The voice acting and well-structured plot here are great. The characters feel real and the "Sandra" concept is close enough to Google to be recognizable... and frightening. It builds to a tense, and unexpected climax, but then... what? Somehow the ending leaves me wanting more, and not in an "Encore!" way, but in a "Wait... that's it?" way. Perhaps more episodes are planned, or maybe I was in the mood for a novel and checked out a novella. Oh well. Still worth a listen.
This is my favorite genre and it was very well executed. I’m always for recommendations on podcasts similar to Sandra. Wishing they’d come out with more!
I literally just started this...came back a few days later and all the episodes are gone...
All episodes are still on Spotify.
They removed all the episodes
This freaking show was my introduction to podcasts and I'm so sad there's no more episodes
I’m pretty picky when it comes to podcasts. Very much a skeptic, but this is worth a listen I just never can tell when a commercial comes on. Interesting concept. Enjoyed it.
I listened to the whole season in one day. Please make another!
This show is amazing!!! I’ve listened to a few fictional podcasts, but this one is the best so far. I can’t believe I listened to it all the way through, all episodes, in just half a day. I need season 2 ASAP!!
Heck I write and I’m quarantined. I have nothing but time. Let’s finish Sandra.
I really enjoyed listening to this. I hope there will be a season 2!!! I really would like to know what happens next!
Ugh, literally no he’s the whole season in a couple hours. I could NOT stop listening. So invested in the characters and the story. I guess I’ll check out the other stories by this author in the midst of my desperate waiting for season 2.
Very entertaining and keeps you listening.
Just binged this. So good! Hoping for a 2nd season please!
I am so happy I found this podcast! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. The storyline perfectly entangles romance, drama, comedy, and action. It features some of my favorite actresses which is a major added bonus! I love that it acts out a solid storyline, but I just wish it ended on a more conclusive note. Please, for the love of god, release a season 2. I listened to all of season 1 while filing through my 2019 taxes so now I’m just sitting here covered in paperwork 🤷🏽♀️
I don’t understand why nothing gets tied up at the end. It literally stops right in the middle of the action. No resolution. That’s super lame.
It’s been hard for me to come around to fiction podcasts but I did like this one.
I really really wanted to love Sandra. There are some moments that are beautiful and pure and really express the curiosity and drive of humans to learn. But I just felt like the show didn’t have any action, or much a story to follow for that matter. I just kept waiting for things to really get started. And when they finally did, there was only one episode left. And I don’t really feel like it ended or like the story concluded. It just kind of stopped. I would absolutely love for this to get a season two and complete the story, though.
The concept, acting, and production were all great! It’s such a weird, dark story. I absolutely loved it!
What a concept and what a show! This needs to be a movie for sure but before that, please release Season 2!!
I really like this show! Great concept
Love this concept! I saw talk of TV production... hope they announce sooner than later!
I love this, it's my favorite!!
Can’t wait for season 2!!!!!!!! People complaining about the ads....paid advertising. I myself don’t mind them Keep up the good work
I listen to a lot of podcasts and this is the best. The production, actors, sound is amazingly executed.
This show was pretty rad! Awesome story and acting, not too hard to follow so it’s easy to listen to while doing other things
Also slow and bad acting.
Story is interesting but commercials every few minutes.
I loved this podcast, excellent narrative and story line. I can’t wait to see what happens next 😬😀🙌
Really interesting and unusual, but what’s with the weird repetitive gin ads?!
Good show but the ads are remarkably annoying. Good god.
This podcast starts off slow but eventually takes off with a wonderful pace and captivating story. Highly recommended!
Love the podcast, but the ads playing over and over and over are awful. I listened to the Hendricks gin as play back to back and wanted to die a little 🤷🏼♀️🤢
Really good, great story! But Gimlet has got to get their ads figured out. The finale’s Hendicks Gin ad was 3 MINUTES long! Whose idea was that?! That’s an infomercial, that’s actually anti-advertising. I think Im going to gag on every time I hear Hendicks Gin from now on. But otherwise, great podcast.
cant wait for season 2. i look at Alexa and siri in a different way now haha
I have been loving this show and I can't wait for season two. I just hope those two-minute, irritating-as-heck Hendricks commercials are gone. PLEASE.
It is a great show with a great story and characters. can not wait for season 2 to come
Made it to episode 6, then couldn’t wait any longer for something... anything... to happen. Good cast and voice acting, but a terribly unengaging and slow podcast.
I’m yearning for Season 2 of Sandra!!
i really enjoyed this story and felt a connection to all the characters. there are a lot of ads but the fast forward button was handy in this situation!
I would’ve given this 5 stars because the story line is super cool! But there are so many ads, it feels like the actual episode is 10-15 min. And it’s not like the ads are at the beginning or end of the episode. They at the beginning, end, and scattered throughout the episode itself. I’m honestly considering just moving into another podcast because constantly having to fast forward is getting really ridiculous.
I have never heard anything like this. I liked most of the show itself (the last episode was seriously awful), but the 20 minute episodes contain at least 4-5 minutes of the same 3 ads AT FOUR DIFFERENT POINTS. I legitimately thought it was a joke at first. Now I think they’re trying to make me (not very) slowly lose my mind.
The ads are making it almost impossible to continue to listen. Of the 28 minute episode, it feels like at least half are endless repetitive annoying ads. About to give it up.
It was almost to frustrating to listen to with the amount of ads they shoved into this. Each 25 minuet episode is almost half add it feels like.
Ridiculous amount of ads and very slow-moving story. Finally got to the 7th episode after sporadic listening only to be left hanging. Had potential but just felt dragged out, waste of time!
Arghhhhhh! Why is there only 7 episodes!
Keeps you wanting more. It’s like a movie, I keep wanting to turn and watch it and remember. Oh, yeah, it’s a podcast. Really love it!
Please say there's another season in the works???
So tired of lazy endings. Also, sounded like Donny was in a different recording booth with different settings.
I love this show and can’t wait till season two . I wish there were more episodes available
Gimlet, you can do better. I binged the entirety in a car ride from PA to NY, only to realize this was already a year old with no finish in sight. Shame, could have been great.
That was quite a cliffhanger you left us on with episode 7. Are there more to come? A season two perhaps?
The general idea of the story was cool. However, there were WAY too many ads for a 30 minute episode. The story had no purpose. I wish I didn’t waste my time listening.
Amazing podcast please finish the story soon.. is this podcast not going to be finished? Any chance we can get an update it’s been over a year?
Got me hooked and then stopped cold. Why?!
Completely hooked....but where’s the rest of it?
Listened to 7...doesnt seem like that’s where it would end? Am i missing episodes?
Seems like they gave up on the last episode. The story started to go off the rails with a totally disjointed ending to an otherwise great story. Also I had to hear the same 3 ads in every single episode. Who plays six ads on a podcast under 30 minutes?
So disappointed with this gimlet production. Really terrible
This hits a little close to home when you realize how many ways we can be observed. Conspiracy theorists will eat this up.
This is an incredibly well written story that provides commentary about how our society interacts with AI, and how that influences our lives. I cannot stop listening and I am anxious for the next espisode!
Did exactly what I was looking for - provide an easy-to-follow, uncomplicated, interesting story to get lost in while I clean my house on Sunday afternoon. Not a gripping, harrowing tale...think more along the lines of The Bright Sessions Season 1...but the voice acting is well done, the story is well-paced, and is engaging without being stressful.
Listened to Sandra in about 2 days. Great podcast to wind down or get ready to. I’ve been following Gimlet since Reply All and I’m happy to see their success really taking off. Definitely worth a listen!
1. Too many commercials 2. Midway music is same as on Grumpy Old Geeks. It’s annoying. 3. Too short of episodes cuz as you binge listen it’s awful having to listen to intro and commercials and credits over and over after just a few minutes. 4. Not worth the effort
I love this podcast but the commercial in the middle really takes you out of the story because the episode is so short.
I’m so invested in this story. I need more episodes!!!
Story is okay but not worth the amount of ads you have to get through to get to the show. Has more ads than a TV show would have in half an hour. Too hard to engage in the story.
Amazing show, but my heart broke when I saw it had been a year with no talk of a second season. Don’t torture yourselves by listening :(
After listening to Sandra, I keep looking through Apple Podcasts and asking on Twitter for Fiction Podcasts similar to Sandra. I have yet to find one as good (well there are 2 or 3 that are very good-Limetown and Homecoming) but I am always comparing them to Sandra. What a fantastic premise! The scary thing is now I have heard of a “Company’s Virtual Assistant” that listens in on our Conversations! So it could be true-ish! Everyone has different tastes in Podcasts but I really loved this one!
