This podcast is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.
This show has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, a truly unique story told in a truly unique way. I personally find seasons 2 and 3 to be my favorites of the 4. While the story is a bit confusing with the timeline and often vague explanations and relationships between characters I believe it adds to the theme of secrecy surrounding the society.
Second season is probably my favorite.
In depth story explored by found audio. The universe is expanded upon with each series.
I cannot wait for more!
within the wires is one of those shows that gets better every time you listen, and it’s phenomenal the first time through. the more you learn about the new society, the more details you notice, and i also have really cool dreams if i fall asleep listening to it so that’s a plus. p. s. y’all know you can skip the ads and announcements right? there’s a 30 sec skip button right there
Fantastic podcast. From the beginning, I loved that I didn’t know what was going on or what to expect. As the world of the story was revealed, I was drawn in more and more. It’s worth listening to a few episodes (and they are short - no filler!) to figure out if the pacing is for you. No spoilers from me, but it might be worth knowing that the whole podcast takes place in the same “Society” but each season has different characters and a different flavor. It’s worth starting with the first season. IMO it’s also the strongest.
Can’t live with them. Can’t...
Amazing way of showing listeners a world bit by bit while also being incredibly intimate. Great to listen to late at night. Also, lesbians.
I gave Within the Wires a chance this year and I’m so glad I did! I’ve listen to many other podcasts by WTNV and they’ve been pretty entertaining. This podcast fully immersed me in a deep and wildly interesting dystopian world. I can’t get enough of WTW and I was so thrilled when they started releasing season 4. I’m liking it even better then the other ones. I also wanted to comment on people’s complaint of the mid-roll ads. Honestly, I think it ads to the charm of the podcast, the idea that I’m listening to a real cassette that needs to be flipped over. Even if you don’t think that, and I wouldn’t blame you if you disagreed, don’t diss the podcast for that one little thing. You can tell when the first side of the podcast is about to end, and you can easily skip through the ads if you want to.
I enjoy that each season stands on its own within the same world, illuminating it from a different angle. The pace is definitely something of a slow burn, and the show doesn't hold your hand as far as making connections within as season or between them. But if you're willing to give it your time and attention, it's some of the most rewarding podcast storytelling out there. (Note, too, that if medical horror is not your thing, you can skip season one and start at season two; I've had at least one friend I recommended this show to who did that and really liked seasons two and three.)
This podcast takes dystopian fiction and reforms the genre by putting it in an artistic (instead of political or scientific) perspective. It’s like sci fi narrated by painters. It has the random, specific brand of dark comedy you can expect from Night Vale Presents stuff, and a dreamy plot that’s immersive and beautifully told. It can ramble at times, so if you like fast-paced fiction, you may not like this one. But if you don’t mind some poetry with your dystopia, I highly recommend this one.
I LOVE this podcast. Seasons 1-3 are incredible and I love the tie ins. Season 4 is not doing it for me however though. I am bored with Freya and her narration and find it difficult to care about her or her cradle family. I am going to re-listen to seasons 3 through 1 backwards.
The stories told here are incredible and complex and nuanced and puzzling and enthralling. Honestly some of the best fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming.
Hard to describe. I love the world they built. The voice acting is narration but it’s top notch. Season 1 is intense. Season 2 is gold to me
Acting isn’t bad but this podcast is a snooze fest!
I’ve listened to Within the Wires the whole way through roughly 30 times. It is an intentional and deliberate act of narrative storytelling, designed to leave the listener pondering how government and society can influence the lives of its people. The way this story interweaves storylines across seasons is complex and interesting. Season one captures interest with details that stand out of place from what one expects to hear, withholding enough information to make the following episodes feel needed, and at times, dire. Season two builds the world that season one was the product of, showing how global circumstances could allow season one to happen, while also examining a fraught and heartbreaking relationship between two passionate and skilled artists. Season three shows a behind-the-scenes look at the governmental functioning that create the world of season two and the harsh fear of season one.
Good story over all, but not my cup of tea. Although I did see review that suggested listening to the three seasons backwards. 3,2,1 and I can see how that would definitely make this series more easily absorbed.
Started listening to this on release and loved season 1. It’s better to listen to as close to 1 sitting as possible per season. Didn’t much care for season 2 until I listened to it for a time passer at work and loved it. Season 3 the same. Wouldn’t recommend to listen to for just a thing to do, but a thing to listen to whilst you do something else.
I tried to get into this but found Season 1 uncompelling. So I just binged Season 3 which was great and then 2 which might be one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. It was incredible. Now I’m back to Season 1. I think this order is way better.
I had a slower time getting into the first season bc I couldn’t follow it as well on my first listen but the other two were paced perfectly and I can’t pick a favorite between them. Lee LeBreton was an incredible casting choice, I can’t say enough how much that season touched me just because of their performance. The plot was interesting too but they were the best part. I adored every part of season two though! Rima Te Wiata is absolutely incredible, and the writing was so lovely and the story so moving I’ve listened to it probably three or four times now. I hear her voice in my mind sometimes, reminding me to pay attention and ask questions. Do you know what this means? Are you certain? Can you ever be certain?
So far so good! Making my way through the first season and I'm hooked!
Reading the reviews, I was hesitant - could the podcast be so poorly presented some actually thought these were intended as relaxation tapes (as opposed to a subtle narrative)? Perhaps those reviewers were being tongue-in-cheek, because the intent is clear from the get-go. In fact, that would be my one (very mild) criticism: they’re a teensy bit heavy-handed and obvious...at least, that was my initial assessment. Very quickly I became addicted and tore through all three clever, well-developed and thought out series. I’m even planning on getting the bonus series - utterly worth it, I’m sure. As a heavily aurally oriented person, I found this a particularly wonderful listening experience - just what I’ve sought from podcasts. More, pleaseandthankyou? Seriously, you need to get on that - we need more (pleeeeease?).
Subtle storytelling with such interesting characters. The way it all comes together every season never fails to blow my mind.
Different type of storytelling from NightVale. However once you get used to it, becomes like a mystery book. However episodes have become far and in between. May need to unsubscribe due to lack of new episodes. The newest episode was not even a Within the Wires production instead it was the first episode of NightVale’s newest podcast. Start with This: From idea to Execution. They should really let listeners discover the new things for themselves and assume people are subscribed to certain podcasts for the stories in those podcasts.
I listened to the first episode and though I admit it was slow and confusing, as I continued to listen, all of the tapes, and stories and facts spoken on them began to build on each other. It was such a beautiful story to listen as it developed and I wish I could erase my memory of it so that I could listen to the whole thing again and discover more and more clues again and be pulled in for the whole emotional journey again. The people who gave it bad ratings are missing the point. It is supposed to be a slow subtle mystery and it is not supposed to let you figure out the entire story in the first episode. If that is not some people’s cup of tea, I understand. However, please do not give the show a bad rating for not fitting your preferred style, as many people find it fascinating, including me. I also think many people dropped off at the second episode, which led them to be unable to put all the pieces together and thus feel unaccomplished in listening to it or even just bored. This is a mistake. It is so beautifully masterfully written as a thing to be built and built and built on that you can’t just chop it into pieces, take ONE of the pieces, and then say you gave it a chance. You need to listen to the full thing to get the full experience and trust me, it is so so worth it.
This is the type of podcast that is captivating but only if you have the patience for it. Each season has 3 parts to it, the first part if the first half of the podcast, the part where the plot isn’t really there but it’s calming to listen to and envision. This first half is the hard part to get through if you’re first listening to it, because this doesn’t hint at anything in the future. Around the halfway mark to the end of the season is the second part and this is where story builds quickly, immediately you realize things are heating up. This is my favorite bit, I love going from the calming nature to the increasingly hysterical tone. Finally the last episode is the last part, the endings are so well written and always keep me listening for what’s next. I love this podcast and it really is something you have to push through to get to the good parts.
Season 3: The first time I really grasped these were all happening in the same universe (I'm not as quick as many other podcast listeners) and when I did understand what was happening toward the end I am still confused but less so. I'm also absolutely looking forward to the next season. Season 2: Totally different delivery and tone. Still strange. I love the emotional slow-burn this podcast delivers vs. the big emotions of other podcasts. It's subtle and still unsettling. Season 1: I know my review title might seem strange considering the five-star rating but I assure you if you like things that are original and strange and weird and understand that horror is not necessarily gore and fast-paced action you will very, very much enjoy Within the Wires. It's creepy. Really creepy. I love it.
