Aggregated reviews for Death in Ice Valley

An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century.

Best podcast ever.   (5/5)

I’ve never listened to a better podcast. Marit and Neil work so well together. The soundscape is surreal and haunting and the entire story is captivating and pulls you in. Definitely my favorite podcast of all time. Please make more or another!!!


Absorbing & binge-worthy   (5/5)

I like the realism and story-telling. There’s tension. Not every lead pans out, but it lets us understand why things are crossed off the list as the investigation unfolds. Each new lead is extra satisfying and exciting. The hosts are dynamic, editing is excellent, soundtrack is unnerving & spooky (in a good way). Maybe this is how critical thinking will be taught in future


Enjoyed this podcast   (5/5)

Love the intro, the presenters, the storyline. Everything is wonderful about this podcast. I hope one day there will be answers to who this woman was.


Good story telling   (5/5)

The narrators do a great job of really transporting the listeners to the various locations. Their descriptions and interpretations make this so interesting to listen to. Highly recommend!


I want more   (5/5)

So good please make another!!!


Very ethereal   (4/5)

I think it’s the music and the narrators voice but this really takes you to Norway. It’s a bit slow but it’s an interesting story.


A well-told tale   (5/5)

The pace of this telling seems slow to some but I think it adds to the story. The slow unrolling of details gives one time to consider the facts and theorize on one’s own. Go watch an old CSI episode snack if you’re in a hurry as this is a podcast meal best savored.


This is one of the series I recommend   (5/5)

The pacing, the mystery… it really just works. It's such an interesting story that I would have never heard about if it wasn’t for this series. For a world of stories that move as fast as the latest Star Wars(the Rise of Skywalker) this is a relief to hear something that is slowed down and put on low heat, it simply tastes better.


Delicious True Crime & History & Spies; Excellent Pacing   (5/5)

I just finished Episode 8. This podcast was so well paced and organized. I feel like I am coming along in the investigation step by step and enjoying the impact of new technologies on the discovery of new information. I can’t believe I missed this podcast when it came out in 2018. True crime & history & spies wrapped in one. Excellent. Don’t want it to end.


An investigation in real time   (2/5)

So. Slow. Let’s tell you what you’re going to hear, then hear the thing we told you about; and then tell you what you just heard. This could easily have been done in half the time with better pacing and writing.


Good story, slowly told   (3/5)

Would gladly rate this 5 stars if it moved a little faster. The storytelling seems to stretch out the dead ends.


Awesome 6/5 stars   (5/5)

Great story, great narraration, great details so fun and easy to listen to


Poor audio   (1/5)

Poor audio production detracted from this story. Also, it was overwritten.


Thoughtful and Haunting   (5/5)

This is a fantastic podcast. Beautifully crafted with high production value, an interesting story, and thoughtful investigative journalism. Everything a podcast should be and I’m truly enjoying. Thank you so much.


Mesmerizing!   (5/5)

I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I can’t stop listening! I’m totally hooked! Can’t wait to find out what happens!


Fantastic, minus the sound effects   (5/5)

I love this podcast. The reporting is fantastic, the story is engrossing- it’s a welcome break from other crime genre podcasts. The only thing that gets to me is the goofy sound effects. I find them a little distracting.


Cheesy, but good story   (3/5)

You can tell sometimes the narrators are either acting or have rehearsed some lines. The story is very interesting, so worth sitting through the cheesiness. Drags on at times or focuses on insignificant ideals for too long.


Love the podcast, question   (5/5)

The 90 year old espionage agent said the hairspray can killed her but the autopsy said the lungs had char in them? If she died immediately in a explosion that wouldn't be the case?


Starts out great!   (5/5)

This is a fascinating story in general. This podcast started out good but then got way way too drawn out. The last half of the episodes are pretty pointless. Way too drawn out! And frankly, it is not that uncommon or surprising to lie about one’s age. But then again episode 11 gets interesting again.... But it’s a little like when Geraldo opened the vault. :0 SO Let’s get those genetics tested for a follow-up!!


Sooooooo good!   (5/5)

Wonderfully intriguing. A mind boggling, head scratching mystery. A joy to listen to.


Riveting!   (5/5)

I love the time and history of it all. I love the sound effects too. So real!


Excellent work!   (5/5)

These folks have done a wonderful job. I love that they have done so much investigating and have allowed people who were involved in this case to speak for themselves. There’s no over-dramatizing or annoying time-wasting ‘banter’. Good solid investigating and very well presented.


Gripping   (5/5)

One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. The Isdal Woman is a deeply intriguing mystery, and the podcast hosts Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy are smart and engaging journalists who try to unravel it with the latest scientific methods and by interviewing several sources with firsthand knowledge of the case. The music and sound effects are first rate and add to the sense of mystery and drama. Highly recommended.


