The crimes this show covers are unique and often not discussed in other true crime shows. Often they’re much darker, which I like. But I truly dislike the host. As a person and for what he brings to the show (which is nothing but biased and self righteous commentary.) So if you can stomach his hosting style, the crimes are worth listening to. And tbh, the production value is quite good too.
What an interesting podcast he really falls in line behind the rest. So happy to see he’s stopped recording maybe he got the Rona or whatever but hopefully he won’t record again 🙏🏼
It’s like listening to someone very carefully describe the smell of their own gasses. Never have I heard a more self-obsession about one’s own thoughts and political leanings. It would be comical if it were satire, but unfortunately it’s not. It’s just bad. Really bad. And it makes me want to stop listening to podcasts altogether.
He released a rape victims name without her consent when she had opted to be regarded as “Jane Doe” He doesn’t get permission from victims/families before sharing their stories He jokes about raping women in one of his episodes Google his name and see all the other horrendous things he’s done. He’s a horrible person and his podcast reflects that.
I have tried listening to many other podcasts but none of them are anywhere near as good as Sword & Scale. It makes it difficult listening to anything else because I can’t help but compare and they don’t stack up. From the stories to Mike’s delivery, this pod cast is the absolute best!!!
It’s like listening to someone very carefully describe the smell of their own gasses. I have never heard someone more self-obsessed with their own thoughts and political leanings. It might be comical if it was satire, but sadly, it’s not. Really bad. Like bigly bad. And it makes me want to stop listening to podcasts altogether.
The best podcast you'll ever discover, that is, if you have a dark and twisted mind and enjoy true crime stories. I just finished episode 22 and it made me cry my eyes out which was pretty shocking since I thought after episode 20 I wouldn't ever be phased by a story (true or false) ever again. Even though I'm not even half way through all the episodes, 5 and 6 are my favorite. This podcast is incredibly addicting and will make your commute to work fly by. Mike Boudet, I am a huge fan of you and your mind sir. Thank you for blessing us all with your story telling abilities. I urge others to donate if they enjoy it as much as I do! Edit: any negative review is just regarding the hosts political views and has nothing to do with the actual content.
While the show is well produced, things have come to light that I can no longer support it. Take a moment to review S&S and Mike’s twitter and look up why he was dropped from Wondery in the first place and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Any criticism (or compliment) you have is met with vitriol by Mike who quickly turns things personal especially if you’re female. There has also been backlash against Mike regarding the release of victims names. As a true crime fan I find that reprehensible. I cannot support this show at all.
“Its like listening to someone very carefully describe the smell of their own gasses. Never have I heard a more self-obsession about one’s own thoughts and political leanings. It would be comical if it were satire, but unfortunately it’s not. It’s just bad. Really bad. And it makes me want to stop listening to podcasts altogether.” - Mike Boudet
Thank goodness Mike Boudet is back to hosting Sword and Scale! It has long been my favorite podcast, but it went to s—-t when he wasn’t hosting it! It’s baaaaack, And better than ever! Thank you Mike, for being amazing!
Guaranteed you won’t hear much out of the host, as he leans heavily on audio clips to tell the story. That’s fine for some, but the quality of the clips is mediocre and sometimes it’s very loud or very quiet, and his analysis is mediocre. Furthermore, the host tends to use words and he has no idea what they mean. Sociopath and psychopath are diagnoses. Not words you can apply to anyone that you dislike. Update August 2020: I am horrified at the language Mike continues to use towards victims. Stop blaming them and calling rape victims slurs.
Please look up the host before you support his content.
The show was the first true crime podcast that I ever listened to. The host is annoying and the past drama left a bad taste in my mouth. Also, it seems like the format has changed since the beginning. Disappointing.
Such a shame that not only is the host a raging a**hole tr*** supporter, but that he also feels the need to insert bigoted comments all throughout his episodes and fails to mention how systemic injustice plays a role in any of his cases. He is a sad, misogynistic, racist person whose show is not worthy enough to look past these facts. Just take a look at his twitter account(s).
Great podcast very well told also
I think as an adopted child......I don’t think ppl understand the void or feeling of loss and yearning to know your family. Seeing yourself in someone else’s eyes is priceless. So if you are lucky enough to have your bio family, be grateful. Any time I think about it my heart feels like I’m being stabbed. My bio moms family doesn’t want anything to do with me because I was the result of a rape. I suppose I don’t blame them but it hurts my heart just the same. I was innocent in all of this and I have to pay the price. 😿
I literally love this podcast so much! I’ve been listening since the beginning and subscribe to Plus+ at the $5 level which is so worth it! I love Mike’s perspective on the cases, his dedication to the cases, and how every week is something awesome and unexpected!!!!! Highly recommend!
My guys. I’m hooked. Obsessed. ENTHRALLED. For years I was regularly listening to another true crime podcast. Since listening to Sword and scale, I haven’t gone back at all — haven’t even considered it. This podcast is exceptional and beyond comparison. I’ve made all my friends listen, and now, they do so obsessively as well. If you’re interested in crime (and are *not* ultra-sensitive), you’ve gotta listen to this podcast. I URGE YOU TO. You must. C’mon. Just pop it on and chill out right now.
S&S is my first Love! Haven’t found one as awesome as this one!
The host/creator will turn you off from his own show. It’s not about the victims, not about true crime, it’s all about him. Terrible.
I used to LOVE this podcast. All the drama from a while back put a bad taste in my mouth for quite a while, but I’ve moved past it. Now my biggest pet peeve is that they choose a sound byte for the beginning of many shows that totally gives everything away. I prefer when they used to not reveal the shocking twist or gruesome detail until you were already immersed in the story. On a positive, Mike’s voice and way of speaking is very good for setting the mood for each story.
told perfectly and even to a scary real point
This is a great podcast, the production is top notch. The stories they cover are interesting and detailed, the music and editing is great, narration is great, the only problem I have is the host. He has been problematic in the past. He’s gotten in trouble online for somethings he’s said, some was truly offensive, some just dumb and petty, he then brought that drama to the show, which was annoying, and upsetting.
I listen to and enjoy several true crime podcasts. CrimeJunkie, Obsessed, etc. however this is by far #1 on my list. I love the content, narrating, addition of his own thoughts and feeling. You are doing a phenomenal job Mike, keep up the amazing work!
Seriously best podcast ever! So well done and captivating!
There’s always a few episodes that make you want to skip them immediately. But lately, I’ve been having to skip a lot of episodes because they’re about kids or babies. Again, I get that some episodes will cover about the murders of kids/babies but it seems like 8 out of the past 10 episodes have been about that.
This guy hates God and Christians and he never fails to let us know. What a sad loser.
Title says it all. Great channel with details that you won’t hear anywhere else (unless you do your own hours of research, which, let’s face it, none of us want to do). Cheers, K
This podcast is so well done and always meaningful with its content. I believe the best true crime podcast out there!
The only crime pod I am subscribed to. I listen to every single episode! I love it so much that I hate when he takes vacation lol. Thank you!!!
Great Podcast! Keep it up, Mike + crew!
the host does a magnificent job and can’t get enough of this show! Hope you keep on going for more!!
Very good true crime podcast, I highly recommend
I’ve listened to all of the true crime podcasts this is by far the best, his research , audio and presentation are awesome, if you liked crime junkie this guy blows them out of the water
I’m keeping my original title and review below. I am Changing my rating because this show has slowly gone downhill. While it use to be about the case and the special audio, it’s changed. The creator realized it gets attention due to being disturbing and now it’s like the same old loop of disturbing. There’s less and less unique audio which made this podcast special and why even if I skip an episode or skipped parts because of their disturbing nature I kept coming back because I knew I was going to hear a clip I’ve never heard before. Now, it’s like the same five episodes on repeat, any news story with a child dying, even if it’s exactly like the child murder that happened 4 eps back, it will still be on the show. The creator will just change the cast of characters but keep the same plot... The creator, not so cleverly, inserts his own bias but picking cases with mentally ill killers and/or killers who are immigrants. If an uninteresting case involves an immigrant murderer, then it will show up on this show. I feel dirty supporting this show. . . (Original review from 2017) Is this true crime at its scariest. Truly the real monsters among us are humans. It's so disturbing I sometimes skip episodes or parts of the show because it's too much... I don't know what it is about me that makes me drawn to the most disturbing people amongst us. The non human humans. If you're into being scared and disturbed then you'll love this podcast too.
This podcast honestly is one that gets me emotional and actual makes you feel the Crimes. It’s a different spin, but it’s incredible. I have binged 30 episodes in 5 days and I’m not ashamed. I love it
This is the definition of 5 stars!