This was so engaging. Honestly Helen disappointed me when she gave out the girls personal information instead of just calling the girl herself. This series reminds me of The Horror of Dolores Roach because the cliff hanger was almost equally as creepy and entertaining. Wished there were more episodes.
Sandra: I’m in suspense. Can’t wait. And think the allergy girl is hysterical in her crazy way - keep her as a side-kick.
Like many, I am waiting for another season.
Ok I SWEAR the voice of Donny was David Cross when I started listening to this. I just picked it back up after a long time and now it’s some guy with a southern accent. Have I lost my mind?
I liked it. Sad that they didn’t take it further.
When does the rest of the podcast air?
It’s as if the planned episodes after 7 were never made/released. It ends abruptly with nothing but loose ends. It’s been almost a year since the last episode was released, so all signs point to this podcast being dead. Major disappointment.
This was well acted and engaging, plus the twist caught me completely off guard. I wish the episodes were a little longer but I can’t wait to see where the story goes...and I’ll never trust Siri again.
Like everyone else has commented, there a lot of ads, HOWEVER worth the ads because I really like the storyline. It does take a few episodes of build up to lay out the story, but by the last episode, I was hooked and now i’m sitting here waiting for the next season. Hopefully this one comes back!
Pleaaaaase tell me there will be a second season.
Apparently these podcasts are really just to get Amazon Prime to make them into shows. They don't end at all, and if you want to know the rest, you have to pay up and get Amazon Prime.
It’s good but the commercials are every minute or two and they are really long and multiple at a time. It makes it so the story isn’t worth it.
An absolute act of frustration. The advertisements are ridiculous (the interview of the founder of gimlet is particularly frustrating as he speaks in his snippet about being a great editor- clearly he is not). This is a podcast with some big names which is really just a disguised long advertisement. Go listen to Believed or Broken Hart’s for strong story-telling sans the sell-out to advertisers and ego.
Great show but half is ads
Great for a Roadtrip
Fictional podcasts are tricky and this one nailed it. Great voice talent and compelling story. I didn’t want it to end.
Maybe there’s so many ads to pay for the bold names? Perhaps this show needs less star power and more passion?
Very engaging and interesting. Too many adds but I still like it a lot.
I listened to all the episodes but wasn’t particularly invested. I didn’t really subscribe to the technology behind the whole premise...it didn’t seem at all feasible. Which kind of ruined everything for me.
Don’t listen to the haters - this was SO good! Love the concept, super well executed, and unlike many audio dramas I had no trouble following who was speaking. The soundtrack and sound design were on point. 5 stars from a fellow podcast producer.
love this podcast.
I’m trying to figure out who liked this. I second all the written reviews below. Acting was unnatural, ads were plentiful and confusing because they sound similar to the show, ads cut into the flow so often that I lost interest and unsubscribed. Was it supposed to be funny? Or suspenseful? I don’t care enough to figure it out. P.S. I liked Homecoming.
Despite half the episode of ads, interesting story that kept me listening! Something different.
Hope there will be a season 2!!
I found this podcast to pull me in from the first episode. The actors voices are highly recognizable, but fresh. I can’t wait till season 2.
Gimlet captivated me with Homecoming and they hooked me again with Sandra. I binged Season One. Loved every minute!
Checked back hoping to find season two. I loved the different voices, story structure, & surprising change of events. Didn’t feel finished and I’d love more!
1 min of ads in the beginning, 2 min of ads in the middle, 2 min of ads at the end! Too much!!
While there are a noticeably annoying amount of ads at first, this podcast is one of my favorites. The voice acting was great, the pacing and twists of the story were phenomenal, and the characters were all well written. I can’t recommend this enough.
Love this show. Hope there’s a season 2. Keep up the good work
WHAT IS TAD DOING?!? When will season 2 be released? Also, if you don’t like ads- there’s a little button that fast forwards 30 seconds. You’re welcome.
Fantastic turn of events. Superb listening experience. Would prefer less ads
Seven episodes. Ends on cliffhanger with zero promise of finishing.
The story line was good, but it ended rather abruptly, like the show got cancelled before they were finished with the season. Didn't really leave me wanting more like some other podcasts like the Bright Sessions or the Black Tapes.
The volume of ad content in this podcast is CRAZY. That being said... enjoyed the premise of the story!
I love this show! I’m done with episode seven and want to know what happens! Please tell me it’s not over!? It’s worth the boring commercials I have to sit through! When is the next one? When? Still trying to figure out which character is Ethan Hawke’s voice.. :) it’s funny and dramatic at the same time. Kept me company during my workouts..
If I can make it through the morass of ads the actual storyline seems interesting.
I loved this so much. The whole series. Ads could be better placed and integrated, but on the whole, amazing. I can’t wait for season two!
Love the writing and characters! Nice and short episodes
Acting is great and the players are awesome but Gimlet has gone way too far with ads. I feel like I’m in the bad old days of network TV. Not worth it. Story slogs on and has some weak writing. Skip this one and check out Homecoming.
I just wish the next season would be released sooner.
This podcast was horrible to listen to unless you like commercials.
I actually loved the story but man, even tho I skipped all the ads, it was so annoying not being able to focus on the VERY SHORT story because of the ads interrupting. Good acting and interesting story.
I loved the show (after they got a handle on the ad volume). I’m so disappointed to find that it’s over in such short order. I want to know what happens to Helen. As you can tell the story ends without a ton of resolution, but for what it is, it’s great. Slightly sci-fi, slightly off-putting, but thoroughly entertaining and interesting. Ugh I hope there’s a season two...
So well written and acted. If you don’t have a sense of humor and only want drama, don’t bother. If you can handle real dramedy, you’ll love it,
The premise is a little silly at first, but the storyline quickly hooks you.
Ready for season 2!!
While I loved the concept of the show, I was shocked at the end to discover that there wasn’t another episode! What a lame, cheap cliffhanger.
This was a good story, I was intrigued at the thought of real people behind Alexa and stuff. The main character seemed indulgent and overly sure of herself which was kind of annoying. But overall a pretty good and entertaining story.
Can’t wait for more.. hurry up! A great binge for sure.
Really interesting concept. Well acted. Wish there were more episodes!
I can’t wait to find out what happens next! Please tell me there will be a second season!
I enjoyed the podcast for the most part, unfortunately the glutton of ads really hindered the pace. It felt like the podcast was a vehicle to support the ads and not vice versa. And can we talk about the final episode, I keep waiting for the release of the actual last episode. I ask this in all sincerity, “did Gimlet forgot to make a real final episode”
It would be 5 stars if their weren’t so many commercials.
Hard to stay engaged with how many corny ads that pretend to be part of the story. Interesting but not sure if it’s worth sticking with it
Voice acting and story both 👌🏼👌🏼
Too many lengthy ads. I don't object to ads per set but when the podcast is short so should be the ads.
I’m enjoying the story, acting great, but the ads! Is there 6 mins of ads to every 25 mins of story?
I am a Gimlet fan, loved Homecoming and figured I’d give Sandra a try. I thought the story was based on an interesting premise while listening to the first two episodes, so despite bad reviews I gave it a chance. Then I got to the last episode and was confused. Did my phone not download the other episodes? No... it just ended. How did someone on staff not realize this was a really unresolved way to end a series. Gimlet is full of wonderful story tellers so I don’t understand how y’all missed telling a full story here. More ads than most of their podcasts too but the Sandra idea had potential 🤷♀️
Not sure the end made sense
This had an great concept that a lot of potential to go down interesting paths but it didn't follow any of them. The story was bad and left me disappointed, but overall it's an okay piece of entertainment.
Alia and the story was the main draw for me; I finished the season in a day. But the amount of ads breaking up the storyflow is ridiculous.
I enjoyed the content but it just... ended. I hope there’s a second season otherwise there was no closure. Although maybe that’s the intention given the content of the show and the lack of “closure” for Tad? The ads were definitely over the top. It interrupted the short podcast 3 times.
I had high hopes because of Kristen Wigg. But she’s just the robot voice, so it’s her humor which I was hoping for. People were right about the ads. You only have a 25 min episode with like 5+ min of ads. The beauty of podcasts is you can fast forward. I figured I’ll try this one out because I could finish it before I even finish my work. Each episode I was hoping would get more interesting, but most of the time it let me down. Very dry. Not as entertaining as I had hoped. I listened to it all only because I was slightly intrigued. If there is a second season, I hope there’s more ooph to it.
I like the show but half of it is ads
Loved this one so much I need season 2 in my life
I understand sponsors are important. This podcast has so many ads, and they are so long, i am completely taken out of the story. I got through two episodes, but literally had to stop because the actual content was all but lost. The story seems interesting, but i don’t have the patience or tolerance for being marketed to 50% of the time. :(
Listened to all of it and at the end it was like “That’s it?!” Such a bummer.
