Lately I’m living a dreary life of eat, sleep and repeat. When I’m not battling blues or worse, boredom, I am on a look out for anything that will shake me from my stupor. Sadly my usual fixes- Netflix and my novels, have failed. Even my latest love, the audio books don’t excite me; the last one was a nine hours long marathon narration of Jane Eyre. Excellent narration too but I need a break from the heavy duty tomes.
The universe heard me and Ms Fiery sent me , ‘must listen podcasts’ recommendations.
Podcast: A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.– Dictionary
Yes! My hunt for the most captivating, bizarre, humorous, podcast finally came to fruition.
Podcast Name: ‘The Amelia Project’
Playing on: Apple podcast, ameliapodcast.com and Google ( yes, all free )
About: “The Amelia Project is a dark comedy podcast about a secret agency offering a very special service: Faking its clients’ deaths and bringing them back with a new identity! Its eccentric clientele includes cult leaders, scientists, politicians and even an AI, all desperate to disappear and start over… But how long can the secrecy last?”
My initial thoughts, “Ok! A witness protection programme, serious and intense drama.”
So with little faith, I jumped right into Episode1: Elizabeth Barlow. It was by far the zaniest introduction ever to any audio programme. Let’s say it involved a cuckold wife, Elizabeth, who is bloodthirsty for the ultimate revenge from her cheating husband. Sounds dark, right? Yet there I was smiling and giggling and thinking, “What brilliant writing! It was as though PG Wodehouse, Douglas Adam and Roald Dahl decided to collaborate.”
Episode 2 is on Zale Indigo Ravenheart (how utterly fabulous is the name!), leader of an obscure cult. He had not only announced that he’d be leaving Earth (via a cannon shot) but also had a website with a countdown dedicated to his departure. As I said , eccentric characters with inane storyline that made perfect sense.
We, the audience are a fly on the wall. We eavesdrop on the most wacky, ridiculous situation that demand the client’s immediate disappearance from the face of the Earth. We hear their very first meet and greet, that is between the client seeking to disappear and the effervescent service provider simply known as the ‘Interviewer’ who has a penchant for cocoa. Trust me, all that cocoa talk had me craving for a cup too. Anyway, full marks to him for never failing to keep, both the client and the audience spirits from ever plumbing in disappointment.
A special shout out to Joey and Salvatorie, his multitasking, never say no, men Friday and the interesting Kawaloski, the plastic surgeon. Apparently the latter thrives on challenges. Trust me, some of the new identities discussed would require a miracle and not a surgeon, to succeed.
Finally, at the end of the fairly short episodes, an after credit scene, like the Marvel’s Avengers series, plays out. It pretty much gives you a hint of how well the plan went. Yes, there are hiccups but it provides a closure to every story. We all walk away feeling very satisfied indeed, reaffirming that The Amelia Project is the best in its business.
So I say to anyone feeling low or bored or just curious, give this one a shot . The Amelia Project is a winner all the way .