The Desideratum Podcast

Desideratum is a Latin word meaning things that are desired as essential or fundamental. Longing for stories to share and wishing for moments with gifted storytellers inspired this podcast. Celebrate the art of telling and the journey of listening with narrator Theresa Bakken and her author, artist, and wordsmith friends.


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. TBnarrator@gmail.com

Episode 8, Mommy Van Gogh Desideratum

Today's featured story is from Melissa Face and her collection of parenting essays called I Love You More Than Coffee.  Her book celebrates early motherhood, but it's not just for new moms reaching for their coffee.  It's also for moms looking back and remembering. Melissa is quick to smile and laugh, a joy to talk to.  Listen to why she's glad she wrote these essays, how her daughter's confidence makes her say wow,  and when she felt the cosmic shift of motherhood – that moment of no longer feeling like the center of her own universe.  You can find her book and her schedule of coffee and library talks on her website. She also shared a great picture of her and her kids that we will put on the Desideratum Facebook page.  Thanks for listening. https://melissaface.com/
  1. Episode 8, Mommy Van Gogh
  2. Episode 7, The Hedonist
  3. Episode 6, Voices
  4. Episode 5, Ignorance or Innocence
  5. Episode 4, Unexplained Aerial Phenomena