Just start and you won’t be able to stop.
I LOVE the production and the acting. There just weren't any surprises or wow moments and I felt like the story went in a unexpected direction that turned out kind of boring -- I thought perhaps there would be more story INSIDE the company and some sort of mystery there rather than what happened. I really loved all the calls and having worked in phone customer service they were all very realistic and interesting. And yes, good lord, there were far too many commercials for what the content was. If those commercials had been in an hour long podcast, sure. But 25 minutes? I do hope they find a way to change that for the next season.
Intriguing story concept, good production and acting! I love that radio dramas are making a come back via podcasting!! Main reason it missed the 5th star for me was the amount of commercials! The 20 minute episode is about 1/3 of commercials. I get it - gotta make it lucrative, but it was kind of lame as a user.
Loved the story, voice acting, sound design... All of it! I hope season 2 comes out soon!
I wanted to rate this 5 stars so badly. The sixth episode ruined it for me. You’ll know when it happens.
More please! 🤗 When is the new Season coming??
Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh. I like the main girl’s voice. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh. Pointless plot. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh. Waste of Kristen Wiig. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh.
I NEED LONGER EPISODES GIMLET. GO BIG OR GO HOME
I love this Podcast! At first it started off a bit slow, but as I stuck with it, I was happy I did 👍🏽 But when is Sandra coming back? Would love a response 😊
I need more of this podcast drama please
I love Gimlet podcasts but this was really wasn’t good at all. The main character Helen is so annoying and there really isn’t any real story here. Also the ending was just terrible. There was no resolution and it was just plain stupid. Don’t waste your time listening to this.
Really enjoying this podcast so far!! Suuuuper bummed that there are SO MANY commercials. If they were just at the beginning and end, no biggie...but the story gets interrupted in the middle which gets frustrating since they’re pretty short episodes. Otherwise...the story is still keeping my interest thus far...just hit that fast forward option a bunch.
I listen to these guys for everything. In fact in the new golden age, with so much out there I follow these guys recommendations. T
Thoroughly enjoyed. It gets better with every episode!
Ahhh! I love this podcast but I’m down to the last episode in the first day. Please, for the love of all things pod, make the episodes longer! I can’t put my finger on what makes this podcast so great (besides Kristin Wiig because, well, she’s amazing). Make more! Now!
Pretty poorly written. Sounds like Firefox listened to Life After and was like: “we should do that, but make sure people know it’s from us!”. Whatever this show is supposed to be, it’s not great. It was good to kill some time walking through airports and taking taxis, but there’s better things to listen to from Gimlet.
Loving this story and the production...it’s done really well. Highly entertaining and bingable. Really looking forward to the next season, great work gimlet!
Please make longer episodes, I’m blowing through this really quickly! Love all the familiar voices.
What a great story! Intriguing, entertaining, and just overall incredible! Please, please keep this podcast going! I would love to see you upload a couple more seasons! Absolutely mesmerizing! I loved this podcast since the first episode! Keep it up!!
Yes! Another season please!
This worse than commercial radio. The constant interruptions ruins whatever this show had to offer. Considering that all the episodes were released at once, it’s likely that most listeners will attempt to binge listen the show. There must be a more effective way to generate revenue than brainwashing us with the same ads that return over and over every ten minutes.
Gimlet continues to push into "scripted fiction" and does a pretty good job with it. That being said, I think that I might not be that into this genre as I found this to be good, but not as amazing as I find most Gimlet podcasts to be. If you aren't a fan of scripted fiction podcasts, you might want to skip "Sandra".
I can't wait for the next episode! I love this show!
Sandra is short and entertaining allegory about our dystopian need to disconnect through our desperate connection with AI. The commercials upset the other reviewers yet these pun-fully fashioned ads pay for this free well-produced service and entertainingly mock marketing and AI at the same time. Ever been stuck at a crossroad and feel like everyone around you just holding you back from one step to happiness? Then you will enjoy this podcast! If you ain’t never been at a crossroads- get off your device and get to living!
This was disappointing. Not half as good as homecoming. Acting was weak and story had so many holes.
Most of the good reviews here seem to be from people who hadn’t listened. I had high hopes. But the unrealistic plot and almost constant ads made this nearly unlistenable. Bummer.
I haven’t listened to very many fictional podcasts, but this was quite engaging and kept me interested the whole time.
I feel like I wasted my time because the ending was so bad.
When are they new episodes going to be available?
Acting is fine but story is tacky and they explain everything to the audience like we can’t understand anything otherwise.
I enjoyed this story initially but had to walk away due to the ads. The frequency, length, and execution of the ads for this show were an annoying trifecta that drove me away. It felt like there were double the necessary/ appropriate ad breaks. There were typically 4 ad breaks per episode (2 ads per break, often repeats within an episode), which felt excessive for the ~18-20 mins of story per episode. The style of the ads should have worked in theory as they deal with AI, but their execution missed the mark and only made the ad breaks feel THAT much longer. The story seemed relatively interesting, and the performances are okay. But none of it was great enough for me to get past the nonsense with the ads.
Don’t waste your time.
I feel strongly that too many people are rating this before they finish it, giving this podcast a false rating. I'm a little disappointed to say the least. The acting is okay. However, as soon as you get really into it, it ends. There is no closure. About one third of each episode is ads. So, think of it more as a 6 episode podcast. The story was great and had so so so much more potential. I was pretty disappointed and quite mad at the ending, so I'm glad I didn't invest more than a day listening to the entire show. Unfortunately, I'm going to be skeptical of Gimlet scripted shows in the future.
Started REALLY strong, but was a little disappointed with the ending. The storyline and characters were so interesting I think they just kind of lost steam towards the end. Still very enjoyable just a little unsatisfying towards the end.
Way too may ad read for such short episodes.
When you think that maybe you've listened to all of the good podcasts and how can a new one be great or greater, well it's possible! This was so good.
Great podcast, very entertaining and definitely worth the listen. Only reason it’s 4 stars and not 5 stars is because of the crazy amount of ads which are all the same
The story never draws you in. It was entertaining enough to listen to while doing some monotonous tasks, but with all the gimmicky ads, and the lack of depth in the story and lack of character development, it leaves something to be missed.
Once I started listening I couldn’t stop - I finished all 7 episodes in one go. Great storytelling!
Ugh, I just need to know what will happen next
The amount of ads become a distraction to the story, as they are placed before, during, and after every episode- multiple times.
Less creepy and haunting than Black Mirror, but also so rich with character and humanity – quite an accomplishment for a 'robot' story. Can't wait for another season!
I ate through these too fast. Love it! Keep them coming!
The story is interesting enough, but good grief half of the episodes are lengthy, strange commercials...
This podcast is so good!! Binged the series in a day. Definitely worth your time.
This is the second crap shoot gimlet has put out. Attach big names to a 7 episode podcast that essentially comes out to 45 minutes of lame content and an hour of aggravating ads. Homecoming was better than this and homecoming was terrible. If your only goal is money at least try to provide good content to get that money.
My first time listening to this style of podcast and already one of my favorites. Really hope there’s a season 2.
The ads are ridiculous, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars. More than 2 minutes of commercials per episode is irritating and annoying.
Way too many ads. The story might have had a chance to be interesting, but somehow, I was never really drawn in. The ads kept interrupting the experience.
Mostly ads with a story about faux AI with no real ending. I don't see how the villain poses any real threat to the main character, either so it's not suspenseful at all.
Highly recommend if you’re open to serialized fiction in your podcasts—great voice acting, compelling (& slowly horrifying) storyline, and the integration of sponsorship ads is well done. Now I’ll just be anxiously awaiting season 2.
Loved every minute of this podcast!
I love the story telling and I hope they come out with a second season so I can hear what happens to Helen!
This would be a really enjoyable listen if there wasn’t 5 minutes of actual content to 10 minutes of commercials. With the podcast episodes spanning 30 minutes or less there is only about 10 minutes of actual episode and 20 minutes of commercials. It’s hard to get into the story with the constant interruptions. Less commercial breaks would make this podcast a better listen.
Great! Binge listened as fast as I could. Loved the concept and story. Can’t wait for next season.
Half the show is ads. And they try and trick you to seem like they are part of the show. 7 episodes in series but only 2 episodes worth of content
My only complaint is that the episodes are too short! I love the concept and the story! Can’t wait for more episodes!
Too many ads for such a short episode. Either decrease the ad spots or extend the episode length
Stop trying so hard. Who at gimlet thinks these 1 minute radio spots work in 2018? They make the listener not want to use those products. Get it together gimlet. Great content but morons are running your ads.