Excellent even if still unsolved - so far.   (5/5)

Seems like a majority of documentaries/podcasts produced these days are about true life crime mysteries. They're wonderful intrigue - solved or not. At least this one is an honest attempt to turn up new evidence and reexamine existing clues. And the actual production itself is etherial and compelling.


They Made It Boring   (2/5)

This is such an interesting topic, but this podcast is awful. It’s slow and repetitive. Also has odd background sounds like whispering? I hope someone else makes a good podcast about the Isdal Woman because she deserves better.


Ugh painful to listen   (1/5)

Way too long and drawn out to a point that you don’t care who the victim is or how it happened.


Compelling   (5/5)

I think the woman podcast host is excellent and is easy to listen to. I disagree with the critical review. I would be interested in hearing that reviewer read a podcast in Norwegian. Good podcast.


I love Marit Higraff!   (5/5)

This whole podcast is fantastic. I especially enjoy Marit Higraff. She is incredible. Some people don’t like her but I think it’s because they are used to American podcasts (Typical American privilege). Maybe they should branch out a bit more. The podcast is great and I would listen to more of any of Higraff’s podcasts.


Excellent   (5/5)

First, I am inspired to write, in part, because of Adam’s criticism that Marit is overacting. I don’t agree. I think he may be missing the fact that different cultures, regions, and languages use different intonation patterns. Mario’s speech is consistent with that of other Norwegian persons I have known, who spoke English, as well. I think she sounds natural and deeply engaged in the project. Second, the level of detail and thoughtful consideration, combined with the inclusion of historical perspective, bench science, and variety of interview subjects renders this captivating and stimulating. I find myself thinking very actively while listening, and afterwards. I hope this team will do more!


Somerton Man?   (4/5)

Anyone else see incredible parallels?!


Best podcast ever   (5/5)

Hands down. Great story telling from start to finish - RIVETING!!! best podcast in every aspect.


Good Podcast with poor narration.   (4/5)

The lady cohosting the podcast would be great, had she been more natural. She overacts her part and it’s really infuriating. A natural conversation would’ve been so much better. I assume this was her first project as a podcast host, so I hope she will improve her craft before the next one. All in all, it’s a good show, but could’ve been produced more professionally. I mean, it’s not like there’s not enough true crime podcasts to learn from.


Incredible Journalism and story telling   (5/5)

The year was 1971 and in Norway’s Isdal Valley a woman was found dead. She had died in terrible circumstances and no family attended her funeral and to this day we have more questions than answers. This is the plot of Death in Ice Valley brought to us by the BBC and NRK and hosted by Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy. Through this series Marit and Neil try to uncover just who this woman was and why she was there 40 some years after her tragic death. - Podcast Junkie


Great podcast, unnecessary host   (4/5)

I really enjoyed this podcast. It’s interesting to hear a true crime investigation in another country, as along with the details of the investigation you also learn about the culture. I will say- I found Neil’s role to be unnecessary. Marit is established early on as the expert on the case, as she had been studying it for a few years. He doesn’t add anything. He just asks and Marit explains. Maybe he’s only there to help reach a broader audience through the BBC?


Moody, Dark, and Beautiful!   (5/5)

Engrossing. Well narrated story that unfolds slowly with tension you could cut with a knife!


Slow Nordic True Crime   (4/5)

A bit dry. Not a fan of the dual narrators, it’s rather irritating. A bit condescending too. The show is slow and dark, like a bleak Nordic drama or cop TV show. In that respect, they’ve nailed the translation of that feeling/style into an audio format. True crime fans who require bloody, fast-paced suspense should probably skip this. But if you want something a bit different, a little more meditative and immersive, this is worth a try.


Very well done   (5/5)

I was mesmerized throughout.


Overdramatized   (2/5)

I liked the first couple of episodes then it went downhill. As others have stated they talk a lot to say very little. So, this is all supposed to be a mystery, don’t know who the dead girl is, yet they immediately connect a bag in an airport to her, chase down people who last saw her, etc. How do you know who last saw her when you don’t know who she is?


Fact or fiction?   (4/5)

I’m halfway through and I still am unsure if this is a fiction podcast or not. It seems real, but the way it’s presented feels as though it’s made up. It’s difficult to really get invested in the podcast - if this was such a mystery about, seemingly, a spy turning up dead, wouldn’t an investigation have been done by Norwegian federal agents?


Holds your interest!   (5/5)

Well done, most listenable, keeps interest, no overedone music ect. in my opinion.


What did they say?   (1/5)

I love podcast of true crime, listen to a bunch from Serial, Up and Vanished to Missing and Murdered. But this, I couldn’t pin point what it is about this one I really couldn’t get invested in it. Other reviews say it’s the conversation style, I agree is exhausting. I think to me when the podcast stop being about information and turned to background noise I knew I was done. Didn’t finish, deleted... moving on.