I cannot explain how phenomenal this podcast is. A gorgeous storyline with a beautiful continuity, all done in this fantastic medium of recorded audio- I’m floored. Utterly floored by this podcast. I’m drawn in and delighted by how we get the macro story from this micro focus on the characters- not just the representation but also the flushing out of the fragile humanity given to those same characters??!? Ugh. Just ughhhh. I don’t even have words for how much I love it, just otomonopeia for how stunning it is. I adore this podcast and hands down it is always one of the first I recommend. Hell, even the ads are great- and hey, I also hope one day Jeffrey Cranor gets a dog.
stop with the midroll ads put them at the beginning
One of the few podcasts that just seems to get better with each new season. Finally, a post-post-apocalyptic story that puts the focus on individual narratives rather than grandstanding social commentary. Granted, there IS social commentary, and it's good, but it's made more meaningful by examining how it affects the people caught up in it. I especially love that each season is interconnected in small, self-referential ways. There's mystery, drama, human connection, and a bit of science fiction, and it shows no sign of growing stale having just closed season 3.
Each season is incredible on its own, but the way the authors weave them together is absolutely amazing. This is my favorite podcast of many, and I often save up episodes so that I can listen to multiple at once. I relisten frequently and haven't grown tired of it. The voice-acting is beautiful, the music suits it, and the ads are entertaining in a way that doesn't take away from the listening experience - even though they are in the center of the show. This podcast has gotten me through some seriously rough life patches, and once I am able I fully intend to support it on patreon. I can't praise it enough!
Every season of this show has had its own way of reeling the listener in, making us hang on every word. I cannot wait until the next season to see what Jeffrey and Janina do next. PS Jeffrey Cranor does the best podcast ads in the business, I will fight people on this
They way they tell the stories s is nothing short of incredible genius! Well done! And the woman’s voice in season 1 is impeccable!
I love this show so much. I have listened to it over and over and over. I got the art print for Christmas, and have bored my family to near death analyzing the show. Thank you, night vale presents!
The central concept, indirect storytelling through in-universe audio recordings, is unusual and engaging, and the different themes and topics explored in different seasons keep the show fresh. Highly enjoyable.
The first two seasons were great, this podcast started out really strong. I love the mysterious, cryptic nature of Night Vale podcasts, so they fit right in to that classic NVP theme. However, this third season is tough to get through. The only appeal is the setting, which is a (I'm assuming) dystopian New World Order, much like the previous seasons. But so far, it's been 8 episodes of boring bureaucrat business laid over a touch-too-loud background music that makes it hard to even hear the words. Maybe the next season will be better. Here's to hoping, cause I'm in too deep to stop listening now, when there's such slim pickings of good podcasts!
I love this podcast, but the ad/announcement to content ratio is insane.
The formatting of this story is amazingly unique and wonderful! The way information is revealed slowly feels organic and beautiful after being cloaked in normalcy. A museum's audiotape, dictation notes- you turn it on thinking it'll be something good just to have in the background but au contraire! It reals you in to a world so different and yet so similar to our own.
A unique podcast that gives you a different universe and view every season. Each season is different, eerie and haunting. My favorite so far has been Season 2.
This pod cast tells its story through physical histories, tapes, paintings, etc... it really allows the listener to slowly get a full picture of what has happened or is happening. I love it, though it may not be for everyone.
Enjoy a story that starts with relaxation tapes and ends with you frantically making diagrams that look like the work of a very intense detective complete with red string connecting newspapers articles and you being willing to kill someone to get another clue. It’s amazing.
I really loved the first season. This one is interesting too.
This podcast demands binge listening.
I am a huge fan of all of Nighvales podcasts, and season one of this particular show is AMAZING. Totally kept me completely interested, love the acting, the story, everything. Season 2 however was extremely boring. I had to push myself through it. On to season 3! Hopefully it will be as good as 1.
immersive and captivating. the amount of world building accomplished through character development accomplished through audio guides of visual works? incredible. season 3 seems promising too, fantastic acting in all 3
I've listened to season 2 episodes several times now, with better appreciation of the whole narration each time. I use my best headphones for this one. Rima Tewiata performance is mesmerizing. Her voice is the perfect fit for the storyline with good rhythm that keep this listener savors every spoken word!
Season 1 is awesome. Unique. And just very cool... minus the midpoint advertising that is so popular now and takes you out of the story. Season 2 and 3 can be skipped.
Season 1 starts out slow and creepy in a way where you’re not sure if you actually want to relax with a relaxation tape that then might just yell something horrible at you. At first, I was afraid to listen because of potential body horror, but I saw Season 2 launch and was interested in the premise of the gallery tapes, so I gave WTW another try. Season 1 (and subsequent seasons) develop into something profound and lovely and still a little creepy in an intellectually interesting way. This is now one of my favorite podcasts.
I adore Nightvale, but this is just genius. I've only finished the first season but I binged it all in one sleepless night. I love how the story starts out so subtly that you hardly recognize it, but as you start to put the pieces together it gradually comes into focus. The use of second person narration is really effective, and it felt very much like finding myself discovering the story behind a mysteriously silent protagonist in a video game. As I listened, the eye of my mind saw images from Portal, the Fallout series, Ender's Game, 1984, A Clockwork Orange, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But it's not quite like any of those. If you enjoy those kinds of stories, this podcast is for you. If you are the kind of person who doesn't "get" dystopian fiction, then maybe don't listen to one episode and then give it one star? Just sayin'.
Let me start by first acknowledging that the format in which this podcast presents itself won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but for me personally it hits all the right notes. If you have a thing for innovative listening experiences you should definitely give it a try. Within the Wires is an immersive show, first presented as a series of relaxation tapes issued to a patient of “The Institute”. At first these tapes seem innocuous and genuinely relaxing at times, but don’t be deceived. They will randomly take a turn into off-putting lines of dialogue that seem conspicuous and confusing, and they begin to unravel a connection between the listener (who is her own character in the story) and the person recording the tapes. Within these tapes you get a glimpse at a post World War II alternate universe in which society was completely restructured, and the concept of a heteronormative nuclear family is abolished in favor of raising children in care taking facilities and grooming them to their fullest potential, without the supposed setbacks of familial bonds. Rather than being a direct sequel of the story presented in season 1, the second season gives us an entirely different story told in the format of audio guides for various art exhibits featuring the works of a world renowned artist, recorded by another artist who, much like the first season, unveils a deep and complicated relationship with the subject of the recordings. Throughout these audio guides we learn even more tidbits about the “new society” and how civilization had to adjust to such drastic changes after a period known as “The Great Reckoning”. While each season is its own contained story, the entire series follows a delightfully gripping juxtaposition between a relaxing audio delivery that spirals into the unsettling and uncomfortable. I am utterly obsessed with Within the Wires, and after hearing the first sneak peak of season 3, I am incredibly excited to see what new story unfolds, and its connections to the previous stories and the odd world the series is slowly fleshing out!
This is a fascinating and dynamic podcast that surprises me with each new episode. Aside from the novelty of the premise, the stories told over the course of the distinct seasons are engaging and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself very emotionally invested in them.
I had to try this podcast again to get into it. Maybe the reason I didn't enjoy or get it the first time is I frequently listen to podcasts at work and I am interrupted often. I'll blame my first time trying this on work interruptions. The first season is really interesting and the second season, while very different from the first, is intriguing.
I love her voice, and the ebb and flow of her monologue. Also the way she leads you full circle through an ethereal experience.
The first episode may make it seem like it's for meditation, but I promise it's not. It's a unique and captivating story that is first told through "relaxation tapes" then through a museum curator. It's so much deeper than it seems on the surface, just keep listening.
Each tape seems like it’s touching on different items, unrelated to another, and the climatic end comes up so unexpectedly it’s almost impossible to stop listening. Both seasons are full of surprises, soft things that are nostalgic, and grating in a good way. Stop reading this review and start listening.
So so fantastic and gripping. One of my all time faves!
Season 1 was amazing. Can’t wait to listen to season 2!
I’ve seen a lot of reviews telling of how it’s nonsense and self absorbed. Please, you need to lend your full attention to it to understand the depth of what is to come later. It is hands-down, one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while. The story is chilling, heartbreaking and layered. It’s like a tv show that starts off slow purposely to set up the proper conditions for later and you will not understand unless u keep going.
I’m obsessed with this podcast. I recommend it to anyone who will listen, and I often put season two on in order to sleep (season one’s narrator has a more... soothing? voice, perhaps—and even has an episode addressing insomnia—but I find it easier to fall asleep to season two). The writing is absolutely incredible: piecing together the world and the characters as I follow the story is challenging if you actively engage with it; if not, you’ll pick it up as you listen to it successive times. Give this a listen and dip your toes into the alternate world that is Within the Wires: it is a strange and fascinating place.
