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5 Best Audiodramas

Audiodramas: the neglected form of storytelling.

Radio drama (or audio drama, audio play, radio play,radio theater, or audio theater) is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on radio. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story: “It is auditory in the physical dimension but equally powerful as a visual force in the psychological dimension.”

[I stole this from Wikipedia…]

I walk everywhere.  Literally, everywhere except Walmart and food places.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because it gets me the 30 or more minutes of recommended exercise per day.

A curse because what else does one do whilst walking other than listen to Spotify?  I started listening to TED talks during my commutes, but that started to get old – because of my limited attention span.

There was any number of things that I tried: Spotify (after hearing the same 5 ads in a row… every couple songs… I gave up on this one), Pokemon Go! (kills my data), calling a friend (this gets old for obvious reasons), and a few others.

Then, it occurred to me that I could look up some old radio dramas which evolved into the creation of this list:

  • Welcome to NightvaleScreen Shot 2016-11-30 at 1.43.32 PM.png

Nightvale is a sort of fantastical radio show hosted by Cecil, a three-eyed radio personality
whose hometown of Nightvale is filled with five-headed dragons, a dog park you aren’t supposed to acknowledge, hooded figures, and a mysterious glow cloud.

The show features news, weather, sports and more!

All hail the mighty Glow Cloud.

  • The Byron Chronicles

This audio drama, produced by darkerprojects.com, follows the adventure of an immortal on his adventures living as a mortal in Portland, Oregon.  Byron, a mysterious and arrogant man, along with his half-vampire sidekick, Kris, stop the Apocalypse, battle Dracula, find the cure for cancer… blah, blah, blah.

Imagine if the world as you know it… was nothing more than an illusion. What if creatures like elves, dragons, vampire, zombies and werewolves walk amongst you every day… But you never see them. This is the world I walk in. I am called Byron and these are my chronicles.

Basically, if you like SupernaturalBuffy the Vampire SlayerLost GirlThe Dresden Files, Arrow, Doctor Who, or SHERLOCK, this is the show for you!

  • Section 31 Files

Another gem from Darker Projects, Section 31 follows the adventures of a crew lost in space.  Basically a loose fan fiction of Star Trek, but it has it’s classic parts.

  • Chronicles of Narnia

This series is presented by the BBC.  If you have heard any of their SHERLOCK or Doctor Who audio dramas, this is 100% better quality and 10000X more engaging.

If you loved the movies, this is a gem often hidden under a massive amount of read-alouds and ancient talk shows.

  • Cinnamon Bear

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 2.01.44 PM.pngI remember listening to the Cinnamon Bear at a very young age.  It was a Christmas tradition: the series was designed to be listened to six days a week… every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It follows the adventures of two young children and their guardian, the Cinnamon Bear that once decorated their tree, but has now come to life to help the children find what has happened to the star that once adorned their Christmas tree.

It is a sweet and charming tale that features songs, a colorful array of characters, and a storyline as classic as The Wizard of Oz or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Happy listening!

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