Aggregated reviews for Hostage

Some terrorists use weapons. Some use information. The scariest use hostages. Every Thursday, Hostage tells electrifying crime stories culminating in intense, life-or-death negotiations. Within the stories, we examine tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is a production of Cutler Media, and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes every Thursday, listen exclusively on Spotify.

☹️   (1/5)

Hate I have to use multiple platforms to listen to parcast. Ridiculous and not worth my time even though I love all parcast shoes.

Spotify   (1/5)



I have loved parcast but moving to Spotify is a big screw up Disappointed and unsubscribing 😡

No longer interested   (1/5)

I don't like the changes you have made, all the short unrelated stories in between the Hostage stories are not interesting And they are played on other podcasts I listen to.

Spotify? No thanks   (1/5)

Too many choices. Unsubscribed

Unsubscribed   (1/5)

Since you have moved to Spotify I have unsubscribed from your Podcast. Bad move.

Spotify   (1/5)

Very butt hurt to come here and see the podcast has moved. I was just recommending it to a friend but we don’t and won’t use Spotify. Hopefully the paycheck is worth it! Will miss listening to you.

Why though!!!???   (1/5)

Loved this podcast but the move to Spotify just caused me to unsubscribe and delete from library.

Spotify is bad   (1/5)

I will not be moving to Spotify. It’s sad to see so many of Parcasts podcasts moving there.

BAD DECISION!!!!!   (1/5)

You are definitely going to loose subscribers with this move!!!! I subscribe to almost every podcast you have and will not be following you to Spotify!

Move to Spotify will Make me unfollow this podcast   (1/5)

I really like many of the Parcast podcasts. However with them moving to Spotify I will delete them from my library. This was a bad decision in my opinion.

Bad move   (1/5)

Not fond of them switching over only to Spotify. I don’t like that app and I will not be following them over. Too bad they made that decision. They lost a subscriber because of that poor decision

Sad Move   (2/5)

I’ve enjoyed this podcast for quite some time. Bummed it’s moving to Spotify only.

Upset   (1/5)

Not a fan of this show moving only to Spotify

All of them!   (4/5)

Parcast podcasts are basically all the podcasts I listen to. They are so good and informative and I recognize the voices now. I’ve been addicted for 2 years now and I look forward to new ones every day!

Sad for the move.   (5/5)

I’ve been enjoying the podcast. Sad to see it moving to Spotify only.

Good recording questionable research   (2/5)

Good simple easy to follow story telling. I would like to know the sources of the information. Seems way to detailed to be accurate, they appear to present hearsay and circumstantial evidence as fact. Makes for good easy listening but not factually sound information.

Love Irma and Carter   (5/5)

Irma and Carter are two of my favorite Parcasters! Hostage keeps me on the edge of my seat!

Heavily Pro Criminal Slanted   (1/5)

These people’s next gig will be testifying on behalf of criminals in effort to gain sympathy and reduced sentences.

Moving to Spotify   (1/5)

I refuse to download another app to listen . I hate when podcasts pull this on listeners.

Favorite Parcast show   (5/5)

This is my favorite podcast from Parcast. I love that they shed light on actual negotiation tactics, as well as describing the psychology behind the behavior of both the hostage and the captor. I would love to listen ad free on patron but I am currently broke so I just deal with the commercials for other Parcast shows.

Canned history   (1/5)

The hosts sound like local radio advertising schmucks delivering a condensed Wikipedia article. I made it 15 minutes before distaste outweighed curiosity.

Hmmm   (2/5)

I used to enjoy this show at least a little bit. I am debating deleting due to the twice a week shows multiplying my feed. Did anyone ask for extra episodes???

Enough of the dual host gimmick.   (1/5)

I just can’t listen to these parcast dual host podcasts. What was clever a few years ago, is now just annoying. I wish they’d warn us with 2x marker in the title. Maybe in the future someone can redo the podcasts with one host. Until then, count me out.

Just tell a story   (1/5)

Unfortunately, Hostages,and other Parcast shows, keep telling their story with a political bias or motive. I listen to podcasts to learn, expand my mind, and escape a normal routine. Now political OPINIONS from history and current day are somehow necessary to tell past events? Start a propaganda podcast if you want to vent that dirty laundry.

