By Panoply / Naomi Alderman / Six To Start
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A thriller in which you, the listener, are the hero. The Walk begins in Inverness station, Scotland. Through a case of mistaken identity, you, "the walker," are given a vital package that must be couriered to Edinburgh. But as you're about to board the train, terrorists blow it up and set off an electromagnetic pulse! None of the cars or trains are working - you'll have to walk - but now the terrorists are on your trail because they want the device you're carrying, and the police are after you as a suspect in the bombing. To survive, you'll have to join up with other escapees from the city - but how many of them can you trust, and are they really who they say they are?
||1.31 - Day of Reckoning||Your plan to preserve the fate of humanity involves a lot of carnage, so when an alternate, less fatal option presents itself you decide to give it a shot.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.30 - World Domination||The scope of Soleil’s play for world domination comes to light.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.29 - Avatars||If there’s anything more terrifying than Soleil, it’s a whole army of her human avatars.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.28 - Seeing Things||You’re all sick and seeing things. In search of a cure, you realize you’re not the first to be infected and you definitely won’t be the last.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.27 - Robots||Suddenly, your interpersonal conflicts are dwarfed by a monster robot and a swarm of mechanical snake grass. What the hell is going on?||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.26 - A Lost Message||A lost message from a deceased comrade casts doubt over your whole operation.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.25 - Soleil's Scorn||Just when you think you know Soleil’s modus operandi, she shocks you with yet another deadly surprise. Is she after revenge?||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.24 - Reunion||A device carrying couple save you from a near-death scenario and reunite you with an old friend who almost lost her life, too.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.23 - The Sisters||You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your victims. The sisters are still at odds, but it’s becoming clear they’re both looking out for themselves, not you.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.22 - No Gun||A technical error forces you to confront your biggest enemy. Your survival may be mutually dependent, but how can you trust anything they say?||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.21 - Trapped||Everything you’ve been through thus far has led you right into the The Burn’s cold embrace. Maybe if you’d paid more attention to Emma and her conspiracy theories, you’d have seen it coming.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.20 - It's Personal||The Burn’s plans are more sinister and far-reaching than you could have imagined, and the damage is getting personal and seriously affecting team morale.||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.19 - The Treatment||You’re on a mission to destroy The Burn’s lethal technology, but an old enemy and a distressed civilian both desperately need your help.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.18 - Commonality||You walk into a headquarters of a suspected terrorist group... and it turns out you have a lot more in common than you thought.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.17 - The Town||You find a town with power, food, and the most generous people you’ve ever met. Either you’ve entered the twilight zone, or it's all a very elaborate trap. Either way, you can bet Soliel’s got something to do with it.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.16 - Dogs||The police are on your trail again - and this time they’ve brought dogs.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.15 - Skydiving||Someone who knows something about Charlie and her sister is a few steps ahead of you. And your helicopter ride to Geneva turns out to be more of a skydiving trip - but not everyone jumps voluntarily.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.14 - Blood||Charlie isn’t much help when you’re in uncharted territory, and she also can’t explain the mysterious pictures you find or the blood on the floor. Meanwhile, Emma can’t forgive Charlie for the blood on her hands.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.13 - An Old Acquaintance||Desperate times call for desperate measures. Charlie pulls the trigger in a last resort effort to get you out of a tight spot. An afternoon pit stop brings you an old acquaintance who’ll be your new traveling buddy - and you’re off to Geneva.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.12 - The Enemy Within||You’re so close to Edinburgh, you can taste the grilled cheese! But Stanton is so close to figuring out exactly what happened on the day of the explosion that a trusted comrade reveals themselves to be an agent of the enemy.||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.11 - An Uninvited Guest||You still don’t know who's selling you out. Building anxieties, past allegiances, and doubts about the mission give everyone a motive to betray and a reason to lie.