Story is pretty good, but the writer(s) need to realize there are other ways to indicate who is speaking than ‘so and so said.’ It’s distracting at first, quickly moving to annoying, then to, ‘I wonder what else I could listen to?’ I said.
Questions can be changed to ‘Sal asked’ or ‘Sal inquired’. Rebukes can be ‘Sal retorted!’ Etc.
Please pick up a thesaurus and find dozens of other words besides said. It sounded like a 3rd grader wrote it.
I love it! Great story, compelling characters, just one problem. It’s the same with GUNDOG: it’s in audiobook form. I listened to Bullet Catcher and didn’t mind the one narrator because there were sound effects. This is a great podcast, don’t get me wrong, but if you make a season 2, adding sound effects would be the perfect cherry on top for this masterpiece! :)
Since a lot of Realm’s stuff is audio dramas, (especially having just come off of Derelict) I was disappointed at first. But eventually I got into it. I’m not usually a huge fan of audiobooks, the “he said,” “they said” wording always pulls me out of the story. That’s why I prefer audio dramas. I basically want to listen to something that fully immerses me in the story. As much as I enjoy reading, books read aloud don’t usually do that for me. I have to admit though that I have listened to a couple audiobooks I enjoyed that were written specifically for audio, where they minimize that type of phrasing, and the voice actor did a good enough job of inhabiting the different characters. This definitely falls into that category. The voice actor does a good enough job delineating the voices, it’s well written, and an entertaining story. But if you are looking for an audio drama with a full cast and immersive soundscaping, this is not that. It is a series of two-part serialized audio book stories with a larger over arching narrative arc. I have reached a point where I’m enjoying it and will continue to listen, but it took a while both to get into the story and get over the fact that it wasn’t what I was expecting.
Can’t handle how they finish every single sentence with he said, she said, sal said, menchu said, apple said banana said. Ugh. If your going to change your voice for each character, you really don’t need to end every 5 word sentence with “it said”. I had to stop at the end of the third episode.
I loved everything about this podcast. The ideas were thought-provoking. The story was compelling. The writing was straightforward and artful. The narrator’s voice sounded like an old friend and was so consistent in the voices she gave to each of the characters. I was sad to reach the end. I am eager to hear more from this team!
Good story. Some people complain about the one actor - audiobook style production. At first I was a little disappointed as well but after listening to the first one I believe it is a calculated choice. This is a story about innocent people being, sometimes literally, pulled into a book. Producing it in the same manner as you would an audiobook (with chapter numbers and the repetition of “said”) pulls the listener into the story in a way that mirrors a book as opposed to an audio drama (which in my mind is more like television). One thing I would like to see is more character development. But I think that’s coming. 🤞🏻
Interesting premise and a promising world ruined by how dull and flat the characters are, particularly Sal (who is the introductory character and audience surrogate of newcomer having everything explained to them). Anything that’s engaging is so despite them, but eventually it just becomes unbearably tedious.
In about 10 minutes I am done. People I don’t know, have no relatioship to explode into unexplained action and I don’t care. It’s not a drama, but is read by one person. Sort of like being blasted with random people and actions.
Introduce people. Who they are what they do and think. In 5 minutes I have met as many people and have the front door blown in and wake up in the hospital.
I’m 5 minutes in, and am already disappointed. The voice actor is fine, but that noun should be plural. It’s disappointing that Realm didn’t get multiple actors for multiple characters, as they do for other podcasts; otherwise this is an audiobook. Also, it’s *heavily* influenced/almost like the graphic novel, “Black Magick” by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.
Love the first episode so far but I love the most that is a familiar voice. I was surprised when I heard the same voice from one of my favorite audio books. She has a great voice and can make many different voices which takes you deep in the story!!
Pulls its plot ideas from several other shows/books, writing a bit redundant, (need to vary the format of the sentences especially), but not a bad plot overall. Just not super original and not worth paying for a subscription, tbh.
Just like movies get adapted from books, the producers failed to do that for podcast format. This is an audiobook, leave it at that. If you are moving it to podcast format then you should have hired voice talent to adapt from the audiobook. This is just someone reading a book to you. Disappointing because as a podcast it could have been so cool!
Ok so..Bookburners review..here goes.
Bookburners is not an audio drama. I mention this only to inform curious future listeners. My rating has nothing to do with that.
I have no problem with audio books which is what this is. I like audiobooks a lot actually. My issue with Bookburners is that the story ends up being so dull.
It’s a shame because the story does have potential but the characters in Bookburners are without question one hundred percent DULL!! Flat, lame..just bleh. I space out constantly while listening to Bookburners getting pulled back into the story ever ONCE IN A WHILE when they start doing something interesting. And I’m sorry maybe it’s just me but every single demon they fight feels just like the last one. Yawn.
Really though it’s the characters in this story that make it all so boring.
It IS great for putting me to sleep tho! I value that.
A hostile magic mashup of X-FILES and DA VINCI CODE? I’m in!!! Some of my favorite writers are part of this, sorry I missed it during its original run on SerialBox/Realm but so grateful it’s available as a podcast now for my binging pleasure…