Welcome to the Audio Verse Awards Nominee Showcase Podcast: your destination for the latest Audio Verse Awards nominees! All productions showcased here were nominated by community members like you. So take a listen! Only YOU can decide which of these nominees make it into the Finals!
Hello! This is Lee Shackleford ... I am the creator and head writer and producer and one of the actors on the science-fiction drama serial RELATIVITY, starring Alana Jordan.
RELATIVITY is a PG-rated audio drama that's basically about two people: a woman ... who is the Mission Control flight director ... and a man out in deep space who has found himself suddenly being the only person aboard a giant spaceship. And it's about their struggle to remain connected, the two of them, to help each other out through life and death situations that arise -- at mission control, believe it or not - - and on this ship hurtling through the void.
Their only link across the vast emptiness of the cosmos ... is the sound of each other's voices.
What I'd like for you to listen to now is a scene from episode 37, which aired in May 2019... ... and it's a little bit of a reversal of the situation -- usually Sophia, the mission control lady, is the one who's helping Chris with his problems on the spaceship out into deep space. This time something terrible happens in her life and Chris is there to help her across trillions of miles of space.
The only thing you need to know to understand what's going on in this scene is that Sophia has a younger sister who has a deadly disease -- and the only hope for her has been to put her in suspended animation. And their mother is despondent about the fact that the girl, Sybil, l had to be put into this freezer for who knows how long.
There's also a hurricane hitting Puerto Rico where mission control is!
So here is a little bit of episode 37 of RELATIVITY ... starring Alana Jordan and Lee Shackleford.
CW: Discussion of suicide
Hi this is Mark Luckie, writer, editor and producer of Sumeria, a podcast about a group of space travelers searching for their home...somewhere in the universe. I'm loading Episode One of the debut season of the podcast for your listening enjoyment. All set to launch?
Splintered Caravan is a Cyberpunk Audio drama focused on the lives of Caravan runners (specialized brains and guns for hire) as they survive their ruthless, unforgiving world the only way they know how; together. Where there’s credits, there’s a job, no matter what needs doing. Get swept up in the action and intrigue of their story as the runners experience sacrifice, connection and consequences surrounding their infamous lifestyle. The bonds you choose to make in this world will either save you or send you under, but remember; A Caravan comes first…Always.
This is Saul Gillingham, co-writer and creator of ONCE ITS BEGUN, a post apocalyptic western revenge story. You’re about to hear a trailer for series 1 of the show. I hope you enjoy!
Thank you for listening.
"I am recording now, so we will record in 3, 2... Hi, this is Jeff Stormer."
"This is Aaron Catano-Saez"
"And this is All My Fantasy Children, a character creation, storytelling and world-building podcast powered by listener prompts."
"This is Episode 97, Arcana Dimdae: Whispers of Order"
"What we do on All My Fantasy Children is we take, every week, a listener-submitted prompt. We spin that prompt into an original fantasy character using some of our favorite tabletop roleplaying games. And we populate a shared universe called Fantasy every single episode, week by week, story by story."
"And that's pretty much it, we hope you enjoy!"
Project Nova is an original Audio Drama created by Aaron Sarka and produced by Evil Kitten Productions. http://www.evilkittenproductions.com
Project Nova follows the lives of four subjects of a secret scientific project. Who are they? Why are they here? What is Project Nova?
Project Nova is written and directed by Aaron Sarka
Sarah Sarka as Armstrong
T.J. Anderson as Vespucci
Jon Penick as Battuta
Rachel Craig as Eberhardt
Aaron Sarka as The Computer
The Project Nova theme is by Aaron Sarka.
All other music is composed by Kevin McLeod and can be found at incompetech.com
This is Emily VanDerWerff, Co-Creator on Arden, which is about the missing person case of Julie Capsom, a starlet who vanished in 2007 leaving behind a male torso in her trunk, and Bea Casely and Brenda Bentley, the reporter and detective who are hired ten years later to find her. The following is a highlight reel from Season One, comprising some of our favorite moments from the show, and highlighting the work of everyone who was nominated for the longlist.
Thank you for listening.
This is Matt, host on Merely Roleplayers, which is about a real London theatre company jumping through decidedly not-real stories in lots of different genres. This is Act One of season seven, “Upstaged!", where the company enter a nationwide televised theatre competition to raise money to save a children’s theatre programme. Thank you for listening.
