First Impressions: “The Phenomenon” a Testament to Books as Podcasts

The Phenomenon is a new audio drama based on the novel of the same name by R. K. Katic, which began as a series of continuing vignettes on Reddit: Inspired by serialized science-fiction radio shows of the past, The Phenomenon is a fictional podcast with an international cast and rich sound design that follows people from … Continue reading First Impressions: “The Phenomenon” a Testament to Books as Podcasts

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First Impressions: “Unmapped” an Energetic, Intimate Podcast for Traveling Vicariously

Unmapped is a new nonfiction podcast from Uncover documenting the host's travels: In “Unmapped,” millennial travel blogger Angelina Zeppieri takes you along on her adventures, revealing hidden gems along the way. Get inside Angelina’s head as she narrates her honest thoughts and experiences throughout her global journeys. Unmapped feels somewhere between the Samantha Brown Travel … Continue reading First Impressions: “Unmapped” an Energetic, Intimate Podcast for Traveling Vicariously

First Impressions: “Unplaced” a Haunting Audio Drama Discusses Isolation and Erasure

Unplaced is a new science fiction audio drama by Michelle Nickolaisen, writer of the Woldslip series. The plot centers around a woman who wakes up to find that nobody can see or hear her, and her determination to find out why. Here is the show's summary, taken from its website: Unplaced is an audio drama that tells the story … Continue reading First Impressions: “Unplaced” a Haunting Audio Drama Discusses Isolation and Erasure

First Impressions: “Marsfall” Adds Exciting Structure to the Space Opera Genre

Marsfall is a new seralized audio drama by Amity Bros., a "Tricostal Production Company." Marsfall falls into the Space Opera genre and features the story of the first crew to live on Mars. Here is the show's abridged description, taken from the Marsfall website: In an era of environmental and geopolitical uncertainty, Sequoia Industries International stands as a … Continue reading First Impressions: “Marsfall” Adds Exciting Structure to the Space Opera Genre

First Impressions: “Station to Station” A New and Unsettling Audio Drama Favorite

Station to Station is the newest seralized audio drama from Procyon, the network behind The Strange Case of Starship Iris and Under Pressure. Station to Station is a highly atmospheric podcast verging on the horror drama, but the show has decided for slow-burn suspense over up-front grisly details. From the Procyon website, here is Station to Station's description: When Dr Miranda Quan … Continue reading First Impressions: “Station to Station” A New and Unsettling Audio Drama Favorite

First Impressions: “What’s the Frequency” Sets New Bar for Early Audio Drama Episodes

What's the Frequency is a new "psychedelic noir audio drama" by Greater Boston veteran, creator James Oliva. The show follows a large cast of characters in a fictionalized 1940s L.A. where the only radio broadcast still running is a serial written by a man who's recently gone missing. Taken from the show's website, here is a summary … Continue reading First Impressions: “What’s the Frequency” Sets New Bar for Early Audio Drama Episodes

First Impressions: Talking Cold War II Because “She’s In Russia”

She's In Russia is a nonfiction podcast hosted by Smith Freeman and Olivia Capozzalo, two friends discussing Russian-American politics. While Freeman is based in Boorklyn, Capozzalo is based in St. Petersburg, which both helps solidify the show's credibility and also demistify day-to-day life in Russia for American audiences. Instead of being akin to story-slash-journalism shows a … Continue reading First Impressions: Talking Cold War II Because “She’s In Russia”

First Impressions: High-Energy, Surprising Storytelling in “The Gray Area”

Update: When this review was written, I was unaware of who Ed Champion was, and was not aware of his history or allegations made against him. The Gray Area is an independent audio drama by creator Edward Champion in which each episode is a different story entirely, a la Black Mirror, but it also hops between different … Continue reading First Impressions: High-Energy, Surprising Storytelling in “The Gray Area”

First Impressions: “Join the Party” Is the Best Crash Course in D&D and Roleplaying

Join the Party is a new Dungeons and Dragons podcast a la The Adventure Zone. The podcast currently has three main plot episodes released as well as several bonus episodes. The show centers on the adventures of Inara Harthorn, a mischievous elf rogue; Johnny B. Goodlight, a charismatic half-elf warlock; and TR8c, or "Tracey," a delightfully peppy robot barbarian. … Continue reading First Impressions: “Join the Party” Is the Best Crash Course in D&D and Roleplaying

First Impressions: The Strange Case of Starship Iris

An update, as of 8/9/17: The Strange Case of Starship Iris is currently on hiatus. The Strange Case of Starship Iris is a new fiction podcast with 5 episodes released at the time of writing this review. The show focuses on Violet Liu, who has reluctantly become part of the crew on a smuggler ship. The show lies … Continue reading First Impressions: The Strange Case of Starship Iris