Hello friends, Vera here! I always have a lot of fun discussing podcasts with you all, so now that I have a few new ones I’ve been listening to I thought it was time to share them on the blog again. This time around I brought you four podcasts I’ve been really enjoying and would gladly recommend to you. One of them is a non-fiction true crime podcast while the other three are all fictional podcasts belonging to a variety of genres.
If you’re interested in reading more about podcast, I recommend reading my post about my favorite podcasts by clicking here. Or you can click here to read about a a list of podcasts I’ve listened to that includes both hits and misses. Now, let’s jump into the post!
genres: nonfiction, true crime, comedy
my thoughts: I love Buzzfeed Unsolved, particularly their true crime segments, so for years I’ve had an interest in finding a true crime youtube channel or podcast that is similar to that. Sadly, I haven’t had much luck yet, but I do very much like Wine & Crime so far. The podcast has three female hosts who all bring a case that fits the topic they agree on prior to the episode.
If you are looking for something serious, incredibly detailed, or well-researched Wine & Crime probably isn’t for you. The hosts joke around a lot – as you can see, this podcast falls under the comedy tag – and they themselves have admitted that they have sometimes used questionable sources. (Think of sensationalist news sites.) In any case, I find this podcast entertaining (as bad/weird as that sounds) as the hosts create a light atmosphere, at least for the most part. I can see myself getting bored of this in the future, but as of right now, when I’m not super-deep into it, it works for me.
genres: supernatural, comedy
my thoughts: I had such a blast listening to Inexplicables, which honestly doesn’t surprise me at all as I’ve come to expect high-quality content from Rusty Quill, aka the company behind my all time favorite podcast, The Magnus Archives. Inexplicables follows 30-something siblings Harold and Meredith who inherit a social care business after their mother’s death. Unexpectedly, the business is dedicated to helping supernatural entities… the existence of whom the siblings didn’t know of until now.
The best thing about Inexplicables is its stellar cast – all the voice actors did an excellent job, but I was especially ecstatic about Beth Eyre playing Meredith, as she also plays a main character in Wooden Overcoats, a podcast I’m a massive fan of. I found the cast of characters lovable, the story well-paced and the world intriguing. The only reason why this is a four, rather than a five star podcast is that I think some of the plot / characters should have been better developed. Don’t get me wrong, for a six episode podcast they accomplished a lot, but still, some things deserved more attention. Keep in mind that this is a patreon-exclusive podcast, so you have to pay for it if you want to try it. Personally, I don’t regret becoming a patron, because (1) RQ’s other shows, and (2) their prices are really friendly compared to some other podcasting companies I’ve seen.
genres: sci-fi, horror, mystery
my thoughts: Another short podcast that was an absolute blast to listen to! The Deca Tapes is an eight part mystery that is honestly really hard to describe without giving you too much information. It’s a found-footage sort of podcast with each episode concentrating on a different character’s perspective and thus being narrated by a different person.
I think the charm of this podcast lies in the way it builds up the tension and in the way it slowly gives you the information necessary to put the mystery’s pieces together. I did guess some of the twists, but that didn’t influence my enjoyment of the story at all. What I did have an issue with was that personally, I felt that the characters could have been better developed, which made the story less memorable to me. Still, this is a solid four-star podcast that I consumed in about a day. On top of that, it can be a really good way to jump into listening to podcasts as it’s super-short.
genres: improvized comedy, sci-fi
my thoughts: Stellar Firma follows Trexel, a planetary designer, and David 7, Trexel’s clone assistant as they create (awful) planets and get up to all sorts of mischief. Truth to be told, I had a really.. interesting relationship with Stellar Firma. Initially, I had no interest in this podcast. The only reason I wanted to give it a chance was because it’s a Rusty Quill podcast, and I really wanted to support the company that makes Magnus. I was dedicated to trying the first five episodes and abandoning the podcast if it doesn’t work for me by that time. And to be honest.. it wasn’t fully working for me by that time, BUT there was something about Stellar Firma that made me unable to stop listening to it. By and by, I got more and more into the podcast, and by the tenth episode I was fully invested in the story and the characters. I think there are a few reasons why this is podcast is a bit of a grower.
Firstly, this was my first time listening to an improvised podcast, it took me some time to get acquainted with this style of podcasting. Secondly, (to me) it seemed like the actors also needed a few episode to truly get into character and make their characters as compelling as they later became. As a result of that, the flow of the podcast became smoother after a few episodes. Lastly, it took some time for the underlying plot to start and while I got into the podcast before the plot really kicked in, Stellar Firma only became a favorite after the plot became more significant. In the end, this ended up becoming one of my favorite podcasts, no kidding. This podcast has recently ended (RIP), so if you are looking for something longer that you can (relatively) quickly run through, this might be a good one.
Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? What about audiobooks? Which one do you like more? Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Do you have any podcast recommendations for me?