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A Listener Reviews: Station to Station

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Station to Station

Episodes:  10 current episodes

Length: Generally around 30 minutes

How I Found It: From the Directory of Independent Audio Drama 

I’ve listened to… 10 episodes.

The Premise:  A scientist is missing, leaving notes for his friend and lab partner to uncover. But what happened to him and why does no one else seem to remember he existed?

My review: This is a rather slow burn of a story. It’s not loud and in your face like some similar stories in the genre, but a little more reflective and subdued. It builds tension that keeps you hooked, but it’s more the quiet, uneasy sort of tension. If I’m being honest, it was that quality that made it hard for me to get into at first. Because there was not a lot of urgency from the main characters, I found myself wondering what the big deal was. I’m glad I stuck with the story, though, because as all the pieces fit together, it really explodes into this interesting, thoughtful world. The exciting elements are not running from monsters, but trying to decide how to do what is right in an impossible situation. It feels more…philosophical, I suppose. What caught my interest most by the end was wondering how I would react in this situation. And if all this is happening, what are the broader implications?

I had some difficulties, however. I like to listen to podcasts when I am driving. This one made that difficult due to the rather quiet voices of the cast. I’d have to crank the volume up, and then get deafened a scene or two later. That’s a small annoyance, but it definitely makes it more challenging. I probably missed some information and connections because I simply could not make out the dialogue. Were I using headphones, this likely would have been less of an issue. But I also would have far less time to enjoy all the wonderful audiodrama out there. And perhaps this is just personal, but I also had some difficult telling the three main characters apart. There are three primary female leads, and while one was distinct, two tended to run together for me. I had to spend a lot of time staying focused on context. That made me glad I listened to the episodes in more or less one go (across a few days, but not over a release schedule), because I would have struggled even more trying to keep all the characters straight otherwise.

In the end, while I enjoyed it, the more reserved tone of this story made it a little harder for me to get as caught up. I did not ultimately feel as connected to the characters as I have in other audiodramas, partially due to my own difficulties distinguishing the characters, but also because I felt like there was less background. They remained very focused on the present moment of the story, fitting within the theme of the podcast, but less engaging for me. That said, their final episodes also left me wanting more. There is a season 2 in the works, apparently, I will almost certainly tune in to hear more of this story. It may not be my all time top podcast, but it’s one I am glad to have found and am excited to hear more of.

Find them here: Station to Station



So this may seem confusing, because there is another review here. I decided I liked the content of the reviews, but not the format. So, this being my blog, I changed it! However, as my About page says, I like to demonstrate the process I take when writing. If you are curious, the review as originally published is below

Today is Chocolate Fondue Day! This podcast talks about chocolate bars on occasion, so why not?

Station to Station

Episodes:  10 current episodes

Length: Generally around 30 minutes

How I Found It: From the Directory of Independent Audio Drama 

I’ve listened to… 10 episodes.

The Premise:  A scientist is missing, leaving notes for his friend and lab partner to uncover. But what happened to him and why does no one else seem to remember he existed?

The Good: This podcast sets out to tell a complex story and, so far, does so very well. It takes a rather serious tone, with few comedic breaks. It’s refreshing, as many podcasts I’ve heard recently rely on a lot of humor to break the tension. Instead, Station to Station makes you sit with the tension. It gives it a very unsettling, eerie vibe. The plot is not the most original, but their treatment of it is great. Also, there are a lot of really nice worldbuilding details sprinkled throughout which help to illuminate more about when and where this is all happening.

The Bad:  I have a bit of trouble distinguishing the voice actors, which may just be personal. It does mean I get a little confused at times, but context always sets me straight. I find the audio hard to hear at times, especially when driving, because the characters are at times rather soft spoken. The plot may yet surprise me, but so far it’s been a little predictable. Still tells a good story, but not the first time I’ve heard this particular idea.

My Rating:  I’ll get to it when I get to it.
I can’t tell you why, but I struggle to stay engaged in this particular podcast. I think the idea is really intriguing and a concept I have toyed with myself, so I feel like I should love it. The characters are good, the writing is solid, but there is something about it that just makes me tune out. I end up listening through parts of an episode 2-3 times to get it. I want to like it more, but something is missing for me.  That said, I still feel comfortable making a strong recommendation for it, because I think this would be perfect for a lot of people.

You should listen if… you are into sci-fi mysteries about strange disappearances and are craving a more serious storytelling experience.


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