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Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Audio Drama

In the Embers: An Independent Feature-Length Audio Drama by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns

Length: 215 minutes (3 hours, 35 minutes, 50 seconds)

Authors: Brian Price; Jerry Stearns

Narrators (in this order): Edwin Strout, Robin Miles, Olivia DuFord, Dawn Krosnowski, Gordon Smuder, Susanne Becker, Tom Joyal, Charlie Meitzner, Dean Johnson, Jacquie Maddix, E. G. Bailey, (interview extras: Joe Bevilacqua, Jerry Stearns, Brian Price)(c) (p) 2015 Brian Price and Jerry Stearns, Great Northern Audio, in association with Waterlogg Productions

A song, a pressed flower, and the sound of two girls' voices recovered from a burned wooden beam by using a brand-new laser technique to read a charred surface like the grooves of an old 78 rpm record. These are the clues that archaeologist Digger Morgan discovers while working on a routine dig at a Maryland plantation. Who were the girls? When was the fire? The answers all lead to 1920s jazz pioneer Kit Jeffers, whose voice mysteriously appears on Digger's computer and whose existence remains haunted by a singular tragic event.

With the sound design, rhythm, and detail of an independent film, In the Embers stars Audie Award winner Robin Miles and features an original score, inventive sound effects, and a fine ensemble cast.

Bonus tracks: music from the production and interviews with the cast.

Cast: Edwin Strout - Digger Morgan; Robin Miles - Kit Jeffers; Olivia DuFord - Young Alice Jeffers; Dawn Krosnowski - Susan; Gordon Smuder - Tom; Susanne Becker - Cindy; Tom Joyal - Berringer; Charlie Meitzner - Denny; Dean Johnson - Epstein; Jacquie Maddix - Old Alice; E. G. Bailey - Reynolds.

©2015 Brian Price and Jerry Stearns (P)2015 Great Northern Audio Theatre Productions, in cooperation with Waterlogg Productions

Critic Reviews

"The story is excellent, the music is excellent, the audio quality is excellent, and so are the actors. This is a drama that goes in the permanent collection." (Scott Danielson, SFFaudio.com)
"Fascinating story, with some terrific performances." (Stefan Rudnicki, actor and narrator)

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  • Emilie
  • 08-03-17

Gave up listening

What disappointed you about In the Embers?

I know the idea was to provide authenticity, but the scratching and the extended 78-record sound quality, listening to this on headphones, was torture. I hung in for an hour and gave up. It's not the performers, it's the recreation of the sound of the era in the song segments and the fade-in-and-out effects and 'authentic' scratching the accompanies it that is just too much. I use Bose earphones, so it's not the listening equipment

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  • Nigel
  • 06-28-17

Audie awards 2017 - Audio Drama, Winner


Since noticing that ‘In the Embers’ won best Audio Drama in the 2017 Audie awards, I’ve been curious with this release. Surely it must be pretty special to surpass Dirk Magg’s, much hyped, Alien: Out of the Shadows which was also in the category.

Whilst far-fetched, but aren’t most stories, it hooks your attention for being different though I am disappointed with its shortness. With the total length of 3hrs 35 minutes, including bonus music + interviews with the cast, how long would you expect it to be? Nope. Just 1 hour 20 minutes.

In the Embers audio drama (80 minutes)
Includes 3 original songs from the story (7 minutes)
The making of, documentary (70 minutes)
Interview with the writers - podcast (60 minutes)

It isn’t perfect, but I applaud the writers for telling such a creative story. And at only 80 minutes long, one I will be listening too again.


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Dear Great Northern Audio Theatre: please include the length of the story on any future releases. Just to avoid any disappointment. Thanks.

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