This podcast never fails to completely captivate me every single week!
Mike, the way your convey a horrible situation to your listeners is a gift, sorry if that sounds weird. I love this podcast and the way the stories are told. Giving so much insight as if we were there with interviews, court hearings, etc, very well done!
One of my friends told me about this podcast and I listened to a 2 part episode on a long (dark and creepy) drive home and I’ve been hooked ever since! Mike Boudet is the best host; tells the stories so well and I love his input. Craving more episodes because I finished them all! Love love love this podcast!!
The subject-matter of Sword & Scale is often interesting, if graphic & difficult. It’s when the show’s ignorant host, Mike Boudet, starts editorializing on subjects he’s so clearly uniformed on that this show goes awry. Podcasts can have a wide audience, & spreading misinformation is dangerous. Whether it be Covid-19, where Boudet’s timeline was absurd & his facts were beyond backwards, multiple episodes where he makes flippant remarks about how mental illness does or does not work (clearly coming from a person who has never studied the subject or experienced mental illness first-hand), or speaking about the experiences of sexual assault victims s though he was there, he takes every opportunity to misinform, misinterpret, & mislead. The show was better without him.
There is no better podcast!
Don’t you dare ask me to give you 5 stars on iTunes.
I don’t care if you are new to podcasts or an avid podcast listener...this podcast is a MUST subscribe. I’ve listened to podcasts for a few years now, this show is one of the few I look for consistently!!!! His way of sharing the details is unmatched. Just take a listen. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Sword and scale is one of the best true crime podcasts out there. I look forward to each episode! Keep up the good work Mike
His voice really brings you through, the stories are dark but captivating
I have to be honest this is one of MANY murder podcasts I’m listening too but my favorite by far. The way these stories are told is so captivating and raw it puts you right in the story. The trigger warnings are Jon exist at though but hey, if you’re listening to any crime podcast you basically sign up for that. Thank you for sharing stories and keeping people safe. I definitely cried for the first time hearing the story of the krims family.
I have a hard time listening to any other podcast. Mike makes every episode an enjoyable experience. 10/10
Someone recommended this podcast to me! So glad I started listening! Well done!
Sword and scale is hands down the best true crime podcast out there. If you dig creepy real life true crime stories told by a deep manly voice you can’t go wrong!! I love you mike!!
You won’t find a better true crime podcast, from the stories to the production, it is simply the best.
Mike really does an excellent job by giving all details and true information. I feel how he explains and tells story with a delicate and dignified tone and most importantly with all the respect to all the victims. Thank you Mike !
This is my first review for a podcast ever . This show is the best darker I heard so far. Love the comments mike make about it and his sarcastic remarks are right on point . He talks true no sugar cuddling . The research is amazing . Most follow
May favorite podcast. I can never get enough of this podcast.
This is one of my absolute favorite podcasts. The information is so much more indepth than some of the other true crime podcasts I listen too, not that the others aren't great; I just find this one has a different approach to sharing the story and it's just so well done. I highly recommend listening to Sword and Stone.
I love this podcast. The research is thorough which makes for some great storytelling, also includes great music for dynamic impact. I stay engaged the whole way. BTW...I dearly miss my dose of S&S Daily, amazing show as well, really wish you would consider giving it another go around.
One of the first podcasts I started listening to. Was hooked from the start. Some are tough but the episodes are great!! One of the best true crime podcasts!!
Can’t support the podcast when the podcaster makes discriminatory comments all the time on his social media platforms.
I love this podcast so much. The real audio and the host are amazing.
This is the best true crime podcast I’ve listened to. I wish a new episode came out every day!
You should listen, this one is really good.
Sword & Scale presents fascinating cases in an engaging manner. The stories build gradually, with much detail. Never disappoints!
Best true crime podcast there is by a wide margin.
Mike has best voice in radio. I never have difficulty understanding his speech!!! Excellent delivery
for not writing a review sooner, but listening today to Mike Bouldet, its creator and host, I am reminded again what distinguishes this true crime podcast from the scads of others. Today’s episode recounted a case with which i was already familiar, having heard it on some other podcast. But despite knowing most details, hearing Mike’s unique delivery and perspective of the events cast the case in a new light, as if i was hearing the twists and turns of the case for the first time. I am pretty sure I am familiar with and have listened to most, if not all, of the available true crime podcasts, including those out of Canada, Australia, and England, concluding that Sword and Scale is by far superior to any other. While there are certainly a few other good shows, Sword and Scale is in a completely different category, consistently far better in almost every way. Sword and Scale offers stories that excel in being the most thoroughly and comprehensively researched, as well as being the most professionally and creatively produced and edited. Most notable, Mr Boudet is a natural raconteur, a master at articulately and clearly delivering chilling tales of crime without fluff, in his distinctively mesmerizing voice. He relays these stories with the perfect balance of factual data (including actual recordings of 911 calls, courtroom dialogue, etc), legal knowledge, drama, suspense, ideal musical selections all topped off with an occasional unexpected but delightful sprinkling of Mike’s slightly wicked sense of humor. While other podcasts are clearly trying hard, dutifully presenting their stories, invariably, they are unable to accomplish the same level of excellence which is effortlessly and almost organically present in each and every Sword and Scale episode. A real treat.
Much credit to the research & work that folks put in to compile the data & recordings that make this show what it is. I’m just curious about... the officious, self righteous tone that the host has taken on in the more recent episodes. He has been sounding like a full blown narcissist, and, it’s not doing the aforementioned hard work a bit of service. Comes across like a coked-up boss riding high in a mid life crisis. Great show, but the host may have some monsters of his own to work out.... I guess that we all might.
This guy gives off little-dick energy like nobody I’ve ever heard before. If you love brutally unfounded self-righteousness and naked hypocrisy, subscribe!
You’re the best storyteller I’ve heard in a podcast. I wish you could cover the tragic (not so) accidental death of my two year old niece.
Host has become really annoying. Less of his corny opinions and more of the facts from story would be nice. Unsubscribing anyways.
I couldn’t hear your Ollie tribute over the background music geez
The host BLAMES victims for being killed, but loves to PLAY THE VICTIM. The host gushes about “free speech” but throws a temper tantrum when his feelings are hurt. Your rights were not trampled on, Mike you were just a misogynist whose hateful jokes are no longer tolerated by advertisers. The fact that you are claiming righteous indignation about anything is all anyone needs to know about the definition of “snowflake.” Incredibly distasteful for a true crime podcast. You have every right to your misguided ideologies, but leave the real victims out of it. I realize these are the death rattles for your way of life, it’s ok to just let go and walk towards the light.
I like the stories, I just feel that the host harshly criticizes 911 operators no matter how they behave, too rude, too nice, too loud, etc
I had to write a review because of all the crap I just read about the host, Mike. This guy is awesome. The work he puts in to his projects. & all his staff & research. I listen to almost any other true crime podcast & it just doesn’t have the raw emotion of this. Sword & Scale is the best podcast out there. Keep up the good work! I’ll continue to support anything Mike’s involved with. The Plus/Patreon for S&S is just as good. Over 50 extra episodes. Mike, you are the best
Mike’s narration is perfection. Literally listened to every episode, all seasons.
This was one of my favorites for a while but the host is just so dry and negative and reminds me of a man feeling the need to be arrogant and a bully to make up for insecurities. Kind of takes away from the story being told
I am a true crime junkie and this is the best TC podcast I’ve ever been able to find! Mike has a way of keeping you reeled in with his storytelling! New episodes are my favorite day of the week.
Absolutely loveeeeeeee Sword and Scale. The host has the most spectacular voice and is an amazing story teller. Every single episode Mike (host), is able to draw you in and make you forget about everything around you for awhile. If you are into gore and violent stories this is your show!
Mike Boudet is an amazing story teller, he knows how to tell a story and weave details in to keep you hooked! This podcast and Sword & Scale Plus are leaps and bounds above the rest!
I have loved listening to each episode. And plus episodes. Thank you so much! So well produced and interesting. Mike tells each story and keeps me interested. I have not since found any podcast that I have waited for episodes to come out!!! I am a plus member which is well worth the $. Thank you guys Kerry
Best true crime podcast out there!!! Sword & Scale was suggested by my friend and I was HOOKED by the end of the first episode!! Mike Boudet has a great voice and is amazing at telling these sometimes gruesome events. It took me several months to listen to every single episode and now I’m left craving new episodes! Thank you for the hard work of putting these episodes together Mike!!!!
This. Is. The. Best. Crime. Podcast.
this podcast is trash and has always been trash. now the host is exposing himself on twitter as a brain dead fascist sympathizer.
