Liam Listens #10: “Among the Stars and Bones” and “Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services”

It’s my 10th post! Can you believe it? I’ve done this 10 times! Whoa! That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself! That’s extra cool! This week I’ve been listening to Among the Stars and Bones and Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services!

Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services: “Case 14: Taking Criticism”

Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magical Services is back and open for business! Well, not quite yet, but she’s getting there! Getting stronger! Refreshing! Becoming the best witch she can be! Fresh off Season 1’s incredible, moving finale, Kalila’s been taking some time off of work to realign and reconcile herself with her Shadow, who had until recently been wreaking havoc with her life and work. Under the tutelage of the patient yet not-shit-taking witch Gloria Sousa, played amazingly by Forenza ASMR, Kalila has been recording her day-to-day life with her new companion. She attempts to reopen her practice, only to come out of her first day back at work with a mixed success, with Shadow accusing her of being dishonest with herself and her first client. All the while, the Fey migration into the material world is looming large over the heads of the local coven.  The first episode of Season 2 has hit the ground running, and I’m thrilled for what’s next. But a good thing about it is that it’s running at a nice, pleasant place? Like I don’t think I’d be out of breath trying to stay with it? Like yeah, there’s pieces moving around in the background, setting things up for the rest of Season 2, but the focus is still on Kalila coming to terms with her new relationship with her Shadow, and I really am very about that. It’s the sort of low-level aspects of the show that I really love, and that’s what comes into play here. Another aspect of this episode that I super dug is that Kalila’s not yet fully in tune with Shadow yet. The two of them were really at odds with one another until very recently, and it’s to be expected that they still need some time to get used to each other! I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship more fully evolve! I can’t wait for the next episode!

Among the Stars and Bones: “S1E1 – The Key to Humanity’s Future”

Ohhhh, this one’s a very spooky one. I’m really vibing with it so far! Among the Stars and Bones is telling the story of a xenoarchaeological mission to the planet Tefen, told through the eyes of some of it’s various personnel. Ruins have been discovered on the planet, and it’s up to members of the Herodotus mission to discover everything they can about them and what secrets they hold! There’s a lot of different facets to the show, from the inter-personnel squabbles about who gets jurisdiction where that has to be handled by the just arrived and already overworked Comptroller Adrienne Barnes, to the more ominous implications of some of the discoveries already being made in this episode by the maverick renegade Gordon Price, played amazingly by Graham Rowat. It’s gotten me very thrilled to see what comes next for these characters, and I’m really interested in learning more about the planet, our heroes, and what’ll happen to them! What’s in the box, indeed? Or in this case, what’s going to happen next to them! Ah! Looking forward to it!

Here’s where you can find Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services: https://www.kalilastormfire.com/

Here’s where you can find Among the Stars and Bones: http://www.amongthestarsandbones.com/

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Liam Listens #9: “Rogue Podron” and “Great and Terrible”

Oh heck! It’s another lovely listen! This week I listened to amazing episodes of Rogue Podron and GREAT AND TERRIBLE!

Rogue Podron: “Mission 100: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (To Listen to Rogue Podron)”

Gosh gosh gosh! What an episode! What a time! What a gas! What a laugh! Rogue Podron’s 100th episode extravapalooza is a grand old time, filled with lots of love and laughter. Hosts Saf, Heath, Danny, and Meg take a sometimes touching, sometimes weird, always brilliant and funny trip down memory lane as the listener learns all sorts of fun facts about the podcast and the years its been running! The episode has something to offer everyone, whether you’re a longtime listener or just learning about the podcast now. The hosts go through some of their most famous (or infamous)  moments in the podcast, and discuss their most amazing and hilarious running jokes. This is an especially good episode for people who are just arriving to the podcasts now, as it’s a quick way to catch up with the mood, quirks, and jokes of the show, to see whether the show’s for you or not. With this episode, the listener will have a joyous time listening, and be able to tell the difference between a Glistening Bodhi and a Glistening everything else the hosts have awarded their listeners! Whether you’re a new or old listener, there’s something for everyone in this episode!

GREAT AND TERRIBLE: “PRETTY BRAVE”

Dang. This was a frightening episode. In this one, Penelope Jane begins to communicate with a voice in her head.  Listening to Jane describe her encounter with the voice in her head, and how it encompasses her being is just super thrilling and terrifying. AR Olivieri is such a super writing master! And he’s backed up by a top-notch Leslie Gideon, whose performance here is what really ties the whole story together. Her work as Jane has been amazing to listen to, and this culmination of the narrative has really got me fascinated and hungry for learning about what’s to come. Knowing the premise, that it’s about a girl who is granted immortality at a terrible cost, has got me thrilled for learning about how that’s going to come about. This episode has got me extra excited for what’s to come next! Everyone listen to GREAT AND TERRIBLE!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the shows as much as I do!

