Audio Dime Museum created by the Just A Story team (Samantha and Jacob LeBas)
Release Date: March 23, 2016 (Trailer & Episode 1)
Episodes: 11 (Prolonged Hiatus)
Running Time: Episodes range from 10-37 Minutes
Summary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.
My Thoughts: Audio Dime Museum is a brilliantly crafted podcast which chronicles various tales throughout history as the mysterious Curator guides you through the curious artifacts she keeps within her dime museum!
Audio Dime Museum will forever hold a special place in my heart! It was the very first audio drama I’d ever listened to and to this day, continues to be one of my all-time favorites!
As a reader and aspiring writer, this fictional podcast just continues to inspire me and from its phenomenal storytelling, writing, characters, editing, etc. its a must listen to, if your looking to get into audio drama podcasts/podcasts in general or just want to hear fascinating stories from history!
The descriptive writing, ranging from 3rd person, 2nd to a direct POV style, where the Curator is speaking to you, makes you feel like part of the story as she chronicles various artifacts of history she finds within her shop & its Wonder Cabinet.
It saddens me that the podcast hasn’t continued since its last episode in September of 2016, but I’m constantly hoping it’ll make a come-back because following the Curator, her dime museum, and learning about different moments in history has just been such an amazing adventure for me and is truly unlike any other audio drama I’ve heard before!
From the very introduction told through an aged/vintage record, accompanied by carnival-style music “Hurry, hurry step this way! The strangest sights from the island! Reach from the 4 corners of the world. One two nickels, one dime, & one-tenth of dollar! We’ve got the show if you’ve got the dime…” you get automatically sucked into this peculiar world of the Audio Dime Museum!
With each episode, chronicled as a chapter from Volumes 1 through 2, you get to know the Curator as you find your way into her dime museum and she shares with you stories of the interesting artifacts she keeps hidden within!
I’ve always been fascinated by stories and artifacts from history, but through The Audio Dime Museum from its descriptive, immersive writing-style, fantastic audio and editing, I’m transported to the world of The Audio Dime Museum in an instant and in a way, get a story within a story!
All of the stories she shares are either inspired or based on real-life artifacts and events, which was so fascinating, because a majority of these I had never even heard of before.
So above all, it was great to learn about these artifacts and the pockets of history from which they were from.
There’s also such phenomenal world-building! Through the little details, stories the Curator shares about her shop and the artifacts within it, this audio drama blurs the line with reality and the extraordinary in such a unique way!
For example, from Vol. 1 Episode 3 Myrtles and Oleander Don’t Bloom, the Curator discovers an artifact that doesn’t quite belong in the store.
“I can understand when things from the shop are showing up in the cabinet, but things from across the country?”
The little details she reveals about the shop throughout each episode just fuels the magic and mystery that makes Audio Dime Museum even more intriguing and captivating!
I love each and every episode! With each one, the dark secrets and mystery of the Dime Museum just builds and builds!
Another aspect I love about this audio drama podcast so much, is how much it really makes you think about history, storytelling, and how it emphasizes the power of stories!
Additionally, from the Curator’s introduction within each episode to her next artifact and throughout the story as well, the thought-provoking and philosophical words she shares, just weave their way into your mind and really leave you thinking!
There are so many quotes I can recall/find myself thinking about from this podcast, even though its been over a year since I finished it!
That to me, just serves as a reminder as to how brilliant this podcast is and how the thought-provoking writing has really resonated.
The writing above all is not only descriptive and vivid, which from the very beginning pulls you into each story, but the presentation of the Curator as a character, from the quiet/soft tone of her voice, delivers each story with such weight and emotion!
I think that’s all I can say without giving away too much about the Audio Dime Museum!
So, please check out this audio drama if you’ve never heard it before! If your a fan of great storytelling, history, thought-provoking writing, and fascinating tales, the Audio Dime Museum is a podcast I highly recommend!
The Audio Dime Museum is an immersive audio drama that explores history in a brilliant and unique way! History comes to life through an outstanding writing-style as the Curator narrates tales of history with you from her curious dime museum, filled with mystery, wonder, and so much more!
Today’s post was definitely a different kind of review! This idea sparked in my mind after thinking more about Literary Listens, how I could expand it, and seeing a couple audio drama reviews out there already! ✨🎙
I hope my review inspired you to check out this amazing podcast! I’m definitely planning to do more of these podcast reviews very soon & can’t wait to share my latest audio drama recommendation! 📚🎙✨