Loved both seasons for different reasons, both were poignant stories
When I began listening to this podcast I was a little creeped out to be honest. But honestly, this podcast is one of my favorites of all time. The first season is unsettlingly calm and drew me in through the storytelling style. I was left yearning for more when the season ended. When I began listening to season 2, I was confused because of the sudden change of plot but was immediately drawn back in again. Each plot twist makes me gasp out loud and each connection I make surprises me. Please listen to this podcast. You will be creeped out and you will relax and you will wish you had listened to it sooner.
The world grabs you immediately, suspenseful, & such beautiful eerie imagery coupled with two engaging stories of lesbian love; BRILLIANT voice acting
This utilizes a unique concept in storytelling that I personally haven’t encountered before. Nightvale can do some things that are just excuses to utilize creepy or icky half formed thoughts but this actually contains solid ideas and a consistently visualized world. Too bad not all of Night Vale goes from thought to well formed, solid idea.
The story is subtle and good. The world they have built is amazing
I fell in love with season 2. The first and second seasons were both great, but I especially love the setting for the second season. I love the glimpses into another story and the pauses that leave you thinking. The actors for this are truly remarkable! The actual episodes are short, and there’s a slow build-up, but when it’s nothing else, it’s charming. 5 stars
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but WtW just doesn’t scratch my itch the way that shows like Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead. That said, it’s well-written and well-produced, and I hope it’s more up your alley than mine!
Loved season 1, listening to it a second time (and it’s just as good).
The world that they are building in WTW is terrifying and beautiful! I’ve heard every episode a couple of times now and I can’t wait for season 3!! It’s not quite as good as Alice isn’t Dead or Welcome to Nightvale but it’s still more than worth your time!
Today I finished the last episode of Season 2 of “Within the Wires”, an interesting and curious podcast. Over a year ago I finished the first season, in October of 2016. I have been listening to this podcast since it was teased in June of 2016. Why am I telling you this? Because I listened to the last episode of Season 2 twice today. Once on my way home and again, several hours later with greater context. I then cried tears of joy for a good 5-10 minutes. Listen to this podcast. Remember to breathe.
I listened to season 1 in the winter of 2016 and I was absolutely HOOKED. The script is incredible, with beautiful pacing and keeping me on the edge of my seat. Season 2 is vaguer and more mysterious, but I still loved it. I love learning more about this world. I love thinking about all of the bound up emotions and mystery in these stories. Can’t wait for season three this fall!
not only commercials at front and back but middle as well and their own shirts and stuff. podcasts should be profitable for the creators but this is just greedy. I am done with it.
Season two was SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. I tried and tried but couldn't really get into the story. Season two I listened to in one go. Loved it. Looking forward to season three.
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Both season one and two take place in the same world, but are (probably) unrelated stories. I don't know how to describe this show without spoiling season 1, but if you like alternative storytelling methods and slow-burn world-building, this show is for you. Even if you don't like season one, which is told through meditation tapes from another world, you might still love season two, told through museum audio guides from (probably) the same world. Definitely check out this podcast. It's one of the best things happening in fiction podcasts right now.
I enjoyed the first season quite a bit and I think the second season is even better! The unique method of storytelling really immerses you in the world of The Society. I'm interested to see how the show will continue to evolve going forward. I hope it runs for many seasons to come.
So, at first I wasn’t into Within the Wires. I didn’t really listen to it until I was looking for a podcast to listen to while I was playing Alice: Madness Returns. It’s a quiet game and so I needed a quiet podcast to listen to. I remembered I had this and went with it. So for like, 4 hours, I was sitting on my couch cross-legged with my tablet on my leg, playing Alice: Madness Returns. I finished the first season at about midnight and was crying while yelling ”OLETTA!!!”, and stabbing paper wasps and oil-babies. The experience was so immersive and even though I was exhausted, I was not going to put the podcast down. When second season rolled around, I was a little apprehensive, not going with the story of first season. However, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much it was like first season, but also its own thing. When a new episode comes out, I hook my drawing tablet up and paint while I listen to it because ART! I hope others can have the same experience I have had.
I really liked the first season, but this one is ruined by the fact that the middle third of each episode is a commercial. I am not exaggerating a third of these recordings are ads and it ruins the mood. This are highly atmospheric pieces that soothe and inspire. But it is totally spoiled by the formatting.
Everything about the way this podcast is constructed is genius. The details of the world they live in are gradually revealed through Hester and Roimata's narration, and each new detail about the society paints a picture of how their world became the way it is. The relaxation tapes and museum audio guides manage to reveal so much about the complex characcters narrating and being narrated about.
This is probably the best written audio drama I've ever heard, and it makes me mad that I will never make anything this good. But I can't take off stars for that, so I'm giving it five stars. Both seasons so far are incredible. I just want to stop and ruminate on so many lines. It's like some of the best books I've ever read, but so accessible and engaging. It's somehow calming and stimulating at the same time. I'm so mad. Please keep making this because it's too good.
The second season is so satisfying so far, and the first season was good too. I love how this fictional world criticizes our real world, bringing up questions about family and nationalism. The second season has also been really soothing and nice to fall asleep to, so if you're looking for a podcast for that, then this might be the one (just a fair warning that the first season can get very unsettling, so maybe jump right in at s2 or take some time during the day to listen to s1). This is one of my favorite podcasts.
The difference between seasons one and two is as wide as the Grand Canyon. The progress made was flat-out amazing. I completely checked out after three episodes of season one and wrote a harsh review. I was very pleased to be able to come back and say the season two, so far, is miles and miles ahead. I’m really glad that I gave it another chance, because I would recommend to anyone to subscribe to this podcast. The writers made everything so much more cohesive, and their hard work shows, brilliantly. Thanks, gals and guys!
The aural design, and the acting of the single voice are sublime. The slow reveal of the Society and its origin is suspenseful in its own way. If any podcast deserves the appellation ‘art’ this one does.
This is what podcast could be. An interesting narrative device, wonderful world building, beautifully crafted sentences, and so much more. I can’t say much more without ruining some of the surprises, but do yourself a favor and allow this amazing podcast to take you on a journey. It truly is a masterpiece.
Best payoff for a little patience in the podcasting world. Takes its time crafting what turns out to be one of the most hauntingly beautiful and moving stories I've experienced in any medium, audio drama or otherwise. Can't reccomend strongly enough. Season 1 was great around bedtime
I spent the first episode of season one waiting for a narrative, which was confusing and scary, but by the end of that episode, you get a pretty clear picture of where it's going, and it only gets better. It's a kind of consciously, purposefully postmodern story that I just cannot get enough of, and I'm so excited for the rest of this season.
What appears at first to be a mundane concept (a series of relaxation tapes for season 1, a series of examinations of the work of a prolific artist by a friend in season 2) slowly unfolds, with time, into a dark and compelling portrait of a dystopian alternate history, at times alien and at times eerily familiar. The world-building and storytelling happens subtly between the lines (or within the wires) of the otherwise normal subject matter of each episode. Imagine a horror movie told through a series of home videos of birthday parties, and you'll have an idea of how this series works. You have to give this series your time and attention, but it pays off with a rich story that will leave you waiting eagerly for each new episode.
What a cool show!! Amazing combo of relaxation tape and story telling
Such a great piece of writing from Jeffery and Janina. I was on the edge of my seat listening to Season 1 and I can't wait to start Season 2! Adding this to my list of new obsessions for sure. Awesome, amazing work!
The first season knocked it out of the park. However, the second season is just not good at all. I can see what they were going for, but...it just doesn’t mesh like the first season. Hopefully the 3rd is better.
Loving the newest season and love how the world is presented ! Fantastic writing as always, totally recommend this podcast if you're looking for something new to listen to
I love diving into this dystopia. S2 has been even better than S1, which set a high bar.
I LOVED the first season of Within The Wires, and am currently loving the second season just as much. Thank you for creating such a meaningful and inventive means of storytelling, and for creating two thrilling and deeply meaningful stories. The quiet, subtle horror that creeps onto the canvas of every episode is both unnerving and enticing, and I can't wait to see where season 2 goes. This is my favorite Night Vale Presents Podcast (though I do love them all) and my favorite podcast of all time!!!
Stop everything, shut up, and follow the instructions. You are entering the institute.
I love all night vale presents podcasts, but this one completely stole my heart. It's original, well produced, and incredibly well acted. Can't recommend it enough really!
