Stories told through found audio from an alternate universe. Season three, “Dictation,” is a political thriller told exclusively through a bureaucrat’s dictated recordings to a secretary. Narrated by Lee LeBreton. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Original music by Mary Epworth.

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Little pie pretty
Dec 17 '19
Rating:   10
My favorite Nightvale Production

I gave Within the Wires a chance this year and I’m so glad I did! I’ve listen to many other podcasts by WTNV and they’ve been pretty entertaining. This podcast fully immersed me in a deep and wildly interesting dystopian world. I can’t get enough of WTW and I was so thrilled when they started releasing season 4. I’m liking it even better then the other ones.I also wanted to comment on people’s complaint of the mid-roll ads. Honestly, I think it ads to the charm of the podcast, the idea that I’m listening to a real cassette that needs to be flipped over. Even if you don’t think that, and I wouldn’t blame you if you disagreed, don’t diss the podcast for that one little thing. You can tell when the first side of the podcast is about to end, and you can easily skip through the ads if you want to.

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Dolevalan
Dec 17 '19
Rating:   10
Immersive And Moody

I enjoy that each season stands on its own within the same world, illuminating it from a different angle. The pace is definitely something of a slow burn, and the show doesn't hold your hand as far as making connections within as season or between them. But if you're willing to give it your time and attention, it's some of the most rewarding podcast storytelling out there. (Note, too, that if medical horror is not your thing, you can skip season one and start at season two; I've had at least one friend I recommended this show to who did that and really liked seasons two and three.)

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biki576
Nov 22 '19
Rating:   10
Ethereal, Fascinating

This podcast takes dystopian fiction and reforms the genre by putting it in an artistic (instead of political or scientific) perspective. It’s like sci fi narrated by painters. It has the random, specific brand of dark comedy you can expect from Night Vale Presents stuff, and a dreamy plot that’s immersive and beautifully told. It can ramble at times, so if you like fast-paced fiction, you may not like this one. But if you don’t mind some poetry with your dystopia, I highly recommend this one.

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All your friends are spiders
Nov 16 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing

This podcast is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It may seem boring after the first few episodes, but power through, because it get really good. This podcast has made me cry multiple times, (Although that’s probably just me) and you should stop reading this long review and just go listen!

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BeckySzymcik
Nov 6 '19
Rating:   8
Compelling

I LOVE this podcast. Seasons 1-3 are incredible and I love the tie ins. Season 4 is not doing it for me however though. I am bored with Freya and her narration and find it difficult to care about her or her cradle family. I am going to re-listen to seasons 3 through 1 backwards.

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The Science Kidney
Oct 4 '19
Rating:   10
Breathtaking

The stories told here are incredible and complex and nuanced and puzzling and enthralling. Honestly some of the best fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming.

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Jerome Stevenson
Sep 29 '19
Rating:   10
Very good and unique but acquired taste

Hard to describe. I love the world they built. The voice acting is narration but it’s top notch. Season 1 is intense. Season 2 is gold to me

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Ash8787421780
Sep 9 '19
Rating:   2
Within the Wires

Acting isn’t bad but this podcast is a snooze fest!

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Little teeny tiny moo cow
Sep 5 '19
Rating:   10
the very best

within the wires is one of those shows that gets better every time you listen, and it’s phenomenal the first time through. the more you learn about the new society, the more details you notice, and i also have really cool dreams if i fall asleep listening to it so that’s a plus.

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B. Dialy
Aug 27 '19
Rating:   10
Narrative Genius

I’ve listened to Within the Wires the whole way through roughly 30 times. It is an intentional and deliberate act of narrative storytelling, designed to leave the listener pondering how government and society can influence the lives of its people. The way this story interweaves storylines across seasons is complex and interesting. Season one captures interest with details that stand out of place from what one expects to hear, withholding enough information to make the following episodes feel needed, and at times, dire. Season two builds the world that season one was the product of, showing how global circumstances could allow season one to happen, while also examining a fraught and heartbreaking relationship between two passionate and skilled artists. Season three shows a behind-the-scenes look at the governmental functioning that create the world of season two and the harsh fear of season one.

