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14 Audio Drama Podcasts to Get You Hooked on Fiction

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Audio drama is known for being heavy on the sci-fi and horror, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t great realistic fiction. Based on the true story of “Numbers Queen” Madame Stephanie St. Clair, mobster and gambler, Harlem Queen is a historical fiction podcast set during the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem Queen is jazzy, glamorous, and exciting–but it also doesn’t shy away from the realities of being black, and especially being a black woman, in the American 1920’s.

Wil Williams, DiscoverPods.com

What a beautiful audio drama! I admire it all -- the acting, production, music, and the writing. I especially love… the cultural context for the story. So engaging and rich! - Bridgett M. Davis, The World According the Fannie Davis

 

This is a wonderful historical fiction look into St. Clair’s patronage and business, and the way she fought against racism and sexism at every turn, including indications to her later work as an activist for reform. It’s a lovingly rendered work, with a main actress who clearly spent a lot of time digging into St. Clair’s experiences, that doesn’t forget the duality of St. Clair’s life. - Elena Fernandez Collins  - Audio Dramatic

There are multiple characters with full arcs, a vividly depicted setting achieved through meticulous sound design and recognizable historical figures, and a compelling story.

And of course, the star of it all is the Numbers Queen herself. She’s a fascinating character and an inspirational woman, and Harlem Queen does an excellent job of both telling her story - The Fantasy Inn

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