Sword and Scale was the first true crime podcast I found when I first began listening to podcasts a few years ago. Since then, I have listened to countless other true crime podcasts and this is one is still by far my favorite. I don’t care what the haters say. I like the format that mike has put together and I am always excited to see when my phone alerts me that the next episode is out there.
There is simply no better true crime podcast.
The individual running this podcast is a complete right wing nut job. Just a look at the twitter account clearly point to blind confirmation bias from the host.
I wish the host didn’t get into politics and such. I don’t care to hear about that. However, it is his show. So whatever. The first season is great but is goes starts going downhill after time. I don’t think he’s putting much work into this as years before. I LAUGHED and had my friend listen to an episode he put out whining about the business and blaming other podcasts and if memory recalls, he doesn’t like the Redditor's talking about him. I had to rewind that crying like a baby whining episode to have another good laugh. I don’t think that’s good business. To alienate your listeners. That’s just my opinion. Mike B., you’re free to do what you will with your show! :). I don’t agree with all the things you’ve said but that’s life. And the beauty of our country... we don’t have to agree on everything to still get along. I still listen but I don’t make it through all the episode anymore if the story is no good or looking political. I listen to get away.
A client of mine told me about this podcast a last year. I listened to a couple of episodes but then I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t know at the time but after I started listening again in February I realized that there had been some controversy around the time I started listening. I’m so glad I started listening again. Mike Boudet is brilliantly talented. I can’t get enough. Although, it is dark it is so eye opening. The stories are devastating and jaw dropping. This show is stunningly done. I have found myself coming up with new reasons to paint my salon, my basement, my in-home office, the living room...all just to binge listen to Sword and Scale.
The only reason this show isn’t a 5.0 rating is a lot of people don’t like Mike’s politics so they’re trying to cancel him. Screw them, don’t listen. The show is great!!!
The best true crime podcast. You can tell that everything about every episode is thoughtfully produced. Mike and the S&S team do such a great job mixing audio and narration. The music they use is good. It’s all just so well done. Keep it coming guys! I’m always ready for the next episode. And this is the only podcast where being a plus member or a paid subscriber is well worth it at any level!
Sword and Scale is my favorite true crime podcast. Mike does a great job. I can never get enough. I binged every PLUS episode while painting my son’s room, and now I’m always on the edge of my seat waiting for new episodes.
Very happy Plus member! Highly recommend!
If you’re not listening to this podcast you’re missing out. If you like true crime this is the podcast for you. Mike has a way of telling the stories that keep me interested and looking forward to more! Make sure to subscribe to Plus- there are more hidden treasures in there!
I love everything about this podcast! I’m hooked.
Ugh...anything that isn’t exactly in his vein of thought, he snakily bashes. The recent episode where he’s sooooo against people who want to create a self-sustainable lifestyle and a farm life is so annoying. He also makes fun of CrossFit, vegans, etc. in this one episode. Glad Mike thinks he’s so perfect and his way of life is the only valid one. Eye roll. Grow up, dumbass. Over and out of this dude’s close-minded snark.
So good! I’ve been listening for 3 years and now a plus member. This has a level of production that surpasses MFM and Crime junkies making it more legit and believable. Love it! SAShole 4life
My favorite podcast hands down just wish it was weekly
Sword and Scale turned me on to true crime a few years ago. It was my first podcast and it will always be my favorite. Thank you Mike for telling us these chilling and wonderful stories each week. Rock on Mike Boudet
If you like listening to a guy who thinks he’s the smartest one in the room, this show is for you. I enjoyed this show at first and the content, but the podcast has become almost unbearable to listen to because of the host.
Very well put together I find myself tearing up, gasping, saying wow! And “he don it”
This is a fantastically done podcast.
My friend & I are obsessed with this podcast! Can’t get enough!
I don’t give a shi* what anyone who has to say about mike and this show... this is hands down the best narrated and researched based podcast one could look for. This and Dateline go hand in hand in my eyes Keep killing it Mike and please stop slacking and drop more weekly😂
Well written and very interesting. I’ve been binge listening to this all day at work. 🤪
Mike never fails to deliver. Ever. EVER!!
His delivery and commentary is so douchy
The host is gross and the podcast is just regurgitated news stories with some exploitative details sprinkled on top. Also features overly long commentary that shows off his hatred of women, the LGBTQ community and people with mental illness. If you like listening to someone give himself a tiny hard on over gruesome crime details and skewed moralizing this is the show for you.
Am I really Pay for plus episodes to hear the second now? That’s so lame. I have paid for plus in the past and just didn’t like the set up. That’s really upsetting I have been listening for 4 years now.
With a background in psych and profiling, I can’t get enough of this podcast. The narrator does an amazing job at storytelling and I absolutely love his commentary. I can’t get enough of this!!!
Not many can narrate a crime podcast as well as Mike does it.
I’ll give 2 stars because it used to be great. I hadn’t listened in a while and thought I’d start again but that was a mistake. The host rants a lot and giving his opinion of things? Idk what’s going on but I don’t like a lot of commentary with my true crime. I guess this has become MFM but for dudes? Bummer.
The earlier episodes in this podcast were implacably produced. The later episodes are disappointingly lazy and are more of a regurgitation of existing audio. Host talks too much, thinks his views are “quirky”, and preaches hypocrisy. Don’t waste your time with later episodes, there are plenty of other true crime podcasts that are far superior and provide consistently well produced episodes
Just fantastic. And one of the biggest reason is the host Mike Boudet. Thank you for this podcast!!
I read the comments and laugh out loud because it’s so obvious that these are paid for!! If someone truly dislikes something, they definitely voice what it is that they dislike. So, keep up the good work and flush the crap away 👽 shelli
I was a fan of this show for several years until an episode where the host misgendered a trans person during an episode, and released interviews against their consent. When approached to correct himself, he doubled down. He relies heavily on 911 tapes, especially in episodes where he lacks content (very common, particularly when he’s actively picking fights with other podcast hosts on social media). The host holds a strange obsession with being hostile towards other true crime hosts, and acts unprofessional on social media. The final straw for this podcast was watching the racist comments and religious intolerance on the official Sword & Scale Twitter account, and realizing that a guy who acts like this doesn’t deserve any ad revenue money for subpar content and hateful rhetoric.
Loved the early ones. Now, not so much...the latest ones are a big yawn fest. And his lack of social awareness is off putting.
The show would be so much better if the host didn’t have such a negative view of mental illness and also women. His rants leave a lot to be desired as well. I unsubscribed and have been much happier with Invisible Choir.
This has been and continues to be my favorite podcast. I was there through the BS cancel by Wondery (look how that panned out for them, lol), through the lady who did vocals (she was good but it’s not the same) and saw the coming and going of S&S Daily which I also listened to. Keep it up and I’m truly sorry about your best friend.
So sorry for your loss Mike :(
I started getting a bad taste in my mouth after hearing his remarks about the hipster murderer. You could just feel his misogynistic attitude through out his horrible portrayal of the murder. The more episodes I listened to the less I liked him. I finally decided to google who the hell this host is only to have my opinions confirmed by his actions. What a little misogynistic distasteful boomer.
Mikes voice is actually soothing after listening to the crazy interviews and 911 calls. If you love true crime THIS is the podcast for you I wish they did episodes every week bc I cannot get enough
I started this podcast about 8 months ago. I listened to it non stop until I got caught up. I love Mike and I love the material! The best podcast for true crime that is put there.
Seriously mike your such a genius in so many levels!!!!
My absolute favorite podcast. Disturbing scary real life stories. Love the narration and snarky comments from Mike Boudet
Mike is an excellent host. I love his quick wit that continues to allow his compassion for the victim to show through. He give great narration.
One of the longest running true crime podcasts around, started in 2013, and we're only up to 160 episodes? Podcast puts them out so infrequently I'm not surprised.
This is my favorite podcast Mike’s voice really helps and he is smart, witty and paints a picture so vivid. I swear he is not related to me!
I’m paying for this? Barely puts out new content now and the last episode was ridiculous. Boudet’s voice isn’t the same anymore. It’s like he doesn’t put any effort or passion into this any longer. I was a huge fan but now I’m just wasting my money I feel. It was the best podcast out there but that’s long gone now, Mike has given up I feel. Such a disappointment now
Mike, since whatever drama hit in the last year you keep doubling down! Man, your podcast was 1000% better before getting defensive! Since that time, every episode has a snarky, back-handed flavor to it and I know you can do better. I just miss the old you. I wish you could accept and let go of the past.
Show used be better, feels like it’s now mostly about shock value and a platform for the host to voice his opinions about issues and the people involved. No attempt to dissect the behavior or even to take a deep dive into the cases - I think older episodes spent more time talking in-depth about the stories. I still listen, but much less often. Feels like they just got lazy.
