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The Walk

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?

Customer Reviews

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.