Aftermath | 2012 | Yap Audio | Matthew McLean & Robert Cudmore

I gave the first season a solid meh.
No crimes against the medium but just underwhelming. Though, I did keep listening and plan to listen to season two, as well. I do love post-apocalyptic stories.

I didn’t take many notes while I listened to this – mainly just the following…
I find Julie Hoverson’s voice annoying. She’d make a good audio book reader – she’s got a storyteller voice – but in audio theater productions she just always sounds like she’s trying too hard.

That’s it. I give this a C- because it does more right than wrong but I’m not keeping it. But, again, I plan to listen to further episodes. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

…UPDATE…

I listened to season two and I’m just going to paste my notes…

I think the dialogue is a bit better. Or maybe I just like it better. The story is certainly picking up. There is such a thing as too many plot twists, though.

The sound design is pretty seamless and natural – I kept forgetting to judge it because it just worked.

I still don’t like Julie Hoverson. Thankfully, there’s less of her in this season.

I didn’t know this wasn’t an ongoing series. I did really enjoy the end. Or rather, epilogue.

I stand by my C- and doubt I’ll ever listen to it again.

Aftermath

Welcome to 2016. For the past five years the world has become an increasingly unstable place. The threat of war between China and the USA had loomed heavily over the rest of the world. Britain, now a small, insignificant and bankrupt nation, initially, as always, had sided with the USA. But relations quickly broke down beyond repair between the two nations, leaving the UK an isolated and unimportant outcast in world diplomacy.

Faced with two gigantic, power hungry enemies on either side, things go from bad to worse in the UK when an attack on the country’s power and communications leaves its citizens without electricity, television, phone or internet. After nearly a fortnight, and with nothing more than speculation available about who carried out the attack and why, looting and riots spread throughout towns and cities like wildfire.

Rumours of an emergency radio broadcast promising help, information, food and water in the centre of every city sees millions of people on the move as they try to head for safety, hoping that the crisis may be at an end.

In reality, nothing can be further from the truth. In a car park, half way up Falkland Hill in Fife, a group of people who fled from the riot stricken towns below watch out over the river Forth in horror as Edinburgh is blitzed by a missile attack from the sky. The lucky ones are killed by the blasts, but anyone else close enough is subjected to the chemicals unleashed by the explosions. A devastating chemical attack turns ordinary people into bloodthirsty savages, and Scotland as we know it, changes forever.

And now… this is the Aftermath.

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