Monday, November 6, 2017

Deanna Listens: Steal The Stars

Deanna Listens is a monthly feature on the first Monday of every month I created to showcase some of my favorite podcasts.  This month I am featuring STEAL THE STARS!

To be honest, I don't think I would have heard about Steal the Stars if I wasn't on the TOR email blast list. I got an email from TOR to introduce this new sci-fi audio-drama podcast presented by TOR Labs and Gideon Media. So I looked it up and added it to my podcast queue, but then never listened to it. So when I was trying to think of what podcast to feature for Deanna Listens, I knew I wanted it to be something Sci-Fi related in honor of Sci-fi Month, and that's when I finally decided to listen. And man, was I missing out! But luckily, I was able to binge all the episodes and now I'm sad it's over!!

This podcast is an audio drama with a full cast of characters, and it's like I forget that I can't see these people because the voice actors are so good! They convey so much emotion in just a single breath. The two leads Ashlie Atkinson and Neimah Djourabchi really knock it out of the park for me. I kind of forget that they aren't Dak and Matt going about their crazy lives. These are just two good actors, because they have me full-heartedly believing in them. 

If you like sci-fi and things that are about "fuck the system" then you will probably like Dakota Prentiss, because she does everything in her power to "fuck the system." Even if she never really intended for this to happen. Also if forbidden love is your thing, this one is for you. This podcast is described as being an noir-style sci-fi story, and I would agree with that assessment. It's got everything I love about sci-fi, conspiracy within the government, crazy alien stuff, and BAMF lead female that takes charge. Dak is a character you want to root for, even if sometimes she does some really questionable stuff. But who hasn't for love? 

I do have to say that this podcast is on the adult-side in both themes and the language used. Itunes will show you the parental advisory logo when you search in the podcast store. For me that's is not an issue, it makes it feel more real to me. Also, I have a mouth like a trucker so I talk a lot like Dak, so it gives me a chuckle. I know not everyone is okay with that, so I felt the need to point that out. 

I love that podcasts are being used to tell stories as audiodramas. It's something that seemed to die out in America, but because of the interest in podcasting it is coming back. I think it's just an interesting way to tell a story. I highly recommend checking this one out if you haven't already!

Got a great podcast you love? Give me a recommendation in the comments. No serious, please help, I'm running out of podcasts to listen to!
Happy Reads Everyone!