Pretty Good   (2/5)

This show is pretty good. I hate the summary at the beginning of every episode. Just tell me the story.....don’t tell me the end in the beginning! No one likes a spoiler! I also really don’t care for the Hostage stories where foolish people travel to places for selfish purposes, and waste tax dollars to rescue them. Not to mention, put our service members lives at risk for their own foolish endeavors. If they keep focusing on foolish people’s stories, I’m unsubscribing. Don’t care about stupid tourist or reporters that place themselves in clear danger purely for the reason that they wanted to do so. Nope.

Wow!   (5/5)

Absolutely love listening to these! I really hope you do an episode about Elizabeth smart!!

The best of podcasting   (5/5)

I love the way the hosts deliver each story, with respect to the victims, and still telling the story as it was with the facts that made these stories unforgettable. Thank you 🙏🏼.

Great detail and narrations!   (5/5)

I enjoy all podcasts narrated by Carter Roy. Despite his calm sounding voice, I was literally holding my breath and found myself struggling for a deep breath when describing Fr. Jenko’s long journey in the tire storage. These podcasts are well researched, written and narrated. Thank you!

Parcast seems to mass produce the same types of shows over and over   (1/5)

The subject had potential to be really good. But after listening to a few episodes as well as other shows on this network I had to unsubscribe form them all. The narrators are the same types of voices and tones, very monotone, and some of them sound like they’re smiling while describing something morbid. Not like a dry humor, but like a news reporter who practices their voice over and over and is so scripted. There are way too many ads throughout the short episodes and if there isn’t an add plug, there’s this awkward “we’ll return shortly after this ad break” followed by a short pause..then right back to the show. Parcast seems to be mass producing shows with a set of standards and allotted ad breaks and rules on how tones must be, etc. it’s monotone, dry, and allows absolutely ZERO space for personality. Also, a short episode with little actual info is then stopped as “part 1” and then not releasing the second part until the next week. If you’re trying to get listeners and a loyal following....this won’t cut it.

Offended   (1/5)

Very offended by the way the Amy McPherson story was portrayed as a “Pentecostal” obviously didn’t clearly do your research on the Pentecostal faith! I haven’t done research on this story and who/what she was, but as a modern day Pentecostal I get frustrated by the way our faith is presented! It’s very biased!

Great podcast   (5/5)

I love true crime, as a insomniac this helps me rest

Shawn Hornbeck   (3/5)

Poor Shawn Hornbeck doesn't want details of his normal childhood discussed to protect his privacy, but he's ok with having all the horrific details of his captivity broadcast? Parcast is a great network, but I'm disappointed in that episode.

That voice, ahggg!   (5/5)

Please, I can’t take Molly’s voice. She is trying way- y-y too hard. I give up!

Excellent!!   (5/5)

I’m binging the episodes now. I can agree w some of the comments suggesting one full episode every 2 weeks vs half every wk. I purposely wait to binge bc if I had to wait to hear a conclusion, then I pass it up (even if the whole podcast tells 1 story) until I can binge the entire story. This is something I’m able to do, but I can see those that follow week to week could request a full episode. This is constructive criticism bc w busy schedules, ppl lose the gripping details from part 1 the week prior.. not to mention the suspense built up wanting to hear the conclusion. Some may not even have time to get to the 2nd part rt away causing them to have to listen to the 1st part again and free listening time is very precious to some.. Thanks guys for a great overall podcast!!

To many adds   (1/5)

There are too many adds and through out the podcast. Play them at the beginning and the end of the podcast not right in the middle. It’s a lot of work skipping through them

Good podcast.   (5/5)

I would rather a full episode every 2 weeks. It I like it.

Puerto Ricans are NOT immigrants   (1/5)

I’m listening to the Ariel Castro episode and this is for the podcasters: Puerto Ricans are not immigrants. They cannot emigrate to America. They are American citizens that move to the mainland. Please do not continue to perpetuate the myth that we are not American citizens. And continue to do thorough research before putting out an episode.

It’s ok   (3/5)

There’s a handful of stories that I was interested in hearing about and kept my attention, but most of them are boring. It’s just ok.

