The End of Time and Other Bothers Review – Zimbellina

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The End of Time and Other Bothers is a new podcast coming April 15th. I got the awesome chance to listen to the first episode and I feel like such a lucky girl. What a lovely gift to wake up to!

So, firstly to be totally honest I didn’t know how I would react to this podcast as it is a role playing game being played in real time over the episodes. I’ve never played a real life role playing game like D&D, I’ve never even been in the same room as one being played. However, I’d love to learn it’s just not something that ever crossed my path. Until now. The End of Time and Other Bothers is like a D&D game but in the world of Alba Salix. There are two other Alba Salix podcasts, Alba Salix and The Axe & Crown, this is the third release by these world builders.

Sean the GM does a wonderful job building up the world. He leads the characters through their worlds, building up piece by piece, until you can have a fully imagined world. He’s fabulous at his job and really pulls you into the world he is building.

The other main characters, Blat, Darcy and Eggerton, are very well built up over the first episode. Blat, a half demon, is introduced first, is a file clerk who works in the bottom of a main building in the main part of Steadfast and it’s through him that we learn of the big event of the episode which I won’t say because that would ruin the surprise. Eggerton, a flightless fairy, is then introduced while he’s in the middle of getting ready for a big presentation that gets turned on its head by his nemesis very quickly. And finally Darcy, human cafeteria worker, is introduced. She’s quirky and interesting, I’d keep your eye on her she seems important. There is one other character but I’ll let you learn about that one on your own.

I’m so excited for this to launch. It is funny and surprisingly captivating. It is just like an audiodrama but it’s unfolding as you go in a way that audiodrama’s don’t really feel like. This feels different, like anything could and does happen. It adds drama and excitement to the show. I didn’t know what I expected going in but this was very good and I expect it to be a huge hit with the audiodrama and role playing communities. At least we’ve only got a little bit left to wait! Definitely get on this once it releases.

5/5 slightly singed stars.

Mars 2060 – The Colony Files Review – Zimbellina

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This podcast is a hidden gem of an audiodrama. I haven’t heard much about it but then maybe I just don’t run in the right circles on Twitter. Anyway, the first season of Mars 2060 focuses on the first set of astronauts to set up a habitat on Mars and study the planet. A second ship filled with supplies and more people comes about a year later. The story is told through a series of interviews by two people, Jenna and Megan. Megan is on Earth, interviewing the team on Earth and those who returned with the second ship when it went back to Earth. Jenna is on Mars and interviews both those from the first and second crews.

At first everything was going fine for the first crew then people started getting sick. A lot of people were falling ill but they couldn’t work out what was causing the illness and they couldn’t contain it. This happened when the second ship was on it’s way to Mars but wasn’t quite there yet. The sickness had to be contained and they needed to find the reason everyone was getting sick before the second ship landed. The second ship had orders that they weren’t to disembark if the sickness was not contained and they had to turn around and go back to earth.

“Mars is unfriendly. We are at work here everyday.” 

At first the major worries are psychological, such as anxiety and depression, but they had psychologists on Mars and they found ways to deal with this adequately such as with music or in extreme cases with medication but medication was not used a lot. These people were chosen to be able to withstand a lot of mental and physical strain. They were well trained and eager to do their jobs.

Some people were up there to search specific rock formations on Mars. The ship is divided into people who believe the rock formations are made by aliens and those who think there is either not enough evidence for that or they believe the formations are naturally made. The divide is not extreme, but it is there.

There is an interesting unfolding of the story through the interviews. Slowly with each interview more and more is learnt by the listener but at the same time more and more questions are raised. The interviews make you feel part of the crew and you feel what they feel as they explain the different reactions they had to landing and living on Mars. For example, there is an underlying questions of whether or not there were once aliens on Mars. If there was what happened to them? Did someone make the rock formations? And then there is the sickness that takes over the crew. How are they getting sick and what can be done to stop this sickness before it takes over the entire crew?

I listened to this in one go, so I don’t have a standout episode for you today because it seemed to me to be just one story. The voice recording is outstanding, the story telling is realistic and there are recognisably human moments even in such an inhuman place as Mars. The story quickly descends into a tense, mesmerising tale, told tantalisingly slowly, giving bits and pieces of the story before changing track and focusing on something else. This way of storytelling can sometimes be frustrating but all of the storylines in this audiodrama are so interesting you don’t mind being pulled from one storyline to another. It ends on a cliff hanger, but luckily I have been told there will be a second season. I cannot wait to see where this story takes me, it’s wonderfully told and everyone involved in the making of this podcast should be very proud of what they have produced. Loved it!

“The option of quitting was taken off the table the day we launched.”

5/5 red and dusty stars.

