Empty Frames

Reviews For Empty Frames

The Gardner Heist is such a fascinating event. But this podcast is so poorly executed that I had to stop listening. I don’t want to listen to two guys insert themselves into the narrative.
This applies only to the first three episodes, as I gave up after that point. I love heist stories, find them fascinating, and was really excited about this series. But it so desperately needs a heavy-handed editor. The pacing is too slow, the story-telling is repetitive. It would be far better with the same content in half the time.
I am so impressed with the research involved with this show and the first person interviews!
Having had taken a few art history classes and being an avid fan of white collar I was very excited to tune in. Each episode starts off with an introduction that's over 3 minutes long, even if the episode is only 22 minutes in length. I have now reached the end and haven’t learned anything about the theft other then a few interesting tidbits about the IRA. Don’t waste your time listening the paintings are still missing and the two hosts simply made a lot of money off all the ads and sponsorships.
This has been a complete waste of my time. They have added no insight to the story whatsoever. It’s like they’re not even trying and they know it.
So many commercial breaks. Stack them on the front end it defeats any chance of being a successful long form to break in with ads so often
LOVE LOVE LOVE JVN! I love that the topics are addressed with a realistic approach that doesn’t make me feel dumb for not knowing about them already! Much love for this podcast, JVN and spreading knowledge and joy❤️
They know how to get them back but not happy about it. So they lie to the public. You spoke with Mr. Brand Confirm with him that we spoke over social networking site for at least a couple months I was right up until the new year once you confirm that information I expect to hear back from you
I love this show and have awaited with baited breathe as each episode has dropped but they are explicit in saying there are 13 episodes 1 for each piece of art stolen and yet the last episode - Episode 12 dropped July 14 - the guys said see you in 2 weeks for episode 13th and final episode and it’s August 25th and no finale. What’s up? Iam feeling confused and empty.
I give the two host credit for trying to tackle the subject, but they’re talking because I am a college radio approach just doesn’t do it justice. In the hands of someone like the CRIMETOWN folks, this would be an absolutely scintillating story. that said, everyone has to start somewhere. Keep trying guys.
I’m two episodes in and feel like I still don’t know anything about the heist. Great idea very poor execution.
I’d love to rave about this podcast. The theme is super cool but it’s nothing like Serial or the RFK Tapes. The episodes are sloppy, generally consisting of poorly edited interviews (look at Dan Snow’s History Hit for an example of fantastic interviews) and the episodes don’t build on one another. Add lengthy filler material, countless ED and hair loss ads and this just doesn’t come together. By the fourth episode I still didn’t have much or a picture of who the people involved were. I know this is harsh but I do mean this criticism to be constructive. It’s not too late to improve!
I was very interested when I discovered the topic but there is no flow to this podcast. The hosts are all over the place. The advertisements are more informative than the podcast itself. Hope someone decides to do a thorough pod cast on this heist.

