Still Lives – Podcast Review

In this episode I talked about my experience with Still Lives. This is an Audio Drama that you can most likely binge in a day and reminds me of a good book.

PodApplaud- Still Lives

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to get Lively with podcast: Still Lives.

Still Lives is a post apocalyptic Audio drama that mostly follows the lives of 5 isolated individuals sequestered together in a farmhouse. It is put out by Studio Knox which was formed by a group of Kenyon College students. The show is contained within 8 episodes, so you can go binge the whole thing in one day like I did if you wish. The episodes run from 19 minutes long to nearly 40, but most are at about 25 minutes in length.

I found Still Lives via a Facebook group and saw it pop up again on Twitter so I decided to check it out. I was quite excited to find it was a like short bingeable audio drama, since I have had good experiences before with those. The show focuses on it’s 5 main characters: The Soldier, The Scientist, The Archivist, The Kid, and The Cook. They live in a farm house and manage to efficiently run a farmstead with their limited man power. They only have one goat whose milk is not what it used to be, but they are doing admirably well when it comes to surviving the apocalypse. Especially well when it is considered that this group, like most others, cannot always see eye to eye. We have excellent performances by all the voice actors I really did find all the characters believable. There were a couple points in the writing I thought real people might argue more, take longer to calm down, act less rationally, or still be making noises after the main line read, whether be it sobbing or laughing. Perhaps the apocalypse has hardened our characters I’m not sure. Sometimes in a pure audio format characters do have to move a bit quicker since there is no visuals to rely on. The audio production is great, small bits of music help set the scene between transitions, sound effects such as a crackling fire or door opening are leveled in a way that makes the world feel quite well and the voices are balanced perfectly against each other. The story is really engaging there is drama at play, secrets to be unfolded, and lots of that tension you get when you’re afraid something bad is about to happen at any moment. The characters don’t always trust each other, and you as an audience member are not always sure who to trust either. I found the ending especially satisfying as well, but obviously I’m not going to spoil that at all.

Here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Still Lives a ⅘, a round of applause. It plays with tension in a remarkable way, the actors are great and the story was satisfying, there was just a couple moments of characters making questionable decisions, and too quickly changing emotions that detracted from the story. I would recommend this show to everyone and especially people who like that feeling of tension that gets you turning page after page in a good book. I could definitely see Still Lives as an exciting novella or short novel that I would finish in one sitting. I will be keeping my eyes on both Studio Knox as well as the writing team in the future since they really brought the heat with this first production.

That’s been the show for today, I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out or follow me, you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.