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.10 - Face to Barrel||It was only a matter of time until you fell right into The Burn’s lap, and now you’re face to barrel with an old ally turned nemesis. Or could the traitor be among your own ranks? You’d better find out before The Burn finds you again.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.09 - Jumping at Shadows||None of the “safe houses” Charlie keeps guiding you to seem to be that safe, and the paths in between them are even more perilous. Could this latest house be haunted?||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.08 - The American||While running an errand, you and Emma pick up a clueless American traveler running from a local gang. It might’ve been the right thing to do, but now he’s asking way too many questions.||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.07 - Capture||The threat of those flyers catches up with you sooner than expected. Your capture reunites you with some old friends, but one of them is in critical condition and your captors force you to keep moving.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.06 - Alive or Dead||Charlie tells you about her sister, whom she suspects is a high-ranking member of The Burn.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.05 - Wolves||As if evading The Burn isn’t enough stress, now blood-thirsty wolves are after you.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.04 - Refuge||Somehow you find your way and some supplies, but The Burn is (literally) hot on your trail and willing to use any means necessary to stop you - even if it means sabotaging themselves.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.03 - Beware of Good Fortune||There are traitors at every turn eager to take you down. Stanton was able to save you this time, but you can never be too careful. Everyone you meet is a potential enemy. Better to stay one step ahead.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.02 - The City Limits||The city limits are controlled by military officers and checkpoints. How long can you keep your secret, and who can you trust?||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.01 - Your Mission||The entire city is on lockdown but you have to get out before they find you - the survival of the human race depends on it.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Introducing The Walk||A new immersive fiction podcast from Panoply created by award-winning author Naomi Alderman. Releases 18 January.||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Becomes SOOOO Convoluted
Started out really well, the story is compelling, the voices and sound effects are great (although quite frequently people start whispering and you can’t make out anything without cranking the volume up to the max). You really want to keep listening to find out just what is going on. Unfortunately, the more you find out, the more ridiculous the story becomes. More and more plot holes start popping up, and after the hundredth use of deus ex machina to rescue the heroes just in time, you’re left just rolling your eyes, bored, and wondering if the writer is even trying anymore.
The ‘immersive, you’re the main character’ idea is silly in a fun kind of way for the first few episodes, but it quickly gets tiresome, especially when you get stuck listening to really annoying and cringe-inducing monologues again and again because ‘your’ character is only with one other person but won’t ever say anything, no matter how absurd, crazy, and/or utterly evil the other person is. ‘Your’ character is just along for the ride, and never has any sort of even vaguely realistic reaction to anything happening around ‘you’.
Also, as the podcast goes on, it starts hitting you over the head with the writer’s world-view more and more frequently and heavy-handedly. It really detracts from the story, especially when nearly entire episodes just turn into one character lecturing at you.
Was really fun... for the first 10 episodes...
...And then the same plot points just kept getting recycled over and over again, just with new characters. Performances are solid across the board. Sound design is great. Making the listener a character in the show is fun and clever but doesn't really add anything. In fact, it probably detracts from the story. Also, major twist was hinted at WAY too early. I think around episode 9 one of the main characters gives a monologue that is obviously BS then is revealed to be a traitor in like episode 20. But it was way too obvious so there was no surprise when the twist finally happened. About episode 25 I realized the show felt never ending and nothing new or interesting was happening, so I quit. Oh, also another major twist was stolen straight from another audio drama but didn't work in this story. It was almost laughable, I thought it was a joke at first. But it wasn't. Overall: Great start, meh in the middle, and then just WAY TOO LONG for a single season.
I was skeptical when I read about the first-person “gimmick” of this podcast but am so glad I tried it anyway. The actors are terrific, and the author is a great storyteller — kind of like a modern-day version of the Canterbury Tales, there are many compelling stories within the larger plot line. I was prompted to listen to this by an advertisement from the “Tumanbay” podcast — if you liked that I suspect you will like this as well. I binged all 31 episodes in 3 sittings.