I absolutely cannot get enough of Sword and Scale. I signed up for plus and I listen all the time. I have been a true crime freak forever but I just recently discovered podcasts. I am presently recovering from an intense spinal surgery, so bad that sometimes I can’t lift my neck. This podcast has kept me sane through this tough recovery. Angel Baker Southport NC
This is a really great podcast. It is a little different than others i’ve listened to because of the interview style but it’s really great so if you’re unsure, give it a chance.
I love Sword and Scale and Mike Boudet. It’s probably the best quality true crime podcast I’ve listened to, and I’ve listened to most of the ones out currently. Well researched and expertly narrated. Thanks for all your hard work, Mike.
The host’s resentment of women just oozes through everything about this show, until it becomes unbearable. Consistently put off by the misogyny lurking in the narratives.
This show and the host are the best!
I LOVE this podcast! From the host’s voice with perfect tone, timbre, cadence, and rhythm to a perfect crime podcast. The right length, fascinating crimes, witness statements, interviews with folks who were there, and by the end we know who done it, and their punishment. Perfect!! 👏👏👏😀 Thanks for doing this!
I didn’t know Mike was back. Use to love this podcast until the “cancel culture” came along. So excited to find out he has returned.
i love this podcast so much! mike does a great job explaining the crimes and the backgrounds of the people involved! i have recommended this to many of my friends because it is so amazing!!
This is my new favorite podcast. I’ve gone through a lot of true crime podcasts and this one is the best one yet. There is no cheesy music, and his voice fits well. I also enjoy how they switch between modern day killings and historical serial killers. I’ve enjoyed it so much, I started all the way from the beginning listening to the first episode and working my way to the most recent.
This is what a podcast should be. Brilliant!
Like most of the poor ratings, I think this show used to be really good. I can’t help but think “ok boomer”, as the host complains on the newer episodes.
I’m a huge junkie for all this crime stuff and oh my god. I’ve listened to other podcasts put NOTHING compared to this one. The fact that you have the actual interviews, the actual names, the actual police calls is sooooo good. I’ve been hooked no matter the gruesome details. Absolutely love!!!!
Mike has the best voice and delivery for this genre. The story lines are perfectly delivered.
Not sure how I can listen to any other podcast after hearing all of these... I started listening in April 2020 and got completely caught up recently.. some of the episodes had me pretty emotional as a parent but man..they are so well told and just kept coming back for more!
Not sure why I waited so long because it’s been on my list for a while. Not a fan of virtue signaling and likes cats, my kind of guy. Looking forward to binging more now that I’ve started listening!
I finally caved in and got Plus- it’s worth it! This is a great show if you can make it through the frustrating 911 calls! The firsthand accounts make the stories more interesting. Well researched and unflinching.
What’s the issue with a desktop computer? Please mind ya business.
Not for sensitive people or kids. Lately this guys is bringing his right wing politics needlessly into his narration of these disturbing stories. Ugh. As if everything isn’t terrible enough that I can’t even listen to stories about people getting murdered without unsolicited opinions on snowflakes and cancel culture. Be a professional and keep your murder neutral. 😂😂😂 If it gets worse I may unsubscribe. But I really enjoy the stories. Let’s see.
No other true crime podcast can compare to sword and scale. Perfect combination of Mike narrating, 911 calls, interviews and court recordings. Mike Boudet is a fantastic narrator and person. He doesn’t inundate his podcast with his political views, he tells things like it is, whether it’s PC or not. Thank you, Sword and Scale!
I have been looking for a “goooood” pod to listen during my breaks and lunch at work. Love the host, love the stories, the way it is organized is easy to follow. Yes it is a Five!
Murder is horrific and not funny. There’s nothing funny here. Yucking it up about murdered people is wrong. Sword and Scale makes that abundantly clear. The warning beginning each episode is clear and serious. If you want to laugh at murder victims, there are some idiotic podcasts for you to listen to. This one isn’t for you.
I don’t know what all this drama is about regarding Mike, I don’t really care to know. I appreciate his podcast, demeanor, and story telling. “Off work” drama is just that unless it’s hate speech and I don’t see any of that. Thanks for your work Mike.
Best true crime podcast out there!
Episodes 164 and 165 are excellently horrible. Keep that kind of content coming.
The host comes off as super arrogant and judgmental. Victim blaming, name calling, etc. Everyone is “stupid” but him. This is the only podcast that I’ve felt the need to leave a bad review for, he gets under my skin THAT bad.
Mike Boudet is the best storyteller out there and has a nice balance between commentary and content. Thanks for all of the hard work!
I used to listen to this show until finding out he posted 911 calls of a child without permission of the family, which really made me feel ill.
I really love Sword and Scale for a lot of reasons. I love the music, the live recordings, and the level of detail. The host can be a bit much at times. I sometimes think he’s trying to bait people or be controversial on purpose.. for what reason I don’t know lol but overall great podcast.
My favorite true crime podcast, period. Mixture of facts and suspense and no useless chatter. Also has great added audio from specific cases. I love this and it’s great to binge. HIGHly recommend.
This used to be my favorite podcast, but it now seems to be composed of clips...911 calls, police interviews, the perpetrators or other people involved in the case. And the storytelling element that was so gripping isn’t there anymore because it’s just clips pieced together with comments. I find myself not finishing episodes. :(
I love this podcast!
Sword and Scale seems like the type of podcast for people that sympathize with the murderer. Lots of victim blaming. Not for me.
Serious issues with the host, very problematic behavior
The host is overly subjective without relying on the facts of cases. The true crime podcast for the those who care less about both the facts and being politically correct. Hard pass.
Just like many apps that are free but have add ons you pay for. This podcast airs episodes and finishes the story on a second episode you have to pay for. And look that could be fine if you said it up front. But Mike the creator won’t tell you until you’ve listened to an entire episode and then surprise pay for his other one or you won’t hear it. Mike go join an MLM or start a pyramid scheme if ur so desperate to con people like the felons in your story. A true trash podcast.
If you just want to listen to clips of awful murderers talk, and not really learn about the case, go for it. There is no real insight from the host. The host is also snarky and judgmental. Get lost in this podcast, literally lost in it because some of the episodes are confusing. Episode 129 is the worst mess I have ever heard.
Your garbage misogyny bleeds into your storytelling. Boo. Unlistenable.
I’m a huge fan of this podcast. My wife turned me on to it about 2 years ago and I listen religiously. I will say that episode 165 was difficult to listen to. That is the only episode that has bothered me.
Terrific show. As always, well done!
I started listen on a whim a few years ago and have been impressed since the first day. All podcasts are created by actual people with actual thoughts and ideas. It’s cool if you don’t like this (not really). If you don’t like hosts/creators injecting personality into podcasts, read about stories online. Go to Wikipedia. I don’t know what to tell ya...
Really great podcast
It’s the kind of podcast you would just barely listen to instead of Ted Cruz... in other words it’s pretty freakin lame!
At first I was upset about the need to pay for more or extra episodes. But I found myself coming back again and again.. why? Because I love the way this podcast is put together. I like his voice, the stories are great and detailed. I had to update my review because clearly I am still here... daily!
I still enjoy the show, to an extent. The good points are the cases covered are typically not the ones you’ve heard about everywhere. The cases also tend to be more recent. The use of actual recordings really makes the show more interesting. The main reason I really do not enjoy this show as much anymore is the host. I believe everyone is entitled to express their opinion, even when hosting a podcast. I even mostly agree with the opinions expressed, however the manner in which Mike goes about stating what he feels really takes away from the show. It seems to be a way to intend to force the opinion on the listeners. Lastly, the controversy between Mike and the podcast networks was not something I wanted to hear about week to week. Settle your issues outside of the podcast. I at once was even a Patreon supporter of this show, but Mike even has disputes with that platform. It all became so much drama and significant took away from the show. Some of that still continues in the episodes and I find myself just trying to skip past it and listen to the actual case, which is all most people want to hear.
The OG true crime podcast! Love ya mike and all your witty commentary! If you ever make it to nola please do a meet up! I would of loved to have gone to crime con when it was here, just couldn’t Afford it. But I can def afford a round of drinks! And ps f the haters! You’re great! - Mandy from Nola
The story telling is awesome. I’m engrossed from beginning to the end! Keep up the good work.
I wanted to like this podcast but the host seems like a sociopath when he talks about the crimes. He even laughs or jokes around about crimes/murders. Don’t support it.