Did you love Night Vale? Do you love podcasts? Are you alive? If you answered yes to any of those questions you would love this podcast. Seriously, I’ve listened to a lot of fictional podcasts, and this one is hands down the best. Jeffrey Cranor is an absolute genius.
There is a very immersive setting presented by the taped episodes of either meditation sessions or fine art musuem guides, audio cassettes that move along with the plot in a very dreamy way. You don’t have to pay attention too much, the show tends to reiterate themes very frequently.
Absolute favorite series! It seems like an ordinary "relaxation series" but then a story breaks out that you sort of have to read between the lines to get and it ends in a huge somewhat action packed finale. Its the exact kind of weird story telling I enjoy. Sort of "unreliable narrator" and plot twist that you can almost see coming but in a good way. I also like alice isn't dead, and the tv show "Westworld" all sort of weird/strange but I'm in it for the story and the presentation. really unique imo
Incredible voice acting, beautiful writing, and interesting, but admitedly slow-burn, world building. I look forward to it and its unraveling mystery with every new episode. Its so beautifully written or acted that I am almost as content with episodes that have no actual world building. Almost.
Just binged the whole first season! Absolutely adored how the story unfolded. I am curious if the slow format will hold up with two weeks between episodes
“This is why we make art: to help us remember more beautifully, not more clearly.” With these words spoken in S2E2, I have been hooked. I love this unique podcast. I’ve only been listening since the 2nd season, but it’s a unique view into a world that is both similar and different from our own. I enjoy the podcast because it helps me see the world differently. I believe art is best when we struggle to grasp the meaning. And when our interpretation is ephemeral, then we are looking at beauty. More so than any of their other podcasts, Within the Wires Season 2 has helped me realize the world doesn’t have to be as it appears. It’s meanings and interpretations can be varied and ever changing.
I listen to relatively few fiction-based podcasts, but the first season of WTW was one of the most refreshing, disarming and engaging pieces of art I had encountered in a long time. So far this season is killing it too. The few, focused characters have nuanced perspectives and the drama (and horror element) comes mostly from their interior experiences and relationships, which I love. The narrative paints scenes in vivid detail. The prevalence of women characters is also totally refreshing, and the actors' performances add so much dimension. This is the first Itunes review, even though half my friends have podcasts, because this podcast is just that fly. Ok gotta go review my friends' podcasts. Thank you guys for the awesome hours.
The unique storytelling method using "found audio" builds the world gradually with a focus on how it's inhabitants are affected by it. Beautiful, creepy and captivating!
I really enjoyed the first season; it’s like no other podcast I’ve heard. But season two is somehow even better! When I heard the first teaser I was disappointed to find out the format was changing from relaxation tapes to a guided museum tour, but I should have trusted the Night Vale Presents crew; I LOVE it. It’s now the thing I’m most excited to see show up in my podcast feed. If you’re like me and you’re both a podcast nerd and an art nerd, definitely give this a try.
After listening to Night Vale for years, I was very excited for their new show. This podcast has some similarities (alternate universe, withholding information about it) but the execution is wildly different. Through "found audio" from cassette tapes, Jeffery Cranor and Janina Matthewson weave the story each season though these tapes. They do not go right out and say what's happening. The way they tell the stories slowly over multiple episodes show a great amount of forethought and deliberation. The soothing and calm voice of the narrator (Matthewson and Te Wiata in the second season) provide a solid foundation for this alternate universe. Everything they say is matter-of-fact, another part of life, how the world functions. This allows you to easily insert yourself into this world and immerse yourself in the story. The writing must be commended. While in a strictly audio medium as this, it is astounding how well the writers are able to help the listener visualize the world they have created. The first season uses visualization exercises as part of the meditation tape guise and excels at it. The second season is particularly incredible as the listener is able to picture completely fictional works of art in their heads with the clarity of seeing them in person at the museum. In my opinion the second season is on track to be even better than the first, and the change to Rima Tae Wiata is a welcome choice. Thank you for making such an unusual and unique podcast.
I love this podcast. I love the writing and the execution -- both seasons so far have fascinated me. I can't wait to see where it goes. 5/5 stars, easy.
Absolutely incredible! I listened to the entire 1st season while on a road trip yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! Looking forward to listening to season two while sitting on my Casper mattress, eating a freshly cooked meal from Hello Fresh and washing it all down with a glass of wine from Club W. Not only is the story incredible, but the advertisements are just as fun to listen to as well! Typically when commercials come on, I just roll my eyes and space through them, but these are absolutely hilarious. You'll truly enjoy listening to the entire episode from start to finish. So excited for season 2!
The first episode of the second season has me so excited. The format seems to transport me so easily and I can imagine myself in the museum thanks to the lovely writing. The narrator is perfect for the vibe of the show and I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series. I really liked the audiobook surface content more than the underlying 'society' plot which kind of surprised me. Something about the paintings being described was soothing and very enjoyable.
Within the Wires seems like it should be a good podcast, and I'd be able to say so more certainly if I could remember anything that went on while I listened to it. There are clear implications of some deeper plot going that hopefully gets expounded upon in further episodes. You, the listener, seem to be this patient an Institute of some sort, forced to listen to these relaxation tapes. Apparently, these tapes work very well for thats basically I can recall about the actual plot. If me tuning out the podcast were the podcasts goal then I'd say they're doing a good job. But, perhaps I'm just not giving the episodes the re-listen that a podcast created by Night Vale presents merits. EDIT: after listening to the rest of season one and the first episode of season two this podcast is great.
stay for the relaxation.
The prose is so enchanting and the storyline is the dystopian podcast I never knew I needed.
Honestly, the whole show is stellar. From the music, to the voice acting to the writing. This is the podcast you need for that long commute or right before you go to bed. I legitimately don't know why this isn't the top podcast. And the second season only promises to be better.
Within the wires is one of the most innovative forms of storytelling I've seen in a good while. Without going into too many spoilers, I love this podcast for it's subtle approach to character development and effective worldbuilding: definitely worth getting into if you're in the market for something new.
One of the best and gayest podcasts I've listened to. 10/10 would lesbian again~
So much subtext, so many subtle jabs at the self-absorbed. Loved it. Great concept.
I've been so excited for season 2 of this podcast since I finished season 1 and I'm glad it's finally here! I loved the first episode, there's already more world building and a hint of romance for this season?? I can't wait for more!!!!!
Within the Wires is one of the few podcasts I listened through a second time just for the fun of it. From the very beginning of the show the faux serene feeling of the tapes will clue you in that something bizarre is happening and your curiosity will not let you rest until you reach the end. Let the narrator's soothing voice guide you out of your body and into this odd setting while you experience the story that is slowly unfolding around you. Fans of any Night Vale productions will enjoy this surprisingly thrilling, immersive story. If you've been waiting to give this podcast a try, now's the perfect time to catch up as the second season starts rolling out ♡
The first episode will feel weird. This is by design. Keep going. Trust her voice. You will find a story that is gripping, funny, sad, and horrifying.
Season one was so brilliant! I have never imagined a story being told in such an unusual format. I look forward to more. Beautifully done!
This show gives me my intellectual absurdity fix in the most relaxing way! Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes it best, "it's like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick."
This is such a great podcast! The relaxation cassette tape feel makes it really unique and immersive. Once the story gets going, it really pulls you in. It has the Nightvale vibes we all know and love and yet a totally new feel as well. Definitely worth a listen!
Simply the best fictional podcast out there. Immerse yourself into a strange world that is disturbingly familiar- more so with each episode. Unbelievably, it appears that Season 2 will be even better than Season 1. I am listening right now to a trailer for Season 2 by a fire under a starry sky, achingly trying to picture the Orchid. . .
Within the Wires is a great sci-fi mystery set in a shady mental institution run by the government. Each episode is a cassette whose narrator has a tenuous connection to the listener, the main character. Over the course of the first season, more and more is revealed about the world it's set in, and the relationship between the narrator and the main character. I'm excited for the second season, and recommend the show to anybody who enjoys sci fi and a good mystery.
I loved season one of within the wires. The narrator's voice is very relaxing and the story is compelling. I agree with other reviewers that having an ad in the middle does take away from the episodes though. Right when you are getting into the story and getting relaxed, you get jolted out of it with an ad. I hope season two puts its ads at the beginning of the episode so it doesn't kill the mood.
I've never heard anything like this show. It's high concept and they don't drop the ball. The commitment to the concept is very impressive.