The Unwritable Rant

If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of thoughts that you want to

1200x630bbwrite down but always end up realising that for whatever reason — you probably shouldn’t do that. The show I’m going to introduce to you today is totally the kind of show I would end up doing if I ever actually start my own podcast and pretty much for the reason previously mentioned. Host Juliette Miranda likely realised this from experiences in their own life, which is what brought us all the creation of The Unwritable Rant podcast. Being an author gives the host an amazing insight into how to tell stories and she uses it well. From food to mishaps in hollywood (and always accompanied with a tasty drink), the stories are definitely entertaining and each kind of listener can find a story that resonates with them.

Usually, storytelling podcasts aren’t often my jam but The Unwritable Rant was like grabbing a drink with a friend during Sunday brunch and just shooting the breeze. Speaking of drinks, do you (like me) know next to nothing about bourbon? That will absolutely change after listening to this show. While still a bourbon novice, I now know so much more about a liquor that I never drink and it almost makes me want to drink it more often (which will probably please a lot of my friends, but that’s for another time and another website).

I recommend this show to all who are looking for an easy listen, but aren’t afraid to hear stories and opinions that may challenge the ones you currently hold.

Redhanded

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Hey guys! Ren with another podcast to review. I must say so far I’ve been really lucky with the podcasts I have been assigned to review. True crime and people who love it too is a lucky break for me. I do know I will be doing some that aren’t and I can’t wait to learn some new stuff about things I don’t know about.

Redhanded is a relatively new podcast and is hosted by a couple of ladies from across the pond from me. First, I love their accents and tend to just get lost in the lovely accents. Can my fellow Americans agree that sometimes just hearing things in a British accent makes them sound better or not as bad? These ladies, like yours truly, will let a cuss word fly when appropriate. Let’s be real talking about murderers means it’s always appropriate.

Suruthi and Hannah are smart women who make you want to listen to their take on stories you may have already heard of. I like that they have quite a few I don’t know and many of the British ones I’ve never heard of. One of my favorites is “The White House Massacre”. This one was new to me and completely had me engrossed. I love that it is well researched and the crimes and victims are always treated with respect with a bit of comedy when they can.

One of my favorite things is that the ladies do not just take everything at face value. Both have called BS on certain details. What I love even more is that they question things and often comment on how they need to know more. This by no means is to be taken as they don’t thoroughly research their topic, because they do. Sometimes there are just questions that are unanswered or were never asked. As a naturally curious person, it is nice to hear others ask questions that I wonder about myself.

I always pick a couple of episodes to listen to and get an idea about the podcast. I pick one that interests me and one that doesn’t (then at least three or four more). I picked for the interest for me Episode 10 The Oklahoma Girl Scouts Murder. I will say I picked this one because I was a Girl Scout and I went camping. My dream was to be counselor at a camp eventually (that dream never came true).

Three young girls are sexually molested and murdered. This had me on edge from the beginning. The ladies make even grisly murder not horrible as it can be. Their discussion of “Soccer” was hilarious and helped to break up the knot in my stomach. Kids and crimes is hard for me and this really helped me. The girls don’t overdramatize things and I appreciate this.

My favorite line ever: “It’s insane to me that someone could be a local celebrity because they are good a PE.” This line is reference to a convicted rapist that an entire town hides because…he was good a PE because here in America that makes you a hero. Their laughter with this and how they look at it endeared them to me forever.

Give them a listen! You won’t regret it.

True Crime Guys Review – Zimbellina

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True crime guys, Michael and Lorne, offer a range of crimes to choose from. They cover heavy hitters like Bonnie and Clyde and lesser known stories like the death of Colleen Ritzer. They lay out the story in a logical manner, telling the tale of the death in chronological order, adding in details about the killer as they go. It’s obvious these two have done their research.

The boys go into a lot of detail and don’t shy away from the gory stuff but they don’t use it in an exploitative way, they just relate the facts of the case as it is. They are very easy to listen to and their voices are quite soothing. I’ve fallen asleep to them before. Not because they’re boring obviously but because their voices are so nice to listen to.

They add in extra stuff about themselves when it’s relevant, such as memories that the crime calls up but these asides are always relatable and they quickly get back to the story without getting too distracted.

Standout episode – The tragic death of Colleen Ritzer. This episode focuses on the story of school teacher Colleen Ritzer who was killed violently on school grounds. The boys take a deep dive into the background of not only the victim but the killer as well. The killer has obvious mental issues, probably relating back to his childhood. The hosts go through all the things in the killers childhood which could have affected him to the point where he raped and murdered a teacher. They don’t make excuses for the teenage killer but they do go into the possible reasons why he did what he did. The boys talk about a lot more in the episode but I don’t want to ruin the episode for you because it’s well worth a listen.