I love true crime, and I started listening to this podcast because it had so many good reviews. One of the first things I noticed when I started listening was how the host inserted himself and his views onto the stories, and while I wasn’t used to that, it wasn’t a deal breaker either. So I kept listening for three years. Unfortunately, it seems to continue to go downhill, and the stories continue to be overwhelmed by personal opinion and commentary. I think I’m going to stop this one and listen to the ones that are about the people and not the podcaster
I used/still am a big fan of crime junkie. Just found this show about 3 weeks ago and boy let me tell you this is ranked #1 In my opinion, and LOVE listening to it at work. Definitely makes my day go by faster
Binged it now mad I’m caught up and have to wait for the weekly episodes
Sword and Scale may owe a lot to Obscura and Invisible Choir in terms of style but I've already heard all of their episodes so this helps pass the time until their new stuff comes out. The host Mike Boudet is no Aaron Mahnke, but I still think he's awesome! One request though, please please do a collab with Rabia Chaudry from the Undisclosed for a recap/update on the Adnan Syed case?? Listerners, plz vote yes if you want Mike to help get the word out that adnan didn't do it!!
Amazing podcast, fantastic host, production is SPOT ON. This podcast is so well done it is hard to listen to anything else.
I stumbled on this gem looking for a change of pace. I downloaded a few episodes to test the water and now I’m hooked. Great job with the show.
Best true crime podcast. Thanks for all the work you guys put into this! Y’all definitely help me get through every single work day.
I’m done listening to this sensationalized trash. The host is always trying to push his skewed world views in the very little “storytelling” that he does between the unnecessarily long audio clips. I’ll make my own decision on what I think about the cases, Mr. Boudet, I don’t need you to form my opinion for me. Unsubscribe.
I discovered Sword and Scale back in ‘18, but it didn’t take me very long to binge EVERY single episode so far released. I also support Mike and free speech! I love how open and honest he is. Mike does an amazing job of narrating these events and giving us EXACTLY what happened and not what the media wants you to think happened. The work by all staff for this podcast is truly something special. I will always support S&S! Keep up the amazing work!
at tanking his own career, as shown by his public meltdown raging over BLM marches and protests against police brutality. (Oh, won't someone please think of the poor oppressed white man?) He's now been reduced to paying for positive itunes reviews and helpful votes on 5-star reviews, as I will now illustrate: If you agree that Mike acts like a massive jerk to compensate for his small and insignificant male parts, smash that yes button!
I used to be a big fan, but Mike seems to have lost his connection with reality. Best of luck, but I’ll spend my drives listening to something else.
knocking off a star for all the Mike Boudet ass kissing sprinkled into every episode since he had that drama awhile back. We get it dude, people love you and they didn’t even want to listen when you weren’t there and people should be allowed to say whatever they want blah blah blah. Can we move on now? Everything else 👍🏼
Best true crime pod I’ve found. Can’t stop listening
I used to love this podcast and listen religiously. The host treats his fans with so much hate and disdain it’s now impossible to support. The rants during the podcast and money driven actions forced me to stop listening. If the quality of the podcast hadn’t also suffered I may have been able to justify still listening. Also the twitter page (which was just wiped) is heavily politicized with racist misinformation. The hosts sense of humor is nonexistent, crass and offensive. My best advice to mark bidet is to hide himself from the public in order to preserve what’s left of the podcast. Otherwise he’ll surely be cancelled soon.
Love this podcast. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The best true crime podcast ever!
ever featuring audio ripped from youtube and hosted by a cringe-inducing edgelord who cares more about trolling sjws than researching true crime. Mike Boudet has the cash to buy all the positive reviews he wants, not to mention a clickfarm at his disposal to vote "helpful" on 5-star reviews. Click yes if you agree!
This podcast will always have a special place for me. First off, this was the 1st true crime podcast I really dove into to. I kinda flirted with Serial, but I couldn’t fully commit to any podcast until Sword and Scale. I now listen to around 20 different pods and they are a huge part of my life and it’s all because of Sword and Scale. Secondly, because of this every time a new episode comes out, I get almost excited to listen to it. Lastly, I can’t seem to find another podcast on the same level as Sword and Scale, don’t get me wrong, there are some really good ones out there, but none that truly compare, it’s almost a gift and a curse, because, it’s great to have, but I’m so addicted to the content and I’ve already consumed every episode multiple times that nothing else truly compares, which is the greatest compliment I could ever give. Absolutely incredible content Mike and team, I really don’t think I could like this anymore and to anyone who is “new” trying to make the decision on which podcasts to start listening to, your search is over, you’ve found the best true crime one out there, just start listening! Finally, to all of the others who will read the negative (1, 2 star reviews, while they are valued and important they cannot take away from how good the content or storytelling are, so don’t let them steer you away from not listening to this.). You will always have a huge fan in me!
Used to love this podcast before hearing the maker sound like a toddler tantrum throwing fool
Besides the soothing sound of Mike’s voice, I love that he doesn’t filter things. He is straight up and does these cases justice with his thorough research and delivery. Keep it up Sword and Scale crew!
Your content has suffered due to your personal agenda. Keep it separate. You got me into true crime podcasts so thank you! But due to your recent personal statements and general attitude I cannot even listen to you anymore. I’m sure you attract a certain group of people but I’m not in that group.
Sword and Scale is hands down the best out there!!
I’ve always been a fan of true crime and no one does it like Sword & Scale. Thank you for the time and effort you put into each episode!
This was the very first True Crime podcast that I actually loved and binged. Mike is able to keep your attention with his detail-oriented presentation. I’m now a Plus member and you won’t regret it when you support!
My favorite Pod. My favorite voice. Don’t change a thing!
Love the podcast this is the only one that I ever had became a supporter of financially, also the only one I haven’t gotten tired of and unsubscribed to.
I came across S&C back in 2014 and have been hooked ever since. The way Mike tells the stories instantly captivates you and is by far my favorite podcast of all time! Highly recommend! If you can afford it, S&C plus is soooo worth it! Thanks for all the years of great content... as dark as it may be.
This man is so problematic. I’ll stick to crime junkie .
This podcast is what started my obsession with True Crime podcasts. I’m not sure I would’ve even discovered podcasts in general had it not been for Mike.
Truly nothing else out there like this podcast! It is THE BEST true crime podcast out there, hands down. An immersive experience is an understatement. Mike and his staff provide exceptional audio and production quality. The writing is interesting and gives a new perspective to the story. I absolutely love this podcast. Mike is the bomb and people need to get over themselves when it comes to his supposed “inappropriate remarks”.
This podcast has been one of my favorites for several years now. I literally get excited when a new episode is released because I have not been able to find a comparable podcast since I’m all caught up on this one! It’s got it all - good story telling, underlining humor, and real life crime where the story is told from all perspectives.
Been a listener for about 6 years. Excellent content and storytelling. My favorite podcast by far!
This is my absolute favorite podcast! Must listen if you are into true crime.
There are really great earlier episodes, but the host started incorporating his political views into the later episodes. Now, the product just isn’t as good anymore. After being an avid supporter for several years, I finally unsubscribed. Sadly, I do not recommend this podcast.
The stories and reporting are not worth the time listening to when there are countless other podcasts that don’t have a bigot for a host.
This podcast picks some of the most interesting stories but the host cannot seem to stop applying his own morality on stories and also applies a hindsight critical view of first responders/victims/perpetrators when no one acts rationally in these situations. The podcast would be far better with the host just telling the story rather than injecting it with his own personal feelings. Court Junkie finds great cases and manages to remain impartial in the story.
I love this podcast! The flow and tone are effective in laying out the cases that are covered. I listen to many true crime podcasts and this is by far my favorite. Occasionally the host makes a snarky remark that makes me laugh and lightens the mood. It is needed due to the dark content of the show. Several of the episodes on domestic abuse have really conveyed what the feelings of the victims. What it’s like to live in fear. Most ppl judge the victims for staying. The timing and placement of audio footage always enhances and helps to build suspense. #favoritepodcast
i really tried to listen. waited a day then started with a fresh episode. but after the sexist victim blaming i had to stop
Instantly my new favorite podcast. A friend told me about this a couple weeks ago and I’ve been binge listening ever since. I’ve always enjoyed reading about these kinds of cases, but this is great for those long drives to work. Very interesting to hear actual audio recordings too. It allows you to form your own opinions rather than the writers depiction. Keep up the great work
There is no other crime podcast that compares. I listened to it non stop for three months when I discovered it around episode 140, so when I caught up I of course had to pay for plus haha so worth it for $5!! He is real and the music in the episodes is great. I always search for the songs used to add to my workout playlists. Keep it up Mike I literally don’t know what I’d do without this podcast!