Hey there, I’m Lucas Duff I am the GM and editor of Ballad of the Seven Dice. Our Show is a 5e podcast, like many others out there. What we do that’s a little different is not only do we have our fully produced actual play podcast, meaning sfx, music, ambiance, you name it, but we also do audio drama episodes between our main episodes. So our story takes place in the forgotten realms, where it is a bit of an alternate timeline because I liked some stuff from 3.5 and just kind of jumbled it all together. Essentially the Forgotten Realms has become somewhat of a battlegrounds where people from many many different worlds have been dragged here and they’re all being forced to fight in this eldritch war, they are not quite sure who their patrons are.
They know that there is a person, a woman known as Dorem Highfyre, who is trying to summon something so ancient and evil to destroy all the gods, because she believes that will free everyone from the God’s control, but what that’s actually going to do is destroy existence entirely. So these beings are all being summoned from different worlds to try to stop her and they are called the Chosen. The reason that they are called the chosen is because they are given these parasites that are placed on their left hand that gives them each a unique ability. Kind of think of it like a little bit like super powers. So our main players have Time, Chaos, Fire, and Blood. Those are their powers that they use on top of already their Dungeons and Dragons classes they’ve already chosen.
Our story heavily focuses on roleplaying, drama, we do have plenty of goofs as it is unavoidable in these kind of things, and we try to make sure that we tell the most of the story. The audio drama episodes are there to tell the story of the npcs, the villains, the other characters they interact with in this world and what they're up to and what they’re doing and it helps really shape things. So if you’re in the mood for crazy otherworldly beings, giant wars, and some pretty good times trying to save the world then by all means give us a listen. I’ve included an episode called “No One Gets Out” where we had two guests, Tea and Jason, play where they are trying to escape from the city of Arkham with one of the NPCs that the players have met, Diar’rna. Basically it is to show you the kind of theme that we have, that there is a very dark underlying theme. So I won’t keep you any longer, I’ll just go ahead and let you listen to that episode, enjoy!
This is Melissa Sheldon, Writer, Producer, and occasional actor on X Why Podcast, which is an anthology series of short stories based around themes of all kinds, chock-full of social commentary, sarcasm, bad and good jokes, and showcases the immense talent of indie voice actors & writers from all over the internet. This is episode 4: Relationship Planet. In this episode we have a nature documentary-style study of the wide world of dating. We study the mating rituals of the New England frat boy, the devious manipulations of predatory flirts, dangerous ways for women to unwind, and the way some relationship predators take advantage of our vulnerable and loving selves. Tune in monthly to X Why podcast on your podcatcher of choice. And thank you for listening.
Hello! Sarah Golding here - Astral Queen dialogue editor and voice actor as Captain Kelly and the AI Computer in this one off script - a winner of the first ADPP Script writing competition by the amazing Paul Spencer. This was edited and sound designed by Eli McIlveen with original music by Tom Rory Parsons and guest appearances from Mark Lubienski Steel and Graham Rowat. Love a northern accent me. Find out what happens when a space cruise ship Captain finds out that its’ AI has mysteriously jettisoned all of its passengers, and the ship is heading bow first towards a crash land on a distant planet.... Enjoy. And do check out the other gazillion ADPP winners made by amazing audio drama royalty involving a myriad of recognisable AD names on the Audio Drama Network Spreaker site. And also if you wanna voice act pls listen to MADIVA podcast and look out in the audio drama hub fb page for more Audio Drama Hub Virtual Pub sessions to learn from those making it about the craft of Audiodrama! Thank you so much for listening ya Legends!
My name is K. Thomas Zipperer, and I’m one of the writers behind the true crime comedy “Wheels Of Justice”. Wheels of Justice is a one hour standalone audio drama covering the fictional investigation into who pushed the Governor of Texas down a staircase in his wheelchair. In this scene, our main protagonists, Bob and Zipp, meet with a wheelchair salesman in an attempt to gather some information about the case.
Hey there! I'm Mike Rugnetta, I'm Shannon Odell, I'm Nick Guercio, I'm Jenn de la Vega, I'm Bijan Stephen and I'm Taylor Moore. We are the cast of Fun City, a Shadowrun Actual Play RPG podcast about a group of career criminals living in a super-future, post-climate apocalypse New York City who are trying to navigate the moral grey areas of contemporary life. Also there are jokes.
This is episode one, where you get to meet the crew, and the guy who wants to hire them to do a crime. Thanks for listening!
This is Colton Flick. I was one of the writers, vocal directors, and audio editors for Still Lives [pronounced like a noun] -- or Still Lives [pronounced like a verb], if you prefer. It's a pun! Our show is about the last five people on Earth hearing a knock at the door, and trying to come to terms with the fact that they may not actually be the last five people on Earth. We think of it as a pastoral post-apocalypse. This is our first episode, "The Quiet," written by Ríoghnach Robinson.