Just finished season one (10 podcasts), and eagerly await the next. While not a traditional relaxation cassette series, it was immersive and beautiful. The physical exercises (recommended, not required and very minimal) that accompanied some visualization exercises were fun, and the narrator's calming voice leads you gently in the second person. Highly recommend to anyone in need of something to listen to. ***spoilers ahead*** There is an actual plot, but knowing Night Vale Presents, I'm not surprised. What I was surprised by was how much I adored the narrator by the 2nd episode. Very subtle, intriguing, and maddeningly vague, rather how the narrator assumes the listener has context, which the intended listener does, we do not. At first.
It's not as good as Welcome to Night Vale or Alice Isn't Dead but it's a decent podcast with a good storyline. The new season teaser sounds like it may be shifting focus so I'll be interested to see where it goes next.
a relaxing, yet occasionally unstettling show that i use whenever i can't fall asleep at night. great voice acting, lovely music, and jeffery cranor holds his own with philosophical waxing about bugs, brains, and the nature of the mind.
Turn away now if you don't want to be completely obsessed with something
Yes this podcast has presence and is a present. This podcast is suspenseful and original I love the style and story of this podcast. It really puts the audience in the story enough to where you want more. However since it focuses on one side of the story some people might not be interested but I appreciate that we can imagine more of the story.
It's wonderfully written. It takes its time with telling you what it wants. It's beautiful. Jeffery Cranor flaunts his stuff when it comes to this. It's executed perfectly. The first episode needs no context, really. Just a relaxation tape. But from then on you get clues, little hints saying that this universe isn't like ours. It's a little different. That the tapes are meant for you specifically. It's not scary at all. No suspension, except maybe episode 9. Please listen to it. At least the first 3 episodes. After that if you don't like it, that's fair, but you have to give it a chance. It's so good.
I wasn't sure about this podcast when I listened to the first episode, but there was still something strange and interesting that kept me listening. As I started slowly getting more and more information about the narrative (and figuring out that there actually was a narrative), I became hooked. I love how clever and sneaky the podcast often is in how it reveals information towards the beginning. I love the story and the characters and the narrative style and everything. I can't wait for season 2.
I've been waiting so long for season two! I loved season 1 to pieces, and I can't wait for this next one to start!
At first I was a little weary to try this podcast, seeing some reviews calling it "disappointing"... so glad I tried it anyway (and you should to)!! Creates such an interesting and eerie world — one I can't wait to get to to with season two!
Amazing idea, it starts out so realistically as a meditation tape and slowly reveals so much more
I often fall asleep to this podcast because despite the fact that there's a lot of story going on, the first season actually makes really good guided relaxations. I found myself deeply immersing myself into the identity and history of the listener, Oleta. It retains the surreal nature of other Night Vale productions while taking a more subtle approach to storytelling, with tension rising as the season goes on. This is a wholehearted recommendation for another stellar production from one of my favorite podcasting groups. Season 2 premieres September 5th, so binge away!
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I enjoyed the language and the story. The "relaxation exercises" provided a strange and weirdly soothing structure for the story. Certain phrases still jump out at me, "my lungs are two lakes", and "the sounds of carpentry". I'm looking forward to the second season!
One of my favorite things to listen to over and over again while on the road. Can't wait for Season 2!
This is my favorite of the Night Vale Presents family of podcasts. The story is engaging and mysterious without any of the annoying features that sometimes accompany serialized podcasts like cliffhangers. It expertly weaves revelations about the setting into details about the present. The format of relaxation cassettes has the added bonus of actually being very relaxing. When emotion does shine through in Janina Matthewson's flowing, smooth narration, it makes the moment truly important. Her voice and the lovely music is what really sells this podcast, though the story is also wonderful. I'm excited for the second season!
One of the best podcasts out there
I now know how to relax, be in tune with my body and mind, to which I am servant, and how to effectively check out of a government wellness facility.
I was unprepared for the story I enjoyed. I cannot wait for the second season.
This is by far the most unique story telling format I have yet experienced. I was a little put off at first thinking I needed to actaully be in a situation where I could meditate while listening. Not the case. I was also taken aback by the first episode in a way that's hard to explain. It was like, did that just happen? What is this? That curiosity kept me coming back to figure out what makes this so engrossing. In doing so I got caught up in the story. Keep it up! My biggest critiism is the mid point advertising. It pulled me out of the story and headspace too much.
This is a wonderful narrative that is surrounded in mystery due to its unreliable narration. It is slow and will take at least 3 episodes before the storyline begins to pick up but the reward of the ending is fantastic. The best way to listen to this podcast is to identify as the subject listening to the tapes and just experience the story.
It's really something. Go check it out.
Best dramatic podcast I've heard so far. Intelligent writing, moving voice, ethereal music; WtW has the perfect formula.
Similar to Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead, I wasn't sold by the first episode. However, if you listen to episode 2, you will be sucked into this amazing story! I like all the visualization and the breathing exercises too. : D
Great sound design, great writing, and very creative concept and presentation. I highly recommend. I would say this podcast is a work of art.
A relaxation tape-based story about love and sacrifice set in a dystopian mental institute. The second-person narration puts the listener inside the plot, creating a powerful emotional and empathetic response.
It's calming. It's soothing. It put you in the front seat of eerie works where you just don't know what to expect next. It's when I have been missing in a guided meditation cassette that I did not know I needed.
Perfect mix of beauty and darkness
I love this show so much. I don't know what else to say. It's so wonderful.
I tried Alice isn't dead first (the other offering from Nightvale presents) and found it so-so. So I wasn't expecting a lot but man is this podcast great! I love that you are essentially the main character learning more and more about yourself and the world around you as the tapes go on. It's a very cool premise and wonderfully executed! Also actually works well as something to fall asleep to be the tapes are legit soothing.
After the first two episodes, I was mostly just confused. I am so glad I kept listening. This is the most intense, moving, thrilling, and ultimately beautiful podcast I have ever listened to. Honestly I think it's far better even than Welcome to Night Vale, and that's coming from someone who owns multiple WTNV shirts. So relax, but pay careful attention: listen, remember and comprehend.
Even though it's not literally designed as a relaxation tape I love the structure. The subliminal and then blatant instructions are funny and interesting.
I find myself getting more engaded with the storyline with each new episode. Wonderfully dystopic and creepy while also being emotional. Great writing and marvelous music!
I didn't like the first few episodes I think--they didn't really have a point. Put I think that was the point? They, at first, were just introducing you to this world. And later, when it goes into a story, I think that I liked it more. The imagery is good, it's philosophical and weird, and personal. I like it.
Very relaxing, very spooky, very excellent
I love the premise and how the plot unfolds. The only thing I wish they would have done differently is to leave the name and physical description of the intended listener out, just to allow me to continue to substitute myself into the institute.
This was just boring. I suppose I set myself up for failure since I was expecting something awesome like Night Vale. I love Night Vale, but this failed to peak my interest.
While this podcast started out strong I feel that we're in a real narrative loop right now with no way out. This is very disappointing as just a few 'cassette' episodes ago it seemed as if the story was going to shake itself up and go in a very bold direction only for it to immediately jump back into the status quo. I am also starting to find the storyline rather dull. It was amusing at first that the narration was treating me as if I were the main character, but that narrative quirk quickly lost its luster. The world building happens so slowly that I can't figure out who my character really is or if I'm really the unnamed patient or someone listening to the tapes after. All in all it was a nice try, but I've really lost all interest. I might try this podcast again someday, but for now it's really not worth the time.
Frankly, I'm not a fan of Night Vale, and I thought "Alice Isn't Dead" was so-so, but this series is amazing. This is basically an epistolary love story set in a vaguely dystopian future, with a traditional love story's letters replaced by Orwellian guided meditation cassettes. On a strictly formal level, this is by far the most innovative and exciting audio drama I've ever heard - it's kind of like Nabokov's "Pale Fire" in the way you have to constantly "read against the grain" and pick up the story elements in a traditionally non-narrative format. But on top of that, it's also very moving and suspenseful. The voice actress does a superb job, and has sent chills down my spine or moved me to tears on many occasions. I only wish I didn't have to wait two weeks for each episode! I hope the people who make this continue to make innovative audio fiction in the same vein for a long time to come.
WTW offers an oddly relaxing beat with a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. As the world of the tapes unfolds, the pacing keeps you oddly calm as the narrative continues to peak your curiosity. It is a strange and empowering podcast to listen to.
This show is consistently soothing, creepy and can be deeply touching. But I really wanted to leave this review to let someone know that the labeled cassette 8 is actually a reupload of cassette 2. Looking forward to the next episode.