Sad
1/5

So frustrating to listen to this podcast. I’m fascinated by the topic, but only made it 1.5 episodes because it is so lame. They spend most of the first episode talking about how great the podcast is going to be. Then they have people on to spout off random names you’ve never heard, then say how interesting the story is without going into any detail at all. There are so many other GOOD true crime podcasts. Go listen to one of those.
This is such a fascinating topic, but it’s poorly handled. I eagerly listened to the first 2 episodes but I’m about to give it up. They talk about the case like we already know the basic facts. Every episode I feel like I should rewind and go back to listen to what I missed. They ramble and jump topics and are skipping out on a lot of basic information. The constant ad interruptions are annoying, too. There’s maybe 15 minutes of actual material in a 30 minute+ episode. Meh. I wish someone like Casefile would handle this topic. Much more straightforward presentation of facts.
I get everything has to have a sponsor now, but you guys really are mucking up your wonderful story by adding all these awkwardly placed ads in the middle. Do a bunch of placements at the end, or the beginning. You could do five times the amount of ads and I wouldn’t mind if they weren’t every 3 minutes. You aren’t keeping me on the edge of my seat, you’re wrecking your own narrative.. other than that I really enjoy the story.
Hey I loved the concept and storytelling in this podcast but the constant ads during the first few episodes destroy any narrative or interview by being so intrusive. I really want to listen to the rest of the episodes but holy cow the ads are the worst.
The subject is very interesting to me and I was excited to listen but from the incessant plugs, taking forever to get to the meat of each episode and the complete lack of any investigative narrative, it was really lacking. I would have liked an actually step by step description of the crime and a full run down of the suspects with their backgrounds, alibis connections etc. instead we get a lot of interviews rehashing the same theories and throwing out names of suspects as if we should know who they are before it’s ever been thoroughly explained. Very disappointing.
The shameless plugging of (fill in the blank) pops up every 10 to 12 minutes. It’s hard to even get into the story before the hosts switch to a fake banter discussing how great (blank) is. It’s very irritating. Just load the ads up at the front, back or middle of each episode, guys. Don’t mess up the tempo of every episode with a “Pop-Goes-The-Weasel” approach to the ads.
The show continues to lose my interest every time they interrupt the show for an advertisement. Get your sponsor ads in at the BEGINNING of an episode you guys. The immersive experience is completely ruined by interrupting it several times throughout the show.
Not very interesting. The Maury Murray podcast was great but this one is a little boring. Doesn’t seem as well thought out
Super interesting story but told so awesomely boringly that it’s not worth listening to.
This podcast gets better and better as each episode uncovers more details. The Dutch guy episode was brilliant. The moderators are genius at keeping a neutral ground especially when they’re interviewing the security guards. I like the way they’re working this. Oh and as far as ads go, just scroll through them!

2/5

By bree x3
The podcast starts with the presumption that the audience knows about the case, which I did not. Before explaining what actually happened, they’re putting out theories and opinions that I can’t follow since I don’t know the pieces of the story they’re referring to. Either specify that this is for people who already know the backstory, or tell us what happened. There also seem to be a lot of conclusions drawn without backing them up with real information.