Sandra is AMAZING. I was hooked from episode one. The acting and sound design draw you in and really make it feel like you’re in the story. Even when things slowed down and I started to wonder if the excitement was tapped out, boom! The story ramps up again! Can’t wait for Season 2 to come out. Keep it up Gimlet!
Having listened to other Gimlet fictions, I was excited about this but the plot was slow and the interspersed ads were extremely annoying and took me out of the story. I assume this is the first “season” of a longer story line but I’m not sure if I will listen to whatever comes next.
Way too many ads per short episode and they sound like part of the production so are at first confusing, and then jolt you out of the story. Would rather pay for a no ad version. Got through 2 episodes before I was completely turned off by the format.
Brilliant, quirky and an amazing funhouse of a podcast. This pc won’t appeal to everyone but if you are a fan of postmodern writing or even know what postmodernism is, it will hook you.
Hated the ads - it was hard to understand what was the episode versus the advertisement. Not sure what Mozilla was even selling - it was completely lost by the weird robot voice delivering it. Acting was downright bad. Plot led nowhere. Had high hopes for this podcast but I really did not enjoy it and felt it was a big miss.
I like this show, but I can’t stand how the ads are inserted throughout the episodes. This podcast is at least a third of ads.
I was hooked from the start. Everything seems pretty normal until that wild twist!
i like the story but it has WAY to many commericals. It's half of each show and completely distracting.
Wiig plays her role expertly, of course, and the rest of the cast is believable. I particularly loved the "work-speak" used by Dustin, so cringey. Even the ads play into the AI theme, which is something I haven't seen any other podcast do. That's also where I have to take off a star, tho. There are WAY too many ads and they are long af, and come right at a major plot point. I hate having to skip through my podcast not knowing where the ads will end, but they're too disruptive to listen through. Please put them at the beginning or end!
This is a great story that takes a turn you don’t see coming! Very relevant during the on going debate about privacy. Highly recommend!
Feel almost guilty giving two stars when I’ve enjoyed the first six episodes but there are just way too many ads for me to keep listening...
This podcast is amazing the audio is great close your eyes you’ll feel like you’re right there. Really easy to imagine what’s going on in your head super funny as well you’ll definitely laugh.
This podcast pulled me in and left me needing to hear the next episode! Love love love it!
Writing fictional audio is hard. Most fictional podcasts are very, very bad. Gimlet defied this trend with Homecoming, but it reverts to the mean with Sandra, a sort of sci fi dystopia comedy story that’s a little bit about consumerism, a little bit about big data (while completely undercutting this effort), a little bit about managing relationships, and a little bit about the dull monotony of work. In short, it can’t decide what it is, so it is mostly a waste of time. There is surely a clever audio tale to be told about the Siri/Alexa generation, but Sandra only makes weak gestures at attempting this. While Google is leveraging machine learning to create scary-real voice AIs that can talk to humans on the phone and sound just like a person - the stuff of science fiction - Sandra goes for the deeply underwhelming twist that, actually, it’s all fake, and the Alexa in your box is just a person in front of a computer at a call center. Helen, the protagonist, gets just such a job, is assigned the duty of answering all bird-related queries, and the job is just as boring as this makes it sound. It’s clearly not enough to hang a whole story on, so the producers don’t - they create a whole separate series of plot lines to keep Helen occupied, the main one being Donny, her outlaw husband. Exactly what a massive tech corporation is doing placing its headquarters in a tiny town in Oklahoma - one the show portrays as a various mixed bag of hick tropes - is never really delved into. It’s like if Apple moved to Texarkana - a conceit that’s considerably more interesting than a lot of what happens in Sandra. It seems the show made this choice mostly to give Helen some problems: she’s stuck in a crappy hick town, with her crappy hick husband, Donny. Donny is perhaps one of the worst-written characters I’ve had to sit through in a while. Not only is the actor who plays him Not That Great at Southern Accents (he is from Connecticut), but the character, and everyone related to his plotline, have a tendency to ramble in a theoretically amusing manner until Helen is deeply frustrated with them. For example, there is a point in which Donny escapes from jail, and Helen goes to the jail and spends minutes talking to the contemptuous, rambling police officer until he finally decides to reveal that, actually, they aren’t going to be doing anything about it. It’s a lot of work to reveal nothing. The show features many such scenes. The problem is, though this frustrates Helen, it frustrates the audience, too - especially because none of these interactions change anything. At the start of the show, Helen decides she’s tired of Donny - a position Donny quickly proves to be very wise. She’s leaving him. Donny gets involved in some crimes (again the show rummages from a bag of hick tropes), and this complicates her leaving him - but her leaving him is never in doubt. It’s just a complication - it’s filler. It’s a rabbit hole. It’s also about half the show. Sandra eventually settles on a Rear Window thriller-ish plotline - acting as Sandra, Helen realizes a crime is about to take place, and rushes to stop it - but in a day and age when technology poses a genuinely disturbing, real threat, this comes across as limp and half-hearted. The problem with tech is that it is not in any way comparable to a bored person on the end of a connection: the problem is that, on the other end of the connection, in the real world, is an impossibly powerful computer that is running in parallel to a bunch of other impossibly powerful computers, and they’re learning everything about you, and you don’t know who owns them or what they want them to do. This is a lot bigger and a lot scarier than a disaffected person taking a call center job in her dying hometown. I’m not sure the producers either understand big data, or wanted to tell a story about it. I suspect they took the hook of, “What if Alexa was just a whole bunch of people?” and thought this was enough to sustain a whole story. It isn’t, and their efforts to compensate for it are very weak tea. There isn’t a lot going on in Helen. But what it does have is ads, and a lot of them. They’ve tripled up on the ads for this series, and it often feels like you only get about nine minutes of story per show. You often wind up grabbing your phone and skipping, skipping, skipping to get to something happening. But it’s wiser just to skip Sandra entirely - because that something isn’t coming.
Great podcast but the amount of time spent on ads for a 20 minutes episode is excessive.
Love Kristen Wiig but I can’t even tell which character she’s playing! Is she Sandra? Whoever she plays you can’t tell it’s her, and one of the reasons I was looking forward to this is to hear her funny voice and personality. Way too many ads. It’s half ads, half show. Fun concept and entertaining but irritating that you get so little show from each episode.
The story and acting were fabulous. I hate to say but even the commercials were creative and fun.
The content is interesting enough but for a 30 min show and 15 of it is ads... I honestly couldn’t even finish it. I got through episode 5 and it wasn’t worth it to keep going.
This is a captivating story, but the amount of commercials really takes away from it. The episodes are already so short, and even though you can fast forward through them, the commercials are really distracting
Great story, but almost unlistenable with so many ads.
Written by a third grader?
I could listen to Sandra all day long. I’ve already recommended it to all my friends.
Wow, talk about a late #audiodramasunday post. I’m on #staycation this week working on house things. While stripping and sanding our living room mantle I listened to @gimletmedia’s #Sandra, starring #kristenwiig and #aliashawkat. Imagine that #Siri was actually powered by a call center full of people, and how that effects you. It’s pretty amazing, give it a listen!
Well acted and the story is good, but there are way too many ads that are basically repeating the same thing over and over. You can’t get into the story. I have to stop listening just because of the ads, and I would have continued if they just left them at the front and end, or maybe even if they made the ones in the middle short. Way too distracting!
Between the commercials and the credits you only get about 13 minutes of story per “episode.” Ruins the experience.
Fine show but the ads are excessive
Too many ads! I love Gimlet and most of the Gimlet podcasts and Sandra is no exception. But the constant breaks for ads are just too frequent for such a short episode. Nearly 10 minutes of the 30 minute episode are ads. Please scale it back. It’s hard to stay in the story when I have to hear about Sandy, Cooper and the other silly/obnoxious ads every few minutes.
Episode 6 breakdown: ~25 minutes Content 16:45 (65%) Commercials 6:30 (25%) Credits 1:10 (5%) Musical Interludes 1:10 (5%) 4 commercial breaks........
I love the storyline and acting, but the lengthy commercials throughout the episodes can be irritating and make the story a bit choppy.
Interesting concept and story, the acting was great, but the advertising was terribly annoying. I’d say about 20% of each episode were ads. These ads were poorly spaced and unpleasant to the ears. Gimlets producers usually do a better job than they did here.
Loved Homecoming, so I was really excited about this. Super interesting idea, but not quite right. Almost felt like the purpose of the whole thing was to funnel listeners to ads... a LOT of the runtime is ads. I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I am used to ads and I understand that ad revenue pays for the show, but this just seemed excessive. Also the ads were super stylized, and I found myself wondering whether they were just trying to fit the theme or if the idea was to trick people into listening to them by making us think they are part of the show.
If I didn’t have to skip ads every few minutes, this would be a five star rating. More content, less ads, please!