Great podcast! Hands down one of the best podcasts around. This is the first one that got me listening to true crime. Definitely worth giving it a shot
I’ve listened to this podcast for a few years now. The high caliber production and gathering of audio sources makes you feel immersed in the harrowing stories. The podcast paints a vivid picture of events, motivations, and humanity or lack there of. These elements are laid out in an easy to follow way. It is evident that the host and his staff give great care and thought when addressing complex psychological themes in each episode. While these stories can be difficult to listen to, you start to realize and appreciate how our law enforcement, judicial system, and mental health professionals confront wicked human depravity on a daily basis!
Literally this is my favorite podcast ever !! I even have the app and became a member for bonus episodes . My favorite thing about this podcast is Mike never includes his personal thoughts on the case. He just lays out the facts that he knows and let’s the audience decide which is more than a lot of others can say!
I’ve been listening to podcasts for years. Sword & Scale is the one show I’ve consistently listened to. Whether you like Mike or not the show is excellent and I haven’t found another TC podcast like it.
Good show made by a dog s human being
I am almost certain all the 1 star review people have not even listened to the show!!!! Just PC losers jumping on the bandwagon and being keyboard warriors! I’ve been listening for 5 years now! EVEN WHEN MIKE GOT “#CANCELLED”. He is certainly not a racist or anything else you may see people call him!! I’ll never not listen!! GET TO KNOW MIKE AND YOU WILL LOVE HIM !
One of my favorite true crime podcasts out there!
Show used to be really awesome, not as good now because Mike has a bone to pick with everyone and makes it clear who his new audience is but I’m still listening because I’m nosy and want to learn about the cases. Don’t get too invested though sometimes the conclusions are locked behind paid content. Lame
The first one I ever listened too and still my favorite (far exceeds every other true crime podcast, there are far too many now). Don’t read negative reviews that shame host because he has a different view from listeners (I am over people bullying others who have a different opinion)!
Best murder show podcast out there. The narration, music and level of detail in these podcasts is unmatched. Great insight of police work and justice system that you won’t get by watching or listening to other shows. To cancel this podcast would be a great disservice to listeners and also to the public.
Best writing, best production, and the most complete view and review of every case. Extremely easy to listen to and follow. Great balance of narration, interviews, news reports, and emergency call recordings. I have so much trouble listening to other true crime pod casts since listening to sword and scale. Hands down the absolute best true crime podcast if not the best podcast of any genre. Great job Mike!
Insensitive, victim shames, calls women c***s. Disgusting.
Been listening to true crime podcast for years and years. As soon as I came across sword and scale it has been my favorite. I am a supporter of sword and scale with their website for the monthly donations because I feel it’s the best! The way he can narrate a true crime story with compassion, factual data, a little bit of humor, disgust, justice served mentality and make you think about the world through glasses in a psychological, sociological and analytical way is like no one else I’ve hear before. His true crime story telling isn’t any different that the journalist do on 20/20 or dateline. For some reason a host narrating the exact same way on a podcast, angers and bothers people... I don’t get it! I’m pretty sure most of the people complaining haven’t thought twice about it when they watch dateline or 20/20!! Some people just have to complain about something to hear themselves complain... means nothing!
I love how honest you are. Your podcast is amazing, you’re amazing, keep doing what you’re doing! People are just mad that you aren’t afraid to speak the truth and honestly it’s annoying so yeah, continue making those awesome episodes😎
I have been a big fan and avid listener for several years. Not only does Mike tell the stories of some of the most disturbing crimes but he does it in a way that leaves a lasting impression on you. I’ve listened to most of the episodes at least twice now. The story of Rodney Reed really made me reconsider capital punishment and I’ll never forget the episode with the chat room transcripts. Mike doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects and does not put a PC spin on the crimes. For fans of true crime this is worth a listen. As Mike says the worst monsters are real and this show is as real as it gets.
Definitely top favorites for me. Highly recommend!
The audacity it takes to think your dogmatic opinions would be enough to influence the success of a podcast of this caliber... there are no words... Mike, thank you for consistently and unapologetically standing by your principles and ideas. It has always been admirable in this time of militant cancel culture. From a long time listener and fan.
I compare all other true crime podcasts to this one. The host is the best and freely expresses himself. I enjoy the information and look forward to new episodes. I’ve bought true crime books after podcast episodes because he brings to light crimes I otherwise wouldn’t have heard of. And those in my life are getting tired of hearing me say “on this podcast I heard...”. Lol thanks mike!
Good show, but the host is a clown. He acts like a toddler on social media. He should stick to podcasting and skip tweeting. Stopped listening to the show because of it...
Best true crime podcast there is. The 1 stars are a sad part of cancel culture. It’s a shame.
I love this podcast so much. Mike makes it even better!!! I have recommended it to everyone I know that loves true crime.
Mike is gross. Full of hate speech! Should definitely fire him!!!!
Been listening to S&S for about 3-4 years and no other true crime podcast comes close to it. It’s quality storytelling at its finest. It’s the best!
Hands down the best true crime podcast. Keep up the great work mike!
Awesome podcast. Thank you for sticking to facts and not surrendering to the sjw cancel culture bs!
This podcast is so good, it makes me want to put on my mankini and run through Mike Boudet’s Twitter feed.
My favorite podcast by far. Mike knows how to tell a story and keep listeners hooked. Been listening since the beginning. Anyone complaining about him needs to find a different show.
Mike is a master storyteller. This is by far the best true crime podcast out there. I stared listening last year during my commute and have already binged through all episodes. I have tried to find similar podcasts but they just don’t compare. I can’t believe there are 1 star reviews. People seem to put a 1 star because they disagree with Mike politically; which is absolutely ridiculous. I respect Mike because he is fearless in sharing his beliefs. Keep up the great work. I hope this podcast continues for years to come!
Great podcast, research and fact checking is great, presentation is perfect, best true crime podcast I’ve heard!!
Each episode a creepy work of art
This is by far my most favorite podcast. Everything is well researched. I had to subscribe to plus because I just couldn’t get enough! Keep up the good work.
First listened to S&S a few years ago and loved it to its entirety. I started catching some truly ignorant comments in the episodes. As Mike’s ego grew, the quality of content began to dissipate. I decided to stop listening to S&S and support other podcasts with non-predatory hosts who support BIPOC.
So good it’s worth paying for!!
There is no better podcast than sword and scale. So good, no obnoxious commentary. Great case details! This will be your favorite true crime podcast!
Hands down my favorite podcast! Unlike anything else out there. He’s cocky because he can be.
Mike keeps it real. Don’t let anything you hear about him deter you from subscribing. If you’re a serious true crime fan you’ll love him. If you’re sensitive or easily triggered, maybe murder content isn’t your cup of tea after all. I’ve been subbed for years and I pay 5 bucks a month for additional episodes. If you’re wondering if it’s worth it, I’d consider cancelling my Netflix subscription before my S&S Plus episodes and I don’t say that lightly. Easy to listen to, gets me through my commutes and always satisfies.
Mike is the best and really knows how to keep the listeners intrigued. Very raw storytelling and none of the BS talk. Straight to the point. I’ve been addicted to this podcast since day one. Keep up the awesome work mike!
I honestly thought podcasts were silly. Til I heard about true crime podcasts. And the first one that was recommended was Sword and Scale. Oh man! I love it! I binged their whole episodes in less than a week. I wanted more! I looked for other true crime podcasts while they added another episode. The others are no match for Sword and Scale. Hands down the best True Crime Podcast out there.
I love this podcast so much!!!
Episodes 40-120 or so are really interesting. (Before that, the eps are jumbled quality, and after is cliche content.) Listen at your own risk, and a grain of salt - the host is a public misogynist and racist. I actually laugh every time he asks me to pay for more content. (Which is a lot because his ignorance costs him advertisers.) Not happening ever. But I’ll happily donate $100 in your name to planned parenthood. BYE ✌🏻
It seems like Mike has the notion that mentally ill people are monsters and every episode is an essay attempting to prove it. It really gets old. There’s a better approach to this kind of content, such as using the platform to advocate for victims, help spread the word about cold cases, but no, Mike continues to spew his propaganda about “mental health”…
While telling the story the host tells you exactly how to think about each of the events that unfolds. He doesn’t leave any room for the viewer to come to their own conclusions. He also withholds relevant details until the end without giving you the full story of the perpetrators background at the beginning. He also described the Cipriano family murder story as “heartwarming” which is really weird.
Great podcast! New listener, can’t wait to binge!
Host is an absolute misogynistic racist ass gaskit.. Stay away from this podcast if you have any respect for anyone who isn’t a tall white man.
