Amy Park writes:
“I would love to have your feedback and review of my friends new sci-fi podcast.”
Here is some feedback Amy…
Christof Laputka’s The Leviathan Chronicles describes itself as “a stylish downloadable science fiction audio drama” in the “40’s Style.” The first five episodes are available as a podcast. Future episodes can be downloaded from the website for an as yet unnamed fee. With a cast of more than 40 voice actors, sound effects and an original musical score the idea is to “propel the listener into the dark and mysterious ‘soundscape’.”
Macallan Orsel, a young genetic scientist in present-day New York City discovers that she is descended from powerful immortals living secretly among us. Across centuries and continents, they have battled for supremacy-and Macallan must suddenly grapple with a mysterious and lethal virus, a covert government organization aware of the immortals-and her own family’s connection to both. In order to save herself and the immortals, Macallan must learn to use a key hidden within her own DNA. But a deadly secret has been kept deep in the bottom of the ocean for over a thousand years that could threaten not just the immortals, but all of mankind.
My comments on the site and episode 1:
1. Flash is bad. LeviathanChronicles.com required install of Flash 9.0 on both Internet Explorer and Firefox. That said, the Flash animation is well done (making the show look slick). But, that is much less important than content. I imagine in future visits having to sit through all that animation again would piss me off.
2. The show sounds interesting. It is a hybrid of audio drama and narration. It might work. Some of the dialogue seems one pass away from complete – most though sounds pretty good. At least some of the sound effects are familiar, maybe a little too familiar for my tastes. Music seems good so far.
3. The plot is intriguing, I really do want to know where it is going. There might be too much techno-jargon.
4. No podcast feed on the podcast page is bad. I found the podcast via an iTunes search.
5. The links on the “latest news” page don’t work.
6. No price for future shows makes me hesitant about listening to more than the first episode. I want to know I can afford to get addicted.
7. The downloads are in MP3, but the podcast isn’t. The podcast show should have an MP3 option, not just M4A.
8. The site needs an RSS feed.
Posted by Jesse Willis