Narrator Theresa Bakken is producing and hosting The Desideratum Podcast. Available everywhere in the vast podcast universe – on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Overcast, Castbox 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

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Survivor's Guilt by Robyn Gigl Ep42 Desideratum

Our featured story is from author, attorney and LGBTQ+ activist Robyn Gigl.  We are talking about Survivor's Guilt, Book 2 in Robyn's Erin McCabe legal thriller series that launches this week. Part of Robyn's writing genius is how she quietly and skillfully introduces readers to things and people around them that they might not otherwise see or understand. You will also hear about: a real person she immortalized in the series, her mental health connection to sports, and why her main character wears lucky socks to court. This story is about the greedy and powerful coming up against the system we call Justice. It centers on how they are ultimately held accountable by and for those they have exploited. Robyn's narrator for the series is Marguerite Gavin.  She is a narrator with 20 years experience, numerous Audie nominations and Earphones awards, and a devoted fan following. Audiofile Magazine says Marguerite has "the coveted ability to disappear as the narrator –  letting the story take the limelight it deserves".  I hope you will visit to save on Robyn’s books and their entire incredible library. Just use the Desideratum Podcast Code DP20 at checkout to save 20%.  If listening to the excerpt hooks you on narrator Marguerite Gavin’s delivery, in a few weeks, you can purchase the complete audiobook at Please use the Desideratum Podcast affiliate link with Doing so supports the podcast and a local bookstore of your choice.  Thanks to Vida at Kensington Books for introducing me to Robyn and as always thank you for listening!   — Support this podcast:
  1. Survivor's Guilt by Robyn Gigl Ep42
  2. A Day Like This by Kelley McNeil Ep41
  3. Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge Ep40
  4. The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes Ep39
  5. Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea, Episode 38
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