I’m begging for this podcast to disappear. Mike has made comments about the BLM movement. I understand everyone has different opinions. That’s how the world turns and thrives, everyone is different. Mike has gone to twitter to attack his fans. Even though that has just questioned him. He has lost over 1,000 followers or maybe more due to being misogynistic, incredibly insensitive to the BLM movement, calling people names and threatening to sue them. Twitter is just one example. Please take a listen to episode 154. Wait till the end when he says “everybody be rapin out here” he mocks rape victims, misgenders the dead, attacks women and men who have different opinions then him. He hosts meet ups and preys on women there. A simple google search will reveal who this man truly is: a monster. A monster just like the ones he speaks about. Please don’t just look at these comments as crazy people. Mike might have a smooth buttery voice, but please google him. Do you really want to support a man like this?
No need to post a review- he’s very clear about what he stands for.
The people giving 1 stars are the people who can’t accept that other people are allowed to have different opinions lol. This podcast is truly amazing. I’ve been listening for a long time. This and casefile are my favorite podcasts ever!
I was a listener for years but after following the host on Twitter I just can’t support him anymore. Is it good content? Most of the time. But that’s just not enough for me anymore as I’ve continued to see problematic behavior and harassing of fans.
I’ve recently started getting into listening to True Crime podcasts. There are A LOT of sub-par ones out there. I get turned off when the episodes start with 5-10 minutes of the hosts talking about whatever crap happened in their lives that week. I want crime stories, I subscribe to other podcasts when I care about what the hosts do for fun. Anyways, I digress. The host has a smooth radio voice. He’s funny and entertaining in a non-distracting way. Some reviewers prefer dry retelling of the events surrounding murders, that’s not Mike’s style. He can be a candid and often interjects his feelings, but it’s doesn’t break the continuity of his episodes. He can sound like an opinionated jerk at times, but I get the sense he’s inundated with unwarranted feedback - just read some of the jewels in the negative reviews. The murderers on this show are guilty of heinous crimes. If you tend to think those who murder without cause or provocation should be coddled, this is probably not your jam. If however, you love True Crime stories retold with excellent narrative by the host, definitely subscribe.
I like a lot of things about this show. The content is laid out in a way that’s easy to follow, there’s a lot of 911 calls and police interrogations included, and the length is perfect for my commute 😑 but the host inserts his negative opinion too much for me. Yes, the content that’s talked about is super dark and twisted so not many positive things to says but as a host he should stay neutral and let the audience form their own views.
Love this post cast! Negative reviews lately are from people who have never even listened!
This is a well produced show with very interesting topics but the guy who tells the tales is insufferable! If he would just keep his personal opinions to himself this show would be 5 stars plus. Like Donald Trump, he just can not see objectively and it’s a pity....though I guess for some this is a sign of strength. For me, it belittles the whole show.
Judgmental and condescending host makes it hard to listen to this podcast.
S&S has a very problematic twitter presence. They are proving that equality is not a priority. Their message is completely negative, made without the consideration of the events that have lead to protests and riots.
I love this podcast. I like how you give your opinion (because we literally all have one) and you tell it like it is! No harm in that! I love hearing what people have to say. 👏👏👏
I’m currently listening to episode #148 and Mike tells it like it it is. I know some people don’t agree and that’s ok. Love the podcast man. Keep it up.
Absolutely love this show. Mike Boulder is such a respectful storyteller of true crimes. I love the use of 911 tapes, court hearing and interviews. He has never given his opinion one way or another on the cases. I am highly addicted to this show. Looking forward to finishing Season 4 and moving closer to current episodes. Thank you Mike for being such a gifted podcaster and providing the best true crime podcast ever.
long run podcast it still good
Great host, awesome listening quality. Great show all around!
Arrogant host, poor listening quality. Bad production. Terrible show all around.
Thank your telling it like it is!
I’ve listened to a lot of the earlier episodes, and I liked them. Just recently started listening again. Until I found out I listened to episode 161, and the to be continued episode is locked behind a you must pay to listen wall. No thanks. I support several podcasts that I really enjoy through reviews and Patreon but I refuse to not have the choice to support or not. I don’t pay them for regular content and I absolutely will not do it here. It’s complete trickery.
I have listened to many true crime podcasts and this one is my favorite so far. I like that there is Real audio and even though it is sometimes hard to listen to. I like that mike doesn’t victim blame and he stands behind them while telling their stories.
I agree with other reviews about Mike the host. His Arrogant, condescending and patronizing remarks are off putting. He seems to be harping on other personal issues and is expressing it on his latest episodes. Go back to the way you told the stories before. Much better. Too much negative energy on this cast and the host is at the helm of it. Dude is a weirdo
Unnecessarily judgmental host with a vitriolic attitude and weirdly defensive delivery. Lazy podcasting with over-reliance on audio (911 calls, interviews, court hearings) to tell the narrative. Overall boring and bad. I had these thoughts already and then I found out Mike the host is literal garbage. Steer clear, there are plenty of actually good true crime podcasts out there instead of this waste.
I can’t even allow myself to listen to this podcast anymore. Mikes ignorance with issues such as mental illness is beyond unacceptable. He spews hatred and lies when it comes to describing what others feel and go through in their childhood and how that may impact them in their upbringing. His thinking is so black and white. Closed minded and irresponsible . With a platform such as the one you have, you should research more on trauma and mental illness before you make comments as though you know so much more than what you do. Educate yourself. Your opinions are not facts.
The biggest issue with this podcast is the fact that the host, Mike, makes it almost physically painful to listen to. He is seemingly unable to report from a neutral standpoint (which is important given the subject matter and implications therein) and feels the need to interject his school-age “opinion humor” into his reporting, taking away from the story while exemplifying his arrogance, ignorance, classism and casual racism. This podcast is his own personal circle jerk with little to no integrity or journalistic merit. He may as well just read news articles for fifty minutes. There are so many other true crime podcasts that strike a more balanced tone, are better researched and feature hosts whose “hot takes” won’t make your ears bleed. Potentially without the godawful soundtrack. Sorry about it. Also, the tag line is eye roll inducing and tired.
I used to love this podcast. After many questionable statements the host made I suspected ignorance but after following the podcast on Twitter I can confirm he is indeed a racist.
After hunting for hours for my next podcast to binge, I landed here and I’m obsessed! Very well put together! Fantastic job!
Please release episode 2 of the most recent podcast! I was not “triggered” by the Exta podcast. As I am a new listener, I will replace one of the discontented listeners so it’s all good. This is a great show and the haters need to quietly find something else. I won’t pay to listen. You have ads.
Sword & Scale is okay as far as true crime pods. The over use of audio clips from police interviews & trials get pretty boring. It also seems really lazy. Anyone can “research” a case if the bulk of the story is audio clips. I know I listen for the cases. If I wanted to hear police interviews, I’d watch Youtube. Mike Boudet is also a garbage, narcissistic human. He needs to stay off Twitter & put more effort into his awful podcast.
The title says it all. The host has taken some heat but I didn’t care about any of that, I was just enjoying the show. Now all of the conclusions to the episodes are locked behind a pay wall so that’ll be the end of me listening. Such a shame too, this podcast was a good one...
This WAS by far my favorite true crime podcast. I just listened to episode 161 and was shocked at the end when it was announced that “to hear the conclusion go to plus and pay...”. I get it, everyone has to make money. This just feels like a bait and switch. That was the last episode I’ll be listening to, and I definitely will not be paying for plus. Wrong way to go about getting listeners to sign up for plus
I’ve been listening for years. I’ve held on during all the controversy and all the nonsense ‘takes’ that mike just couldn’t help but interject into his podcast, and I’ve still enjoyed the podcast regardless, ever since 2016. But this episode that ‘reveals’ the ending only if you purchase a plus subscription? Give me a break. You have adds. You make a considerable profit. This just reads as pure greed. So sad I’m going to have to find a new podcast because this is ridiculous...didn’t realize this would become a glorified infomercial.
I have listened to all episodes. Some more than once. The true crime genre fascinates me. I enjoy the stories, the 911 calls, and the interviews with people. I even occasionally enjoy the host's voice, the music, and the drama. Basically, the stories and production value keep me coming back for more! I love listening on The exclusive S & S website/app early and free of commercials. I’ve been a Patreon subscribe for years. I love the stories that have twists or that make you think one thing and then go another way. If I could find more podcasts like this one, I’d be so happy!!
I was never bothered by the controversy and drama that surrounded the host; I even went as far as defending him on social media. I’ve enjoyed the podcast since the very beginning. It was always my favorite true crime show! I’m probably going to stop listening, though. I fully support Mike’s attempt at making money, but putting the conclusions of free episodes behind a paywall is really sleazy and underhanded. There are so many other true crime podcasts out there, and while they won’t replace my love for Sword & Scale, they’ll be suitable replacements.
