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

Section 3: The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark 

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This was Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, and has a reputation as a very dark and shocking read, as a woman decides to take a holiday and transform herself, with very surprising consequences. Simon has already read it, Gav has been meaning to for a while but it was Rob and Kate’s first encounter with Muriel Spark. Will we be horrified, shocked or drawn in?

And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Rob and Simon:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

4 thoughts on “Hear… Read This! Ep.11: The Maid’s Version & The Driver’s Seat

  1. I love this podcast and just had a binge of episodes. But, this one stopped my flat, when I heard Gav say he was reading an Elric book! I love Elric – haven’t read him in years, but am always recommending him to friends who want some type of fantasy, most of his Michael Moorcock’s Elric books are fairly quick reads, and I was so happy to hear Gav mention him 🙂

    I, too, read The Maid’s Version, and although I am rarely bothered by a non-linear storyline, there was definitely something about this book I was not crazy about. It could have been interesting, but the characters fell flat.

  2. Last week Simon’s voice sounded kinda low but this week it sounds even lower. Especially compared to Gav, who sounds super clear. Please try to adjust the audio levels better next time. :<

    1. Kuro, thanks for letting us know. I’ve gone back to the last show as well as this one and hopefully levelled everyone’s voices a bit more. It’s odd as this is Simon’s recording of the show and he’s not known for being quiet. Thanks again.

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