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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.

Before we get to the shows in this issue, a reminder that I'd love you forever if you became a supporter of The End. There are also sponsor opportunities available, so spread the word!

Let's get into this, shall we?

- Evo

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Featured Audio Fiction

I've listened to every episode of these two shows, and proudly recommend them to you. As with all things in life, YMMV.

Cover art - TAGGED

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TAGGED

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
  • 8 episodes
  • 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.


Cover art - Goodbye Blue Mondays

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Goodbye Blue Mondays

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
  • 6 episodes
  • 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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Season Finales & Finished Series

A good mix of shows this week! Short and long, fully complete and season finales, and even a mix of new and not-so-new. Check 'em out!

Cover art - Shorthand Missile

Narrated mystery anthology from Matthew C. McLean

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Shorthand Missile - Aggie McPherson Mysteries

An anthology series featuring short, punchy tales spiked with chapters from long form projects. A mix of noir thrillers and speculative fiction, mixed with the cruelties and loves of everyday life.

  • Season 2 finale released 2 Aug 2023
  • 10 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 27m
  • Season 3 (assorted short stories from the author) is underway
  • 😃👹🤫
Cover art - The Priest

Dramatized fantasy adventure from DearTV Productions

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The Priest

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.

  • Series complete as of 31 Jul 2023
  • 4 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 56m
  • ⚔️🏕😭
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Narrated supernatural thriller from Craig Nybo

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Terrifying Lies

Thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories written and read by Craig Nybo. A hybrid of episodic anthology-styled episodes and longer serialized fiction.

  • Season 2 finale released 30 Jul 2023
  • 33 episodes
  • Listening time: 21h 08m
  • Season 3 starts Sep 2023
  • 👻💀🧛
Cover art - Eagle Nine: Locked

Dramatized scifi from Driven Catalyst

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Eagle Nine: Locked

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
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 12m
  • Season 2 slated for 2024
  • 🪑🤖🤯
Cover art - Bernie's Bistro

Dramatized comedy from Kathleen Cleland Moyer & Backyard Theatre

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Bernie's Bistro

A fast-paced story in the slow-paced fictional town of Scottsville, Bernie’s Bistro is a laugh a minute romp about relationships — and rutabagas.

Backyard Theatre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • Season 1 finale released 28 Jun 2023
  • 3 episodes
  • Listening time: 0h 57m
  • Season 2 is possible, but the story is complete
  • 🤣🍲🇨🇦
Cover art - RETREAT COMEDY

Dramatized comedy from Andrea Ipaktchi & Aoibheann McCann

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RETREAT

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
  • 6 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 25m
  • Season 2 slated for Dec 2023
  • 🍀😂🦡
Cover art - The Coach

Dramatized LGBTQ+ comedy from Eric McKeever & ElmTREESinger Creative

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The Coach

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
  • 6 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 41m
  • Season 2 slated for Feb 2024
  • 🧔🏽‍♂️💖🤣
Cover art - Death Inc.

Dramatized scifi comedy from Evan Shwartz & Dejito Productions

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Death Inc.

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
  • 12 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 18m
  • A Spanish version drops 31 Aug 2023
  • 🎭👾😆

New Seasons Coming Soon

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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 fiction.

Returning on 8 Aug 2023:

The Strata, a dramatized scifi series from Mark R. Healy, returns for Season 9.

• 50 current episodes
• Listening time: 22h 10m
• 🦾🤖👩‍💻

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Returning on 28 Aug 2023:

The Royals of Malibu, a dramatized fiction tale from Diversion Audio & Pod People, returns for Season 2.

• 13 current episodes
• Listening time: 6h 21m
• 🌆💵💦

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