The Byron Chronicles like so many other audio dramas suffers from a lack of 2 out of 3 very important components necessary to a completely successful audio drama production. Sadly for them, they are the really crucial ones. So, these 3 components are writing, acting, and engineering - that is the mixing, editing, sound effects, what-have-you. And Byron is lacking in the first two.
The writing though compelling enough in regard to plot development and fair use of expositional dialog held my attention for a couple episodes at a time, but the highly derivative characters (for example, Byron's painfully obvious "Doctor Who complex"), the ceaseless banter and sarcasm in a failed attempt at wit, and the relentless pop culture references make this program almost unlistenable. The engineering/production value gives it an edge on a lot of other programs so it's saved a little, but I'm growing tired of it.
Next we have the acting: first off let me just say my daughter and I were seriously cracking up for fully at least half an hour listening to the way the announcer says Darker Projects. Secondly, and this is partly due to dialog, but every character always sounds sarcastic which is freaking annoying. Also, and correct me if I'm wrong, but do 70 percent of these characters have fake english accents? Last, but not least, (and this isn't even necessarily an acting flaw), what the hell is with the ratio speech impediments?! It's so extremely distracting it's driving me crazy.
What it comes down to is that due to the great dearth of truly fine productions, this one falls into the category of listenable for people such as I, that obsessively must listen to audio drama, but not recommended. I'm embarrassed to admit I listen to this, but people here already do so it seemed a safe venue, and I wondered if anyone else shared my opinions...