The Cleansed, Season 1 by Frederick Greenhalgh audiobook

The Cleansed, Season 1: A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times

Written and directed by Fred Greenhalgh
Produced by FinalRune Productions
Performed by a full cast

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4.47 Hours Audio Theater
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Fifteen years after the fallout of a massive energy crisis, steadfast homesteaders in rural Maine slog through an off-grid life. This bucolic existence is turned upside-down when John Prophet, a soldier still fighting an unwinnable war, arrives with word of a powerful military force setting up in the ashes of old New York. His message falls on deaf ears except for those of two youths, Maria and Luke, who buck their parents’ wishes and set off on a journey filled with grim survivalists, rugged characters, religious maniacs, and dangers of nature that have grown up in this strange land. In what was once New York, life is a tenuous and desperate thing, and the arrival of a military force that offers safety at the expense of freedom is welcomed with open arms. Yet this regime is only the beginning of the troubles in this region. Out of the West, a man comes announcing a great holy war that is to come, and from within the ranks of the military regime comes a man who will stop at nothing to take control of their weapons to sacrifice to his dark God. This lush “mind movie” features over thirty actors, was recorded on locations throughout southern Maine, and features an original score and the production talents of award-winning producer Fred Greenhalgh. Called “epic” by BBC Radio 4 Producer John Dryden, this audio theater production is sure to thrill.

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Nominee

Fifteen years after the fallout of a massive energy crisis, steadfast homesteaders in rural Maine slog through an off-grid life. This bucolic existence is turned upside-down when John Prophet, a soldier still fighting an unwinnable war, arrives with word of a powerful military force setting up in the ashes of old New York. His message falls on deaf ears except for those of two youths, Maria and Luke, who buck their parents’ wishes and set off on a journey filled with grim survivalists, rugged characters, religious maniacs, and dangers of nature that have grown up in this strange land.

In what was once New York, life is a tenuous and desperate thing, and the arrival of a military force that offers safety at the expense of freedom is welcomed with open arms. Yet this regime is only the beginning of the troubles in this region. Out of the West, a man comes announcing a great holy war that is to come, and from within the ranks of the military regime comes a man who will stop at nothing to take control of their weapons to sacrifice to his dark God.

This lush “mind movie” features over thirty actors, was recorded on locations throughout southern Maine, and features an original score and the production talents of award-winning producer Fred Greenhalgh. Called “epic” by BBC Radio 4 Producer John Dryden, this audio theater production is sure to thrill.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This epic tale of postapocalyptic America is truly audio theatre at its finest. Narrated by a large and talented group of performers, the story unfolds in rural Maine in the years after the fallout from an energy crisis. Layered with realistic sound effects, a rousing score, and subtle shifts in tone, this recording offers a perfect theatricality that will delight listeners from start to finish. Kate Gurney is, simply put, wonderful as the young Maria, who sets off on an adventure with brother Luke (voiced by the gifted Philip Hobby). This audio production will entertain listeners both young and old for years to come.” Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)
“A huge achievement…Epic! A fabulous mix that takes you by the throat. In so much drama it’s just about the voices. Here you connect with the sheer physical effort. You can sense the actors sweating.” John Dryden, award-winning director for BBC Radio 4
“What sets this production apart from other full-cast audio dramas is the fact that it was recorded in the field. The result is hard to achieve in the studio and brings a unique sense of ‘being there.’ The large number of characters and the switching between two plotlines are ably handled by the cast. The need to focus while listening is rewarded by a fresh experience of audio drama.” AudioFile
“The quality of the location production is breathtakingly stunning…This is the forefront of the contemporary American scene.” Roger Gregg, Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, Ireland
“A great job of recording. What you have here is a complete audio novel. Impressive work.” Tom Lopez, winner of the Prix Italia and founder of ZBS Foundation

Reviews

Reviews

by Fred Greenhalgh 9/13/2017

Hi Paul,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. I'm the writer/producer and I appreciate that you enjoyed the story so much! Having released this originally as a podcast, it didn't occur to me that the Credit roll would be so distracting, for our forthcoming release (Cleansed: Season 2) we will be omitting them so there is only one title roll at the end. To be fair, we followed the lead of other productions that were originally written for radio such as the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series :)

I hope you'll check out the next 5 hours of this saga! Having introduced the apocalyptic world, we go more in-depth to the lives of the characters, the struggles they have faced, and their thoughts on the twisted world that they've been left with... Oh, and huge explosions, whitewater rapids, gunfights, earthquakes, and more adventures.

Thanks again,
Fred
Producer, FinalRune Productions
by Paul (AudiobookReviewer) 9/13/2017
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Great Production

One of the things that drew my attention towards The Cleansed: A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times, Season 1 was the notion that they don’t record in a studio, rather on location. If the scene is on a boat, the actors and productions team is on a boat allowing all of the background sounds to be as natural as possible. I love the concept of a “mind movie” reminds me of a similar tag line from Graphic Audio. While listening to “mind movies” is much different than listening to a “standard” audiobook, I have found them enjoyable in the past so I cannot see why I wouldn’t like this one.

The Cleansed: A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times, Season 1 was originally released as a free weekly podcast type of audio production, , this is made quite apparent by the credit roll at the end of each episode, I wish they had removed them and only had them at the very end of the story/season. Humans existence in the postapocalyptic United States has been reduced to several groups, tribes or settlements, whatever you want to call them, with most everything that I take for granted gone; reliable electricity, television, radio, cars, gasoline, manufacturing, ect. With two leaders that are first hated and then trusted by their group. Now what normally happens when one group of people try to control another group of people? The Cleansed: A Postapocalyptic Adventure of Our Times, Season 1 was full of religious people which I think would really happen after the apocalypse, people trying to make sense of the world and finding refuge in a veil of spirituality. Full of good characters, good and plausible storyline, I was fully entertained by the story, and yet I feel there was something missing and I am unable to put what that is into words.

With over 30 “narrators” or voice actors, not really sure what the proper term is here, it would be impossible to talk about each one individually. The production crews idea to record everything on location and not in a studio made this even that more enjoyable. I personally believe that the actors can make or break and audioboook or audio-drama, and the talented actors chosen for their specific roles here paid out in spades.

Author

Author Bio: Frederick Greenhalgh

Author Bio: Frederick Greenhalgh

Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that includes location production and cinematic sound design. His passion is in telling genre stories with a slant and reenvisioning how the audio format can entertain and illuminate in the twenty-first century. Greenhalgh lives with his wife and daughters in rural Maine in an off-grid home they built together.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 4.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English