I find that a lot of AD tends to push for the fantastical, which can come in many forms. Big laughs, big scares, big productions. That's not a bad thing, by any means. I am a huge fan of King Falls AM, The Magnus Archives, and The Cleansed; all of which I would consider big in their own ways. Each of these examples push the envelope on what it means to be an Audio Drama, and a podcast.
I want to tilt the spotlight away from BIG for a little bit. Yes, each of these shows deserve a listen and all the praise they get. Having said that, I want to shine a light on this show for the simplicity of it. Simple kickoff, simple format, and simply amazing. This is Duggan Hill.
There are two different seasons so far, but I'm going to focus on the first in this review. The premise for this show is , you guessed it, simple:
On a back country road outside the hamlet of Duggan Hill, Saskatchewan, a woman named Sasha Ismond goes missing without a trace.
She had been travelling from Vancouver for the past...
Welcome, welcome, WELCOME back to First Impressions! I wanted to bring to you all an upcoming AD that is extremely unique in how it is both presented and marketed. It operates very much like an ARG (Alternate Reality Game), but even then it’s a unique twist on the ARG. I expect nothing less than this kind of master storytelling from the same people who brought us Jim Robbie and the Wanderers.
With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, I can think of no more appropriate genre to showcase today than an espionage AD. Don’t worry, this review will NOT self-destruct in five seconds…wait, that’s Mission Impossible…now I’m mixing fandoms, oh boy.
Anyway, I present to you OAKPODCAST.
As I said, this AD is extremely unique in how it presents itself and its funding. Most shows will have advertisements somewhere during or right after the show, letting you know about their Patreon account or how amazing stamps.com or Bombas Socks are. In this case the main character, Holly, uses her Patreon in her story. Y...
One of my favorite books growing up was a very well-worn copy of At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. For those of you that have never read H.P. Lovecraft…we will need to have a proper sit down soon. For the sake of expediency, I’ll give you a short synopsis:
Professor William Dyer, a professor at the great bastion of knowledge called Miskatonic University, travels to Antarctica for a geologic survey. During this survey, Dyer and his team discover the remains of ancient organisms. Neither wholly plant or animal, this discovery leads Dyer and a graduate student named Danforth on a jaw dropping excursion over the mountain range and into a vast city of unimaginable horror and age.
I tell you this to give you an idea as to my thought process while listening to this AD. Something is very wrong in the very-down-under, and it seems none too friendly. I get a very Lovecraftian vibe from this AD, though that may just be my bias showing. I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up...
Science Fiction. Post-apocalyptic. Mystery. Action. Each genre with an ever deepening well of content. So many ADs under so many genres and sub genres and microgenres, you never find yourself bereft of content. It is truly a glorious day when you can find an AD that just fits. I know, that sounds “wicked weird” as us Mainers say. Hear me out.
Every single one of us has a genre or two that we just fall in love with. We obsess and crave, yet when you actually listen to it, a great sense of calmness and happiness just seems to fill us. No better feeling, that is. For me, I can’t get enough of anything Sci-fi. Especially Space Opera. Oh, good lord I just lose myself in books like Old Man’s War, Leviathan Wakes, and The Spinward Fringe series.
Having said that, this AD is up there with those major works of art. Every single aspect just pulls me in and makes me crave more. The story is unique and inspired, the voice actors are phenomenal and very relaxing to me, and I just could not stop liste...
Any horror aficionado worth their salt will know just what an influence H.P. Lovecraft has been on the entire genre. His work stretches through time, much like the abominations and otherworldly being that populate said work, and has influenced many of the great horror creators. Say what you will about his personal beliefs and the time period he grew up in being a factor in such, but no one can deny that Lovecraft pioneered the journey into the unknown and gave us something to truly be afraid of.
Because of Lovecraft’s influence, there have been a myriad of novels, short stories, games, and other forms of media that have built on the foundations he laid down. This is collectively known as The Cthulhu Mythos. Today, I want to introduce you to one of the only Audio Dramas I’ve found that draw directly from Lovecraft and his work.
Get ready to Cthulhu your Ftaghn, this is Father Dagon.