Love it   (5/5)

I listen to this pod cast at work . Makes the day go by so fast getting wrapped into every detail. My favorite podcast

New episodes? Think again.   (1/5)

Shameless promotional junk for several podcast, but not this one.

Ariel Castro Part 2 Epusode   (4/5)

What happened? It just ended in the middle of a sentence! This is such a good episode, so I hope you are gonna finish this...and soon!!

Fantastic   (5/5)

On the second part of Captain Riley. Captivating. And as always, I appreciate that this is professionally done and void of the profanity laced, self absorbed hosts that many podcasts sport. None of that swill here.

Really enjoying all the shows from this network!   (5/5)

I stumbled upon this network and started listening to unsolved murders, and now I’m subscribed to several of their shows. This network’s narrators have the best voices!

Mostly interesting stories   (4/5)

I haven’t liked every story, but most of them. The additions of the hostage negotiator suggestions are interesting.

Love   (5/5)

I love everything Parcast. However, the most recent episode (Ariel Castro part 2) cuts off weirdly and I believe incorrectly in the middle of a sentence. Hope It gets fixed soon!!!!

Interesting stories, unnecessary bias   (2/5)

Fairly fascinating but the unnecessary bias that’s becoming more prevalent in each episode is frustrating.

Narration is disorienting   (2/5)

The information is good and the presentation is well written, but it’s very disorienting to have the the male and female narrators change every few seconds. Makes it hard to focus and seriously distracts from the information. This is such a big deal that I took 3 stars off what would be a 5-star review. Please, either have one person narrate the whole thing or split it between the two narrators to cover it in halves or quarters.

Research can be improved.   (1/5)

LDS members are not opposed to therapy and the LDS community is not and has never been homophobic. This incorrect information earned you a one star review.

Good but not about hostages   (3/5)

I am torn because the podcast really is well written and produced, but most of the stories are not about hostages they're about kidnappings. Most of the episodes involve someone just being taken and kept by their captor for years. They are what the captor wants. A hostage is where they are being to be used as leverage to obtain something else and the situation usually ends relatively quickly. Good show but misleading subject matter.

Repetitive, Bland, Same words over and over   (1/5)

Ugh. The narrators have strange jovial voices with no emotion. Unnerving. They seen to scramble about five sentences, conveying the same facts over and over, in slightly different ways. I gave them a second chance, but I am unsubscribing.

Robot narrators   (1/5)

Over pronunciation. Just speak normally instead of slowly ready script. Too annoying for me.

Want to love but...   (3/5)

The stories are well researched and written but I can’t get over the back and forth readings. And the guy needs some serious vocal lessons - he literally forces his voice to sound emotional, like when reading a particularly sad part, he drops his voice a few octaves unnaturally. Painful to listen to.

Pretty good   (5/5)

I’ve been looking for a new show to listen to since serial is on break and this one is pretty interesting. ESP the Katie story

Perfect but   (4/5)

It’s really good but the males voice is terrible

Bad Narration   (1/5)

Great idea, but the narration is so awful I can’t listen. It switches between the male and female voice every sentence or so, and uses sound effects. No go.

Good content but weird narration   (1/5)

I want to be into this podcast but I find the alternating narration really strange. I cannot stand the male’s voice. It’s very robotic and he sounds like his mouth is packed with saliva.

Best Podcast!!!   (5/5)

I would love for you guys to do a new episode everyday! Waiting an entire week for a new story or half of a story drives me nuts!! Lol I honestly just want to binge listen to this entire series. Great job!!!

Commercials Ugh   (4/5)

Way to many commercials !

God content, bad narration   (3/5)

The story of Patty Hearst is well researched and explained. The idea of the podcast is very interesting but the narration is tough to listen to. I’m not sure why the narrators alternate speaking sentences but it is very distracting. They also talk in tones that make me feel like I'm listing to an scripted infomercial on TV. Lastly, the narration seems to try and make you be sympathetic to Hearst even after she was a part of someone’s death. They should try to be more unbiased.

Awful   (1/5)

Can’t stand the back and forth narration. Pick one person. Stopped after 2 minutes. All the parcast content is like this. Awful.

Disappointing   (1/5)

Sounds like two flat voices from readers with no commitment to the content. They are just reading scripts given to them. I’m going to remember to avoid Cutler Media so I don’t waste my time. Awful.