Solid   (3/5)

Definitely enjoyed the series, however it could’ve been much better. I have always had an interest in this case so i was excited to find this podcast. First and foremost, they didn’t include potentially the largest piece of eyewitness testimony to the case. That morning, a civilian claimed he saw the woman walking near the valley with 2 men right behind her. She looked as if she was about to speak to the men but then didn’t and was ushered along by the men. This is huge and would basically prove she was involved with something. I was shocked they didn’t even mention this. Second, i feel they were quick to dismiss certain leads or possible hypotheses for various reasons. Don’t get me wrong, i really did enjoy this podcast and would recommend it, but at the same time it fell a little flat as the episodes went on


Death in Ice Valley   (1/5)

What an over dramatic mystery(?) with lots of sound scapes to filll in the time they must have felt they needed to use. In stead of almost 5 hours this could have been done in 2 hours and my have felt like less of a waste of time.


Awesome   (5/5)

Great podcast. Don’t listen to all the podcast snobs out there. The hosts were great and the sound production was amazing. The only drawback was the fact that it had no solid conclusion, that sometimes happens however when you have a real story instead of some Hollywood junk...


Not much here.   (2/5)

High production. No story.


All filla no killa   (1/5)

Really slow to make points, overdramatized, too much slow eerie music to mask the lack of content. It’s one dead body in Norway who appears to have been a spy from a former SSR. She was killed, they’ve never identified her. Now you don’t need to waste hours being bored like I was listening to this.


Too slow/nothing new   (2/5)

This is agonizingly slow. It takes 5 episodes to establish facts about this story that could be presented in one. It seems that they are presenting information that is already public knowledge and stretching it out to make a series. I feel this could have been done better by BBC. I will say that the sound production and music is very well done and better than many podcasts I’ve listened to.


Worth a listen   (4/5)

This was interesting, and well produced. However because this is a true unsolved murder do not expect a satisfying conclusion. So instead approach this as an interesting case study through which to get a better understanding of what forensic science can and can not do, how murder investigations are done and a little history too.


Loved it!   (5/5)

Loved this podcast. Would recommend!!!


Beautifully done   (5/5)

I wasn’t sure how they were going to get a full season out of the story, but they did and they did it very well. Fascinating work!


A different type of true crime   (5/5)

There is something different about this story. It’s told among the happenings of international history. A fascinating backdrop for a respectful story of a mystery woman.


Quick fizzle to disappointing anticlimax   (1/5)

gets off to a strong start and covers a truly fascinating story but quickly fizzles after ep 1 and ultimately proves to be disappointingly anticlimactic


Could this be any draggier?   (1/5)

Yawn


Interesting, Compelling, Real   (4/5)

A deeply engaging story, well-produced audio landscapes, extraordinary journalism. And all too real. Go into this for the story, not the conclusion, with an understanding that life rarely hands you the neat packages of fiction.


Interesting case   (4/5)

I’m enjoying the show, including the constant weathery backdrop.


Perfect Podcast   (5/5)

I’m a huge podcast buff and I love (and binge!) countless true crime podcasts. I’m drawn to older, less grisly, more mysterious cases - and The Isdal Woman is one I’ve always been intrigued by. This particular podcast is beautifully written and read, the production is flawless. It draws you in, but it’s not ghastly or grisly. It’s thorough, never boring. Most of all, though, is the attention to creating an atmosphere - there is a real “feel” for Norway, the cold and rainy sounds capture a dark mood so well. Loving it!


Extraordinary!   (5/5)

One of the best true crime podcasts out there. Gets better as it goes.


Too much music and noise   (3/5)

The production quality is good of course, but the added “ethereal” music and environmental sounds took up maybe 40% of each episode. If they’d cut out all the extra fluff it would have been better and probably only 5 episodes. Stick to the story.


Great podcast   (5/5)

I discovered it and binge-listened through several episodes while doing yard work, then anxiously awaited the new episodes to come out each week. Fascinating story and great production.


Big letdown   (2/5)

I was very disappointed with this. The episodes dragged as if filling empty time, as if they had a 10 episode production commitment but with only 4 episodes of material. I had expected much more from the ending. I feel almost as if I'd been betrayed because along the way it seemed they had set up listeners to have high expectations for the outcome. Knowing what I know now, it wasn't worth the time I spent listening to it. Sorry to say.


Innovative   (3/5)

Crowd sourcing a criminal investigation. Any smart DB has to consider this novel approach. I loved the story from the beginning but as it progressed I spent more time on supporting details than digging Draper into the fundamentals of the crime. By the end it fairly petered out. I think the turning point was when authorities would not allow further DNA testing Great story that ended anti-climatically.


