This is for the “All Ears – Celebrating Modern Audio Drama” documentary. First off, wow. It’s great to see such a unique project be done with such care and love that it rekindled the strong passion I once had for audio drama.
As a reviewer of audio dramas for a little over 3 years now, my interest has been slowly fading. There’s not a lot of variety in the shows. It’s usually an adaptation, fan fiction, or a story that feels similar to a lot of things out there: generic westerns, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, to name a few. That’s not to say they’re “bad,” but it’s hard to find an audio drama that both hooks me right from the start and keeps my interest until the end.
An audio documentary is something I’d never even considered was possible, yet Yap Audio does a tremendous job in creating that documentary feel with the clips sent in by various fans, creators, and actors alike. It’s like I was watching these proponents of modern audio drama sitting in their chairs with various audio-esque equipment behind them for decoration—when really, if you think about it, they’re just talking into a microphone possibly in their pajamas.
The project is both fascinating and educational, which most good documentaries have to achieve on some level. “All Ears” goes above and beyond even those, making it a great documentary. One that should be remembered and shared.