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PSEUDO POD [PODCAST] – REVIEW (78%)

Pseudo Pod is a collection of horror storys released by Ben Phillips & Alasdair Stuart.

Pseudo Pod, is an excellent repository of short stories, there are some real gems along with the average stories. For all you horror fans out there, there is someone for everyone here.

Be warned several of the stories are not family friendly, with sex or violence making regular appearances. Then you would expect this from horror stories.

The presentation is generally very good, the reader changes from week to week, so really depends on the reader.

On the upside:

  • Some excellent stories.
  • Really releases.

On the downside:

  • Content can be random in quality, but always above average.

Overall, this is a very good podcast. If you are looking for a source of horror stories then this is one of the best. There are some real gems in the archives and a big archive to listen to. This podcast is well worth subscribing to.

Rating: 78%

Average Running Time: 40 minutes per episode

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Pseudopod

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Audio Book - Free, Podcasts - Audio, Reviews

 

THE SECRET WORLD CHRONICLES, BOOK THREE [PODCAST] – REVIEW (70%)

The Secret World Chronicles, Book Three: World Well Lost is a selection of linked super hero tales released by Podiobooks.com

This book follows from the previous books in the series, using many of the heroes for the previous books, closing up some story lines and now beginning to focus on some characters more.

The stories are written by the same authors as the original, Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey.

The story continues to evolve and you really need to listen to the previous podcasts as there is no recap or character reintroduction. This book is more focused than Book 1 and Book 2 with larger story lines and character building and histories revealed for main characters. There are some new characters introduced, but they are more sidekicks and rookies.

The book well read by Veronica Giguere, however, a few mistakes have been left in on the some of the recording. My biggest issue with the podcast was an issue with the sound quality from She Blinded me with Science onwards, where the stereo tracks appeared to be badly recorded. I could listen on the Mac without an issue, but on the iPhone it was impossible to hear the book.

On the upside:

  • Not your standard super hero novel.
  • Continuation of a great tale.
  • Lots of characters to enjoy.

On the downside:

  • Bad sound quality on half of the download.
  • Need to have listened to the first book to get the most out of this.

Overall, this is a good audio book / podcast. I enjoyed the story lines and was left looking forward to the next book in the series. The audio recording needs cleaning up. I almost stopped listening due to it, but it shows my interest in the story that I stuck it out and changed my listening.

Rating: 70%

Average Running Time: 35 minutes per episode

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: The Secret World Chronicle, Book Three: World Well Lost – A free audiobook by Mercedes Lackey

 
 

THE SECRET WORLD CHRONICLES, BOOK TWO [PODCAST] – REVIEW (75%)

The Secret World Chronicles, Book Two: The Hunt is a selection of linked super hero tales released by Podiobooks.com

This book follows on from Book 1 in the series, using many of the heroes from the original podcast and how they try to rebuild after the invasion covered in the first book.

The stories are written by the same authors as the original, Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey.

This is a interesting continuation of the tale, and you really need to have listen to the first book to get the most out of this podcast. There are a few new characters introduced along the way, to keep things moving. Depending on your favorite characters from the first book you may be happy or disappointed with the amount they appear in the second book.

The storyline are solid and continue to add to the world that was created in the first, answering a lot of questions left open from the original, but making more for the follow up to this book.

The presentation is generally good, being well read by Veronica Giguere, however, a few mistakes have been left in on the some of the recording.

On the upside:

  • Not your standard super hero novel.
  • Continuation of a great tale.
  • Lots of characters to enjoy.

On the downside:

  • Does not concentrate on characters long in general.
  • Need to have listened to the first book to get the most out of this.

Overall, this is an very good audio book / podcast. I enjoyed the story lines and was left looking forward to the next book in the series. It would be nice if some of the recording were cleaned up a little, but it did not stop my enjoyment.

Rating: 75%

Average Running Time: 35 minutes per episode

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: The Secret World Chronicle, Book Two: The Hunt – A free audiobook by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey

 
 

CHASING THE BARD [PODCAST] – REVIEW (83%)

Chasing the Bard is a fantasy adventure released by Podiobooks.com.


This podcast was written by Philippa (Pip) Ballantine.

The story tells the story of William Shakespeare, but an alternative version, where the Fey world (home of many of the characters for a midsummer nights dream) are real and their world is so close to ours they can travel over. The story also follow Puck, the trickster, who is given the task of protecting the young Shakespeare and Sive, the goddess of battle who is trying to defend her world for a dark power that is on the rise.

The books has been completely released, so you can listen without having to wait for a new chapter to be released.

The recording quality of the podcast is very good and the story is nicely read by the author.

On the upside:

  • Excellent presentation
  • Involving Storyline
  • Great twist on a real world character.

On the downside:

  • A little dark at times.
  • A bit of a downbeat ending.

Overall, this is an excellent story with several twists and turns along the way that keep your interest levels high. The mix of real world history and fairy land magic work well. William Shakespeare fans will love or hate this. I for one, enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to reviewing more stories by Pip Ballantine in the near future. 

Rating: 83%

Average Running Time: 30-40 minutes per episode

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Chasing the Bard – A free audiobook by Philippa Ballantine

 

THE LEVIATHAN CHRONICLES [PODCAST] – REVIEW (75%)

The Leviathan Chronicles is a sci-fi thriller write and released by Chrisof Laputka.

This podcast is a story by Chrisof Laputka and is presetted as an audio drama, with multiple voice actors.

The story tells the story of Macallan Orsel, a young scientist that is drawn into a secret war between two factions of immortals and a mortal group who wish to steal their secrets.

The chronicles are split into two sessions, with session one fully released.

The podcast is unusual as most book as just read, but this version has multiple actors, sound effects and music to make it into a real experience. I found the audio drama worked very well, but some of the explanation work seemed a bit strange at times (for the situation). 

On the upside:

  • Excellent presentation
  • Good voice acting
  • Epic storyline

On the downside:

  • Some episodes are a little long.
  • A bit too techy and too much explanation at times.

Overall, this is an excellent story and the audio drama works well. My only issue is really that characters trying to explain some of the issues in too much detail that seems “out of character” or how the characters decide their injures, rather than a narrator. With all that said, the Leviathan Chronicles are well worth a listen.

Rating: 75%

Average Running Time: 40 to 70 minutes per episode

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: The Leviathan Chronicles