This show bridges the gap between audio drama and visual entertainment. Plus it’s a fan adaptation of the anime “Attack on Titan.”
This show is posted on a youtube channel. What’s different is that the creators don’t use one image for the entire episode like a lot of people. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, YouTube is another social media outlet for audio drama creators to stretch their wings over.
This series, however, takes the still image idea to the next level. It’s sort of an audio drama slideshow with the script appearing on screen as the actors and actresses say their lines. It’s almost like a passive video game on a gameboy or other handheld device.
People on YouTube are loving the series and the creators are close to finishing, if not done with, the second season. Fans have even sent in reaction videos. The first five episodes area bit sluggish, but the coolness factor of this audio drama/slideshow hybrid is amazing at the amount of thought and care that has been put into the production blows my mind. The visuals can be distracting sometimes, because I’m often looking at the screen for the next bit of dialogue. The story is off to a slow start, but the hybrid-A/V nature of this show is what made me stick around.
After episode 6, the story picks up and takes a semi-darker twist. There are also a lot of characters to get to know. Some of them feel like one-offs who we will never hear again appear again. The depth of these characters is non-existant to some extant. Even Eren—the supposed lead character— barely gets any “screen” time. Season 1 is very much an ensemble cast story. No one character is leading the show. The problem isn’t with the concept (there have been plenty great stories with an ensemble cast), but with the execution. Each scene is from a different character or group of character’s point of view and there’s barely enough time to get to know them as it changes. Again, the listener hardly hears Eren and the only thing we know about him is that his mother was killed in a titan attack and his sister is Mikasa. Other than that, we don’t know he normally acts.This may be a problem with the source material this is adapting from—but Jean, Commander Levi and Sasha are the most interesting characters. The rest didn’t have much life beyond the plot.
Near the end of the first season, when something bad happened to Levi, there was a sense of unfairness towards the commander. The last three episodes turned up the tension notch all the way to eleven and more than made up for the slow beginning.
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This audio drama has been sitting on my computer for awhile. Part of the Wavefront Anthologies series, from Electric Vicuña and starring Jack Ward of the Sonic Society, Genevieve Jones, Tanja Milojevic (from Pendant Productions’ starring role in “The Line”), along with David Ault and John Bell, this hour long short has both emotional resonance and a twist which rivals the one found in “The Sixth Sense.”
The first quarter of this story is getting the reader up to speed and, at times, it can get tedious. The main character informs the audience via monologue. In the story itself, he is recording himself. The setting is outer space and the ambience and sound effects clearly establish this piece of world building.
The story picks up once the protagonist meets the love interest and the interest arcs upward until the twist, which blew my mind. It was perfect for the medium of audio.
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson’s first venture into the YA market (The Alcatraz series is middle grade, from what I hear) tackles this issue of absolute power corrupts absolutely into a revenge story that is both surprising and inevitable.
Readers of any age will find the David’s bad metaphors a riot. It blends non-sensical humor found in younger children’s books with the literary styles of a high school English teacher doing a lesson on poetry and focusing on the differences between metaphors and similes. Set in our world, the government considers super powered beings natural disasters. These Epics (humans with super powers) have taken over the United States and unleashed an era of dystopia upon the country. The main plot the book presents is defeating a villain known as Steelheart, who is the most powerful Epic in the former Chicago area. Much like Mistborn: The Final Empire, the story revolves around a group of rebels known as the Reckoners as they try to kill Epics across the nation. Steelheart is going to be their toughest challenge. Luckily Dave has spent most of his life thinking about revenge and how to defeat the Epic who killed his father.
When the third act comes, it hits you. Hard. The battle between the reckoners and Steelheart is both epic and at the same time “down to earth.” With all the revelations happening by the end of the second and third acts, a sequel was inevitable. Sanderson achieves complexity with both his characters and his resolutions, making Steelheart a hybrid of YA and adult, and excellent read or listen all around.
To celebrate the 100th review, I’m re-releasing an updated version of Audio Drama Reviews Collection One. It can be found here with its new cover and title already live. If you’ve already downloaded the Kindle version, the updates should take effect within 72 hours after I hit publish (which will be on on 27th of September at 11 PM Central). Hopefully the updates take affect sooner, but I just wanted to throw that out there.
Amazon will probably send an e-mail out to people who bought the book to tell them about the newer version. However, you will need to turn on automatic book updates. I believe it’s set to on as default, but just in case here are the instructions.
1. Visit the Manage Your Content and Devices page
2. Select “Automatic Book Update” from the left navigation bar.
3. Click Turn On.
For the other platforms (Kobo and Smashwords), Simply e-mail me to receive the updated version. I’m not sure if they do updates the same way Kindle does.