You’ll want to binge listen to this podcast and they have a good amount of episodes which means more hours of binging! They don’t get boring, they keep what they talk about fresh by talking about different kinds of killings and adding in the more famous cases with the lesser known cases. They also cover recent cases as well as past cases which keeps things interesting.

Overall I give True Crime Guys 5/5 stars! Keep it up guys, your work is greatly appreciated.

True Crime All The Time

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Hey guys! Ren here with another review for another amazing podcast! Can I say I am blown away by the talent I’m finding out here. I really am truly impressed with so many of the dedicated people behind these podcasts.

Today, I am reviewing as the title suggests “True Crime All The Time”, a true crime podcast hosted by Mike and Gibby. I should say that I’ve now listened to almost all of their podcasts and I do not know if I am the first to suggest this but: these two need a talk show! If you’ve read my reviews you know I am true crime loving girl and I do love their takes on some of the most gruesome crimes out there, however I also very much enjoy when they go off script with teasing one another or personal stories just as much. I find myself smiling at their stories. (This could also be because I’m a midwest girl currently reside in the southern USA and am homesick, but I think it is because these guys are fun).

I love that they do their research or Maggie does and guys? An interview with her would be nice (if you haven’t yet. I haven’t done your entire podcast library..yet). The research is thorough and you can tell that all parties are treating this as a professional gig or a hobby they are really dedicated to and I like that. Add to that Mike’s voice and the friendship between the two hosts and you are in for a good time while listening to them. I am among those who listen to this podcast before bed, so far no really weird dreams…or weirder than normal.

One of the things that pulled me in, personally, was the way the guys wonder allowed about why these people do what they do. As a psychologist I can often answer back, but I like to hear their thoughts which is usually “we don’t think like they do” which is a good thing! Their honest reactions are welcomed by this listener.

I always do a quick review of an episode or two. For the podcast I am choosing: John Norman Collins, aka “Ypsilanti Ripper”. As a Michigander by birth I knew a tiny bit about this murderer. He murdered around ten women. He was a predator of mostly young co-eds and he was a gruesome killer.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about this killer. I am reviewing the podcast and this episode is very thorough they talk about the killer’s family history, his education and familial interactions. Some of these stories of families interactions are horrific, but they in no way make what this killer does later okay. I like that the hosts agree with me on this point and don’t have any sympathy for the perpetrators of the crimes they cover.

All in all, I highly recommend this podcast. I am officially a fan of Mike and Gibby…now guys, go get a talk show.

Extraordinary Stories Podcast – Zimbellina

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I have to admit I’ve been a loyal fan of ESP since almost the beginning. I’ve enjoyed the host, Baz’s successes over the past year and loved every second of it. Baz is all about telling an interesting story. Not all his episodes deal with true crime but they are all about extraordinary people. Or people doing extraordinary things. He concentrates on the story and is a natural born storyteller. You’ll be transfixed once he starts talking. His voice is also quite soothing so it’s good to listen to to unwind, even if the subject matter is not relaxing, his voice lulls you.

Here you’ll find stories about people you’ve never heard of before. Although the older episodes deal with some familiar names, Baz looks out for stories which have not been told before on other podcasts and you know you’re going to get something original when a new episode drops. He goes the extra mile to find new and interesting stories and people to talk about.

Baz has also started dropping mini episodes mid week which is fantastic for fans like me who can’t get enough. These mini stories are just tiny snatches of amazing stories. The latest one, Attic, was about a person who decided to live in someone’s attic without the home owners knowing with a tragic end.

Stand out episode – this is so difficult because I’ve loved all of the episodes. But to choose one to introduce people to the podcast I would choose Episode 26: Twists, Turns and Truths. This is a story about an abusive husband who would throw hammers at his wife and also hurt his children. The wife reached out to family members so people knew what was going on and she finally files for divorce and the husband leaves. His children do not want to talk to their father at all. The father on the other hand says he has never been abusive. And the judge agrees with him. He says there’s no evidence of abuse. There are no physical marks or scars etc. Baz goes into the idea of evidence of abuse and how one would document that. The judge argues that the wife is lying and turning the children against the husband. Now the husband has been convicted for road rage, a bar fight and stalking. So he’s shown to be an angry man. However the judge rules against her, tells her to leave the house and leave the children with her abusive husband. And then things start getting even trickier. I won’t ruin the episode for you. This was just the first 10 minutes of the podcast. It’s well worth a listen.

Baz has a way with words and knows how to tell a story for maximum drama and interest. He’s a lovely guy who just wants to tell stories. This podcast should definitely be on your subscribed list. 5/5 brilliant shining stars!