Great story but daaang the ads are unbearable. First time I’ve noticed so many in a gimlet show. Feels like every 5 minutes you have to sift through 2-3 minutes of ads.
Concept is relevant but the outcome falls flat. Far less famous actors could perform equally well here while allowing for perhaps less overacting and less investment in big names forcing the insane and amount of ads to support. I’m Disappointed this came to us from Gimlet. Too many characters for so little content and story.
Way too many commercials and breaks for such short episodes.
Not great. Acting was fine. The end was what I expected with the current style of storytelling: bleak and open ended. Also the ads were overwhelming compared to the actual podcast.
Very complelling story. Mostly very good voice acting. I am enjoying it a lot. Echoes of The Circle.
More commercials than content, slow, and could be so much better. Maybe the later episodes are great, or funny, or something?
This podcast is like 75% ads transition music. You have to constantly skip commercials just to get to the next 1:30 of story, and then it ends. Story is interesting, but there’s just not enough in each episode.
This is the second Gimlet audio drama I’ve listened to and I LOVED IT again! Just finished season 1 and cannot wait for season 2. Gotta find out what happens with this cliff hanger. 😱
I love the story but the constant ads in the middle of the show are distracting and completely ruins the flow. The episodes are too short to have multiple commercial breaks in the middle of the story. I want to stick with this show but if Season 2 is the same format I'm afraid I'll have to pass, which is such a shame, since this has so much potential.
When does it come out!?!?!
I would probably like this a lot if there weren't more ads than content, and if the ads weren't so annoyingly similar to the type of drama. You can't get into the flow of the story and if you try to skip the ads it's too hard to know when the ad ends. It's a loser of a gimmick, to make the ads nearly indistinguishable from the program. If Gimlet wants to pay the big bucks to famous actors, it should give us an option to pay for the series without the ads. I can't finish this, but if a version comes out ad-free I'll happily pay to listen to it.
These actors don’t sound like they are from or in Oklahoma. Too many ads. Boring storyline. Forced acting.
Cool concept with some great actors, but the ad:content ratio is way too high, especially since the episodes are so short. Not ideal for binge listening, or getting lost in a story, but still fairly entertaining 🤷♀️
Sure the ads have a lot of production quality but is the main story good? No.
Really enjoyed listening to this! I hope there’s more to come
The voice acting is fantastic but there is literally nothing to the story. It starts pretty interestingly and then devolves into nothing
Good show but too many ads...
I get it. Pay the bills, get the money. This podcast has potential to be a great story however each episode is actually not even 10mins? Just writing this review to warn anyone before they listen.
This is a good tale & creepily all the information that your phone inputs ,outputs,& processes about your everyday life could be placed in the wrong hands .... Back when I had an iphone5 - my mom kept scolding me after she would hear me arguing , losing my temper & cursing poor SIRI. She actually thought Siri was a real person that was at a call center or Apple had a switchboard on 24 hour demand ..... hmmm after this story WHO KNOWS?🤷🏼♀️
The story may have been good but I couldn’t tell because I was so distracted by all the ads that were produced to sound like they fit in the story. And I understand the need for ads but every time anything started to happen in the plot and I started to get into it another ad would start up. And there were only about three different ads on repeat. Don’t think I’ll continue with this one for the next season.
I binged this podcast. It was amazing. I love this. When will there be more? Possibly even better than Homecoming.
I’m really enjoying the snow, but I cannot give it 5 stars because of the superfluous ads. For a 25 minute show, 6 minutes of ads is very disruptive and excessive. I always skip through them, but it’s annoying to do while driving or biking.
Had a lot of potential – great voice acting (love Alia Shawkat, and Kristen Wiig is great), good production value, interesting story concept – but failed to deliver. More ads than I think any other podcast I’ve ever listened to, and so frequent that it takes you out of the story. Story crept along at a snail’s pace, and barely went anywhere. Powered through just to get to the end, only to find out it seems they’re banking on a season two (that, or it’s flat out unsatisfying). Just could have been so much better. I don’t recommend it at all.
While the story was good two things which were quite disappointing. First, the ending was not an end. While I understand that sometimes there’s a cliffhanger that’s not what I want from my podcasts. I prefer each season to be in and of itself. However, what was far more dissatisfying were they in ordinate amount of commercials. I listen to a fair number of podcasts and I have never had one where each episode is polluted with 30% or more of commercials. There’s so much great talent out there that if the podcast producers need talent which costs the type of money where such commercials are necessary, I suggest other talent be found. I will not be listening to season two.
I like gimlet. I’ve listened to most of the shows they produce. Most are great and I tolerate the ad sections because I know someone needs to pay for the content if its not me. But the ads in Sandra are extreme. It’s at least 5 minutes of ads in a 20 minute program and it’s infuriating to listen to the show and have it interrupted so often. In the middle of each episode there are two ad breaks in five minutes. Is there a way, gimlet, to make the ad breaks not so extensive for your listeners? Some of your shows keep it to one 15 second ad. One of those instead would work? Opening the podcast to 90 seconds of ads is not a great way to bring in listeners. I want to like the show and you and your programming but this is pushing my patience and tolerance, enough so I leave a review which I’ve never done before. Thanks for listening.
Enjoyed the podcast but the frequency of ads and how they interrupted the podcast took a lot away from the show hence the 2 star rating.
Great show, inventive, clever, and darkly comic. But you’re really ramming me with the ads here - feels like there’s almost as much ad time as content.
This show is thought-provoking, funny, and highly relatable in ways that surprised me. I enjoyed the well developed characters and their continually expanding back-stories
binged and need more to binge on
I love the story but the ads are longer than the actual content. I wish things could have been different between us, Sandra :(
After Homecoming, I was really excited for another scripted drama, but this left so much to be desired. The story line is boring and awkward, the character development makes no sense, the voice acting is intensely cringe worthy, with forced fake accents, awkwardly forced reactions, and just generally high levels of cheese. Not to mention, the custom ads in this were unbearably corny and awkward. Whole thing is really just disappointing. Don’t waste ur time or data listening.
So well done. Great acting, intriguing story. One of my favorites.
The story is great, I love it! I hate that half of it is ads though 😒 I get you have to be paid, I’m not opposed to ads, but they’re too long for the length of the show.
They say butthole a lot more than a typical podcast. Five stars.
It was okay... the ads were extra annoying. I get that they tried to be clever with ad delivery, but it got old quick. And the storyline was just so so. A lot of it sounded like they were just reading lines. I’ve been a Gimlet fan since the beginning, but this one is low on the list.
I love this podcast! It’s amazing!!! I however it has SOOOO many commercials! I would give it a 5 of 5 but so many commercials... I totally understand podcasts have to pay for themselves but this seems excessive. Can’t wait for Season 2!
Great performance. Thanks for entertaining me while at work.
It took a while for the story to get going but overall, I thought it was a solid podcast for Gimlet. Really wish there weren’t so many ads, it felt like that was what took up the majority of the episode.
This podcast was painfully slow. I am a huge fan of Homecoming and I was disappointed with the storyline of Sandra. However, it picks up some speed the last two episodes, and it’s a good lead in for season 2. I have higher hopes for the next season, but this first season was a snoozer.
The plot feels sluggish and the characters become uninteresting. These characters feel like archetypes that are given little depth leaving them feeling like cutouts. This especially hurts the display of the protagonist's growth. The theme is calling on some current discussion on social media and big data, but it has nothing new to say on these topics. The ads are frequent, and if you are binging these seven episodes then they quickly become repetitive and irritating. The production is fine or good depending on which other podcasts you're comparing it to. The acting is good compared to amateur podcast dramas you can find, but many acting moments fail to live up to performances on shows such as The Truth. While the season is "bingable," it ends clearly with the intent of a second season. You end up feeling like you didn't binge anything and that you just listened to a really long episode of a show that you're not really sure you want to continue. The story's style also begs to be told with the added suspense of awaited episodes. I think binging this series is a terrible idea. I feel like some of the complaints listed would hold less weight if this series had been released over a month. If you listen to it all immediately, then all the negative traits are magnified.
The podcast is great but the amount of advertising is so frustrating.
I am a huge Gimlet fan, and the premise and cast of this pod sounded amazing. However, it didn’t deliver whatsoever. Way too many threads to hold onto. I didn’t even realize the story had ended when it did :/ also the most intrusive ad listening experience ever.
I have enjoyed this story very much - but I would’ve had a significantly better experience if it weren’t so broken up. The episodes are quite short and the ad breaks seem nearly as long as the creative content. I want you guys to make money but it turns into a little bit of a chore to listen with the story so chopped.