Thank you so, so much for listening!
Hello Sarah Golding here - Producer and wannabe Voice actor and Writer of some parts of The Moonologue sessions. I set it up with my production company Quirky Voices to celebrate the moon landings 50th anniversary, man, as I DO LOVE SPACE very much and the moon - and encouraged folks to submit some new writing - I DO LOVE NEW WRITING - short monologues to be performed by some of the best and my most favourite of favourite Audio Drama voice acting chums. So, this is a collection of monologues interspersed with some daft story of me and Tanja Milojevic and her dog Nabu and some - Nabu - I always say it wrong - and some strange doll called Mr Twinkletoes journeying to the moon in a rocket powered by the words of the monologues. Howcoolisthat? Thanks to Tanja and winning monologue writers Haydn Davis, Dany Ellet, Faith McQuinn, William J Meyer, J Christian Ellet, Fiona Thraille, Maya Peace, Sara-Mae Tuson, Emily C Snyder, Cheyenne Bramwell, Karin Heimdahl and performers Jordan Cobb, Madison Upton, Cheyenne Bramwell, Bret Maskil-Watts, Lucille Valentine, Erika Sanderson, Fiona Thraille, Tanja Milojevic, Karim Kronfl, Angélique Lazarus and James Oliva!
I adore you all (I hope you do too)
Thanks also to the Audioverse team and to you for listening - please do share this gently entertaining gem....and watch out for more script writing opportunities with Quirky Voices! Here’s the Moonologue Sessions Parts 1, 2 and 3. Enjoy!
This is James Palmer, producer on Radio Free Detroit, an in character, in universe podcast set in the cyberpunk future of Shadowrun in 2080; we have a mix of monologued pieces and audio drama, and the primary character is Ziggy the Troll Shadowrunning Philosopher, a big man, with cybernetic arms, big thoughts, and a perennial love of ice cream. This is Episode 5 of our crossover audio drama, called Blackout, and takes place in the fall of 2080 in the communal living space occupied by our characters after a nationwide blackout enters its second week.
Thank you for listening.
This is Dominic Hargreaves, producer of Victoriocity. Victoriocity is a detective comedy drama set in a reimagined Victorian past, and is written by Chris and Jen Sugden. The story follows Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle, who in season one investigated the murder of an eminent scientist in the vast metropolis of Even Greater London. In season two, Fleet and Clara have a new case, investigating a mysterious kidnapping. This episode - the first of season 2 - features all the Audioverse award nominees from the show: Tom Crowley is Inspector Fleet, and Layla Katib is Clara Entwhistle. The episode was directed by Nathan Peter Grassi; and music is by Jon Ouin. Thank you for listening.
This is Megan Burnside, executive producer of The Hidden People, a creepy modern fantasy that begins with a murder mystery and slowly pulls back the curtain on a hidden world of dark action and adventure. This is episode four, which will give you an idea of the characters and their world as they deal with the fallout from the murder of Mackenna and Thomas's parents. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to start from the beginning to experience the entire story. Season one will have twenty-two episodes released every other week throughout the remainder of the year. Thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy The Hidden People.
Hello, This is Dragon, I’m a cast member of Penance RPG and manage our social media. We a role play podcast – so we record our role playing games and fully edit them for release. Our podcast contains various adventure campaigns with several different groups of players. We aim to promote collaborative storytelling through character interaction with their environment and improvisation to solve the various problems and tasks they encounter. We mostly use high-fantasy but low magic settings, whereby many mystical creatures, species and peoples are commonplace throughout. The players creativity is a strong influence on the direction of the story and many elements of the world are a direct consequence of their previous actions.
The following Episode is from our adaptation of Out of the Abyss, a pre-written D&D adventure which we adapted in its entirety for our listeners in 2019. The Tale tells the story of a small group of adventurers who had been captured and imprisoned in the underdark but manage to break free and are making their way through this strange and wonderous land, experiencing the bizarre environment and peoples found in this place, for context, the party have just fled from a city where a dragon had also been imprisoned, after inspiring that dragon to revolt and set ablaze all its captors. The party now find themselves on the cusp of a small village of mushroom people, called Myconids, one of whom was imprisoned with them when they escaped.. We hope you enjoy Abyss 3. The Fun’gi Festival, and Thank you for listening.
Hello, this is Rob Trevino, co-creator of Parasitecology and other podcasts from ohthehumanity.com.
We’d like to thank those who nominated us for the Audio Verse Awards. Audio fiction for us and, dare I say, our fellow nominees, is a labor of love and listener support is incredibly important to all creators. We appreciate it greatly.
