I am not a ‘podcast person’. Or an Audio-book person for that matter. I like to break the spine of the book for the first time, inhaling the dust of the pages as I devour it’s words. Whilst I may be late to this party, I have to tell you about how good Serial is! After several recommendations, including the final one from a couple of dear friends who I would never had picked as members of this podcast audience, I eventually yielded, downloading the series.
And I was hooked!
Serial is narrated and investigated by journalist Sarah Koenig who was asked by relatives of a convicted man to review his case, held in 1999, following what they believe was a mistrial. Here is the website teaser:
‘It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, sheâ€™s nowhere to be found.’
Now I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to give anything away, but all I can say is this intriguing and perplexing case will have you guessing from the minute the case starts to unfold. You will jump the innocent/guilty fence back and forth and just when you think you have decided on the truth, a new piece of evidence or information will spin everything on its head.
The podcast was originally released weekly however all 12 episodes of the first series are free to download on iTunes, through the podcast app. Just try to give yourself a break in between them, as desperate as you will be to listen to them all, the recaps and repetitiveness might start to get on your nerves. But I did listen to them in 1 day! I was also slightly disappointed with the outcome but cannot say why without giving too much information away. I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless and still recommend it (this might make sense once you have completed the series!)
The second series of Serial will be released sometime this year but will follow a different story/case. I will definitely be keeping my ear to the ground for that one.
But whilst I am a Serial Convert, I’m not sure that I am a podcast convert. I found myself unsure of what to do with my hands whilst sitting and listening to it. As such my lovely long nails are no more! I also found myself muttering to myself either in agreement or shouting denials – so listening in public is definitely out! I have since been told by many that the key is to listen to them whilst driving. What to listen to though?
Can anyone recommend a good podcast? I feel maybe something motivational, or a real-life suspense saga? And how do you listen to them?
p.s. This is the website for Serial where I think you can also listen to the podcasts. Try to resist the urge to Google this as there are so many sites and discussion forums that it may contain spoilers.