I understand Gimlet needs to pay for production, but this podcast seems to be about 50% content and 50% ads. It also moves very slowly and is just a little boring, which is compounded by the fact that most of the ads are from Mozilla and are so related to the story that you sometimes think the show has started again... but alas, it’s just another ad. Overall not a good listen.
The ads are too long and too frequent to get into the flow of the story. There are approximately 4 ads per episode and they are each over a minute. The attempt to integrate in the episode is also confusing because it is difficult to tell when a break in the story is occurring. I would of enjoyed the story as it seems well written and fun but in the end I gave up after three episodes.
Great podcast/story but WAY TOO MANY ADS! I listen to podcasts while working and I’ve never skipped forward thru ads because typically they’re 30 seconds or less. These are back-to-back and MINUTES long. It’s truly annoying and takes away from your podcast. Fix this and it’s a winner!
The first segment starts with a fake ad, ends with a fake ad, then you get a real ad. Wow, I couldn’t bear another minute. Might be a great story, but it’s not worth gritting through twice as many ads as any other show.
I like Gimlet, Kristin Wiig, and Ethan Hawke, but this podcast is really bad.
This podcast is creepy in that you can see the possibility of a future much like Sandra. Especially when there are articles about Alexa being more “personal” coming out. Great story with great actors to bring it to life. And what a cliffhanger/twist at the end!
So creative !
The premise is interesting and the voice acting is phenomenal, but it feels like half the show is ads, and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic.
This podcast starts with a cute and funny premise: what if high-tech Alexa (and her sisters) were actually low-tech operators simply Googling your questions? I thought we were in rom-com territory with a thoughtful exploration of where we look for answers and the dehumanizing role of technology in our lives. Things take a turn and suffice it to say this is decidedly NOT a rom-com! Great writing and performances all around…I truly look forward to season two!
Too many commercials! Listened to all episodes and can't believe The Stand is the last. It makes no sense as a finale.
I would rather have less ads and lesser known actors than the amount of ad this show currently has and a slew of famous actors. Seriously, the ads are weird and you can barely distinguish them from the actual show (that’s how monotone this show is) More content please.
I absolutely love this podcast, it keeps me on my toes, and it is extremely interesting. I cannot wait for more episodes to come. Please hurry up
This podacst has lots of potential but ends up squandering it. The promos say it's funny--but it's not. Unfortunately, it's not an interesting story either. It feels like they want to do serious Social Commentary on Big Data. To do that you need developed characters and consistent tone. The coworkers are straight out of Dilbert and her husband is a local yokel caricature. The office scenes are goofy, but when they have a couple fighting it's viscous and real. I couldn't get through it. PS please stop posting reviews when you haven't even listened to it.
I enjoy Gimlet's other shows, especially Homecoming. This has echoes of Homecoming, but the characters aren't as well developed and the plot is a bit tired. I found the characters annoying, including the number of themed ads. I did my best to make it to the end, but got too frustrated partway into episode 7. This may or may not be for you, give it a shot if you're curious.
I am a big fan of Gimlet's material but Sandra fell way short of their standard quality. This was mostly driven by a weak story surrounding a very intriguing concept. What I found really annoying, however, was the absolutely terrible ads played during the episode. Each ad is based around the idea of a sandra-like character. Not only did this premise quickly become old and tiresome, but the ads themselves are poorly written, poorly acted, and ultimately grating to hear. I don't think I'll be downloading Firefox or turning to HPE anytime soon based on these pitches. Come on Gimlet - you pioneered a new form of advertising with the Startup podcast. Bring back that creativity and care for your listeners' sanity... please!
Got here via Heavyweight.
If ads didn't take up half the episode time I would gladly give five stars. I love the story, hate the ads.
Great for binge listening. I wish it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. Would have given it 5 stars but there are too many ads. 2 separate commercial breaks within a 20 minute episode, plus ads at the beginning and end, is too much.
My first fiction podcast and I’ve loved it! I could literally see each character in the moment. Such a wonderful and creative podcast. Looking forward to more.
A story about broken humans seeking connection through Artificial Intelligence—a completely original story that we’ve never seen done before! (Flashing image of a poster for “Her”) I get what they’re doing here, even with the ads, but it’s all a bit heavy-handed. There is no subtlety or nuance, which doesn’t do the medium credit. Why do fictional podcasts have to been simple with flat characters? While I enjoyed some of the voice acting, I agree with other listeners that the characters are static and the episodes are thinned out with so many ads. The entire first season could have happened in 2 episodes. I will admit though, Tad was a curveball. He’s the thing that kept me listening through episode 4 and kept me on my toes through the end. Jury’s out on whether I’ll listen to season 2 when it’s available but.... this one leaves something to be desired, despite my love of Kristen Wiig.
Captivating. Hopefully the episodes will get a bit longer!
This show had some good potential but the ads were too much. Because the ads were done in the theme of the show it left me feeling uneasy. It felt like the point of the show was more to sell advertising than to make good content. I believe most podcast listeners are tolerant of advertising but this felt predatory. Come on Gimlet, you can do better.
Totally entertaining and worth the ads in the middle. Y’all planning on a second season?
I was super pumped for this because I love Kristen Kiig, but I was actually really disappointed. I felt like nothing really happened and the story didn't seem to pick up until basically the end.
All the actors in this series are doing top-notch voiceover work! Kristen really sounds like a robot and Alia is wonderful to listen to as always. She is perfectly cast to play someone who is curious about the world around her and striving to better her circumstances. The show is tightly written and definitely has an interesting twist! I am so happy that show about made and I look forward to more seasons.
I enjoy the story but the episodes are way too short for how long and annoying the awful commercial breaks are. They just aren’t funny and are way too frequent. The main storyline is worth it though.
I am a huge Alia Shawkat fan, loved homecoming, and also enjoy podcasts about the internet. I found this story to be much less original and compelling than homecoming. I haaaated the ads and the way they sounded like they were part of the podcast really irritated me. They’re much longer than ads in other podcasts, or at least it felt that way. I expected more from Gimlet but this fell short for me, and I’m disappointed!
Alia and Ethan are simply amazing. Ethan cracks me up. Good job!
Acting is amazing. This thing could have been so much more. Last few episodes really kinda weak and the way it ends... Really???
Good quality commercials as always, but Gimlet, way way too many for a 25 minute episode. Come on!! It interrupted the show pretty dramatically. I enjoyed the show itself. Update after finishing the show: Of the ~3hrs worth of audio spread out over 7 shows, the story is only about an hour and a half. I never skip ads normally in podcasts. But over a third of the audio on this series was ads or credits. That’s not ok. Also, the ending wasn’t even a cliffhanger. It just got cut off. Let me be clear - the story is cool! The production quality is superb!! Even the ads themselves taken individually are solid. It’s just the whole packaging is hard to palette. Especially when you try and binge listen - which is what they wanted you to do since they released all episodes at once. I’m a Gimlet member and support them whole heartedly. That’s why I had to leave this critique.
The AD time is basically equal to the story line time. I absolutely loved the podcast and the acting is fantastic but the ads really took it down a notch. Each 20 min episode had at least 4 different ads Why do they ruin a good show like that?
I think it’s a good story but there is a commercial every 5 minutes. So frustrating.
LOVE this podcast. Intriguing story, great acting. Kept me on the edge of my seat!
I totally binge listened to this because it was so good! Now I just want season 2 to come as soon as possible! ... there will be a season 2, right?
I feel like the advertisement to actual show ratio is wayyyy off on this show. I love the writing, the plot and the sound design. However, it starts with several advertisements. Stops in the middle for an average of three sponsor advertisements and then concludes with a bunch of “from our sponsor” ads. I am fully aware of how important the sponsors are for making theses podcasts. It just seems like the placement of them interrupts the flow. Other than that. It’s smart, well acted and interesting so far.
Long time Gimlet listener and fan, this show just isn't amazing. Really LOVED Homecoming, so maybe it is because I am comparing it to that, I'm just not wowed by the story. Finished the season out, and if there is a Season 2 it sounds like maybe we are moving to more of an interesting storyline, but overall a bit disappointed. Can we have a season 3 of Homecoming please?
The production value and talent were lovely, however the story was poorly wrapped up into one season. The ending was not an ending. Waste of your time.
I could not wait for this story when I first got the Gimlet email about it. When it was posted I jumped right in, sure I would binge it all in one day. But as the episodes went on, I found myself dissapointed in the wasted potential. The actors are amazing and the story sounded promising. But when it all ended, I found myself wondering what the point was. I feel like nothing was learned and the characters never progressed. The Flag episode gave a hint at something exciting to come, but the story just became more and more predictable as it became easy to map out how that conversation would come to a head. I hope that season 2 is better, I may or may not give it a listen. I'm going to go back and listen to Homecoming again, which had better character development and a more organized story structure.
