Fiction Podcast Critic

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About Tea in the Sahara

If you are visiting this site you love scripted podcasts right?

Welcome to Tea in the Sahara, the home of podcast & audio drama reviews. Behind the podcast curtain (small drum roll), is me Kev an independent podcast reviewer of both fiction & non-fiction podcasts specialising in sci-fi, thriller, and horror audio dramas.

My inspiration and driver for podcasts dates back to a lunchtime walk where I came across ‘We’re Alive’ by Kc Weyland and BANG my tiny mind was blown! Fast forward some years and here I am writing reviews for some of the greatest podcasts out there.

Podcast submissions

Hopefully, if you are visiting my site you are either a fan of podcasts, or a writer/creator keen as mustard to commission Tea in the Sahara to write a potential review of your outstanding podcast.

Down to business then, if you would like your podcast reviewed please submit your podcast to tinthesahara@gmail.com. You can follow me on Twitter, Insta, email, Semaphore (joking), or by signing up for my newsletter below for all of the latest Tea in the Sahara updates.

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I have had the previous pleasure of writing podcast reviews for some utterly creative writers both independent and established alike. Some of their kind testimonials are featured below offering you a flavour of the podcasts which I have had the pleasure of reviewing.

My style of writing & reviewing in itself is very unique (he says). I write with a frank yet honest style, delivered in a slightly satirical British tone which cannot be replicated (he hopes!)

I genuinely enjoy seeking out fresh podcasts which really push the creative envelope, and hope through my writing connects & inspires you the reader, bringing to your attention some of the most awesome talents the podcasting industry has to offer. Cheers, Kev

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Kev – Fiction Podcast Critic

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Hey Kev,
I’m the writer of the podcast OUTLIERS, narrated by Rory Culkin. I came across your review this morning and I enjoyed it very much! I’m so glad you liked the story. Your observations were insightful and the entire review was great fun to read!

I wrote OUTLIERS originally as a novella and Dave, the wunderkind producer, liked it enough to turn it into an audiobook, you know, a single narrator reading the novella aloud, like what they used to call Books-on-Tape. Then Realm came along and said, basically, hey!, with some sound effects this could be an audiopod! (I didn’t even know what an audiopod was at the time.) And that’s what happened. Surprised the heck out of me. But both Dave and I are SO gratified that OUTLIERS has had this chance to be heard and to be enjoyed by so many. Credit to Realm for having the perspicacity (hell yeah I like more-than-just-the-basics vocabulary!πŸ˜€) to see its potential in the podcast world; credit to Dave realizing, in the first place, that this little gem of a novella, if voiced by someone like Rory, who truly got it, would take it to a new place. It’s gone to that place, and then some. Rory IS Boy. Amazement and gratitude–that’s where I’m at these days.

So thank you, it’s so cool to be reviewed, especially by someone who appreciates at a deep level what you’re trying to say.

If you lived down the block, I would bring you a tin of cookies in gratitude. Hopefully, this virtual cookie will have to suffice for now. πŸͺ

Thank you, Kev!

Brett Neichin
Writer/Creator of The Cipher from BBC Sounds

“Kev, on behalf of The Cipher team, thank you for the kind review – and BIG congrats on your site. Similar to Pauline Kael writing about cinema in the 70s, you are tied to the very artform you are writing about. Fiction podcasting is still in its infancy in the US; your colorful style perfectly mirrors the playfulness, intimacy, and flexibility of the medium. In that sense, you are growing along with the creators and helping to shape the entire discipline. Please continue to champion the work of writers, directors, actors, and others working in this exciting new space”.