Unique and wonderful   (5/5)

I loved listening to this. It was done so respectfully to the Jane Doe, the research was thorough and the sound quality with the rain and music just made for a beautiful and peaceful listening experience. Weird for the subject matter I know but I thought it was a perfect podcast. I loved listening to the accents of all the hosts and people they spoke to, again it was so rich with small details and big details, just great. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I would have to say this was the best of 2018 for me. Good job!!!


A very well done production   (5/5)

This is a good example of the art of podcasting. The story and atmospheric sound effects paint an ethereal picture in your mind that leaves you wanting more.


Overdone   (2/5)

Sounds just like a fiction podcast. Sounds scripted. Can’t get into the reporting style. In all fairness, I only listened to 2 episodes.


One of my fave stories told by a local   (5/5)

Great story told in a concise and well thought out way. Accents are not hard and actually add authenticity to the story. Both the Norwegian and UK hosts are interesting and present the story well.


meh   (3/5)

nice concept, looking at a cold case in real time; the results are uninspired and hardly worth the many hours to the end


It could have been great a great podcast.   (3/5)

This could have been a really great podcast, it has all of the essential elements. A victim with multiple identities, none of which can be established as accurate. Her body found in a remote area under conditions which make the cause of death questionable. All of this taking place in the backdrop of the Cold War in circumstances that strongly suggest espionage. In short, a modern look at a Cold War spy case. Unfortunately, the delivery of this series left a lot to be desired. First, the producers created a musical sound track which they saw fit to play for 5-minutes of every episode. Second, the interviews - which were usually very interesting - were too brief, crossed episodes and were followed up by what was supposed to be an insightful debrief (which usually wasn’t) between the presenters but really came off as filling time to eek out 10-episodes. Finally, despite collecting DNA evidence, it appears that Norwegian law enforcement professionals have no plans to expand their DNA search beyond INTERPOL, ensuring that the victim remains anonymous. Cover up? Laziness? Who knows? The presenters don’t seem to have any interest in finding out. The bottom line is that what could have been a great 2-hour podcast is 2-hours of insightful documentary and 3-hours of filler music and pointless discussion rather than the usual thoughtfully produced and time efficient documentary podcasts that I have come to expect from the BBC. If you’ve got time, have a listen. If you don’t have that much time, read through the website and enjoy what could have been great.


Interesting   (5/5)

Leaves me wanting more!


Love this unique narration style   (5/5)

I have only heard the first episode of this podcast..however, I listened INTENTLY (like stopped what I was doing, sat down and really took a moment to sink into this story) and I listened to it 4 more times before I was able to download more episodes. I really love listening to the narrator’s voice, accent, dialect.... and also think the theatrical mixed with documentary style was incredibly clever as long as it’s not going to be more about that then a truthful representation of the story. I completely recommend giving it a listen. I think I like it so much because it makes me actually stop my other activities and dive in and that’s very rare. 5 stars absolutely!


Very interesting   (4/5)

I’m a fan of true crime podcasts and generally love the perspective the BBC brings to its shows (especially out here in middle America). There is a bit more atmospheric sound and musical scoring than I’d like, personally—the raindrops effect is okay once or twice to convey the lonely location of the Isdal woman’s death, but more seems unnecessarily repetitive if the theme—and the Norwegian host’s accent when speaking English can be indecipherable at times. But the story arch and investigation are compelling and very interesting. I’m hoping for something conclusive to be discovered!


Fantastic   (5/5)

Super addictive mystery. I binged the first 8 episodes and am absolutly hooked. Highly recommend.


Soothing   (5/5)

Maybe it’s all my years being addicted to The History Channel to fall asleep, the voices of the narrators are so soothing. The content is extremely interesting and I’m so intrigued by this mystery and the way that it unfolds is presented very theatrically. But I keep falling asleep before an episode is over! Anyway it gives me an excuse to listen to it again. Five stars, a history buffs dream.


Excellent   (5/5)

Well done.


A road to nowhere (except speculation)   (2/5)

I finished the entirety of this series today. I imagine after a reported 2 years of investigation, a highly rated podcast such as this ends when BBC decides that it cannot continue to fund an investigation that develops very little objective evidence and depends on mass speculation. That comment is, of course, speculative, and disagreement is welcome (and proof supporting). My primary complaint was the drive to prove espionage at the expense of Occam’s Razor. Brief speculation of prostitution came and went, and though possibly not a legitimate theory, it may have had more support than the primary working theory. If the desire is to listen to a Soap Opera style mystery and you enjoyed this, I take nothing away from you. For me, I was really saddened because the premise, funding, and opportunity was there. I hoped for a, “even if no conclusion, I’ll enjoy the journey,” podcast. I learned she’s older than than we thought and we now have a chance to match genetics should someone stumble into them. That’s literally the entirety of what we objectively learned. Everything else was disproven or speculation. That’s not my kind of journey.


