How about giving your eyes some rest from the countless binge sessions, and creating some drama for your ears instead? We round up five fiction podcasts guaranteed to do just that.
What happens when a small town in Tennessee has all of its 327 residents mysteriously disappear in one night? If you’re curious, then spend some time listening to Limetown. The story follows the investigation of journalist Lia Haddock. Answers don’t come by easily, and you quickly realize this goes much beyond a case of missing people. Limetown has been known to suck listeners into its intense and binge-worthy plot, and keeps you engaged throughout.
Passenger List is a big-budget, high-intensity fiction podcast that deserves all your attention, and is most certainly worth your time. Protagonist Kaitlin Le’s brother was in Atlantic Flight 702 that vanished somewhere between London and New York. Le promises to find out what happened and begins tracking down the living connections to each person on the plane’s passenger list to get some answers, or at least, some closure. What she eventually gets is a lot more frightening and unsettling.
Yup, Marvel also makes great podcasts, and not just mega-successful movies. Marvel partnered up with popular podcast company, Stitcher, to produce an audio story on one of its most iconic characters — Wolverine. The mutant’s story is divided in two parts — The Long Night and The Lost Trail. Actor Richard Armitage voices the role of Wolverine, and does a fabulous job at it. You wouldn’t think a superhero podcast could work without the visual theatrics, but this one certainly does.
In case you don’t want to invest your time in a continuous audio series from the start, this is a great option. The Truth is a fiction podcast, with each episode focusing on one short story, shuffling through a variety of genres. The listener is introduced to a new character and plot with every episode, which puts a refreshing take on the listening experience, and removes any room for boredom or monotony to seep in.
The Cleansed: A Post-Apocalyptic Saga
The Cleansed is almost too intense to just be a podcast. The listener is thrown into a post-apocalyptic setting, 15 years after the end of the world as we know it. The story follows two siblings who embark on a journey to find a better life, but encounter grim survivalists, rugged characters, and religious maniacs on the way, and you’re with them through it all. The Cleansed features on-location sounds, a talented cast of over 50 actors, promising you an audio experience that will have all your attention right from episode one.