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  • IceLore
    By far the best audio fiction podcast!
    I’ve always supported Clarkesworld the magazine, and their podcast has consistently lived up to their reputation. Kate Baker is an AMAZING narrator and really sets this podcast head and shoulders above the rest! Don’t change a thing guys and gals. 😁
  • Alia P
    Excellent podcast! Please keep it coming.
    Just discovered this podcast. Love the variety of speculative fiction. Keep up the good work. BTW. The narrator’s voice is immensely soothing!
  • jrm36
    Great reader
    Good stories
  • Bart Clark
    Please..... This used to be great...but the WOKENESS is Wearisome
    Seriously...does EVERY OTHER STORY have to center around a certain spoon-fed ideology?
  • dumbphoneupgrade
    Why all the preachy pc identity politics
    I’ve been listening for years I used to love it but it just keeps getting more and more pc every year Now every story is some far left propaganda Written by a trans person disabled poc Why?
  • Snowcrash2020
    Great stories, but Please some variety with narrators! Why Kate always?
  • Greygardenmor
    So many short stories here to enjoy!
  • lee lee masin
    Second gulping comment
    Misophonia is real! I loooove the content, and the narrator is great until they do the gulping swallowing thing. It takes me out of the story for several seconds. Rewinding does no good because of the risk of hearing the mouth-sounds again. I keep pushing forward because I love the stories so much...maybe it will be like desensitization therapy, but also...maybe not, not so far... just a note. It’s a big deal for those of us who have this sensitivity. Maybe we’re a small enough number to ignore.
  • Icekoldsole
    Top Notch Talent
    Kate is one of the best narrators in the business. I love the feeling she puts behind the words, bringing the stories to life. I have a two hour commute every day and she has revolutionized my drive from something I dreaded to something I look forward to. If you don’t subscribe to their magazine and podcast it’s only 2.99 per month and is absolutely worth it. You get extra content and access to past magazines. Also, for those who complain about there being no synopsis in the episode description, if you subscribed to the magazine, which again is only $3/month, you’ll get every story she’ll read for the month with the synopsis for each. Plus, you’ll get amazing artwork, additional stories, nonfiction writing occasionally, and more. It’s actually a really great digital magazine and it supports the podcast! I never want to hear Kate say, “this is our last Clarkesworld podcast,” so I buy the magazine each month. If you’re a big fan like me, you should buy it too.
  • whiteblazer
    Episodes need synopsis
    Great podcast but the episode listings could use a synopsis, not just title and published date. Will give 5th star if you add them.
  • maspring415
    A lot of great work by dedicated, passionate story tellers.
  • mrsmadelinemary
    My Favorite Narrator!
    I listen to a lot of audio content - between audiobooks and podcasts, around 20-25 hours a week. So, as you can imagine, I have lots of opinions about narrators. 😂 Kate Baker is one of my very favorites. Her even tone, character voices, and cheerful greeting make her consistently exciting and relaxing to listen to. Thanks so much for your hard work, Kate. You’re putting so much beauty into the world. Love, a Clarkesworld Citizen
  • DrCola5
    Can’t wait for more!!
    Despite what some of these reviews say, this podcast is one of the best ones out there. From One Ship to Chrysalis to Motivation Cure it’s all awesome. Can’t wait for more, please add more episodes.
  • Windytn
    Love the stories and length and narrator. However.... I am not a fan of ASMR. HATE the gulping/swallowing of narrator. PLEASE. Lean back from mic. Very offputting. Can’t handle it. I have to stop listening...
  • BillGardner7
    Amazing, Incredible, Inspirational
    I’m a 22 year old who just graduated from College last spring. I discovered this podcast at the perfect time - the fall of my sophomore year. As many of you might know, sophomore year is a *challenge*. My love of English was fading, my interest in writing was stalling, and I had a mice infestation in my dorm room (there’s a reason they call it the sophomore slump). But then I discovered this podcast, and not to sound corny, but it changed everything for me. The beautifully crafted stories, the elegant prose, the captivating characters, and Kate’s spot-on narration - it reinvigorated my love of literature, and introduced me to the absolutely fabulous world of science fiction. Since then, I’ve dedicated my studies to science fiction. I wrote my honors thesis on Tiptree and Russ, I’ve listened devoutly to the podcast every month, I’ve gorged myself on works from a wide range of SF authors, and now, I hope to take my studies of SF into grad school. I owe a lot to this podcast and Clarkesworld, and while this review can barely even scratch the surface of how grateful I am, I just want everyone who works at Clarkesworld to know that you are doing important, brilliant, and inspirational work, and you’ve helped me carve a little spot for myself in this chaotic and unpredictable world. Thank you.
  • Sense Amid Madness
    Not very interesting
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  • IL Sheli
    So much imagination and creativity. Talented writer with though provoking ideas about how our world might look in the future. Kate Baker does an AMAZING job reading! I also love and appreciate her comments at the beginning and end. Listen!
  • Kinscat
    Used to be good.