Meh
3/5

By Nullity
Too many ads and slow pace of story. Just meh. U subbed.
What could’ve been a very interesting story damaged by poor pacing and way too many ads for the amount of content.
Just when you started to get interested they launch into yet another ad. Pity. I would have loved to have listened to this.
They have no real information. They don’t even explain the heist initially in a way for us to understand all the discussion later. Then their discussions are just random and not linear or sensical in organization. Interesting story, wish could restart or have someone else tell the story
I wanted to love this pod. I stuck it out 5 episodes but ultimately unsubscribed. This could’ve been an incredible story and a different take on the true crime genre that I love. Unfortunately, there is no “story” being told here, it’s just a smattering of the hosts’ thoughts, opinions, and interviews with people who have researched the case. There is no linear story telling and they didn’t even provide an overview of the heist itself for those who are unfamiliar with the case like I am. You’re just expected to dive right in with the same level of knowledge they have. I’ve been completely lost from episode to episode, hoping they’d eventually try to tie things together. I gave up. If they reboot this with better organization, I’d give it another shot.
Love the topic
Subject matter is very interesting, however there are WAY too many breaks. I feel like I listen to more sponsor ads than actual content.
Wish episodes were longer and more in depth. Sometimes sounds like an ad for speaker’s book
So tired of everyone telling me what they want to change about America. You two are TIRED of the electoral college? Go to another place if you don’t like this one. Crybabies
To echo the other reviews, there is no structure to the story. There are way too many ads. The most recent episode was 30 minutes and there must have been 10 minutes of ads. The topic had a lot of promise, but the podcast is poorly executed.
Decent podcast, great story, but there are a TON of ads and promos. I understand the hosts have to fund their show, but episode 3 goes for 13 minutes before getting into any content.
Do U guys have other jobs because you’re not very good at this Hope The advertisers see the ratings Very phony Guess anybody can do a podcast
I’m a little confused. The episodes don’t seem quite so cohesive in the overall story, or maybe the hosts never give a detailed overview of the crime, the suspects, the geography, the theories, etc. Also, they run FAR too many ads and they are placed annoyingly throughout each episode. They run an ad, give two minutes of content, and then another ad. Total turn off.
A rambling mess of a fascinating story. 2 stars are just because my Aunt Ollie took me there and she was the best.
The case itself is interesting, but the delivery in this podcast is bad. Each episode is of the two hosts interviewing one person. The episodes are way too long and don't give you much info beyond a few minutes worth. With so little information in the case, the podcast is mainly devoted to speculation, which becomes pretty pointless pretty quickly. Plus, the ads delivered by the two hosts last several minutes and sounds so forced and not genuine. Stopped listening after a few episodes.
Many reviews complain that the podcast doesn’t give enough details- I can’t speak to that since I’m well aware of the background story. I’ve read a couple books on this heist and I enjoy the podcast because it’s a bit more of a question answer session that you can’t get from a book. I wouldn’t say this is a gripping podcast that leaves me hanging each episode, but it’s fun to listen to and great food for thought on this unsolved heist.
It is a highly interesting topic to me, but between the commercials that make me cringe, the poorly edited audio that assumes the listener won't notice or care how many cuts had to be made to get that sentance out, and finally the lack of promise of any new information that hasnt been talked about twice already forced me to stop listening. It feels as though they got the complete story out there in the first two episodes and have been pontificating to fill time since. I stopped part way into episode 4. It could be good, but they need to think of thier audience more. Perhaps I am alone in this thought though.
I want so badly to like this, but there is so much time spent just speculating. I just spent so much time listening to you talk about movie length that I almost stopped listening altogether. This show needs to be better researched. It doesn’t feel tight. It sounds like you don’t have enough to go on, so most time is spent grasping at straws trying to fill time. What saves this podcast is that it’s about such an interesting topic. Tell a story- don’t bounce all over the place. There’s no real narrative here.

1/5

These people do not know how to cover a crime. They have conversations about their personal lives, ramble on and on, repeat information, tell things out of order, and have definitely lost my interest, even though this is a fascinating heist! Please develop an outline for your entire season before diving in, and please leave your personal theories out! Maybe take a class on journalism.
This podcast covers an interesting topic, is well produced and the hosts are likable...but I’m about to give up on it because of the structure. They need to take a step back and cover the basics of the crime, popular theories, etc. They went over it very conversationally in the first episode, but I still don’t feel like I have enough information to understand the subsequent episodes that have been posted. I don’t really benefit from interviews with authors about very specific aspects of the crime when those topics haven’t been introduced to me. I understand not wanting to play all of your cards at once, but these episodes aren’t interesting unless you lay the right foundation for each of them. I think this thing has a lot of potential. Good luck!
Hey, I have an idea.... Let's find a great topic then massacre it with poor rambling story telling and only put out episodes every two or three weeks......oh wait someone is already doing that....Empty frames.
I love what you’re doing here guys... it’s a great heist story. But, please take a step back and walk through the facts of the case like your audience is hearing about this for the first time. I feel like I need to go watch a documentary and read a book so I can follow along with your train of thought. Spoon feed us first, then get into the rabbit hole theories. You’ve got something good here
I love it! I’m very picky with my podcasts and tv shows. This one has all the captivating elements of a crime tv show. The information is presented very vividly and I’m excited to hear more.
Talking in circles. Just like the Maura Murray podcast. Such a cool story but just tell it in order. So frustrating.
Recommended from the podcast Casefiles, empty frames sounded very interesting. But they managed to make an art heist soooo boring. I'm 20 minutes in and there's zero info so far. There was a heist, let's spice it up guys. Go listen to Casefile or Sword and Scale instead.