This week’s prompt is: audio freebie. I don’t listen to audiobooks anymore – I used to when I was little, getting cassettes from the library and listening to them on my bright orange and purple cassette player or in the car. This is not to bash audiobooks, just to say that the way I read and enjoy books at the moment, the format doesn’t suit me. I do however love a variety of podcasts and to keep on the bookish theme I’m going to talk about my top 5 storytelling podcasts!
In Lore, the host Aaron Mahnke tells historical tales through the lens of folklore so of course I love this. It has atmospheric piano music, eerie stories and Mahnke’s voice is perfect for this show. With over 100 episodes around 30 minutes each, this is a perfect bedtime podcast for me.
Episodes I love: (8) The Castle, (10) Steam & Gas, (34) All the Lovely Ladies
Years ago, a research facility in the form of a town called Limetown was set up. It had 300 residents who mysteriously vanished. This podcast follows the fictional journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the mystery. There are two seasons of Limetown and each episode is about 30 minutes each. It is gripping, spooky at times and has a science fiction thread running through it.
Another sci-fi tale coming your way. This one is short and sweet: a mysterious alien message lands on Earth and this podcast reports the story from within the team that is deciphering it. This story works really well in audio format as the alien message is a series of sounds rather than words or written language. There are 8 episodes that are 10-15 minutes long and I’ve listened to the story twice.
Because the same people made the next podcast on this list (Life After), you will find it listed under there rather than just as The Message.
Life After is a sci-fi tale yes, but also one of grief. Following the death of his wife, FBI clerk Ross Barnes begins to listen to voice clips recorded on the popular social media app to remember her. Soon, she begins to talk to him like she’s really there and then things get even more complicated. At 10 episodes long with ~30 minute episodes, this one is also really quick to get through!
Finally, this is a horror podcast. Because of the podcast form though it is reminiscent of telling scary stories around a campfire. Narrated by the Head Archivist of the fictional Magnus Institute, we are told the supernatural witness accounts that have been submitted to the institute. I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far as I’m not often in the mood for horror, but I really enjoy this!