The acting is good, ambiance (noises, creating the environment) is good, story is interesting and I love how it is thumbing its nose at things in our real world. I don't usually binge podcasts, but this is one I can't put down.
It’s not the typical dystopian approach to AI at all. I love how human centered everything remained. Definitely an easy and intriguing listen with interesting (even if somewhat foreseeable) twists along the way.
Just no there there. The redneck husband character kinda stole the show, and that's not a good thing.
I am a lover of gimlet podcasts and was looking forward to this new fiction podcast. Unfortunately, it was not as well written as I had hoped. The actors, production, and auditory scenery were great but the writing did not do them justice. It starts off strong and then the pace just drags and you are left feeling like the story did not progress that much. I did enjoy how the commercials were integrated into the story. I look forward to another (hopefully faster paced) season!
I devoured these in 2 easy listening sessions. Great concept; terrific production; oh but what a disappointing conclusion. The story just runs out of steam. Btw, the ads in this are actually annoying, largely because they try to exist in the same universe as the story. I don’t mind ads, but keep them distinct. Hey Gimlet, don’t give up on scripted podcasts. You’re doing terrific work here. I have an appetite for much more!
I love the story! But there are soooooo many ads. The episode on.y ends up being like 15 minutes because of all the ads.
I listened to the first 7 episodes so far and the story is interesting. At first, I thought it was too similar to The Circle, but it’s getting more intriguing over time. But ... the commercials are the worst! They drag on forever and there are too many and the premise of the commercials as part of the show does not work. It’s cheesy. Otherwise, I like.
Whether you’re a fan of Alexa or a hater, this is a hilarious story about working on the inside of an AI.
“Sandra” is SO CLOSE to being great. The thrill and intrigue of a story about the pitfalls of artificial intelligence (although can we really call Sandra AI?) is so ripe for this time we are in, what with Siri and Alexa and the random ad for dog harnesses on my Instagram feed when I was just talking about dog harnesses with a friend several days ago... Anyway, love this theme, it creeps me out just enough to be entertaining. But I think “Sandra” missed the mark with the plot. I was left feeling like there was no real story - even if there will be a season 2 to answer the question hanging at the end of season 1, I don’t find that question all that interesting. The cliffhanger seemed like it was thrown in last minute because nothing better could be thought of. The story builds so nicely in the first several episodes, and the listener anticipates something truly sinister and exciting on the horizon, but the ending turns out to just be... boring. Needless to say, I love Gimlet and if season 2 happens I’ll surely be a listener. I just hope the direction begins to point toward the more interesting parts of the story - the idea that AI could actually not be all that artificial and the idea that our data could be used in dangerous and strange ways.
Can’t wait for season two! I really hope Helen ditches the man child.
Would be 5 stars if not for the 2 minutes of commercials for every 3 minutes of content.
I couldn't get through more than two episodes, because there are too many ads. Ads are also designed to sound like the show which is irritating.
Storyline is great but there are wayyy too many commercials. Had too FF soo many times it was annoying.
The ads are really annoying, but the story is good so far so I’ll stick with it.
Probably the single worst advertisement formatting I’ve ever come across. The ensure listening they try to seamlessly tie it into the podcasts content and it’s honestly so bad and very annoying. There’s no break up and it almost makes you confused. The context of the podcast is great! Writing and editing is done well. But those commercials! Jesus.
This is perfect for a trip or commuting. It’s really well done. The commercials are absolutely awful, though.
The series is great, but these short episodes are full of commercials that kind of kill the whole vibe.
This show is so good, I’ve been telling everyone to listen to it. The twists and turns are tense enough to keep you hooked without feeling too out of the realm of real life. My only complaint: it feels as if a fourth of the podcast is commercials. But I get they need funding somehow!
The show is good, but nowhere near as good as Homecoming. My main issue with the podcast is the overwhelming amount of commercials. For each less than 30 minute segment, there are four commercial breaks, with each containing multiple commercials. I understand the need for commercials, but the sheer volume totally disrupts the flow. It also means that each episode is less than 20 minutes long.
I listened because Gimlet has produced some great material, but this podcast story arc is weak. How is it Helen, who grew up in the Oklahoma small town speaks unaccented English, but her family has heavy country accents? It’s not worth the time and the commercials are creepy.
I was hooked on Home Coming from day 1 and I can see where this new podcast will be just as intriguing! Can't wait to binge listen today at work!
About half of each episode is devoted to ads that took so much creative direction and effort that it's bizarre they replay the same ones over and over. At least make every ad different if you've already gone to the trouble of custom creation of ads that fit with the show's theme of "virtual assistant AI!" By episode 3 I was hurriedly skipping every ad. Possibly because the ads left only about 14 minutes of story in each episode, the plot was a little helter-skelter and dialogue doesn't pass the Bechdel test. In the #MeToo era, we can do better than a story about a woman who only interacts with a pathetic husband, a demented male boss, a serial killer, and a handful of women with whom she exclusively discusses the husband, boss, and serial killer. Give her something to do besides react to the irrational behavior of men! That being said, I did listen to every episode, so there's that.
I love the concept and writing of this show. The actors are excellent as well. But there’s just too many ads, with multiple minute long breaks within a 20 or so minute episode.
A mildly interesting script, brilliant actors but way too many repetitive ads for the usual sponsors. Worse, someone had the terrible idea of trying to match the style the ads to that of the show.
I ate this series up as soon as it came out! This podcast is amazing, keeps you on your toes and wanting more. It is so interesting to think that Alexa or GoogleHome could have someone on the other end! Subscribe to Gimlet, it’s worth it!
Enjoyed this show a lot. Will def listen to season 2!
If you have something to do drop it and listen to this amazing story that everyone who has not heard it should listen to
This show is perfection- the story and casting is fantastic. Absolutely cannot rate those highly enough. But the ads were way too long. I skipped past most of them after realizing they were repeats. Maybe shorten and vary them up a bit more? Reply All’s are about all I can handle- they’re funny but bite sized, and there’s a few varieties. Also, I tried for at least 5 minutes to get to the survey at Sandra.fyi and couldn’t find it.
It took awhile for me to understand the point of this podcast but once I did I enjoyed it. Had to take away one star because of the pronunciation of Cuyahoga.
Enjoying the podcast very much - but seriously.... I have never listened to ANY podcast with this many commercials!
I cut my rating from 3 stars to 1 star after finishing the series. The story was OK, but only OK. It was a great premise, had great sound design, but the content was shallow and hollow. Homecoming was MUCH better! The really terrible part is alternating 2-3 min of ads, then 4-5 min of story, then 2-3 min of ads, then 4-5 min of story, etc is annoying. I know you need to make money, but in this case the ad to content ratio is WAY too high (and at least double that of any other podcast I listen to)! Suggest you listen to Tumanbay, Limetown, The Walk, or Bronzeville instead.
The Ads feel longer and more pominent than the show. The show is interesting but I feel like the story line of the Casper and Firefox Ads are the stars.. which is kind of a bummer.
So far this podcast has been great for the story, but that’s when you actually get to hear it. There are a TON of ads every scene break comes with either ads, extended musical breaks, or both. The fictional podcast genre is fantastic but there is really nothing that binds everything together when every two minutes you’re served with ads. I would go so far as to say that this show has more ads than show time or at least that’s what it feels like. In short if you’re looking for an immersive story find another show, any chance for immersion is lost by the constant thrusting of in your ears ads
Really enjoyed this one. Actually liked it even a little more than Homecoming. Can't wait to hear more!
I 100% understand that most podcasts need ads to make money. But every single episode felt like it was 50% show/50% ads. And it took a while to distinguish the ads from the show itself, because it's all a bit robotic. The story itself is good, nothing that blew me away, but with all the ads, it's more frustrating to listen to than anything. Not worth it for me. That said, I'm normally a big fan of what Gimlet puts out. Hopefully they listen to the feedback and adjust going forward.
This podcast has more ads than narrative.
I enjoyed the show, but way too many ads that broke up the overall flow of the show.
Well, I hate writing this because I love Gimlet so much...but I always hope honest feedback is welcomed. First, majorly annoying with the amount of ads. It feels as if half the 30 minute episode is ads. I didn’t actually time it, but it can’t be too far off. Way too many to get immersed in a story. Second, the story is just...bad. Undeveloped characters and plot lines that are far too simplistic. Didn’t enjoy it a bit. I have enjoyed everything else Gimlet has done, and nobody can be perfect.
Interesting, original, clever, and well acted. It left me wanting more from these characters.
