This is a free 30-minute selection from Audible.com. Offered by email as a Christmas present to Audible.com members, I believe it will interest many members to look for the follow-up episodes. Melissa Lopez received a mysterious voicemail message five months prior; it was from an unknown phone number and sounded like a female calling for help. Rediscovering the message in the present time, Melissa decides to pursue the matter as a radio documentary program for a class project. Classmate Nick has found a newspaper clip reporting a police account of a girl missing near the date on which Melissa received the call. Melissa is on a mission to solve a mystery and complete a class project. The missing girl, Anna Winslow according to the police, was also a student at the university Melissa attended. Friends assumed Anna had walked away from university because of too much pressure. According to one of her professors, Anna was brilliant and could develop into a world-class researcher in linguistics … if she could overcome some hearing problems. After initially disappearing for two weeks, Anna showed up at the campus with hearing completely restored. Two weeks later she disappeared again. Just prior to her last disappearance but after regaining her hearing, Anna had been hearing voices that no one else could hear. She began public outbursts that disturbed all around her. Finally, she disappeared again. There were a few calls from Anna to her best friend, Laura. In a final call, Anna wanted to relay a message to Laura given her by Laura’s grandfather. That relative had been dead for eleven years and there was no way that Anna could have known about him.
Of course, Episode 1 ends in a cliffhanger event. If you want to know about the event, listen to the free download. It is intriguing enough that I would buy all following episodes, eight in all, but I discovered I didn’t have to. The 8-episode collection is included in the member subscription price to Audible.com. I use the windows 10 Audible.com application; there are other formats. To listen to this, the subscriber must be able to access “channels.” Some Audible.com formats do not support this. And a necessary caveat: I am not advertising for Audible.com, I get no reward or prize in any form for the mention. I just think this feature of the subscription justifies the monthly fee.
So, I downloaded the other seven approximately 30-minute episodes. Wonky internet stability makes me download things. For countries with an infrastructure, downloading is not necessary.
Listeners will hear a story that is revealed layer by layer, some with creative surprises. This is in the tradition of “found videos” or “found audio files” such as we might see in the Blair Witch Project. It is as if we are on a submarine journey as Melissa works to drill down to the ultimate truth of what happened to Anna. There will be multiple personalities, usually of victims. There will be rogue (and even unstable) doctors. And Melissa has allies in her search. But how many of them are truly allies and how many are secretly manipulating her?
I am not a fan of audible books because I do not multi-task. If I am listening to and must focus on an audible presentation, I would rather read the book. There are exceptions. Welcome to Night Vale with its almost 100 episodes (there is also a book) captured my attention because of the excellent (and creepy) main narrator. Unheard is also very creative in its audible presentation. It won’t wean me off books but it is a pleasant distraction.