Interesting topic but the narration is terrible   (2/5)

It’s a little weird of the narrators to sound like they are smiling and talking about something pleasant when talking about hostages and violence. The content is interesting and I want to listen but I cannot get over the alternating of every other sentence (why?!?!) and the time of voice the narrators use. Hoping it will get better and that it’s just a case of nerves.

Close, but No Cigar.   (1/5)

I hate to complain, because this is such an incredibly cool concept, and so well researched. But my issue is that the narrative tone doesn’t match the content. The narrators sound so perky, and scripted to the point that they sound completely disengaged from their content. I am used to informative podcasts where the hosts are passionate about the subject matter, and listeners can hear that they’ve internalized the information in a way that transcends lecture-style presentation. This podcast could be so much better if the narrators didn’t sound like they are in a commercial.

That Voice Though   (3/5)

While the content is excellent, the man’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard. It’s so robotic and nasal... I can handle the constant back and forth between the narrators, but show some emotion, man! I don’t think I’ll subscribe to this one, sorry parcast.

Great view inside   (5/5)

Scary but informative very entertaining and enthralling!

Great informative podcast   (5/5)

Once again the parcast promotions got me to subscribe to yet another podcast. I really thought I would pass on this one, but then there an episode played on another parcast podcast. It was on Patty Hearst. I remember when she was abducted, and then was she was seen brandishing a weapon at a bank robbery with the SLA banner behind her. Years later I wondered how did she get kidnapped, why did she join them, who were the symbionese, and how did she escape? When I saw the subject of the first Hostsage episode, I was hooked. This week’s episode on the crisis at the Moscow theatre in 2002 was also very interesting. The history of problem between the Russians and Chechens was thoroughly covered. There were also descriptions of the play that was showing and of various people involved. Each episode thoroughly covers the subject and also has quotes from hostage experts pertaining to the particular incident. Once again, great listen!

Super awesome!   (5/5)

I honestly didn’t know if I would like kidding cases but it is so well researched and talked about that it’s becoming one of my favorite podcasts despite there only being 3/4 episodes

Tense   (5/5)

Great job of providing insights and keeping the podcast tense!

Finish your own sentence.   (2/5)

I really wish that parcast would create a podcast where the hosts wouldn’t just finished each other sentences the whole time. Play our great stories and well done but the culmination of two people with terrible small talk gets really old. Every show is the exact same. I can’t keep listening

Stephen Hawkin   (2/5)

I thought Stephen Hawkins was dead? The guy that's is speaking on pod cast needs to take some speech lessons!!!!

Terrible narration   (1/5)

I barely made it into 2 minutes of the first episode. The narration is horrible. There’s two voices that go back and forth, and instead of telling a story it comes across as cheesy re-enactment. I don’t have it in me to see if it gets any better. The concept seemed great, just terrible execution.

Hostage   (3/5)

Great stories. Wish you wouldn’t assume so much tho. I think it was obvious Patti Hearst was a terrorist that joined her captures, but yet you sympathize. 🤦🏻‍♂️. Someone died due to her actions.

No   (1/5)

I’m sorry but I really don’t like the back and forth thing between the narrators. The content itself is captivating though..

Good Content, Weird Choice of Narrators   (3/5)

This podcast does an excellent job at explaining the background of these hostage situations, and do an amazing job at pausing to look at the psychology going on behind the scenes. But what’s with the narration? Why are they alternating sentences read for no reason? It’s weird to have two people taking turns talking without having a conversation between them. The content is good enough that sometimes I can zone out and just focus on the story, but then my minds back on the narrators. Pick one for each episode or story. I’d enjoy things much better that way. I’m sorry to everyone who can’t unhear them taking turns reading sentences now.

Interesting but...   (3/5)

In the Burnham’s story there seems to be a lot of paraphrasing and exaggerated lines. Feels a little too scripted to me, like they are filling in the blanks with personal opinions on how the situation went.

Patty Hearst   (1/5)

If you have to resort to sound effects and dramatizing the narration then maybe the subject material isn’t strong enough to be told... Or you just can’t tell a story well enough.

