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Beyond Strange Lands

Written by: Simon Taylor,David Peterson
Narrated by: Amy Ingram,Michael Fryer,Lisa Hickey,Kevin Spink,Liam James,Sacha Horler,Peter Phelps,Anna McGahan,Richard Davies,Gabriel Willie
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  • Summary

  • This series contains mature themes and strong language and listener discretion is advised.

    This podcast uses immersive audio techniques that create a dimensional listening experience, we recommend you listen with headphones.

    Beyond Strange Lands is an action-packed and fantastical multi-cast audio drama that journeys across the Australian outback.

    In 1982, the famous paranormal expert Grant Peters went missing while filming his TV show Legendary Australia. His wife Melissa was never able to find him. When Melissa herself disappears nearly forty years later, her daughter Fiona and grandson Ethan trace her to the small outback town of Boulia. There they discover a collection of old audio tapes that Melissa left behind: a set of clues they must follow if they're to solve this mystery in time. Insidious forces will stop at nothing to destroy them, and an impossibly ancient menace lurks deep beneath the ground, waiting for the chance to strike....

    This is an Audible Original Podcast, developed and produced with investment from Screen Queensland. Free for members. You can download all 12 episodes to your Library now.

    Full cast:Amy Ingram, Michael Fryer, Lisa Hickey, Kevin Spink, Liam James, Sacha Horler, Peter Phelps, Anna McGahan, Richard Davies, Gabriel Willie, Vyvyan Black, Jason McKell, Agnes Mohan, James Mana, Vivienne Abitia, Jesse Warren, Bronte Pearce, Elizabeth Clarke, Peter Kennedy, Laura McArdle, Simon Taylor, David Peterson, Jacob Puryer, Ray Crofts.

    ©2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Apr 13 2020

    Fiona Peters and her teenage son Ethan go in search of her missing mother who was last seen in the tiny outback town of Boulia, Australia. They get more than they bargained for when they finally catch up with her.

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    23 mins
  • Apr 13 2020

    Fiona, Ethan and Melissa fight against the paranormal lying under Boulia’s surface, but not without a devastating cost.

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    26 mins
  • Apr 13 2020

    Following the clues left on the 1982 tapes, Fiona and Ethan encounter strange disturbances in the town of Parsons and find themselves thrust into a life-or-death race against the clock.

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    27 mins

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Story wasnt bad. The kid was obnoxious.

It wasnt to bad, pretty original story actually. The hardest part was trying to ignore her whiney, clumsy teenage son. Wish the author had paired her with a stronger character

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audio effects very distracting

I had no idea what was going on. It was incredibly distracting with the audio having what I can only assume was a strange filter which doesn't allow you to hear what the characters are saying a lot of the time.

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Original story with a great cast & supporting sfx

What a surprise, the performance was great, story was original and the supporting audio created atmosphere and depth not usually found in a podcast performance, all and all I rather enjoyed it.

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it was ok

This was hard to follow. I found the story line to be very scattered. Will not recommend to my reading group.

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Loved it!

At the very beginning it was a bit hard to follow, but then I loved it. I would love to hear more of their story.

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  • Info mining bad
  • 2020-11-04

Loved it

An amazing story that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The way they did it felt like being there instead of hearing about it, very immersive!
The only issue I had was during the beginning part of episode 8. I was out mowing so I had my headphones turned up loud cause of the mower an there was a sound effect that hurt my ears a little.
I would definitely like to hear more of their stuff, they remind me of "Soundbooth Theater" who is one of my favorite narrators. BTW those sound echoes that other reviewer mentioned are way cool!!! More please

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  • 2020-10-09

Sound is terrible not artsy

So I want to say that I do enjoy the stories. I think they're interesting. But whatever you're doing with the sound echoes is just horrendous. It's not artistic.

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  • A.H.
  • 2023-01-10

AMAZING

Loved it!! The story, sounds, acting, and music were perfect. I couldn't help but imagine it as a video game too, I think it would translate well to that medium. Overall, I highly recommend this :)

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  • Charlotte
  • 2022-12-09

Great performance

Rare you get both great performance and story line. Thoroughly enjoyed. Waiting for more. 2 thumbs up

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  • Ashley Ryan
  • 2022-11-18

FREAKING LOVED IT!

Awesome performance by everyone. Absolutely great story line. The sound and production was hands down incredible. Great job. Would totally listen again. worth it.

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  • Traci
  • 2022-11-09

Predictable

It was like a movie that relies heavily on special effects because of a weak storyline and predictable plot. Audible Studios tried hard to provide the special effects, but overall it was like having a salad without dressing accompanied by a glass of tepid tap water.

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  • MJ
  • 2022-02-12

just okay

Semi interesting story. I usually like the full cast productions but this one was way over the top. The sound effects were very distracting and very loud. it obscured the narration quite a few times.

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  • Daniel
  • 2022-02-06

audio is unintelligible

I can't understand 95% of what is being said. The audio quality is horrible. I downloaded all 12 episodes to listen to at work. I went thru every episode & discovered that they were ALL tge same poor quality. I was really looking forward to listening to these stories too. It's a shame. if the issue csn be fixed, I'd definitely give it another chance.

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  • Steph
  • 2022-01-21

Not a fan of it.

I'll start with some positives:
- The world building was good. And I did like how the characters were connected (even if they don't into the details of how exactly they're connected).
- I'll also give the narrators credit for performing what's essentially a radio drama. Even though it was really hard to imagine what was going on (this probably should have been a graphic novel) I can imagine acting this out was a challenge.
- I did like the music. Sounded a bit like Doctor Who.

But I had lots of other issues.
- The sound was all over the place and I would constantly lower or raise the volume. Then the sound effects would be too loud but the dialogue too low.
- Sometimes the characters would sound like they were in an echoed room or in a tape recorded, but for no good reason.
- Some action scenes dragged on too long. It would just be noise and like I said I couldn't imagine what was going on.
- Fiona would sometimes get on my nerves. Pushing down her feelings. And I know she's a mom worried about her son, but it got receptive to hear her constantly protect Ethan. She also sounded too young to be Ethan's mother.
- One sideline plot (the toads) was total filler. I didn't like that story and at first was holding off judgment to see if it connected to the overall plot. It doesn't, so it was a waste of time.

The negatives outweigh the positives so I'm giving this 2 out of 5 Tape Recorders.

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  • Simon
  • 2021-06-03

Aliens?

This was an interesting listen, first I thought it was going to be about ghost then aliens and then it went to this whole thing.

I somewhat enjoyed it but stories like this I never really have been a fan of. Its this a creature from another world invading. And then they did beat it but not really.

The performance was good, I listen to this in my ear which is recommended. The story was also good but just not what I like, and at times it felt like it was to much. I couldn't seperate my bias on stories like this from the overall story. I did give it an overall 3 because I did hear all of it and a 5 in performance and story. So I didn't like the subject matter but it was well performed and the story was ok.