Narrator Theresa Bakken is producing and hosting The Desideratum Podcast. Available everywhere in the vast podcast universe – on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google and more. Tune in to hear an author you love or find your new favorite storyteller.

Desideratum is Latin for things that are desired as essential. The Desideratum Podcast celebrates storytelling as essential – the art of telling and the journey of listening.  Join narrator Theresa Bakken for new episodes every Friday featuring writers and narrators doing what they do best and listen for what each guest desires as essential. 

Narrator Library

Upmarket Fiction

Exploring connotations of lucky and unlucky and sibling rivalry Click to purchase.

Young Adult Fantasy

A strong female protagonist with a magical ‘knack’. Click to purchase.

Memoir, Non-fiction

A true story of one couple’s adventure in a cabin off-grid in Alaska. Click to purchase.

Historical Fiction Novel

A WWII Brave Women Fiction, Book 6, raising profound questions about loss and motherhood. Click to purchase.

Colonization Science Fiction

Clever characters solving a complex riddle near an asteroid belt called The Briar Patch. Click to purchase.

Women’s Fiction, Novella

Part one in a three part wedding series featuring Dawn’s bee-loved characters. Click to purchase.

Historical Fiction

The unlikely romance of a small town Maine girl and a German on the eve of WWII. Click to purchase.

Cozy Mystery

Part of the successful Danger Cover Mystery Series. A murder in a small town has big consequences. Click to purchase.

Wealth Management

This engaging guide walks you through each phase of your financial life. Click to purchase.

Building partnerships with storytellers and publishers

Listening thoughtfully

Delivering professional projects on deadline

Get started with your audiobook. Email to request an audio demo.

Follow your heart Behind the Lens, Episode 27 with Jeannee Sacken Desideratum

Our featured story comes from freelance photographer and writer Jeannee Sacken.  In her debut novel, Behind the Lens, Sacken honors strong women. She champions their education and freedom to follow their hearts and passions.  Her characters are courageous and complicated.  She takes us to a war zone with a photographer who focuses on truth and witnesses cruelty, love, cultural beauty and betrayal. It's a riveting, multifaceted story set in Afghanistan. You will hear a scene from the novel and find out why Sacken's own life trajectory changed – why she followed her heart and started sharing women's stories.  You can find out more about Jeannee Sacken, connect with her on social media and buy her book in the links below.  She has also shared the names of charities helping refugees from Afghanistan right now. Thanks for listening.  Links to Jeannee Sacken's work: https://instagram/authorjeanneesacken Link to Amazon to purchase Behind the Lens: Organizations accepting donations of new clothing, shoes, supplies, and money: Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, Lutheran Social Services, International Institute of Wisconsin, Jewish Social Services (based in Madison) Volunteering assistance: (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse),,
  1. Follow your heart Behind the Lens, Episode 27 with Jeannee Sacken
  2. A journey of darkness and light – Luz by Debra Thomas, Episode 26
  3. The best person for the job, in When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis, Episode 25
  4. Episode 24, author Claire Fullerton, Little Tea, and how the past is always with us
  5. Discover dark secrets, inner demons, and fate Walking Among the Trees with Frank Oliva, Episode 23
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