Monotone   (3/5)

Carters voice is very monotone and no emotion to tell story. I was super excited to listen to this but idk if i can continue with his voice.

Fantastic   (5/5)

Loving the new podcast

So far, so GREAT!   (5/5)

I admit I've only listened to the first epsiode, but really, that's all you'll need to be hooked. Parcast has some of the best podcasts available. And "Hostage" appears to be continueing that legacy.

Like usual   (5/5)

Like usual Parcast destroys every other crime podcast with their research and knowledge on the topics always keeps me interested

Decent so far   (3/5)

Podcast is decent so far(about halfway through episode 2), but I have a question: You said that the people of the “Delacey Street” rehab program for addicts/ex-prisoners helped the “People in Need” program go much smoother, and they made it clear that they wouldn’t accept payment and just wanted to help. I’m wondering why you used the phrase “300 bald addicts and ex-cons helped keep the peace...”? Are all the men in that program bald? Or just all the men that helped that day? I checked their website and couldn’t find whether bald was a requirement of being in the program. I’m assuming you meant that all the men who helped that day were all bald, which isn’t likely, so that’s why I’m a little confused with that phrasing. Please let me know!

Riveting!   (5/5)

The Patty Hearst series was fantastic! I grew up in San Francisco during this period and remember the news stories and my family talking about this when I was little. Well done!

Solid pod   (5/5)

Will continue to listen

Great research   (5/5)

I learned so much about this kidnapping that I didn’t even know!

A great story   (5/5)

Incredible story told creatively! Love the podcast

Totally taken by this Podcast   (5/5)

Awesome job Parcast, as always!!!

Another great Parcast Podcast!   (5/5)

I really enjoyed Hostage by Parcast! Carter and Irma are great and I found myself being completely engrossed in the thrilling story they told. It was exciting, thoroughly researched and entertaining as always! Keep up the amazing work!!

Edge of your seat!   (5/5)

Great podcast and story! Just want everyone to know that the episodes are mislabeled. Episode 3 is actually 2 and visa versa

Not bad   (5/5)

I enjoy listening to Carter. I did notice however, that on the apple podcast pt2 and pt3 are switched in order. Other than that it’s quit good.

Can’t wait for Hostage!   (5/5)

Parcast has some of the best shows I’ve ever heard! So excited to hear this one!

GET HYPED   (5/5)

This is gonna be..........captivating

I'm hyped   (5/5)

I love every single parcast podcast. They are all crafted greatly and I have no doubt this will be an exception

Hostage strategy   (5/5)

I enjoy the learning the tactics that go into hostage crisis. Well done

Love this idea   (5/5)

Love the idea. Execution is amazing

Surprising   (5/5)

Surprising there hasn’t been a podcast that focuses on Hostages. But if anyone can pull it off it’s PARCAST!

Another Hit Show!   (5/5)

Parcast sets the bar for true-crime podcasts. I can already tell that Hostage will be another smash success! I subscribed and can't wait to hear more!

LOVE   (5/5)

Already a huge fan of the other podcasts, can't wait for this next one!!

So excited about this show!   (5/5)

I LOVE all of Parcast's podcast and I'm excited to hear about hostage situations I've never heard of before. Can't wait!

Exciting!   (5/5)

Can't wait for another great show with Carter Roy! This sounds fantastic!

Yes.   (5/5)

Parcast continues to show its commitment to great storytelling and true crime.

Captivating in more ways than one!   (5/5)

Parcast always delivers, and this show's combination of tense true crime storytelling and thrilling sound design will hold you captive!

Very excited about this new show   (5/5)

Parcast puts out such great content.

Very excited!!   (5/5)

I love all of Parcast’s shows, and this one seems like a perfect addition to the lineup. Looking forward to hearing what they have to offer

Gonna be great   (5/5)

Can’t wait for this show! Parcast is gonna knock it out of the park again!

I’m so excited!!!   (5/5)

I’m so excited for this show!! The trailer sounds awesome and I love the Patty Hearst story. It’s so cool to get to hear about negotiation tactics used the try and get hostages free. I’m really amped to hear this show!!!

A swing and a hit   (5/5)

Parcast is ruthless in their domination of the podcast landscape, unlike the criminals in this podcast, they take no prisoners.