Before I even start, I want to say that I may be a tad biased on this one. H.P. Lovecraft is my absolute fav...
It was requested of me to review this Audio Drama. I am always looking for new AD to listen to. The idea behind this site is to give up and coming Audio Drama the audience it needs and deserves, as well as showcase some of the bigger AD out there to showcase what great stories can come from this form of art expression. Each new review I put up here gives me a renewed sense of purpose and an even deeper love of Podcasts and Audio Drama. This AD has proven to be exceptionally amazing for several reasons, and I hope that you will follow it as eagerly as I do by the end of this.
Here are my First Impressions of Blood Culture.
Based out of the wonderful UK, home of my favorite time traveling alien, Blood Culture is very unique in multiple facets. The story begins with A’isha, a med tech at the company that seems to rule the entire everything, Meta. Meta is your standard “giant evil corporation” that seems to have a LOT of fingers in SO MANY pies. One of the big innovations that Meta has are h...
I do love these kind of reviews. I can give you my thoughts on a series that has ended, and let you judge for yourself if it is truly worth the listen in its entirety. This AD is no exception, though I EMPLORE you to take the journey. So, let’s kick this right off. Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of vocal stimulation….yeah, I’m sorry about that…..This is Help Me.
This AD is only one season long. One season of pure horrific bliss so all-encompassing that it brings a tear to my eye that there is no more. Help Me follows Nichole Keen as she begins her own investigation into the death of her best friend, Olivia. What is ruled a suicide may be anything but, as voice recordings Olivia has left behind show. As the story progresses, Nichole finds herself pulling further and further away from her friends and family, while at the same time going deeper and deeper into a horrifyingly tragic endgame with an unknown enemy. There’s not much more I can say without giving it away, so on I go!
For reference, the title is set to the tune of Karma Chameleon.
Growing up in rural Northwest Ohio, it’s quite literally the perfect environment for a Cryptid. Vast expanses of corn fields, a seemingly infinite number of densely wooded areas, and a Great Lake. The best known one I can think of off the top of my head was Bessie, also called the South Bay Bessie. I remember going to Put-in-bay, a small vacation island in Lake Erie, on a school field trip. We took a shuttle boat to the island. While en-route, I faked being sick so I could go sit outside and enjoy the ride. My other choice was to sit in the cabin with everyone else and be bored to death by Mrs. Beal’s droning on about boat science. I remember looking at the water and seeing a long, dark shadow weaving its way through the water in the boat’s wake. It went away after a moment or two, but that has always stuck with me. I’d like to think I escaped a wet, cold, dark death by only the narrowest of margins.
The creator of this AD, Chris Rosewood, asked for me to review his show. I am always looking for new and creative ADs to listen to and review, so why not plug myself and say that you should send me requests for reviews?
Anyway. I’ve seen this one crawl up my phone screen as a browse the Audio Drama subreddit, so I was familiar with the name. I was definitely surprised that Chris reached out to me in the first place, as he was one of the first to request a review and I was only two or three reviews in if I remember correctly. He asked for an honest opinion of the show, and I wanted to make sure I gave that.
Here we go, Chris. This is Testing Connection.
First, let me give you my honest review of this show. I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best Audio Dramas I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. Everything about it is as close to perfect as you can get. I feel like I’m not offering anything constructive, but that’s because I can’t think of anything wrong or off about i...
Hello once again! I want to give a HUGE apology to everyone for my extended absence from reviews. There was a lot of stuff I’d rather not get into on here happening, but I think I’ve got it all worked out!
Think back to the last summer before your senior year of high school. You and your friends would talk about what would happen when the year ended, get all sappy, and promise to make that last summer together one of the most memorable ever. You finally tell your crush just how much you like her. A few of your friends get busted by the cops for vandalism, AKA “forking” someone’s lawn. You all take a trip to the old campground beside a lake that just happens to have a secret bunker where an ancient evil lies in wait. You know, Americana at its finest!
Welcome to scenic Lake Clarity.
This AD is an absolute treat, and it’s only five episodes in! I’ll just cannonball right into the premise so you can get to the show faster! We join five teenagers (Seth, Ally, Mike, Erin, and Brandon) in the...