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Publisher's Summary

This entirely fictional (and entirely hilarious) immersive audio drama features performances by Kevin Nealon (Zeta Doug), Natasha Lyonne (Narrator), and Amy Goodmurphy (Katie).

Set on a large ranch in rural upstate New York, it’s early days for the eccentric group of people who call themselves The Zeta Family — quite possibly the next big cult phenomenon.

Our protagonist, Katie, is an aspiring reporter who has decided to infiltrate the compound, and her future success as a journalist depends entirely on her ability to win the confidence of Zeta Doug, the likable spiritual leader of the group.

He’s like a cross between Hunter S. Thompson and George R. R. Martin, with a little too much sci-fi in his head and acid in his blood stream. Like all good cult leaders, Doug is elusive and mysterious, and Katie quickly begins to wonder if this cult is truly just a gnarly collection of weirdos hanging out in the woods, or is there something else going on here?

The Zeta Family was created and written by Gretchen Enders and Produced by Kelly&Kelly.

Director - Chris Kelly

Producer - Michael Tanko Grand

Executive Producer - Will Rogers, Jim Colgan, and Pat Kelly

Production support by Jayme Catsouphes and Renée Vargas

Audio Editing and Sound Design team - Chris Kelly, Greg Ng, Jay MacMillan, and Paul Tedeschini

Recorded at Kelly&Kelly Studios and on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This product features dynamic multi-cast performances, musical scoring, and immersive sound design.

Note: The Zeta Family contains explicit content. 

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from The Zeta Family

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About the Creator

Gretchen Enders is a television writer working in Los Angeles. Her credits include Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (for which she received a WGA Award for Outstanding Children’s Episode), Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and Marvel’s WandaVision (premiering on Disney+). Her other Audible credits include Bedtime Stories for Cynics and More Bedtime Stories for Cynics, hosted by Nick Offerman.

About the Performer

Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. He is perhaps best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where he created some of the show’s most memorable characters including Subliminal Man and Hans and Franz. Quite notably, it was his reoccurring role as an anchor on Weekend Update that helped make the sketch a show staple. He also earned an Emmy nod as part of the SNL writing team. He received much critical acclaim for his role as Doug Wilson in the Showtime series, Weeds. He currently stars alongside Matt LeBlanc on the CBS-TV comedy series Man With A Plan, and he also hosts the YouTube series Hiking With Kevin. His 2009 Showtime stand up special, Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out! aired to rave reviews, followed three years later by a second standup special for Showtime, Whelmed...But Not Overly. Other televisions credits include guest starring roles on Hot In Cleveland, The League, Soul Man, Drunk History, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also a regular on the talk show circuit. On the big screen, Kevin starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go with It, and opposite Andy Samberg and Sarah Silverman in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Other credits from his extensive film career include Anger Management, Blended, Eight Crazy Nights, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Joe Dirt, Walk of Shame, Daddy Day Care, Good Boy, Roxanne, and the cult hit Grandma’s Boy. Kevin continues to tour the country performing stand-up comedy, and he is currently working on his third, yet to be titled, stand-up special. In addition, he authored Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me?—a comical look at the male perspective of pregnancy which is available in bookstores.

About the Performer

Four-time Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne executive produces, writes, directs and stars in Netflix series Russian Doll, which she co-created with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. The show has received critical acclaim, garnering 13 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Animal Pictures, Lyonne’s production company with Maya Rudolph, has a first-look TV deal with Amazon. Lyonne directed an episode of the upcoming final season of Orange Is the New Black, in which she stars as Nicky Nichols. She recently guest-starred in IFC’s Documentary Now and reprised her role on The Simpsons. In 2017, she made her directorial debut with the Kenzo short film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, for which she also wrote the screenplay. The film screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lyonne is well known for her performances in Slums of Beverly Hills, But I’m a Cheerleader, and Everyone Say I Love You. Stage credits include Blood from a Stone, Tigers Be Still, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and Two Thousand Years.

About the Performer

Amy Goodmurphy is the co-creator of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch comedy duo The Ryan & Amy Show. She is the recipient of multiple Just For Laughs North West Comedy awards and has been performing and creating comedy for over 10 years. Amy has made several television appearances, including CW’s The Flash alongside comedic genius, Jason Mewes. Her wicked sense of humor has caught the ear of many festivals around the world. She has voiced characters for Adult Swim, CBC, and Audible to name a few. This wicked force has been featured on Funny or Die, World of Wonder, OMG Blog, and WhoHaha. She is a fiery comedian, actress, writer, director and horrifying chip addict.

About the Performer

Ryan Beil is an actor, comedian and writer based out of Vancouver, BC. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and this makes him feel better about himself. If you are ever in Vancouver, you can catch him every performing improv comedy every Sunday with the legendary troupe The Sunday Service, which he co-founded. He is also on TV from time to time (selected recent credits: Twilight Zone, iZombie, You Me Her, Upload) when the powers that be allow it. He is incredibly proud to have been a part of The Zeta Family and hopes everyone enjoys listening to it.

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Really enjoyable

I really liked this! I wish I could find more audio productions like this. Katie and her cast of characters bizarrely grow on you.

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I was unsure of this story but it's not bad

it was okay. a solid 7.5 out of 10. it short enough of a good road trip listen. the beginning was a bit iffy but it ended on a heart warming note.

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creative

The narration was fun and different from my expectation. Story was original and entertaining, plus the characters were easy to picture and fun to listen to.

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Lots of profanity and a useless narrator. Could have been cute but very disappointing that they substituted profanity and sex talk for a plot. Don’t waste your time.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt meets The OA

Hilarious! I enjoyed this productuon so much!! I found it very funny. I absolutely loved Natasha as narrator and Amy nailed Katie's characters so well!! Overall great performances by everyone. I felt very immersed in the scenes. FUNNY!!!!

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Uneventful...

constantly waiting for something exciting to happen... no climax... beginning, boring, and end.. slightly disappointed, but the performance was very good.

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the narrators are outstanding. the subject matter interesting. ending could have been a little more intense. overall, a good listen.

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Fun Short Read

The performance was run and exciting. The story was pretty interesting. My first fiction audible read and it was fun that it was "acted out" rather than just read aloud.

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A bunch of weirdos and mess ups join a cult

And yes that’s basically the story. The cult which is more like a summer camp for adults merge together the people here into one place where we slowly delve into the deep end with Katie. Here we find Canadians, Agents and so many other people and we by the end see them actually become a real family together. It’s entertaining and I didn’t understand how I became attached by the end but I did. I recommend you to check it out at least and well... I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Great delivery from the voices presenting but the story itself is not interesting. Its one of the best audio deliveries on audible I've heard but nothing seems to make the story itself better. I'm on chapter 8 and at this point I'm just counting down the minutes til over.