Parasitecology is a darkly comic sci-fi audio drama about Javier Duran — a suicidal nerd — and his alien parasite best friend, who has taken the name of Cher Gandhi Statham. After a traumatic episode, the pair strikes a deal: Cher gets free room and board, living in Javier’s brainstem. And Javier gets something he has never had: control over his spiraling emotions and crippling anxieties.
Their bond grows… until they stumble upon a devious plot endangering both their worlds, perpetrated through viral social media campaigns. But how can they save the world if they can’t get out of bed?
There are 14 episodes in the first series of Parasitecology, with each being about 25 minutes. There’s comedy, action, drama, car chases, heartfelt sacrifices, homicidal electric scooters, uncomfortable work happy hours, and much, much more.
If you haven’t listened, we hope you give the show a try.
Please note: While Parasitecology is a comedy, it incorporates the serious and, for us, highly personal topic of mental health, including dealing with anxiety, depression and suicide. If you or a loved one in the United States is at risk of self-harm, please: get help and call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Thank you for your time and consideration and we hope you enjoy our silly show about serious things.
Hello, this is Florence Hood, I curate Once, a short fiction podcast. Each week we release a unique piece of audio fiction created by our team of writers and performers. After this introduction, you can listen to a collection of lines and moments from our first episodes. If you’re intrigued and would like to listen to our full episodes, you can find us on soundcloud.com/oncefictionpod, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Enjoy
This is Stephen Buckley, cast member and Dungeon Master on Second Best: A D&D Adventure. Second Best is a D&D 5th Edition “actual-play” podcast created and performed by a cast of professional comedians.
In the fantasy world of Second Best, The Finest are the sought-after and much respected heroes tasked with keeping order in a dangerous, chaotic time. Our story is not about them. Rather, Second Best follows The Finest’s second-string “clean up crew” formally known as The Tranquility Team, who find themselves in over their heads and way past their pay grade when they become singularly responsible for an artifact that could change the future - and past - of their universe.
This is Episode #31, Part 5 of a story arc called Dockblocked. Stranded in the icy, far-off kingdom of Nydahar, our heroes have aligned themselves with a crew of pirates who have promised to take them home. We love this episode because it showcases our humor and spontaneity (with a fully improvised musical moment we dare not to get stuck in your head), as well as some earnest moments of drama, plus an exciting finale with original music composed by cast member Marty Scanlon. Thank you for listening!
This is Jesse Duvall, writer of Scared Shirtless.
This is episode 0: The Man and the Moon.
The Steward is an eldritch being: immortal, unchanging and haunted, but also fascinated by humans and their little lives. The Steward creates places and things. Ideas float past him and are made solid. In this episode, we'll meet the Steward, and learn a little bit about what they bring to the small town of Greenville.
Thank you for listening.
This is Hem "Volonda" Cleveland. I am the producer and dungeon mistress on The Lucky Die podcast. The podcast is a 5e Dungeons and Dragons actual play podcast, where three convicted criminals have to save the world as the gods around them re dying. This is episode 81 of The Lucky Die and it is called "Power Plays". It is after the group have had a major loss and after they've had a very large meeting of all their allies and try to pursue a path, as world, to try and save themselves. Thank you for listening.
Hey! We are the Magic Quest Boys of Dragontown. We are a new, improvisational, epic, fantasy, comedy, story telling podcast. Basically, we're playing Dungeons & Dragons, okay? And it's awesome. Our Dungeon Master is incredible and he wrote the whole campaign. Don't worry if you haven't played Dungeons & Dragons before, you're going to love it. Everybody loves it. It's the best. Our tale is about four unlikely heroes who are thrust into saving the world in what will surely be the greatest story ever told. Check us out!
Hi, I'm Stoo Goff, I'm the composer and audio engineer for Tales from the Aletheian Society, which is a comedy horror audio drama about the misadventures of a society of Victorian occultists.
Hello, this is Russell McGee, the writer and director of this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which was originally presented on Halloween in 2018. The name Frankenstein is world-renowned, but what do you really know of Shelley’s original vision? This faithful adaptation presents the 'creature' as an intelligent being that has suffered the injustice of mankind. In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of Shelley’s creation, we felt it was important to emphasis Shelley’s text and allow the creature to speak for itself, in Shelley’s own words. To that end, we cast a female actor as the creature to help lift Shelley’s voice from the text. We hope you enjoy our production of Frankenstein, thank you for listening.
This is Rhi, the GM and producer on the Magpies Podcast, which is a Blades in the Dark actual play. It’s about a band of criminals-turned-vigilantes who are struggling to survive in the haunted, industrial-fantasy city of Duskwall. They pull of daring heists, stick it to the rich and powerful, and forge unbreakable bonds of friendship.