    There have been some truly enjoyable stories here from time to time. Way too WOKE now. Does every theme have to be about phony man-made climate change? Kate, there is a “t” in the word “important”.
  • djtomhanks
    Awesome podcast, but I NEED descriptions
    Title says my main criticism: this podcast fills a crucial niche in short audiobooks and plays to sci-fi’s strengths. The genre shines in audio format and the production value is top notch. Great narration style and wide variety of authors and ideas. But seriously yo, I’d listen much more if there was a simple description of the story in the podcast listing. Sci-fi is the best genre, but it’s also the most stylistically diverse and not everyone likes all the sub-genres. For instance, time travel fans don’t always get into space opera and exoplanet settlement tales and vice versa. Also there’s an emphasis on emerging writers and even hardcore fans don’t always recognize author names. Sorry to whine for such an awesome (and free!) project but I want to enjoy it more.
  • kell1993
    Woke SF
    Was a listener since 2008. Sad to say, like several other SF Podcasts, this one has gone full on WOKE.
  • TheTCT
    I LOVE that such a diversity of culture drives this amazing podcast and the stories! So well written. So well read. The talent is astounding in every aspect. Thank you and keep up the great work. It is so appreciated!
  • Lilmomma33
    Decent tales...
    Decent stories, for the most part, but do you ever notice that nearly every character relationship is lesbian? I don’t disapprove of the lifestyle at all but a story shouldn’t need to exploit it to tell a good tale!
  • Ylisten
    Out of this World!
    Kate Baker brings these stories alive with her excellent narration-and a voice smooth as warm butter. One of my most recent favorites is "The Sun from Both Sides" written by R.S.A. Garcia...masterfully bending the future around relevant topics, a great plot line, interesting characters, excellent world building-easy to suspend disbelief...thank you R.S.A. Garcia and thank you Clarkes World.
  • Singeramy321
    My favorite listen
    This is such a well run podcast. I love Kate’s voice. She has a great story telling way I mow the lawn, do chores, drive to her voice. I love the international stories. This is a must try for sci-fi, fantasy fans.
  • Nightlight 41
    Fun to listen to. Very entertaining.
    Hey, The story telling is great and easy to listen to.
  • havok854
    Wonderful podcast
    I love these stories, and the production quality.
  • Genopatt
    The best stories. A wide variety of genres, a diverse selection of authors, brought to life by Kate Baker’s intoxicating voice.
  • Wyuuuu
    Thank you for for this great stories.
    Stumbled into this podcast while checking out sci novels from Chinese authors. Great short stories and fresh ideas.
  • Infinite Ana
    Thank you Clarkesworld
    For making my commute to work bearable. I drive an hour to and from work every day - this is by far the best story podcast I’ve found. I’m hooked, heading to look at your patreon page now. Again, thank you for providing these stories. Although - it says sci fi and fantasy and... I have yet to hear a single traditional “fantasy” story or see any ‘magic’ Would love to hear a story with this.
  • Akloki
    Under developed character heroine navigates smoldering post apocalyptic landscape with the aid of; symbiotic alien, symbiotic digital implant, symbiotic babblefish. Rinse and repeat. 4/1/19 ‘The Future is Blue’ “Fuckwits” and “murdercunts” What was that garbage? (Pun intended) Horrible gratuitous use of expletives for no apparent reason other than to highlight the authors misanthropic churlish nature. I doubt the author is even slightly aware of her own contributions to the destruction of our planet. Hypocrite!
  • depthjunkie76
    My favorite SF podcast
    Great stories and well narrated!
  • Merredithmjlwontopen
    Wonderful stories!
    The stories on this podcast make me think, & they also keep me so captivated that I’m able to do lots of housework or slog through boring commutes. I enjoy Kate Baker’s narration, & now whenever I read a short story on my own, the voice in my head sounds like her. I’ve already made at least one of my friend an avid fan as well!
  • sfishy7
    Narrator is perfect. The stories are captivating. I have been listening to different podcasts for years and I think this is the best. I plan on subscribing!
  • yuli e
    Can’t say enough good things
    I was thrilled when I found this podcast. I have gone back and listened to every story with no more than 1 dozen that I didn’t like. I love Kate’s voice. I have found another podcast and a few books she reads. I listen at night and her voice relaxes me(and yes I fall asleep but that is a good thing for me) but I always set the timer so I know where I left off. The stories are great and I love the translations, which I think are Chinese, because they come from a different perspective. Since I found this site it reminded me of my lapsed enjoyment of the genre and I have download dozens of books now on Audible.
  • Catalyst 1143
    A Catalog of Sunlight at the End of the World
    Great story Kate! Probably one of the best. And your narration was spot on. Beautiful. We look forward to every podcast. Calm times in a troubled world.
  • Mommabird25
    Every time I listen, it’s too graphic for my comfort.