I really wanted to like this show. Gimlet tends to be a hit or miss with their new shows. This one had an interesting first episode to draw me in. Then soon, the 25-min episodes are almost halfway filled with SO MANY ADS, all with some kind of AI-themes like this show’s premise. The ads really killed the flow of the story. On the third episode, I was just annoyed. It’s hard to want to keep listening when I had to constantly fast forward 15 seconds repeatedly to skip the IDENTICAL ADS. So painful to binge all the episodes. It was soon quite easy to tell that there’s really not much of a story or character development beyond the interesting setup, wonderful voice acting and sound design. The setup of a team of humans playing an AI is more believable than the main character Helen herself. With Sandra, Gimlet seems to have built a beautifully engineered glass building, filled with high-end contemporary furnitures and beautiful celebrity actors, but sadly with zero human heart or soul. This is such a disappointment. I finished all 7 episodes and immediately unsubscribe.
Sandra is the first story podcast I’ve ever listened to, and I found myself completely sucked into the story, and forgetting I was listening to a story. I felt as if it was happening around me. Can’t wait for more seasons, and I’m definitely going to check out more Gimlet podcasts!
It’s a fun and compelling story but the commercials are ENDLESS. After each scene change there will be more commercials than actual podcast.
Of Gimlet’s previous fiction podcast, Homecoming, which I somewhat liked. Or more accurately, the GE Podcast Theater productions The Message and LifeAfter, which I liked more. Because there is no other way to explain the premise that a handful of rural Oklahomans could somehow outperform Amazon/Google/any other home A.I. But why would they parody their own format?
A good story that is well produced. WAY to many ads for such a short runtime, which are very distracting. Definitely worth listening to, if you're ready to hit the skip button every 5 mins.
So many ads. It appears that you this was created to simply provide Gimlet with an opp to flood you with ads. Homecoming so amazing, so this was a dissapointment!
How did Gimlet get such great actresses for this podcast? It is great!
I really liked this. It was def not what I expected. Such a great listen.
This podcast was very interesting but took a long time for the story to developed I wasn’t hooked until episode 4. Does the town where there is no hope in America still resonant with audiences. Always interested in hearing diverse voices in Podcast media. The writing in this show can be tighter and clearer in its objectives. The ads are very confusing because they use similar voices to the voice of Sandra. We should keep this voice sacred instead overusing in ads that confuse the audience. The survey was weird. J The Podcast Guru
I really enjoyed the storyline and acting, but found that the ads are so invasive that I did not want to finish the series. Why are there constant advertisements?
I binged it straight through and loved it. Enjoy!!!!
Protagonists of the story hint to advertised products of current companies like it belongs to the story, e.g. C*sper mattresses. If you are not annoyed by this kind of (sneaky) brand positioning and the stronger reception of this message by your mind, the podcast might be worthwhile.
An interesting and enjoyable podcast! A great escape from the 2018 reality.
I absolutely loved this podcast, from the trailer. It's fun, engaging, and perfect for spring/summer listening. I'll be sad when it's over (and I'm already on episode 4). Here's hoping for good reviews and a second season!!
Love the story and actors! Way too many ads popping up during the show though.
Episodes are so short with wayyyyyy too many commercials! So much fast forwarding!
Binged this in one sitting!! Storytelling was way clearer than gimlet’s first fiction, great story, AWESOME actors! Can’t wait for s2!
I LOVED Homecoming and was hella stoked for this. Premise is great, but the story execution was a let down. The episodes were too short to develop the characters. All 7 episodes could easily be 3 episodes, and the ending, while a decent cliffhanger, isn’t doesn’t tie up any of the problems of the season. Also, seems like kind of a waste that uber-talented Kristen Wigg speaks in a monotone the entire series! I was waiting the ENTIRE time for her to get better material. The ads were phenomenal for a podcast though.
This is a shockingly terrible podcast. It's nothing but ads with an occasional light dusting of mediocre content. The ads are made even worse in that they're made in the same style as the content which makes them super tough to skip over. I can't believe Gimlet has put this out, they're usually so good. Is the company failing or something and super desperate for money? Seriously, there's more ads than content and the content isn't terrible or anything but it's far from good. To be fair I stopped after 4 episodes, maybe it got great after that. I can't believe I put up with 4 episodes frankly, I was just in denial that Gimlet would do this. I kept thinking, surely it gets good at some point.
Top-notch storytelling. Love this podcast!
I love this podcast!!! You will too. What I don’t love is the way they've sneakily woven in the ads to sound like they’re part of the episode. Feels really icky to me. I understand that gimlet is able to produce such fantastic, high quality content through advertising support, but this is too much. Good thing the ads are easy to skip.
On episode 3 ... not sure that I will make it. Episodes are very short. Way too many ads intertwined in the episode.
This one giant advertisement with a little drama mixed in
My new favorite 💕
I cancelled cable for a reason.. ugh. This is a great podcast ruined by constant & obnoxiously long commercials. Not good for advertisers or listeners.
Awesome cast, and a premise worthy of Black Mirror - then they threw it all away with terrible writing. The ending is so bad I had to check three times to be sure I hadn't missed an episode. To add insult to injury, the embedded ads (all built around the same "bot" theme as the story) are an initially cute gimmick that quickly turns annoying.
There’s more story in the ads than in the actual podcast, and they take up what feels like at least half of each episode. Wanted to love it but disappointed.
Really like the story but there are way too many ads interrupting it.
It was off to the races. By the second half of episode 2, I was hooked. I binged them all in one day. I look forward to Season 2.
Way too many ads! I like the content so far, but I’m not sure I’m going to bother listening any longer. The ads are way too often. And hey, I get that this podcast is probably more expensive than others to produce. So the ad money is necessary. But I can’t even skip ahead 15 seconds at a time to get through it because the ads sound so much like the podcast content. Kinda brilliant on their part I guess, but I feel duped as a listener and just don’t feel like they kept the audience in mind when putting this together.
The show is good. Clever idea, solid execution, and nice voice acting. The ads however are freakin terrible. Spoofing A.I.'s in every ad is stupid, annoying, and not funny. They are really distracting and poorly done. Please don't ever do this again. Can you just get PJ and Alex from Reply All to read them?
Love this new one. It's strange and awesome.
What content here is enjoyable, but I hope you like intro music, ads, and credits - because you’ll spend a good 30%-50% of your time listening to those. I mean, there’s maybe an hour-ish of content, and everything else is ads and pre-rolls. Ugh.
I loved Sandra! I listened to it in one sitting. BUT the actor playing Tad completely messed up the pronunciation of Cuyahoga River. As a Clevelander it took me completely out of the story. Otherwise I loved it and love Gimlet!
Too many sponsor interruptions but a great story,
my only complaint is that the episodes are too short! i wish there was more content to listen to. can’t wait for more :]
I get it. Ads help pay for the show. But if I’m able to skip past them, there’s no need to be so “cute” with them; there’s no need to put so much effort into creating characters in your ads. Just tell me who’s sponsored it, 15 seconds max, and move on. I won’t get on the voice acting. They did what they were directed to do. I’m getting on the creative vision overall of this show. Not one character seemed engaging or interesting, our protagonist especially. I was expecting a bigger twist or a serious backfire from using Sandra. What we got was a big pile of “...meh.” I love Gimlet. I suppose because of their usual excellence, my expectations were set pretty high. However, those expectations didn’t come anywhere close to being met.
Listened to all 7 episodes in 1 day. Did NOT see the cliffhanger coming. Anxiously waiting for season 2.
A lot of weird ads and the storyline wasn't all that compelling. The ending was disappointing.
I don't listen to many fiction podcasts but the premise of this one intrigued me so I checked it out. So glad I did as it is one of the most entertaining podcasts I've heard in quite a while. Well worth the listen.
The story is interesting, but the voices aren't as convincing as Homecoming - this one feels a whole lot less natural sounding. Just listening for the story.
This is a hidden treasure -- so creative. Good to the last drop including adverts. Hewlett Packard has wonderful send ups of the way companies do business in the world today. Made me laugh. Wish I could record ads and share them.
Digging the story... but it honestly seems like the total time for the ads is actually MORE than the total time of story content.
I’m afraid I will binge this whole season today. It makes me feel like I’m listening to a pg version of Black Mirror.
I love the concept of this podcast. However the amount of time spent on ads alone, is far too much considering the length of the episodes. I understand the necessity for ads, and funding, just think the episodes should be longer to even things out. I feel like it is 50/50 ads and content. Thanks!
Love! Very easy to listen to and binge!
I’m enjoying this podcast a lot. Great characters and emotion and humor. One Comment, the ads are a bit hard to distinguish from program because they used names and similar format. The ads are funny and I get the point but it throws off story in a way because you think, who are these characters and are they part of Sandra.
Although part of me wants to save and savor the episodes over time, I am binging them. Well-produced,and I am even enjoying listening to the commercials, which all echo the AI theme.