With only two episodes left I feel it is an appropriate time to review. An amazingly eerie podcast. The plot unfurls in front of you with each episode. Manipulating your emotions with ease. The voice for this podcast is very soothing and filled with emotion. I cannot wait to see how the next two episodes go. The WTNV crew never ceases to entertain, all the while unsettling you.
This is an absolutely genius presentation of a story. I'm on tenterhooks listening to it. Fantastic. And I know I'm in the minority on this, but Welcome to Night Vale never really hooked me. It's fine, but I never got why my friends are so in love with it. But this? This! This is absolutely ... amazing. I am SO caught up in it.
Good Audio quality, of course coming from these guys you'd expect that... but would have worked better as an app or audio drama book or something similar to Device 6 or whatever that app was. This just drags. It's so full of fluff that I just don't care to chase the narrative. I've got more important stuff to do
The way that this podcast has developed so far is absolutely amazing. I love that Night Vale Presents is truly trying to bring us innovative ways to convey narrative.
I was intrigued at first with the premise of this podcast but it started dragging a couple eps in and became convoluted. But now that the story is becoming more involved, I'm invested again and can't wait to see where this goes. I have to echo the other complaints about midpoint advertising though...
I'll admit, that the first two episodes didn't quite grab me. They felt like random psychobabble that merely parodied meditation tapes. I WAS WRONG. Giving this show another try, I slowly started to hear the larger narrative that was building. This podcast slowly and smartly starts to reveal who is behind the tapes, who the listener is, where the listener is, etc. Episode six cements this unconventional narrative by offering some answers.
The story is fascinating and addicting.
Love the concept and execution . Hate the calculated midpoint advertising. Why not get that out of the way in front to you don't break the story, mood etc. Otherwise it's al little like being held hostage.You know the ad is going to be there. Makes it not worth looking forward to.
I can't wait to see where this is going to go. I didn't get it at first, and then I realized that maybe that was the point. I have enjoyed getting agonizingly tiny doses of insanely important information snuck in between the beautifully unexpected descriptions of humanity that I've come to expect from the WtNV team. I'm really rooting for these characters. I wish the episodes came out closer together..!
I feel I should like this more than I actually do. The premise is interesting, the voice acting is decent, and as with all Night Vale Presents production it uses the medium of audio drama very well. I just don't enjoy it in the least.
These are creepy, yet somehow relaxing, I really enjoy how immersive they are.
The first few episodes are amazing in their own way, very soft, relaxing and CREEPY. But as you go through the tapes there is more of a story and by episode 6 it is pretty clear there is a deeper meaning to what is being said. This podcast is an experience more so than a typical linear story and so far everything has been great. It is not exactly like Night Vale which is actually pretty refreshing, but it does have similar humor and style. Anyone coming for a Night Vale clone will be disapointed but may also be pleasently surprised. Keep up the good work Within The Wires team!
I absolutely adore both WTNV and Alice isn't dead, but this one just isn't good. It's a major let down. (And honestly, it's a huge anxiety trigger for me, and this supposed to be relaxing?)
This is another great podcast series from the people who brought you Welcome to Nightvale. You are a subject in some kind of government experement. The Institute is observing and testing you and you are receiving relaxation and visualization tapes. But as you listen to the tapes it becomes clear that something else is going on and that you are being prepared for something that the Institute knows nothing about. I can't wait to see where this all is taking us.
I've always had an affinity for guided meditation, and this podcast is truly an experience. It's meant to be something you can listen to closely or just in the background; letting the soothing tones put you at ease.
This is my current favorite podcast. It's one of those that is so good, I don't want to give anything away about the concept. Otherwise, good acting, good writing, good pacing, compelling setup...NVP casts just keep getting better all the time.
Intuitive & abstract; hilarious, yet tragic; and above all, strangely beautiful. The presentation of this podcast, and the perspective it puts you in, leaves much of the story to be inferred by the Listener. It unfolds in big and small moments of offhand and absurd dialogue nested between "breathing exercises" and "relaxing visualizations". All of which are deeply poetic. One might even say moving. All of this on top of excellent production/musically composition. This podcast is not exempt of the traditional WTNV absurdities, but that's why we love these guys, right? I'm disappointed in the few negative reviews I read. Yes, it does seem like a bunch of nonsense in the beginning and the story is slow, but the journey is beautiful. You've just gotta work a little harder for it.
This podcast is just about on of the least relaxing I've heard. Its strange and gives you this awful feeling in your stomach. Done very well but horribly unnerving.
If you are a fan of Welcome to Nightvale or Alice Isn't Dead, definitely give this podcast a chance. It takes a bit longer to get into, but worth it once you do. I wrote off the first couple episodes initially, but four and five hit me hard, now I'm completely taken by the story.
Glad I stuck with this through the second episode...that's when in hooked me. Love the way the story is told!
A captivating story that does take a few episodes to gain structure, but once it does it snowballs quickly. Janine's (forgive if I misspelled) voice is very comforting and I actually do use this for relaxation. For some people this could make them feel MORE anxious, I could see how, but I suggest giving it a try first. Warning: episode 3 has a very grotesque description of a fly being dismembered.
I've listened to the first 5 episodes and I'm sorry to say that this is as far as I will go. For those that have listened to Welcome to Night Vale, the first 5 to 10 seconds of every episode is Cecil saying something random and weird. This podcast is like a half hour of just that. There seems to be some plot behind the nonsense, but details are far and few between. The majority of every episode is just random comments designed to be weird and off-putting but ultimately have no substance or meaning to them. I think it could be a good concept and could grow into something interesting, but right now it's trying way too hard to be artsy and strange.
An engrossing sci-fi(?) story disguised as a series of relaxation tapes. As strange as the idea sounds, the narrator makes it work perfectly. She jumps between an eery evenness and a sharp, emotional urgency at just the right moments, and it's always believable. The 'story' comes out in barely a trickle over the first two episodes, but that makes it all the more powerful when it starts to come together. I'm five episodes in now, and I've heard enough to give this my highest possible recommendation. You've never heard anything like it before, but you absolutely should.
I'm finding this production totally artistically beautiful. The descriptions or being inside a human body, a body of earth, an insects body, so vividly descriptive! Very artistic. It's not slam violence yet there is violence and fear detected. This is one to give a chance!
I kind of get what some of the reviews are saying about the first episode, but it's just the build up. If you hang in until the second or third episode you start to see the plot really develop. You can tell how well done this show is because some people hear the first episode and really think these are just supposed to be relaxation tapes. Also, the voice actor is absolutely sublime, like it's so under appreciated how hard it is to get into that kind of poised character, but then break it very subtly. Truly 5 stars. Can't wait for more :-)
Love the way they’re slowly revealing the relationships and world via this weird format. Looking forward to more.
Welcome to Night Vale (in its current form) is a surreal comedy. Alice Isn't Dead is a creeping horror story. Within the Wires is straight-up surrealism to the Nth degree. The comparisons some might make to Dharma Corp from J. J. Abrams' Lost are easy enough, save that they are the focal point of the show. The narrative as told through faux "relaxation" tapes is extremely clever and a wonderful usage of the audio medium to tell us this wonderfully surreal story. Wonderful work guys, keep it up!
I wasn't too sure about this podcast based on the first episode, but I have come to like it more and more with each one. It is immersive, atmospheric, and indeed relaxing- although the subtle hints of plans being made and something gone awry continues to grow throughout each tape, and is what really kept me coming back for more. Can't wait to see where this journey will take us!
It reminds me a podcast called SAYER, only far less interesting.
The eery bizarre meditation commands that give me shivers that come from side A. The story being unfurled in front of me as if it is my own on side B. Just a fantastic listen!
I just finished tape 4. Absolutely beautiful. Eerie, relaxing, funny, a little unsettling, and just great storytelling in a format I've never heard. I've listened to each episode a few times. I love it. Close your eyes in a quiet place while you listen to it for the best experience.
...and you can't stop. Immersive. Realistic. Terrifying. Eerie with your headphones on walking down the sidewalk.
Listened to each twice.
It's like wonderful, creative and dark poem. Totally original.
WTNV is a masterpiece and Alice Isn't Dead is even better. This is pure, self-indulgent drivel. I'm not sure what Cranor was going for, but it's not enjoyable at all. Is it supposed to be sardonic? Sarcastic? Satirical? I honestly can't tell. The pace is mind-numbingly... I'm not sure if slow is the correct term as that would imply there's a direction to the narrative. I'm seeing all these four and five star ratings and I have to believe that it's a fanboy contingent that steadfastly refuses to believe that the Night Vale team is incapable of producing a flop. Well, they did and the sooner it's realized the faster it can be buried and we can move on to the next project.