♥️   (5/5)

I loved this series so much! Some people are saying it sounds fake, the background is too loud, and that the reporting is bad. I disagree! They are just reporting what they have, and it’s not much. That’s no one’s fault; it’s a very mysterious case. I think the music and sound effects and accents were great—they really set the mood. It felt like listening to a movie, and allowed me to imagine the scenes. Take it for what it is. It’s highly entertaining! Spies and Nazis and murder... It doesn’t get more intriguing than that.


Absolutely awful   (1/5)

This podcast got worse and worse as it went on. They kept following false leads and the “two years of research” felt like it was a quick 10 minute internet search. After ten episodes we are no closer to finding out anything than we were at episode one.


Getting worse each episode   (3/5)

Started to get further away from the truth and chase obvious dead ends. After 5th episode it took a down turn. I really like the narration but investigation should have been more efficient and focused on solid leads.


Excellent, Poignant and Sad Story   (5/5)

This was an excellent podcast but very sad for anyone to end up as an unknown death. I don’t understand why anyone would say it needed much more editing - I’ve seen other podcasts that had worse production values.


Weak   (1/5)

This is a great idea. It desperately needs editing — the two investigators spend way too much on inconsequential personal chat, unnecessary filler, and repetitive commentary. The investigation never really leads to anything concrete — one dead end after another — and we know very little more at the end than we did at the beginning. It was not worth 10 hours of my time.


Great mystery, not-so-good delivery   (3/5)

This story is an amazing cold case and I’m hoping it’ll lead to the unveiling of this woman’s identity. It has so many great ingredients for solid storytelling, but the reporting is all over the place. I have a hard time understanding the logic, and honestly the Norwegian reporter does NOT sound like a seasoned investigative journalist. But the worst part is the accent...c’mon this is 2018 and all Norwegians I know speak better English than this. Both BBC and NRK are great broadcasters but this tarnishes their rep.


lame   (1/5)

no resolution and just constant conjectures. they should just do ancestral dna testing like they did to catch I5killer. they just passed that up. maybe they found it and it was a spy and they had to stop the podcast. seems weird it is wrapped up with so little concern for following through - they must have found something out.


Mystery racket   (1/5)

Runs out of steam, reverting into the same type of suspense hyping that cable tv ghost hunter programs use, albeit with more elegant accents. It goes nowhere fast. Not recommended for the morning commute as it is sleep inducing. Nice idea though.


Enjoyable podcast, amazed at how harsh the feedback is!   (5/5)

I’ve really been enjoying the podcast. For listeners out there who expect a professional investigation to be led by law enforcement experts, perhaps you should look elsewhere or lower your expectations to what this is: an intriguing story about the death of an unknown person that weaves in some WW2 and Cold War European history. The woman’s death occurred 45 years ago, and the amount of contextual information they’ve been able to uncover is phenomenal given the time that’s passed. I’m surprised at the complaints about the sound mixing. I have no problem with the music, and the “air” that’s been mixed into the background makes you feel like you’re with the hosts in the rainy western part of Norway or traveling through rural Germany. And as for the complaints about the Norwegian host’s accent or English fluency, I challenge any of you to speak Norwegian with anything close to the same level of fluency and then be subjected to harsh feedback from native Norwegian speakers. Have some decency...


I’m Confused   (2/5)

This started out great but what could have been a terrific podcast is quickly dwindling into nothing. Just WHY are you speculating about whether she was a German Jew? You have her DNA. It shouldn’t even be a question since the ethnicity is incredibly visible in a DNA sample. You are wasting the listener’s time. If you had submitted her DNA to the commercial databases available you would certainly have found some connections by now. I didn’t buy your explanation about why this can’t be done since people who submit their DNA to those websites are LOOKING for lost relatives. Her name and origin are just two pieces of the puzzle. You need to go at this more directly. Stop fiddling around.


Background noise   (2/5)

Great story. Whoever recorded or edited this needs to be fired. The amount of background noise is ridiculous.


Dashed Hopes   (1/5)

The first two episodes drew me in with the unsolved, whodunnit premise. I suggested it to others and even joined the Facebook group to see what ideas and theories other listeners may share. It is there, not on the airwaves, that the research and investigation is taking place. The hosts reiterate themselves over and over with suppositions and weak facts. They do not ask critical questions to interviewees and do not take the extra step to connect dots, think critically, or challenge facts presented. This case itself is worthy of your time, but this podcast is not.


pace   (1/5)

If you are looking for a podcast that crams 45 minutes of old story into 4.5hrs and 9 episodes ...then this is for you. On the upside it is guaranteed to put insomniacs to sleep at no cost.


