Episode 209: Audiobooks and Audio Storytelling
This week, Josh and Dietrich obey the mad whims of their listeners and sit down to discuss audiobooks. But as the beginning of the discussion focuses on why they don't actually listen to audiobooks, they also decide to wrap the newer developments in audio storytelling into the discussion. Josh talks about the challenge of adapting a written story to an audio medium, Dietrich discusses some of the reasons that he's heard people cite for choosing audiobooks over print, and they talk about some of the audiobooks that are really embracing the freedom that the medium offers. But outside audiobooks, podcasts are offering a new way to tell both nonfiction and fiction stories, from the intense phenomenon of Serial, to the sprawling surrealism of Welcome to Nightvale, to the simultaneously hysterical and heartrending work on The Adventure Zone. Before that, Dietrich reads his second Nick Cutter book and is seriously freaked out, and Josh looks at the followup to the extraordinary The Devil's Detective. Finally, they wrap up with four excellent television shows and a new podcast that's as compelling as it is heartbreaking. You can send questions or comments to email@example.com.