The idea of this podcast is amazing. It's the storyline that's buried among the meditations that's chilling. Can't wait to see where this goes!
The first episode is a old-school style "Relax and follow my voice" thing. Side B gets surreal with a fantastic body swap with a wasp (I see what you did with the logo there, nice :-) The next episodes have had more obvous messages from the narrator. Is this a friend who wants to help you escape? Or traps and mind games by your captors? Imagine you are an inmate in a sinister Night Vale -esqe sanitarium. So far, I'm having fun considering the clues.
I only wish new episodes came out more frequently!
At this point, if it weren't for Alice Isn't Dead I'd have given up on NVP. WTNV has become just a jumbled mess with no direction to it anymore or characterizations for the audience to care about. Alice Isn't Dead is a saving grace because it actually follows a plot and is cohesive. But Within the Wires? A HUGE step backwards. No rhyme or reason. Nothing interesting to latch on to. I get it's supposed to be a parody of ASMR and other akin practices, but I can tell already only listening to one episode that this is going to drag to hell.
At first I agreed with the other reviews saying "this doesn't make any sense" but as I listen and pay attention I pick up on the subtle clues and suggestions contained in each cassette. I don't know what this is building to but i can't wait to find out. Trust the author.
Maybe it's my tastes but coming from WTNV I expected more I suppose.
This podcast starts slow and I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. We really enjoy Night Vale and just loved Alice Isn't Dead. However odd the narrative structure of Within the Wires--and it is odd--the story definitely starts to pay off by the end of the second episode. Having just listened to the third, I'm in.
I have not been able to get into Nightvale. I thought Alice Isn't Dead was just pretty good. Within the Wires, though, is fantastic. I love the subtlety of the storyline, though it has become more overt with each episode. I'm very excited to see where this goes. Judging by previous reviews, this is a hit or miss podcast. It's definitely worth checking out.
I enjoyed the first episode, it got my curiosity up and eager for more. The second Relaxation Cassette / episode rewarded that curiosity with more information about the world the listener lives in, and laid out the plot the listener is intended to follow. I was actually hoping for something other than Relaxation Cassettes in episode three, as we've already seen the "weirdness" and have shaped an idea of what happened to the listener. Episode 3 does build more detail on what we already knew, so it wasn't bad. I would be disappointed if the only thing this podcast has are Relaxation Cassettes. It might be nice to have subsequent Cassettes in future episodes, but not necessarily all back-to-back.
Such an intimate experience, unlike any other podcast I've ever heard. It actually relaxes me but at the same time there's a plot of sorts, keeping me wondering and coming back for more. Beautifully made!
When I first listened to this podcast, I found it dull. However, the key is to actually do the meditation exercise along with it. In my experience, it's best done laying by the pool or at night in bed. If your just going to listen to it in the car, it won't be enjoyable.
I am willing to follow the thread a little longer to see where it leads
I know there are only two episodes out, but the surrealist element of this brilliant writing deserves 5 stars already.
It's Lost meets...not sure what. It is its own thing and it is fantastic. Production, music, voice, writing is all top notch.
It’s hard to tell what this podcast is going to be like, but it reminds me very much of the long since over Sayer. The dystopian setting is a wonderful example of show don’t tell, anyone struggling with subtly creating a world for people to live in should give this one a listen. Very interested in where it’s going to go.
I am hooked. I've listened to the episodes twice over. Looking forward to the plot unfolding and glimpsing more details of this dystopian prison hospital.
I can't wait to hear more! A plot is thickening... I can feel it.
I like this podcast so far, episode 2 convinced me that there is a story but it's going to take some time to really get into it. I don't recommend actually trying to use this podcast as real relaxation therapy, it's clearly not meant for that. The very first episode gave me a minor anxiety attack, so I just want to warn people who do have easily triggered anxiety to know what they're getting into beforehand. Personally, I just dealt with it and kept on with the episode, but I know not everyone can manage as easily.
So, as I have been keeping up with this podcast on WTNV, I decided that I should formally subscribe to the channel since it will be leaving WTNV after the third episode. Now just for kicks I decided to look at the reviews to see what people in the community are thinking about this podcast and I must say, though an overwhelming number of people totally are digging this podcast, a couple of somebodies seem to be missing the whole point of it! Right off the bat I knew that there was something different about this series, especially compared to WTNV and AIND. Between the Wires makes you work for your weird. We all expected this new podcast to be a little out there and off putting (mainly for the fact that it's coming from WTNV and AIND) but I feel we were surprised by the calming, almost lulling storytelling that's happened. So surprised that some of us are missing the VERY subtle messages throughout this podcast. A lot of people are getting so caught up in the breathing exercises, that they forget that this is a story being told! Similarly people are being turned off that the weird factor isn't jumping out at them like it does in sister podcasts. But again the point is to READ BETWEEN THE WIRES! Hate to have spoiled that, but it was needed! For any new person thinking that this is a big stretch away from what our favorite content creators do (which is live and embrace the weird) don't be too alarmed, you just need to do what my therapist always says and ACTIVELY LISTEN! Don't let anything roll past you, because in this podcast EVERYTHING HAS MEANING and it probably won't repeat itself until it comes to a head! Happy podcasting and give this one a good hard try!
I love WTNV I like that they're trying to branch out with this and Alice isn't dead but where Alice's isn't dead is interesting has that Night Vale feel and really good mystery going on about it this is just odd I've listen to only one episode and the second one is been sitting in my feet for about a week now and I don't think I'm going to listen to it I can explain how it's on E Kaina have to listen to it understand it it feels like one of the odd segments from Night Vale that goes on for 22 minutes three minutes is fine but when I try to stretch it it's just not working why think I was who make the long run I don't think this'll go beyond its first season
Another great podcast from Night Vale. I really like the use of standardized formats that blur around the edges and become stories (community radio announcements, a trucker's ham radio, and now relaxation cassettes).
Calming but has that other worldly air of Welcome to Night Vale
I appreciate that the creators are doing something new and taking a gamble, but the format is monotonous.
I LOOOOVE Alice isn't dead... I wanted to live this but it's just so boring... Her voice is great but I can't even get through an episode.... Sorry. Love you guys but I can't wait for more like Alice Isn't Dead
Listening to the podcast feels like being in the haunted house room where you put your hands in the pots of food goo and imagine guts and eyes and brains of other people. It's kinda gross but mostly friendly. It's totally not relaxing but the act of relaxing is, within the span of the podcast, really rewarding. It's a time-based experience and a whole body experiential thing not just a mind thing, which is another reason I'm into this podcast. Can't wait to see where it goes.
I love Alice Isn’t Dead, and Welcome to Nightfall is pretty great, but this is just boring. I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be funny or creepy or actually a real relaxation tape, but it achieves none of those. It’s just a waste of time.
I'm really enjoying the way the way the world is being built. I was hesitant but now I'm excited to see where this goes.
I loved the first episode, but this second episode sealed the deal for me. It's relaxing but subtly telling a story at the same time. I look forward to the coming episodes, both for further relaxation and to discover more about this strange world that is slowly yet satisfactorily being revealed.
"Within the Wires" is played as a series of self-help tapes. The first episode directs the listener through breathing exercises and mindfulness approaches. While the voice acting is great and the sound and production are good overall, the content in the first two episodes is just not where it needs to be. I was enjoying episode one up until it resorted to the slapstick-style creepiness that has been plaguing Night Vale productions lately. This story would be much more interesting without the lame attempts at "creepiness." Episode two seemed to tone down some of these issues, so I will continue listening for now. While "Within the Wires" is nowhere near as awful as the insufferable "Alice Isn't Dead," I have been very disappointed in the new shows coming from Night Vale Presents. Things were easy for NV when they didn't have competition from more interesting and better-executed horror/eerie-themed shows like "The Black Tapes." Night Vale Presents needs to look toward their roots (and at fewer Tumblr pages for fandom inspiration) to keep their productions fresh.
Are you some sort of prisoner? Are you some sort of experiment? How did you come to be at The Institute? And what does The Institute want from you? It's all for your own good. There is nobody hovering over me telling me what to write. I'm only a podcast listener.
Every episode of every one of these podcasts is an audio billboard to sell all the other podcast products and associated mech. It's so rude to listen to the podcast and the episode ends and here we go! go here, go there, buy this, listen to that, be sure to do this, hear that, join this, review this and that and the other and on and it goes... and it's so loud that it takes you out of the space you were in still contemplating the episode you just heard and it just rips you out of it into product, purchase, pay, buy, buy, buy, give, give, give land. Enough! I'll be back when you figure it out. This isn't cohesive of a decent listening experience. I realize this is currently bringing in the big money and make no mistake it is big money no matter how small and grass roots you want and you promote yourself to be but you will chase people away with this loud in your face coach yelling at the team model because at least a dozen of my friends left frustrated before I did. My breaking point was this new 3rd podcast because I wait and listen to all 3 together and it's unholy the way you go at it. I'll check back in a month and see if anything has changed.