    Everything about Clark’s world is highly professional, and very well done. The problem I have is the content is too graphic; I find it disturbing. I don’t mind having images put into my brain that are ugly and negative, or graphic and Gross… If there is a reason. My problem with Clark’s world is that there isn’t a reason for me to be upset, or to add ugly images into my brain. It’s a magazine! It should be enjoyable not disturbing and upsetting. This particular story I’m critiquing is filled with graphic details about vomit… I don’t need it, just don’t need in my mind… It doesn’t offer me any benefit! Kate Baker is a fabulous narrator and an excellent writer. I don’t understand why they don’t use more stories like the kind she writes. I just wish they had stories that were palatable for my delicate sensibilities.
  • Anonymous Acknowledger
    Transmission 4235
    I write to you from dimension 7. People of Podcast, I have been instructed by your envoy, Katebaker, to provide review for the data gathering complex of apple podcast. Data matrix is familiar to my species, algorithm must be fed with streams of organic emotion expression to maintain balance of life force. Salutations.
  • seabeesurf
    One of my favorite podcasts
    I’ve been listening to this podcast for about 4 years and just now have iTunes so here’s my belated five star review.
  • timthorn
    Fantastic storytelling by an excellent storyteller
    Both the selection of amazingly detailed stories and the incredible talents of Kate brings the selections to life. Each story features gripping plots that forces listeners to rethink the situation's or question their own beliefs. The narration simply drives the point home. As an avid science fiction reader that relies on audio books, this is just the best podcast series to subscribe to.
  • GabyBikes
    Very Enjoyable!
    Narrators voice is absolutely lovely. Stories are diverse and entertaining. My favorite SciFi podcast!
  • Weshjook
    A dreamy dive into sci-fi well worth putting on your flippers.
  • Organa57
    Clarkesworld produces interesting, well-written science fiction that I enjoy listening to. Well done!
  • Toquam
    Neat stories, very well read aloud
    Confess I started doing podcast stories and poems because after decades subscribing to The New Yorker, I probably read less than 100 weekly stories. As the read aloud is free, I find it delightful, almost wishing I’d read more stories, instead of paging through the cartoons. Clarkesworld Magazine is an adder - my Galaxy, If, F&SF, Asimov’s and Analog subscriptions got read, cover to cover, since LBJ seemed hopeful. Kate Baker has a fine voice, and as a person implied in her voice, adds value without distracting from the stories. In addition to new authors, many delightful favorites contribute famous stories you might recall from magazines or anthologies. I perhaps got goosed into getting 50+ hours of Clarke’s complete short stories from Audible - you might enjoy both pod and complete stories, as for sure I have.
  • Akwinner8
    First rate stories, well told.
    The content is a wonderfully curated collection of international short stories. The narrator, Kate Baker has a soothing voice and does a great job. I highly recommend this podcast.
  • Star Gazer 11
    Chinese Pinyin
    I love the podcast and love the narration. I love that the podcast introduces so many Chinese authors. I wish the narrator would learn to pronounce the Chinese Pinyin romanization system. Mispronunciation of every name makes the Chinese stories unbearable to Chinese speakers, which is sad because I really want to hear them. X’s are pronounced like SH, C’s like TS, Q’s like CH. ZH’s like J. There are a few more quirks but those are the worst. The system wasn’t designed for English speakers, so it’s a little wierd, but once you get the hang of it. The narrated Chinese accent usually sounds like Japanese, but it’s only slightly distracting. No accent may be better.
  • Podcast Obsessed DanaJean
    Favorite Podcast out of MANY!
    I am a podcast addict - I work long hours and podcasts help me get through the less intellectual work and household chores. Of the 50+ podcasts I've listened to (including over 20 sci-fi/fantasy oriented), Clarksworld is by far my favorite. Kate has a wonderful voice and style to her narration, and she speaks to her listeners like they're friends and family. The stories chosen are all amazing and incredibly varied. I only recently found the podcast, and have been obsessively streaming it for weeks... the combo of thought-provoking stories and Kate's warm and intellectual discussion is quite addictive. And if you are going through a tough time, Kate reminds you that you're not the only one and that there are many worlds and possibilites out there! Please, if you listen to Clarksworld, HELP THEM OUT and donate! They work very hard and produce amazing work, yet less than 10% of their listeners contribute.
  • dwightshep
    Incredible Story Selection, Talented Narrator
    In the year I’ve been listening, the story selection has consisted primarily of visionary fiction — Chilling dystopia, imminent social commentary, cautionary living projections of science, technology, society, and humanity. Host and narrator Kate Baker is a glittering personality and phenomenal storyteller. Kate! You’ve found a lifetime listener! 50/5 stars.
  • moonsqueeks
    Best stories
    Perfect! I love Kate’s voice and the stories are some of the best I’ve ever heard. Listen while you’re awake, not sleepy. Listen alone, or with a friend. I retell some of the stories for my toddler. The stories are so entertaining and thoughtful.
  • Jedi Wannabi
    Good but gloomy
    The stories themselves are usually quite good, but unfortunately the host always seems to read them with such an air of world-weary sadness that they tend to bring me down. Kate, could you please lighten up a little?
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