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lucky8448
Aug 19 '19
Rating:   8
Weird ads, slow paced

Good story over all, but not my cup of tea. Although I did see review that suggested listening to the three seasons backwards. 3,2,1 and I can see how that would definitely make this series more easily absorbed.

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E_Ksun
Jul 23 '19
Rating:   8
Great for a time passer

Started listening to this on release and loved season 1. It’s better to listen to as close to 1 sitting as possible per season. Didn’t much care for season 2 until I listened to it for a time passer at work and loved it. Season 3 the same. Wouldn’t recommend to listen to for just a thing to do, but a thing to listen to whilst you do something else.

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Sammyzmom
Jul 10 '19
Rating:   10
Listen in reverse order!

I tried to get into this but found Season 1 uncompelling. So I just binged Season 3 which was great and then 2 which might be one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. It was incredible. Now I’m back to Season 1. I think this order is way better.

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Nate1918
Jun 17 '19
Rating:   10
Love the voice acting

I had a slower time getting into the first season bc I couldn’t follow it as well on my first listen but the other two were paced perfectly and I can’t pick a favorite between them. Lee LeBreton was an incredible casting choice, I can’t say enough how much that season touched me just because of their performance. The plot was interesting too but they were the best part. I adored every part of season two though! Rima Te Wiata is absolutely incredible, and the writing was so lovely and the story so moving I’ve listened to it probably three or four times now. I hear her voice in my mind sometimes, reminding me to pay attention and ask questions. Do you know what this means? Are you certain? Can you ever be certain?

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renenuteta
May 20 '19
Rating:   10
Best writing of any podcast I know

Stunning

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Top Secret25
May 10 '19
Rating:   10
Entertaining

So far so good! Making my way through the first season and I'm hooked!

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H.A.Jah
Apr 27 '19
Rating:   10
Clever and Addictive

Reading the reviews, I was hesitant - could the podcast be so poorly presented some actually thought these were intended as relaxation tapes (as opposed to a subtle narrative)? Perhaps those reviewers were being tongue-in-cheek, because the intent is clear from the get-go. In fact, that would be my one (very mild) criticism: they’re a teensy bit heavy-handed and obvious...at least, that was my initial assessment. Very quickly I became addicted and tore through all three clever, well-developed and thought out series. I’m even planning on getting the bonus series - utterly worth it, I’m sure. As a heavily aurally oriented person, I found this a particularly wonderful listening experience - just what I’ve sought from podcasts. More, pleaseandthankyou? Seriously, you need to get on that - we need more (pleeeeease?).

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cosimascully
Apr 16 '19
Rating:   10
Great

Subtle storytelling with such interesting characters. The way it all comes together every season never fails to blow my mind.

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raven 19
Mar 31 '19
Rating:   6
Different

Different type of storytelling from NightVale. However once you get used to it, becomes like a mystery book. However episodes have become far and in between. May need to unsubscribe due to lack of new episodes. The newest episode was not even a Within the Wires production instead it was the first episode of NightVale’s newest podcast. Start with This: From idea to Execution. They should really let listeners discover the new things for themselves and assume people are subscribed to certain podcasts for the stories in those podcasts.

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Craadelman
Feb 20 '19
Rating:   10
Masterpiece

I listened to the first episode and though I admit it was slow and confusing, as I continued to listen, all of the tapes, and stories and facts spoken on them began to build on each other. It was such a beautiful story to listen as it developed and I wish I could erase my memory of it so that I could listen to the whole thing again and discover more and more clues again and be pulled in for the whole emotional journey again. The people who gave it bad ratings are missing the point. It is supposed to be a slow subtle mystery and it is not supposed to let you figure out the entire story in the first episode. If that is not some people’s cup of tea, I understand. However, please do not give the show a bad rating for not fitting your preferred style, as many people find it fascinating, including me. I also think many people dropped off at the second episode, which led them to be unable to put all the pieces together and thus feel unaccomplished in listening to it or even just bored. This is a mistake. It is so beautifully masterfully written as a thing to be built and built and built on that you can’t just chop it into pieces, take ONE of the pieces, and then say you gave it a chance. You need to listen to the full thing to get the full experience and trust me, it is so so worth it.

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