Winner of Best Audio Drama, BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2013. Winner of Speculative Fiction, Parsec Award, 2013.
The Minister of Chance is a wildly exciting, picaresque fantasy adventure and a brilliant, Swiftian satire on politics and religion. It boasts Hollywood production values, an orchestral score and a staggeringly accomplished cast: Jenny Agutter, Jed Brophy, Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and the beautifully inflected Julian Wadham as the titular minister.
Originally made on an overdraft, the remaining episodes were funded by fans who turned this groundbreaking radiophonic masterpiece into a multiaward-winning cult phenomenon.
A world not our own: Ambassador Durian of the technologically advanced nation of Sezuan is sent to talk peace with the King of the medieval backwater nation of Tanto. However, the King rebuffs Durian's overtures of friendship, and things take a turn for the very, very sinister.
At a nearby inn, barmaid Kitty's routine of fighting, abusing customers, and avoiding personal hygiene is disrupted by the arrival of a cloaked stranger. Her routine is further disrupted when she follows him into the forest, through a ghostly doorway, over the frost bridge between worlds, and into an adventure encompassing invasions, machiavellian political scheming and conversations with frog gods at the entrance to the Underworld.
Put on your headphones, and spend your next commute in another world. You won't want to leave.
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"...ambitious and innovative...excellent production that creates vivid, evocative soundscapes that drive forward the mood and suspense...gripping." (The Guardian)
"...startling...a joy to listen to...world-class...magic...superb...haunting...intricate...sucks you in and holds you...so poetic that you're happy to go along with every twist...fascinating...a gorgeous audio experience." (Entertainment Focus)
"...truly breath-taking...seldom have I heard such an imaginative use of music and effects.... I urge any listener who enjoys a rattling good story to download it as soon as they can." (Radio Drama Reviews)
Like my headline says it's literally like watching a movie... But with your ears. Dan Freeman, the voice actors and rest of a team did an amazing job taking us into a world where science is outlawed and magic rules. Highly recommended.
"Audio needs balancing desperately!"
I really wanted to love this. The cast of actors that are part of this is amazing. First, realize this is an audio series, not a book. Imagine the radio dramas of days gone by. I had some difficulty following the story line with such a huge cast of characters, many of whose voices were confusing. I couldn't always tell who was talking. And if I had a drink for every time Kitty says "Oy!" I would be too drunk to write this post. But my biggest complaint is how loud the background sounds were, frequently making it hard to understand the actors and proving very distracting. Ok, we got it, they're by a stream, you can turn down the volume on the running water a bit. I found the ambient sounds and music so loud and distracting I had to force myself to listen at times. Overall, the actors were great, the story was ok, but the post production needs a lot of work.
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