Again the release date is 9/28/2014. So I won’t be sending out advanced copies until that date.
My first listen from Camp Fire Radio was a wonderful treat. Great story, acting, and a tale that made me wince in fear and disgust—but in a good way. What I found most fascinating was the hypnosis scene. The way it combined the “blind” medium of audio with John Doe closing his eyes and remembering the past was ingenious. I felt like I was John, as scary as that thought might be given the ending.
What makes the tale scary isn’t the gruesome sound effects—even though they are extremely visceral. It’s the fact that it’s based on actual history. Well, more like conspiracy type history. You can find more about the Philadelphia Experiment on its wikipedia page.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Short and sweet, but packed with tons history, horror, and imagination.
After the dark and ominous ending of the last episode, it was nice to take a breather. After all, the tales of King and Arthur and the knights of the roundtable should be lighthearted and fun, not gloom and doom.
The duel between Lancelot and Arthur was humorous, but at the same time the SFX sounded haphazardly put together at times. There’s one SFX that sounded like it came from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”. It was so well placed, assuming it was ripped, that it added to the lighthearted and dramatic irony of the scene. I laughed out loud.
By far the darkest episode, the third chapter of “The Table Round” takes the story told thus far and provides a common denominator for the series to follow.
Before now, the episodes seemed too episodic. There were loose connections, but nothing concrete enough to say that these stories were related. The reveal in episode three about Kind Arthur and the force which would one day take the thrown away from him tied in the first two episode and by the end, the story had taken a darker turn for the better.
One can only hope that the next episode isn’t as dark, because while certain aspects of the King Arthur myth are gritty and unpleasant, a lot of what people remember are the positive things like the Knights of the Round Table. (Or maybe that’s thanks to Monty Python). Characters like Mordred and Morgan La fey give fans of the mythology a reason to squee, while others will find their introduction to be a great development for the story regardless.
The second episode is leaps and bounds better than the first in terms of production value. There’s still some parts that perhaps could’ve been better, but as the episode progressed the sound quality let go of the wheel and hopped in the passenger seat. leaving the driving to the story and characters.
If getting over a rough beginning is hard, you may not make it this far. I hope you do, because episode 2 shows the talents of the cast and crew much better than the first episode. That’s not to say they weren’t good in that chapter, but the amateurish sound quality hindered the overall enjoyment.
The scene where Arthur receives Excalibur is the best one out of this episode. I can’t wait to see what the this series has in store as it’s only getting better; not only as each new episode is released, but during the episodes themselves.
An Arthurian full cast production finally makes the pod-air waves and it sort of disappoints in terms of the production value. The first episode didn’t have good sound effects. This would be good for when audio drama first resurfaced, but nowadays it’s considered sloppy quality. For a first time go at an audio drama, this is still good. It’s the sound level issues that are the main problem.
This is also an interesting take, not on the King Arthur legend, but on audio drama. It both educates and entertains the listener. This is made clear at the end of the episode, when someone comes onto the microphone and tells the listener what happened during the events they’ve just experienced. Don’t worry it comes after the episode is complete and more of a pre/post credit teaser. Obviously there’s no factual history here, aside from the legends and writers who greatly influenced and added to the King Arthur mythology.
Regardless of whether there was a King Arthur, this first episode of an ongoing adventure recounting his adventures (real or not), shows some promise. The acting was good, but the quality of some people’s microphones was poorer than I’ve personally come to expect from independent audio productions nowadays. Still I will listen onward, keeping my optimism high.
I remember being unsatisfied by the ending of Mistborn: The Final Empire when reading the book/listening to the audiobook. I thought the way the protagonist killed the bad guy was lukewarm. It wasn’t until reading the author’s annotations on his site that the ending suddenly received weight in terms of its resonance. Needless to say, I went into this 3 part audio drama/audiobook hybrid knowing what to expect in terms of the beats. Graphic Audio did a fantastic job of making the book come to life to another part of my imagination and brain.
It goes without saying that reading and listening to an audio drama both depend on the individual’s imagination more than the visual mediums like television and film. It’s why the idea of a combination is so kick-ass. I said in the review of part one that I found the narration annoying. I tolerated it in part two, coming to expect long passages of the narrator just describing the setting and the characters acting or reacting within it. By the end of the book, it was barely noticeable.
The “real plan” reveal, when I first read it did not have much emotional weight. The actors and actresses performances of the scene after this plot twist occurs was outstanding. I was on the verge of tears at the actresses’ of Vin response. Sometimes experiencing the story in a different light is all one needs to truly understand it.