Liam Listens #8: “Encyclopodia” and “Forest Guide”

Whoa! Some really excellent shows with some really excellent episodes this week! And here we go talking about them again!

Encyclopodia: “Dungeonmaster (Dungeons & Dragons Role) With Greg Henderson”

Encyclopodia’s a show about learning, in which we the listeners learn about a subject with its host, Danny Pirtle. And this week, we learn a lot together! Danny interviews the Dungeon Master Greg Henderson, and takes his viewers on a journey of understanding the game of Dungeons and Dragons. The interview is insightful and enjoyable, and I at least learned a lot about the role of Dungeon Master, and how to get the most out of the role at the table both in and out of game. I will definitely be taking what I learned from Greg into future games of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as the other RPGs I play!

Forest Guide: “Chapter 4”

The finale of this show was heartbreaking and amazing. The beginning was pretty heavy emotionally, and I had to pause and walk around the house for a bit. Once I did that, I was ready to continue, and the finale, it felt so raw and real and important, and I was really amazed and impressed by Shiloh. He was a really strong character and learner, and he did so much that was so good. The conclusion to the Guide’s story was also really well done and so good too. Having her going back to her wife was just…gah. So good. The performances were brilliant, I love Jack Pevyhouse and Julia Schifini in their roles. It’s an amazing conclusion to an amazing miniseries. I obviously would love to see another story take place in this universe, but if this the end, I don’t think this could have been better. Also I love the references to other Audio Fictions, that’s so good. I love this show and it’s so amazing! From beginning to end, it was fantastic.

Gosh! What a swell pair of episodes! Dang! So great.

Liam Listens #7: “Fan Wars: The Empire Claps Back” and “Victoriocity”

Wow! Another day, another new Audio Fiction Episode listens! This week it’s Fan Wars: The Empire Claps Back and Victoriocity!

Fan Wars: The Empire Claps Back: “Tampons”

I am always consistently so impressed by this show. It’s just mind-blowing. There is so much content packed into so short a time, and it’s always consistently so good. This week in the latest episode, Jackie confronts Steven over his engagement over another fan site stealing her content. It tackles various forms of online interactions that occur, as well as forward Jackie and Steven’s relationship, and has a runtime of three and a half minutes? Like what? There is so much content in each episode, but it never feels overly full. It’s just mindblowing of an achievement, a masterclass in audio fiction writing, and I wish I could do it justice of how much each episode amazes me. I can’t recommend the show enough! Please listen to this show.

Victoriocity: “The Workshop”

Victoriocity is back, and Inspector Fleet and Clara have another mind-boggling case! I’m so excited to hear this show, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Chris and Jen Sugden have created this amazing, brilliant, terrifying world, and Fleet and Clara’s return has such exciting potential, and their dynamic is just as hilarious and memorable as it always was. Learning more about the world of Even Greater London has got me interested as well, and the new episode does not disappoint in that regard as well. The new supporting characters are as funny and vibrant as the world they live in, and I can’t wait to learn more about them as well! Speaking of, the mystery Fleet and Clara are solving in this one sure is a real humdinger! It’s got me super hooked, and the implications it has on the greater Even Greater London (heh) universe has me excited! If you haven’t listened to this show, I super recommend it!

Liam Listens #6: “What’s the Frequency” and “The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray”

Hi! Gosh, it’s another Audio Fiction Sunday! This week I listened to the Director’s Commentary on Episode 12 of What’s the Frequency and Episode 7 of The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray!

What’s the Frequency: “39.17 MHz Extended Director’s Commentary with Wil Williams”

“39.17 MHz” is the pinnacle of an already-brilliant audio fiction. The culmination of all the plot threads set in motion from the very beginning of the show come to an explosive conclusion. The discussion had between James Oliva (the director), Alexander Danner (sound designer and voice of Krog), and Wil Williams of wilwilliams.reviews is a really fascinating, insightful discussion about gender commentary throughout the show, trends in audio fiction, period pieces, and inspirations for the show. It’s such a brilliant, enlightening discussion, and if you’re a creator I highly recommend the episode, even if you haven’t listened to What’s the Frequency. Listen to the show as well also, obviously! It’s such a good show!