Do better   (1/5)

At the beginning, they make the premise that this will likely be solved, and that they could really use our help, etc. Don’t waste your time: they raise a whole bunch of hypotheticals, none of which raise any merit. The cliffhangers at the end of each episode are weak, and don’t amount to anything. Episode 8 goes off on a tangent describing Nuremberg during Nazi Germany while providing only a broad stroke based off of their evidence - that the victim might have come that region. I appreciate the history lesson, but I literally forgot what I was listening to. Oh, that’s right, a woman died mysteriously in Norway. Somehow, we spent thirty minutes on life during the 1930’s in Central Germany, and zero on this case. Do better.


There is no there there   (1/5)

I don’t follow any of these huge leaps they have made in piecing together this case. The storytelling is weak and the sound design is distracting. Are people that hungry for a grisly crime that they’ll listen to anything with the word death in the title?


Never moves forward   (2/5)

If you’d like to listen two people breathlessly make up theories week after week promising a payoff that never happens this will be for you. I struggled through 8 episodes hoping for some sort of resolution and all I get is more creepy sound effects and the two hosts guessing out loud back and forth. Frustrating.


Sommerton Man   (5/5)

Has anyone else heard all the similarities between this case and the Sommerton Man?!


Wonderful mystery story   (5/5)

This podcast is keeping me on the edge of my seat. So interesting and well told. Never want it to end


Great Podcast but the Facebook Group is bonkers   (5/5)

The podcast is fantastic, well made, offering interesting theories and intrigue. But I have sadly been put off by the foundation-less, fact-less, conspiracy laden, idiotic rantings made on the Facebook page by people who have no facts, criminal or espionage knowledge, forensic expertise or experience and only opinions and spare time. I do hope that the solid journalism to date won’t be impacted by the inane commentary on the page the Podcast team set up.


really interesting podcast   (5/5)

to everyone complaining about her accent...it is actually pretty minimal not to mention i’d like to hear you try to do a podcast in Norwegian. also, sound effects create an appropriate ‘eerie’ ambiance and, in my opinion, do not detract from the information being presented but, instead, make it better.


Atmospheric and haunting, but padded and obtuse   (3/5)

I have been enjoying the haunting music and the creepy atmosphere, but by episode 7 I am finally running out of patience with how padded the storytelling is and with the Norwegian speakers' troubled relationship with the English language. "Mystery Man" seems especially thin on material, although the isotopic dental analysis is quite interesting. Reporter Marit Higraff seems unaware of her own limitations in English, however. Interviews that must have first been done in Norwegian are restaged for us in English, with mixed results (believe it or not, not every Norwegian is fluent in English, and some can't express themselves well in it at all). Particularly symptomatic and annoying, however, was Higraff's obtuseness in failing to allow herself to be guided by an English-speaking interviewee that while "chambermaids" works as a description of the women who clean your room in a hotel, "roommaids" does not, especially if you pronounce it more like "roommates." I might last out the series, but I'm not sure. But, unlike some other reviewers, I don't mind the atmospherics...


Terrible podcast   (1/5)

cannot understand that Norwegian lady's english. she should not speak. the guy seems like a novice. for a podcast produced by the bbc, the quality of this podcast is VERY LOW. who really cares about a dead betch who was likely a hooker? NOT ME! good riddance, wore!!


Great collaboration.   (4/5)

I stumbled across this last night and decided to subscribe and I am riveted. I listened to all the episodes which are out as I walked along the river in this sunny Summer day in Moscow. I like the collaboration between NRK and BBC. Keep the episodes coming, on one hand I want the mystery solved on the other hand I don’t as it will mean the end of the series.


I love the eerie music!   (5/5)

Great case and I love the music, editing style and Nordic Noir feel.


Fascinating Crime Mystery   (5/5)

This story of a burned corpse of a woman found in a remote Norwegian forest really drew me in. The tale is well told ....each new piece of information provides more explanation, yet also new questions. The amazing sound effects and music take us back to the old days of radio storytelling and make this a thrilling experience. It is also a fascinating look back to a not-so-distant past with no DNA testing, no Internet, no cell phones, when Russian submarines cruised Norwegian fjords with their periscopes peering above the surface of the sea. Five stars!


Great Story- Biased Opinion   (3/5)

This is a fascinating case of a mysteriously murdered woman. I feel like the hosts already have their opinion that she’s a spy and dismiss evidence from expert witnesses that she isn’t. While everything is suspicious about this fascinating woman I feel like they have a bias that they are unable to get past.


Slow and irritating   (2/5)

Fascinating and tragic true story gets beaten to death by two underemployed journalists. 30 minutes to dribble out one or two snippets of information while forever repeating everything back and forth between themselves and constantly recapping to fill time. Horrible modern choral segue music and theme also used to pad out time. Having listened to 6 episodes i found myself so familiar with the rhythm i was able to fast forward to roughly the correct spot to get to the tiny kernel of information and dispense with the blathering on. Save yourself some time and just read about it online.