This podcast started off great, but has gone downhill hill-- and fast-- since the host came back from his hiatus. I'm sick of hearing interviews from authors and people unrelated to the crimes. Give me true crimes stories and stop with the BS! Update 2020: I started listening to this podcast again this year after a break. The host is insensitive and racist. I refuse to support someone who doesn’t respect humankind or use their platform positively.
It seems like the host gets gratification recounting all the morbid details of the cases; it comes off EXTREMELY creepy, like he enjoys it way too much beyond its true crime value. In addition, he’s made what I believe are several racist and sexist remarks. Don’t waste your time with this podcast— there are so many better ones with better content and better hosts.
Love the host and his “ I don’t give a f “ attitude. He doesn’t try and win unnecessary favors with the listeners. Calls a spade a spade. He is here for the case. The case, that’s all that matters. Facts, warts n all.
I’m coming back to Sword and Scale after following for years (Monsturo too). Really enjoy the content and style. I think Mike was going through a rough patch there last year. He has several episodes where he bashed certain people, specific generations of people, and his listeners. But I’m returning with high hopes and chills in my bones.
Started listening to this podcast a while ago. I thought the guy was douchy but liked the investigation audio. Now that the paywall went up and every story has more information on a plus channel. I can see the only thing this dude loves more than himself is money.
Get ready to have your heartstrings choked.
This is the most thought out, amazing podcast! The first podcast I’ve ever listened too like 5 years ago. I NEED MORE S&S
We are in lockdown! Where is the plethora of NEW EPISODES???????
Solid selection of cases here although it’s really annoying that he just plays full length audio recordings and conversations of interviews. Don’t you know that kind of audio sound like crap when you try to broadcast it? Utilizing clips here and there for effect and general mood curating is fine but entire episodes of you on the phone? Seriously? It feels like a cop out for actual work. That’s your research, now as the audience we want your recap of the circumstances, not lo-fi phone conversations for an hour. Focus on the story-telling and not the petty drama within unnecessary details.
This is my favorite podcast, the only problem is that I rarely find one I love just as much!!! I have super high standards now for what I will listen too. 😉I get so excited when a new episode comes out. Mike, you do a fantastic job. From research, to narration... thank you for your hard work. I appreciate you bringing these stories forward and sharing them with us.
I listen to almost all of the popular true crime podcasts and happened on this one by accident! I will listen to every episode
What happened to the older episodes? Literally was listening to an old episode yesterday...I have been a fan for years so I’m kind of disappointed.
Where did the rest of the shows go? I was only on episode 16!!!
I have clicked “all episodes” and now it only shows season 7 and part of season 6!!!?? I was working my way from season 1 onward and was on episode 93... now I can’t see ANY of them!? @mikeboudet help!
I was on episode 31, ready to continue going through them in order, and suddenly I can only access episodes from season 6 and 7! Is this also part of the unfavorable change in format I’ve been reading about from other reviewers? I feel gypped!
This podcast is amazing! I’m so locked in every time!
I have been listening to this podcast for years. YEARS. Putting the end of an episode behind a paywall is so incredibly disrespectful to your fan base. This was clearly an effort to make people subscribe to Sword and Scale Plus. I had been considering subscribing to Plus, but now? Absolutely not. How blatantly manipulative. Sad that this is what finally made me actually leave a review.
And that’s hard to do. But the host is a complete moron and I trust his narrative -Absolute Zero. He’s a waste of time and so is this garbage podcast.
I did dig your pod cast for a long time. But making me pay for the ending made me leave. I know you have to make a buck..butt.. yeah.. it just lame.
Longtime listener and subscriber to this podcast, but once I saw the response to any criticism being met with hostility and insults from these guys I tuned out. I wish this podcast the best in the future but the path they're taking with their social media isn't something I can support financially any longer.
This show is amazing but it’s weird that almost every episode has descriptions of depravity, 911 calls where someone dies on the call, but they edit out profanity. This is an adult show for adults, it should not be censored.
Solid podcast. Plenty of episodes to binge. Not the best out there but worthy of 5 stars nonetheless
Too bad I can't just Google the ending. 🥺
ive listened to many crime series podcasts and this is by far the best. non-intrusive ads, detailed reporting and although occasionally opinionated it doesn't effect the overall tone of the show.
You remember how much the office dropped off in quality once they lost Michael Scott? This show has lost their Michael Scott. But the earlier episodes are always a classic. Narrator is just a complete tool and inserts his ignorant beliefs whenever he gets the opportunity. If you scratch Mike out once and for all, i think it would benefit a lot. He is ignorant and carries a sense of entitlement that immediately turns off anyone who isn’t as much of a tool as he is.
In this episode you are trashing the media for literally doing exactly what you do in every Podcast - you just lost a listener.
And now I don’t. Do your research on the host.
Nothing to say it simply great!!!!!!!!!
long run and it still great!
Great show, I am learning so much everyday, it makes me feel great.
One of my favorite podcasts, Mike does a great job.👍🏻 I look forward to each new episode.
Great podcast with awesome narration. Mike says what he wants despite the criticism he receives from the “sensitive” types. I respect that. I love that Mike does not kneel to the SJW nonsense and understands if people do not like what he says,..they don’t have to listen. Awesome show. God bless.
This content of this show went from “not bad” to “meh”. Then in the most recent one, the host stopped partway through the story and said that of you wanted to hear the second half you needed to pay $5. Umm... NAH. I’m good
As a long time listener i am disappointed but not surprised that the podcast has changed I do understand the need for financial compensation but at this time it is to much to bear I was on your side at the dustup you had with your other provider but I just cannot continue at your current format still love what you and your staff do good by
But now I don’t
Excellent episede ,As one of the hosts says at least once every episode...Awesome.
Host has gone off the rails. It’s sad what this podcast has become. Each episode is now a rambling word salad and he expects us to PAY for the second half of each episode? Get real. BYE!
So entertaining. The music is fantastic as well. Love the host and how he covers stories. Highly recommend. I’ve listened to all the podcast available in the feed and every single one was interesting and entertaining.
Amazing podcast. Do not pay attention to the petty reviews. I love all the content this man is able to get for the show. Cuts straight to the story, doesn’t sit around and talk about himself for the first 30 mins of the podcast. Refreshing. Any negative reviews are directly coming from petty people that don’t want to pay $5 for extra episodes. Really crappy of people. Great stories with awesome content. Just when you think he can’t outdo himself he always finds a way. Definitely give it a try.
Its easy on the ears. Really enjoy the interactive nature between the guys. Just recently got hooked on to it. Trying to listen as much as i can.
I found S&S early in its run and was obsessed. Once the online community started calling out mike, I continued to support him and defend him. I could see that things were being exaggerated. But then Mike started acting out, and began to change - he seemed to turn into the trash people kept saying he was by doubling down on his BS. All in the name of “defending himself”. He trashes his listeners on Twitter and has adopted right wing buzzwords to shut down any criticism or suggestion. “Triggered!” “Snowflake!” Seriously? I have noticed he is also behaving irrationally, for instance suddenly dropping every side show he had, like s&s rewind, etc. Always threatening on twitter to shut down the main show and to leave social media. I believe he has a pathological relationship with social media and has seriously impacted his show and business as a result.
Early episodes showed such potential ,solid content and stories if you could forgive the occasional ignorant statement/judgment and over generalization of mental illness at its core it was a food podcast.. now all ot is is listening to the host piss moan and carry on feeling sorry for himself, spare yourself and skip it.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for forever and i always liked the stories but never understood why there was so much space of weird music breaks and dead silence. It’s a podcast. Edit that right? Nope it just gets worse. And now the stories get more and more boring and less and less about the story. Mike. What the heck is going on here??
S&S is the OG of true crime podcasts and when there wasn’t much competition, right at the top. But now there are so many great true crime podcasts attracting and keeping fans takes going the extra mile. S&S stories are just ok now in comparison. Waiting 2 weeks for a new episode is dismissive of fans. Taking them for granted. Unsubscribe.
This podcast used to be really good. Took a break and came back to listen to some of the new episodes, but the commentary injected into the recap ruins it all. Commenting is a welcome part of any podcast, and I’m tolerant of hearing a variety of perspectives, but this guy is a gross trash bag.
But now he’s too whiny. We listen for the murder. Not to hear about you getting bullied on Twitter
I really love this podcast but you never know when a new episode is coming. You don’t get weekly episodes (like you used to) and no info on why (other podcast hosts tell you if they are going on vacation or to an event but not here). I would LOVE new content.