I was kinda stuck for a post today, and when I asked Matthew he said: do one on that thing and kept repeatedly pointing to his ears. After a few minutes of this going on, we eventually came to the conclusion that he meant that podcast that I hadn't shut up about all week... I was going to wait until it was monthly favourites time to talk about it, but you know, it is just that good that why not talk about it now? I surely have enough to say on the subject. (It will probably appear in a favourites too, FYI.)
Lets start from the beginning.
I haven't listened to a podcast in years, and I had sort of forgotten what they were. The last one I listened too was the one with Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant and Karl Pilkington. This was before Idiot Abroad was a thing, and before I really knew who any of those people were. My brother put it on my iPod before I went on a camping trip, and it rained all holiday so I was forced to listen to it, and it was pure brilliant. But that was about 6 years ago.
Anyway, slightly off topic there. The point I was trying to make was that I hadn't listened to a podcast in a long time. But I started to see them being mentioned on Twitter a lot, and then I watched a Lily Pebbles vlog where she was talking about them. One kept coming up, Serial.
So I thought I would give it a go, since I don't really listen to music anymore. I looked on the Podcast app, and the top of the charts was of course, Serial. So I knew at that point I had to find out what the deal was, why was everyone so obsessed.
That was on Monday. Today is Friday, and I am on episode 5. That's over 4 hours of podcast listening I have done so far. That probably says it all doesn't it? It is so addictive! I will tell you a little bit more about the storyline...
It is narrated by Sarah, who is a journalist. She approached by a woman about this murder that happened in 1999 because this woman believed that the man who went to prison was innocent. After reading the case files, Sarah becomes absorbed by the story and wants to find out who was guilty for the murder. The man who was convicted, or someone else?
Sarah makes it very clear that she is no detective, she is just a journalist with an interest in the case. But she is really intrigued and she takes us (the listener) on the journey with her into finding out more information about the murder. It is almost like a police detection documentary but in podcast form. Think Making a Murderer, but without the police deception and only having the audio.
I like it because she never forces her personal opinion on you, every episode she leaves you to draw your own conclusions. And because she is not specialised in being a detective she asks and try's to answer the questions you are thinking. It is very fascinating and each episode I just want to find out the truth, and you can tell that she does too.
It is probably the most addictive and captivating thing I have ever watched/listened too. I find myself constantly wondering things and suspecting every character. Which is funny because they're not characters, they are real people. This is a real case. You are thinking about real lives and real activities that went on, and real lies. You are thinking about a real woman's life that got taken. It is all a bit chilly to be honest.
Like I said, I am only on episode 5 so we will see what the ending is, and I will report back.
I just wanted to tell you all how good this podcast is, and if this is anything to go by... I can quickly see myself becoming a 'podcast' person.