The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray: Episode 7

In this terrifying new installment of the gripping audio fiction The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray, we learn just what’s going on in the head of Travis Reese, Ella’s temperamental fiance. Travis has been communicating with a sinister voice that feeds into his fears that someone had betrayed the group and murdered Ella. The voice drives Travis into creating worse and worse atrocities, culminating in the murder of the landscaper George. This was the most sinister and ominous episode of the show yet, and delving into Travis’s psyche was a terrifying journey. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the voice that Travis has been communicating with. My suspicion is that it’s some sort of side-effect of the vision that was visited on the six of them the day of Ella’s disappearance. I’m thrilled to continue on with this show, and I can’t wait to learn about what happens next! Special love to Alex Elespuru’s performance as Travis in this episode, he was genuinely scary to listen to!

Happy Audio Fiction Sunday, by the way!

Liam Listens #5: “Windfall” and “The 12:37”

Whoops! This one’s a bit later than usual! But I guess it fits with #audiofictionsunday! Today I’ll be looking at two new releases, Windfall and The 12:37!

Windfall: “Bottom Feeder” and “Pickpocket”

Whoa! What a story! What a world! Windfall is sci-fi story in which the native Proximans deal with life under the tyrannical and capricious Queen Wanda. It’s a story that ranges from all echelons of Proximan society, from Captain Root’s dealing with the Queen’s demands and his subsequent machinations, to the bottom dwellers’ banding together amidst the difficulties living in the shadow of the City. It’s such a cool world as well! It’s only two episodes so far, but it’s got me thrilled for whatever comes next!

The 12:37: “Episode 1” and “Episode 2”

The 12:37 is another new show, and a really fascinating and brilliant one at that! A commuter, Nora, while attempting to board the service to Brighton, accidentally boards the 12:37 to Paris. But this is no ordinary 12:37 to Paris. This is a train that traverses the entirety of the universe throughout space and time! It is at once an incredibly broad yet intimate story. Nora is a really enjoyable protagonist to follow, and it’s a really riveting premise! I love trains! And really good character work! And time travel! I can’t wait for everyone to listen to it! The second episode has Nora and Wheeler going to the 1930’s, and it’s super duper cool! 

Sorry for this one being late, but these shows are super worth the wait!

Liam Listens #4: “Unwell” and “Radio Drama Revival”

Ah gosh! It’s another new Lovely Listens, and now I’m thrilled to tell you about some more episodes that I really loved! This time we’ve got the first three episodes new audio fiction Unwell, and another episode of Radio Drama Revival!

Radio Drama Revival: “A Little Yurt Won’t Hurt”

Well, lovely readers, we’re back with me loving another episode of Radio Drama Revival! What a rad run of episodes, huh? I’ve done two back to back! Although I don’t think I’ve ever heard an episode of RDR that I didn’t like. However, this episode is a standout for many reasons. David Rheinstrom, the stellar host, has an incredible, insightful discussion about the evolving field of audio fiction and its changing terminology with the former host of the show Fred Greenhalgh, who is also stellar, but the amazing podcast critics Wil Williams and Elena Fernández-Collins join them in conversation as well! It’s an amazing, interesting conversation with a lot of insight into the field that I think is a must-listen whether you’re new to audio fiction or a veteran in the field! Plus, at the very end, they make a super super exciting announcement with regards to the future of RDR! Obviously I won’t say it here, because spoilers, but nevertheless, I’m thrilled for the show’s future with the announcements made!

Unwell: “Homecoming”, “The Diner” and “The Pageant” 

Ah! What a turn of events! I’m discussing Multiple episodes! Whoa! What a thrilling turn of events! But all these episodes are super brilliant! The story follows a woman named Lillian arriving home to tend to her mother Dottie, who was injured. What has unfolded so far is a story full of conflict, both within and without, as Lillian struggles to acclimatize to her new home and resolve her strained relationship with her mother, the great and hilarious Dottie. Along the way she meets an eclectic cast of characters, such as the nurturing Wes, who takes care of the Fenwood House and her mother, and is quick to point out that the Fenwood House is the most haunted house in Ohio, and Abbie, a firebrand academic determined to use their research to resuscitate small towns across America. Also, there’s ghosts? Like the ghosts of our protagonists past, but also like real imprints of departed spirits? It’s hard to tell where one ends and the others begin, which is the idea I think, and I think that’s really cool! It’s a really great, really interesting story so far, and I can’t recommend it enough! I love it a lot so far, and if you enjoy ghosts stories that aren’t necessarily scary in the conventional, “aaahhhh” sense, but do present questions about the nature of family and one’s past, then I think you’ll love Unwell!