Literary Fiction for Your Ears: Podcast Recommendations

Literary fiction that only works in audio form, curated by the creator of "Wyrd Woman"

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Curated by:

👉🏽 Amy Lee Lillard (she/her)

Why this theme?

👉🏽 As I created the audio drama Wyrd Woman, I wanted to make something I’d found to be rare: literary fiction that only works in audio form. So this list includes a few of the shows I found in this area. Like literary novels, these shows use different formats and structures, question the lines between reality and fiction, and push us to think and engage.

Whether they're one-person shows like mine, or dramatizations with full casts and production, all are rich, compelling, disquieting, and vying to be your new favorites.

Podcast Picks

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Ana, a home health nurse, is taking care of a 90 year-old woman in an old, isolated house. Ana calls the woman’s granddaughter, Mabel, to ask about some letters she has found. But Mabel doesn’t answer, even as Ana keeps calling... and calling... becoming increasingly desperate, and increasingly convinced of strange happenings around her.

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Modes of Thought in Anterran Literature

A renowned professor leads a class exploring the culture of a newly-discovered ancient civilization. The only issue: there is no proof of the discovery, or the civilization itself. Has the professor, who disappeared for some time before teaching this class, broken with reality? Does it matter, when we get deep-dive lectures into a fascinating culture?

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A woman wakes one morning to find her wife gone, along with all her neighbors. She records her experience, and her changes — because as much as she fears for and misses her wife, her anger grows. What secrets was she keeping — and did her work at a research lab somehow lead to the sun disappearing?

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The Silt Verses

Carpenter and Faulkner are two apostles of an outlawed religion, one that offers sacrifices to their river god. As they travel their river to suss out other devotees, they find other dangerous gods (and their even more dangerous acolytes), an investigator looking into illegal deaths for rural religions, and a refugee fleeing her corporate job, which just sacrificed non-performers to their new deity.

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Wyrd Woman

This limited series features an isolated woman recording her dreams of strange women across time who become increasingly persistent and desperate through sound. Over nine nights, each woman — old, broken, unnatural, mad, and ugly — becomes a stronger voice and presence through audio production and sound design. And as these women come together, connecting across time and space as worlds die, reality becomes fantasy, past and future meld, and fate binds and beckons.


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