This is Season 1, Episode 7, and it sees the Magpies fulfilling a debt to another criminal gang. You’ll get a sense of who the Magpies are as characters, what the city of Duskwall is like, and see them pull off a risky shipboard score. It’s exciting and dramatic and more than a little bit spooky: everything the Magpies is about. I hope you enjoy it!
Hi, I'm Steve Phillips, Producer of Discovery Mountain. Discovery Mountain is a dramatized audio series where listeners experience adventure, mystery, campfire songs, and, most importantly, where they get to know Jesus.
Each season of the show is based around a Bible story, with a modern-day parallel occurring in the small but friendly town of Discovery Mountain.
The Bible story itself is dramatized, too, thanks to the power of the characters’ imaginations. You can hear both storylines in this episode—episode 5, “David and Goliath,” from Season 10, called “Oshkosh or Bust!”
In that season, the Discovery Mountain Pathfinder Club is headed to the big Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—if they can ever make it there! You can find the rest of Season 10 and all our seasons on DiscoveryMountain.com. Happy listening!
This is Kate Butler, and I play Lia Rowse on Witches of the City, which is about magic and the power that comes with it. This is Episode 1. 15-year-old Lia Rowse is the youngest member of her coven and is completing her application to the Witchcraft Guild of North America. In Lia’s application tapes, she is required to answer a series of questions in order to prove why she should be accepted to the guild, But in answering these questions, Lia seems to have something to hide. But, then again, so does the Guild.
Thank you for listening.
Hello friends, Chris Henry here, sound designer and player of Sacha Stone on Crit Squad - An improv drama RPG show currently Running The Shadows of a cyberpunk corporate dystopia for your consideration. Please enjoy this excerpt from our Season Three opener, followed at around the 20 minute mark by a couple more scenes from past episodes that showcase some other moments that exemplify what we’re trying to do here at Crit Squad HQ.
If you dig what you hear and want to find out more, visit critsquad.com. We’ll love you forever, and that’s a promise.
Thanks for listening, and Welcome to Crit Squad.
Hi! My name is Scott Murray, and I am the creator of The Crimson Files Fiction podcast. That means I do everything behind the scenes as a writer, director producer and editor. The Crimson Files is an action/comedy superhero-themed fiction podcast. The stories follow The Crimson Crane and her team (two web streamers, a mad scientist, a thrill driver and a grandmother) as they work together to protect the city of Fort Henson.
This is Episode 4 of Season 2. It’s called Dying a Hero…taken from that famous line in The Dark Knight where Harvey Dent says, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” That’s very relevant in this episode.
I honestly think it’s the best episode to date for a variety of reasons…but mainly it’s because the audience gets so much from this episode. I worked really hard to create a unique villain in this story, and in this episode, you hear the character of Gina become that villain. She is dating Wyatt, who live streams our superhero in action and he’s famous for that.
Gina wanted him to make her famous as a superhero called Gladiatra. She is secretly working with a villain named Shattersmash to increase her legitimacy in the city of Fort Henson. It all hasn’t gone to plan. So, Gina has started to force her way into the action.
By the time she does that in this episode…she goes from joining The Crimson Crane to fighting the Crimson Crane. By the end, she’s teams up with Shattersmash to remove Wyatt’s broadcast partner Reggie from the team. It’s basically the beginning of act two, and everything changes.
A lot of work goes into this show, and I want to thank you for listening.
Hi everyone, this is V.P. Morris. I'm the sole writer, creator, and host of The Dead Letters Podcast. The show is a suspenseful audio drama focusing on the lives of a five women, who over history, have received letters that warn of death and destruction if they don't do as the sender says.
In Season One we follow Fiona Weatherly, a college student in modern times who must deal with the chaos that comes with receiving her dead letters. This clip is from Episode One where Fiona encounters a stranger at her door who gives her a mysterious letter. I hope you enjoy the show and thank you for listening!
Hi, I’m S.H. Cooper, co-writer and voice actor for Bridgette on Calling Darkness. We are beyond thrilled to be nominated for an Audioverse Award and I wanted to take a moment to introduce our show.
Co-written by myself and Gemma Amor, Calling Darkness is a horror comedy that follows six women who come together for an acting seminar, only to accidentally summon a demon. With the dead refusing to stay down and darkness taking hold, the girls have to set aside their many...many...many differences and work together if they want to survive. It helps that they conveniently have a paranormal investigator and one sexy priest at their disposal. Kind of. Featuring Kate Siegel of Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House as the Narrator,