Your weekly slate of complete audio fiction is here!
Issue #48 | 3 Aug 2023
As the one year anniversary of The End draws near, I'm on the hunt for some audio fiction tales from the past that I might have missed—or, more likely, forgotten about. So if you've a favorite that I've not featured previously, do let me know.
The last week, I've been helping lots of fiction podcasters improve the listener experience of their shows. That's been a lot of fun for me and quite helpful to the creators. Which should, in turn, help you and me, the listener. I'm doing it pro bono for now, as I'm learning a lot from the experience too.
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Dramatized fiction from Sony Music Entertainment & Goldhawk
While traveling through Europe on their honeymoon, newly-wed influencer couple, Karlie (Jessica Plummer) and Tre (Ben Hardy), notice an almost identical couple is following them and posting the same content - imitating their photos; same poses, filters, and tags.
Their inquiry snowballs into them being interrogated for a double homicide and discovering an influencer-targeted cult.
Series complete as of 22 May 2023
Listening time: 4h 39m
Evo's notes: Is it possible to "hate enjoy" audio fiction? That's how I feel about TAGGED. It's a top notch production, with high-quality actors. I just hated the characters. But... that's kind of the idea.
Dramatized absurdist scifi comedy from LovelyMachine & Story Engine
Upon learning his misogynist, conspiracy-spewing workmate holds a winning ticket for the most coveted prize on earth – the Global Early Retirement Lottery – a listless factory worker stops at nothing to ensure the reward goes to a more deserving citizen, namely himself, only to discover the prize is not exactly as advertised.
A LovelyMachine & Story Engine Production. Created and Written by Gregory Bayne. Produced and Directed by Gregory Bayne and Logan Donovan. Starring Logan Donovan, Jennifer Lafleur, Travis Swartz, and Jonathan Freeman.
Season 1 finale released 20 Jun 2023
Listening time: 2h 18m
Season 2 starts Apr 2024
Evo's notes: This show is re-gods-damned-diculous, and I love it. Top notch, from actors to production to story. Except for Jerry Fucking Dingle!
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A priest of Nelena, the goddess of death and fate, named Rolen finds a girl destined to be the next guardian of the realm. He must travel to the Temple of the Ancients to deliver her before the man who killed the previous guardian catches up to them.
A bomb-squad specialist named Fuse wakes in darkness, strapped to a chair. What comes next is revealed only by the blaze of explosions. Listen as Fuse attempts to escape and discovers just how dangerous the world has become. As he faces more questions than answers, will he be able to save us all?
Season 1 finale released 26 Jul 2023
Listening time: 3h 12m
Season 2 slated for 2024
Dramatized comedy from Kathleen Cleland Moyer & Backyard Theatre
A clueless Irish-American who loves Ireland collaborates with her Druidic-healer poet cousin as they prepare to inaugurate the new Megacorp Exhibition Hall, an heiress, a hot groundskeeper, a fairy fort, a famous Russian dissident artist, and an army of frisky stoats have other plans.
Season 1 finale released 8 Sep 2022
Listening time: 2h 25m
Season 2 slated for Dec 2023
Dramatized LGBTQ+ comedy from Eric McKeever & ElmTREESinger Creative
Evan Nixon is a former performer turned Life-Coach. Aided by his husband, Kevin, his BFF, Minxy, and his mentor, Miss Erica, of Miss Erica’s Life-Coaching Institute and Cross-Dressing Academy, Evan navigates a host of zany clients, all while “life-coaching” his own journey.
Season 1 finale released 29 Sep 2022
Listening time: 2h 41m
Season 2 slated for Feb 2024
Dramatized scifi comedy from Evan Shwartz & Dejito Productions
Join Zoe and Jesse in this fast paced audio-drama as they stumble their way through an unfinished, half built afterlife. Drama, science-fiction, and humor fuse together for a high impact listener experience.
Season 1 finale released 26 Jul 2022
Listening time: 1h 18m
A Spanish version drops 31 Aug 2023
New Seasons Coming Soon
Presented by Radio Drama Revival,
one of the internet’s longest-running anthology audio drama shows, with
the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio
Returning on 8 Aug 2023:
The Strata, a dramatized scifi series from Mark R. Healy, returns for Season 9.