Nice Twist   (4/5)

Not going to give any spoilers but I like the direction this story has gone in. Finally a European podcast that gives some of the best American ones a run for their money. I really like the atmospheric Norwegian music and all the rain. I like the delivery of the Norwegian host. Not perfect mind you but definitely a quality production. Scratches that itch for any true crime podcast fan looking for a new story to follow. A keeper.


A cold Norwegian experience...   (5/5)

I love everything about this podcast...especially the narration! Having lived briefly in Scandinavia, and even traveling to this part of Norway where the Isdal woman was found, there is very little I can say negatively about the production of this podcast. The music, the delivery, and even the soothing Norwegian accents set the tone far more than you can even imagine. I literally feel like I have been transported back to Scandinavia, decades past. The rain, the wind, the eerie sense of mystery...welcome to any given day in Western Norway! If ever you are so lucky to one day travel to this part of the world, you will understand the coldness that this story brings, set by a backdrop that is Norway.


Engrossing!   (5/5)

Fascinating story and very well-produced podcast. I'm totally addicted and get up early Monday mornings just to download the latest episode.


Repetitive, filler-heavy and over-produced   (2/5)

I wanted to love this and have given it three episodes in hopes it would improve, but it is almost unbearable to listen to two people mumble-whisper the same exact info back and forth. “Looks like she was trying to mask her handwriting” “Handwriting analysts said she was trying to mask her handwriting “yes you can see how the letters are so forced, almost like she’s trying to mask her handwriting..” “Yes it appears she didn’t want to use her real handwriting” and I’m barely exaggerating on that exchange. Also, there is no reason to take so long setting scenes, like forcing the audience to listen to the GPS in the car and them sorting out directions. It’s brutal filler that makes an otherwise intriguing story annoying to follow. I wish they would’ve just made shorter episodes without all of the filler, or waited to launch it until they truly had enough material for each episode. It’s a bit insulting to the listener to think they wouldn’t notice that you’re hovering over minutiae for incredible amounts of time and queuing up the music every few seconds.


Great story   (5/5)

I stumbled on this podcast and found it to be very good. Mysterious and so very engaging. Narrators are both great! You will love it.


Visually descriptive and fascinating   (5/5)

This podcast is captivating. I’d almost listen just for the beautiful descriptions of the land.


Good overall   (4/5)

The music throughout is a little over the top and a little cheesy. Other than that very interesting and intriguing.


Tops   (5/5)

My favorite podcast out right now!


Hard to Understand   (1/5)

I have to really listen to the English in this podcast - host has incorrect pronunciation and heavy accent - to try and make sense of what they are trying to convey. This probably should have been recorded in the hosts native language instead.


Intrigued, interested then bored   (2/5)

The first episode was very intriguing. I ended up recommending the show to several friends after listening. Unfortunately, it seems that the show’s primary focus has been on post-production music and interludes rather than the movement of the actual story. At this point I may just tune into the final episode and skip the theatrics.


Fantastic and captivating   (5/5)

A fascinating and captivating mystery. Thoughtfully reported. Fantastic!


So good!   (5/5)

Really well done! Can't wait for the next episode.


Nameless, yet not forgotten   (5/5)

Mankind’s innate desire: To know others and to be known by others. The Isdal woman’s story is unique, yet it is also timelessly repeated the world over. Modern technology allows for a widened “group think” to help bring a name to this woman.


Excellent   (5/5)

Excellent suspenseful and beautifully produced can’t wait for the next installment.


Terrible!   (1/5)

Seriously... one of the most brutal things I’ve suffered thru. I gave it 3 episodes, hoping that I could get into it. I just couldn’t take it any longer. The dialogue sounds made up. And the female just needs to, well... not talk.


Really interesting   (5/5)

Feels like time travel because it has such a specific sense of place and time. I liked the accents and rain sounds. Can’t wait to see where it goes.


Hooked   (5/5)

Very intriguing. The hosts do a wonderful job reeling me into this story. I almost wish I would have found this podcast later- just so I could binge listen all at once. Instead of waiting week by week :)


So far I'm enthralled   (5/5)

I hope this show continues as it started. Very interesting to follow the clues.


Not The Assassination   (3/5)

Well told story. However, I’m struggling to see its relevance.


Good podcast ruined by creepy “score” and bad editing   (3/5)

The music kills me. It is so distracting, not to mention the strange whispering/voices interwoven into the narrative. I cannot stress enough how disappointing it is to have an such an interesting story ruined by horrible "audio special effects." Please cut out the dramatic pauses and sound effects. Otherwise, the material is very compelling.


Norwegian crime story. Finally.   (5/5)

I thought there should be Norwegian crime story and here it is. I like the flow of the story and the editing. I hope we find out who she is at the end.


Very Interesting!   (4/5)

Podcast is so well done, very interesting.