It was so tempting, I just had to listen! It was pretty weird😳
A total waste of time. This podcast so desperately wants to be Welcome to Night Vale or Alice Isn't Dead. Just one problem: it lacks any of the latter two podcasts creativity or charm. Saying strange things in deadpan isn't enough. If it were we'd all have hit podcasts. I couldn't even make it 10 minutes into the first episode it was so inept and boring.
I love Nightvale and Alice. No offense Joseph Fink, I'm looking forward to not hearing your voice on this one. Can't wait to see Jeffrey step up for his turn in the spotlight! Now that I've listened to the first episode I can say I know which writer is the twisted one. I'll stick with it-it's a different format that will take a bit to get used to.
Highly recommend to anyone.
Mysterious and poetic. Subtle pulsating and engaging. Beautiful and strange. I shall be awaiting eagerly each meditation.
Yet another beautiful and strange podcast from Nightvale Presents. This is such a unique and interesting way to present a story and I cannot wait to see how it develops!
They are pushing to be a top provider with another awesome creepy funny beautiful podcast. I enjoyed the first episode and I will enjoy the rest of the series.
The entire concept is fascinating and cool. Amazing experience. Can't wait for the next one
Huge fan of WTNV and AiD, so I had high hopes going into this one. So the first episode was, to be frank, disappointing. I love the idea; self help cassets from an alternate distopian alternate universe, but I feel like the execution has fallen flat. While the "exercise" is strange, to be sure, it lacks anything that really grabs onto you and makes you feel creeped out; something WTNV and AiD do with success. That said... WTNV, arguably one of the best fiction podcasts out there, started off pretty slow in it's first episode. It really got up to speed when the lead vocal actor, Cesil, became more comfortable with the role and really made it his own. It didn't happen over night though. I have very high hopes for this series, I think it just needs to find itself, although with only a limited run, it needs to do so rather quickly. Is it worth a listen? Very much yes, but lets see where Ep. 2 can take it.
THIS WAS SO RELAXING LIKE ASMR OMG
I really felt the liquid air and the child pulling my wings off. This podcast is wonderfully strange in a way that is both very similar to Welcome to Night Vale and entirely different. I definitely highly recommend it.
I was not prepared for this, even being the night vale veteran I am. This podcast will mess with your head. It will get inside you. It's the kind of fiction that makes you see things in a new light. And need I mention it's free.
I like it better at half speed.
I feel so relaxed lol. I was slightly unsettled by the hand, but otherwise comfortable the entire way through.
First episode was intriguing and beautiful. Can't wait for more!
Didn't know what to expect from this podcast but I love it more than Welcome to Night Vale. I can't wait for more episodes!
I LOVE Nightvale. I can't make myself like Alice, and while the tone, voice and music are lovely on this new one, the story is lame and showily cryptic. PS - I don't want to hear about animal cruelty, even to flies. No thanks.
My suspicions are confirmed. The night vale guys peaked a night vale episode 13, and nothing since has been special or interesting. This podcast is just more vague uninteresting sound garbage.
I found this to be very disappointing. Its structure is set up as a mystery world where you are supposed to find the rules of the world as you go along, but the information about the nature & structure of the world in which it takes place comes so slowly that it becomes frustrating and confusing. It appears that this is set up as a serial-type mystery show that will be guided through instructional audio cassettes. I found the episode much more confusing than entertaining.
i was wary at first becuase it sounded such an unusual concept that it had me quirking an eyebrow in confusion. but, the bits where it hints at the society that makes these tapes intrigue me. very calming. very unusual in a good way. and very interesting. hope to here more!
If you want to tell a story, just tell it. You can be creepy and mysterious when telling it, but trying to be cool and telling it under the guise of a meditation tape is slowly grating at best. I would recommend trying to and actually relax/meditate to this and see if it is more effective, however that would mean it is no longer entertainment and can't be listened to on the go or at work. If something is going to happen that will blow our minds, like its building up to a weird climax in the next few episodes, then they failed to hook you with the first. I definitely won't be listening to the next one. I'll skip it if it shows up in the Night Vale feed. I recommend the same for you.
Little early for a review, but my impressions based on the first episode are, just skip. Love Alice isn't dead and WTNV but this is just non sensical. No story, no sense, just dull. I'll give it another episode but it's looking like a pass so far :(
Another creepy show from the great people who brought you Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead. The first episode already has me excited to see where things are going to go. If you love the other Night Vale Presents podcasts, this is a must-listen.
I don't know where this is going but I'm pretty hype
The teaser and premise alone had me hooked. Cassette #1 delivered. It is shockingly immersive. I'm looking forward to full relaxation.
Really interesting podcast. Actually kind of relaxing.
cool concept, excited to see how/if plot develops
I can see what they're attempting here: an immersive, first-person audio experience. It just doesn't make for a great podcasting experience. I almost feel like this would have been better as an app.
This podcast is an amazing combination of soothing, suspenseful and creepy. If you like the weird monologues from Welcome to Night Vale you will love this. As an anxious person, this will be great for when I need a soothing distraction. Look forward to hearing more!!!
It was a waste of my time to listen. I gave it a shot. But I was disappointed.
Heartbreakingly beautiful. The music and narration flow together so perfectly it literally brought me to tears. The story behind the story is intriguing and original, as is everything the WTNV group puts out, but the listener only gets a tiny glimpse. It's easy to get lost instead in the beautiful language and soundtrack. Can't wait for the next episode
A friend turned me on to this podcast after I mentioned that I was feeling a bit stressed lately. The narration is calming yet rigid. The background music kept me focused and by the time the first episode was over, that nagging neck pain was gone. In fact, I completely forgot what I was even stressed about. I would recommend this podcast to anyone in need of some relaxation.
Not as creepy face-value as nightvale presents' other work, but it has an eerie and out of body type of feel to it which I really like. Apart from the occasional strange sentence added in there, it works well as a relaxation tool (surprisingly enough)
This is so cool! Calming yet mildly unsettling! I love it!!
Absolutely amazing. I highly recommend to anyone listening to the first episode that you follow the instructions to the best of your ability and focus your full attention on the podcast, particularly for side B.
I've loved Night Vale for a long time, but have fallen behind recently just because I have been more interested in unscripted podcasts. Alice Isn't Dead is pretty good, but also not really my cup of tea. But I just finished the first episode of this, and it definitely brought me back in. the poetic prose is great, the world hinted at is fascinating, and I adore the narrator (though I missed their name). I think this first episode will be the rare podcast that I listen to a second or even third time. I also love that the episode description makes it explicit that this is a limited series, or at least one that will move in seasons. Lord knows I don't need another podcast that I'm still listening to 100000 years from now. Very excited to see where this goes in the coming months.
What a fun show. I'm super excited to see where it goes from here. Another outstanding podcast from the Night Vale crew.
Love the voice and cassette concept. Reminds me a bit of Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, but still original and immersive.
Incredibly relaxing and eerily soothing, this podcast is a wonderful work of art. Can't wait to keep listening as it's released!
This was amazing! I can't wait to see where this series goes!
Before, I didn't realize that I needed this kind of unsettling meditation in my life. Now I understand. This reminds me of some of the creepier second-person versions of the traffic and advertisement segments of WTNV, which have always been some of my favorite parts of the podcast. So far, just hints as to the kind of world context we are in in this one, but I'm completely hooked!
The first relaxation tape was an experience. Side A was interesting, and yes relaxing with the Night Vale undertones we all love. Side B was a completly different beast. I had shivers and for once, I was truly empathetic. It was amazing. Please. Listen to the first episode in its entirety. It was amazing.
This sounds very similar to "Sayer" a great podcast. I like nighvale in small doses. Sometimes it gets a little self involved and lame. Hopefully this is better "than Alice isn't dead" which has so far disappointed me
Totally horrible. The only good reviews were 'reviews in advance'
Yet another win for the WTNV crew. The live performance of the first episode was amazing. The story seems super interesting and I cannot wait to hear more!
You know it's going to be good
All the other podcasts, Welcome to Nightvale and Alice Isn't dead are good this podcast Within The Wires has to be good too! As Carlos would say, "it's just science, and science is always right!"