Can’t wait for episode 4!   (5/5)

This is such an fascinating and well-told story, and I love the sound production and music! Well done!!


Music   (5/5)

I love and enjoy hearing the accent and story is very interesting, but the background music is too loud. Can it tone it down. I listen in the plane kids crying, plane noise and air hostess talking with v loud background music muffles the speakers voice. Keep up and enjoy listening!! Thanks! Avid podcast listener!!


A MUST listen!   (5/5)

This is such a fascinating story, excellently told. Don’t miss this amazing podcast.


High Production Low Quality Storytelling   (1/5)

As amazing as the BBC’s sound production team must be, it can’t make up for the awkward cringeworthy attempt at storytelling-through-conversation format of the podcast. The hosts pretend like all of their investigations are happening “live” which makes me feel like I’m watching a kids tv program (think a murderous Dora the Explorer). I recommend the two hosts learn from their betters such as as Serial, Dirty John, S-Town etc to configure a better format for their content. The story they’ve chosen is actually really interesting and it would be a shame to let this all this research/interviews go to waste. So please PLEASE fix this BBC. Maybe it means having the hosts switch off areas of investigation or host completely different episodes - all I know is telling me to “come along” for the adventure ain’t cutting it.


Already hooked   (5/5)

Top class production- I adore the music they use as well— very atmospheric. I’m already hooked and waiting eagerly for the next episode.


No shoot, Sherlock   (5/5)

Hate to crack the case two episodes in, but she took 50 sleeping pills. Pro tip: Wikipedia. I abs love listening to this podcast tho so it’s really too bad I figured it out.


Overproduced   (1/5)

Interesting case but the ghostlike music is extremely irritating and totally unnecessary.


Good podcast but bad music!   (4/5)

So far so good! But the music and other atmospheric sound effects are really distracting! Can you please tone them down?


Interesting   (5/5)

This pod is only 2 episodes in but I am left wanting more. Very intriguing!


Beautiful, rich audio experience.   (5/5)

It’s a great mystery so far. I love the way they’ve really made me feel like I’m there. The rain, the angelic music... this podcast really transports the listener to Ice Valley.


Very Impressed   (5/5)

Not only is this a great job at reporting past events, it does a fantastic job at current, in-progress investigation. Can’t wait for the second episode.


Love it!!   (5/5)

Very interesting to listen to! I love how eerie and exiting it is. If you are looking for a podcast that will keep you entertained for hours and hours, this podcast is for you!!


Good   (5/5)

Interesting story but feels like it’s being dragged out to make more episodes. Lots of quiet music and silence. A lot that tactic of constantly hinting but not actually saying anything new. But frustrating as I wanted to hear the story.


Audio drama-documentary   (2/5)

Heavy on the "sound design" (high pitched, squealing music, pouring rain, unmiked conversations, etc). The co-host doesn't speak fluent English (in an English-speaking podcast, this is a problem). Lots of pauses and rustles and attempts to create drama, very little detail on what's actually happened (the case, the crime scene, etc). Not for me.


Why is episode 1 unavailable?   (1/5)

Really want to listen..


Fascinating Story   (5/5)

I love the production of the podcast. Very well done. The music evokes a lonely, cold and haunted place. I can’t wait for episode 2!


Intriguing story, hard to follow   (3/5)

Made it through the trailer and was really excited to listen to episode one. Listened to about half and shut it off. Found it hard to follow and the editing and unnecessary sounds almost made it sound like a fiction story so I ended up googling to see if this infact was a true story. May come back and check this out again once I run out of other things to listen to but was pretty unimpressed after the first 15 minutes.


Unnecessary dramatics   (3/5)

Thrilling story, one which I first read about a few years ago. But the dramatic music and cheesy reporting on this podcast are exhausting and entirely unnecessary. Cut the fluff and get to the storytelling please?


Couldn’t be better   (5/5)

As an engrossing mystery, one cannot ask for more than this. Interviews with police and witnesses involved with the original investigation, and info from the reopened case combine with the excellent production qualities expected from the BBC World Service to deliver a riveting true crime series. After hearing the first installment, I can hardly wait for more.


Great Story, doesn’t need all the Bells and Whistles.   (4/5)

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this podcast! Episode One definitely has me intrigued. The case seems very fascinating and eerily unique. The only feedback I have is from a storytelling standpoint. The case is intense and eerie enough, there isn’t a need for such drawn out pauses and music beds. Sometimes the theatrics of the sound editing gets in the way. The story is strong enough to stand alone. Excited for episode 2 though.


Very intriguing   (5/5)

A wonderful production, I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.


Been waiting for this one...   (5/5)

I have been waiting for this PC for a while & was not disappointed. Fascinating case; With similarities to the Somerton Man mystery. It is a First rate production & I’m Anxiously awaiting Episode 2...