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free audio dramaLong, long ago, it was very common to sit around the radio and listen to the latest episodes of old-time radio dramas Play James Bond Text Adventure To See If You Could Work For MI6 Play James Bond Text Adventure To See If You Could Work For MI6 If you're of a certain age you'll be aware of text adventures. These simple games were both fun and frustrating in equal measure, requiring the player to use stock commands to guide the character through... Read More and serials (like The Shadow). However, when people were able to put a picture with the image, it seemed as though that form of entertainment started to fade. Rather than fictional dramas, radio stations started broadcasting more music Your Weekly Music Mix: 10 Free MP3 Albums [Sound Sunday] Your Weekly Music Mix: 10 Free MP3 Albums [Sound Sunday] Read More and news (and eventually morning zoo radio…)

However, a select few have taken to the Internet to bring back this old form of entertainment. Riding on the shoulders of old-form broadcast giants, there has been a rebirth of fictional audio drama Which Podcasts Do You Listen To? [You Told Us] Which Podcasts Do You Listen To? [You Told Us] Despite the fact that podcasts really aren't good for productivity - it's hard to work when people are talking in your lugholes - I cannot get enough of these digital audio episodes. There are just... Read More . Fortunately for you, MakeUseOf has taken the time to find a research some of the best free audio drama selections out there. So grab the kids and gather around the old laptop – it’s time for the MUO Audio Drama Hour.

The Audio Drama Directory

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The Audio Drama Directory offers a wide selection of radio dramas for just about every type of listener. With categories that range all the way from comedy to fan fiction 3 Examples Of The Most Awkward Fan Fiction Found Online 3 Examples Of The Most Awkward Fan Fiction Found Online We all know about fanfic, and there are generally two sides to it – you either love it or you hate it. However, when I first sat down to write this thing, I asked myself,... Read More to thrillers, you’re likely to never get bored! (in fact, you’ll even find a few old time radio shows here). Regarding quality, most of the shows I found are well-produced, and although none of them are actually hosted on the site itself, going to off-site links wasn’t much of a nuisance.

As an added note, if you are interested in producing your own show (and it’s free), you can submit it to the site with the possibility of getting your very own link. Additionally, the directory offers a rating system much like the MPAA movie rating guide for those of you looking for something for the kids.

The Minister Of Chance

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Featuring several established names Tweeting The Laughs: The 10 Funniest Comedians On Twitter Tweeting The Laughs: The 10 Funniest Comedians On Twitter Everybody needs to laugh from time to time. Life would be pretty dire without humor to lighten the dark moods that haunt many of us for periods of time. That's why there are so many... Read More  (including Sylvestor McCoy and Jenny Agutter), The Minister of Chance is defined as a “sonic movie” set in a spinoff world from Doctor Who. That said, it’s produced like a movie, but the one thing missing is a camera! Aside from that, every single bit of the drama from the dialogue to the film score is meant to be like a film.

The sinister radio-like show is fairly well-produced (sounding very much like an actual film when you’d least expect it). Coming from the sci-fi fantasy genre, the show offers decent dialogue and drama in a brink-of-war type situation.

The project itself is entirely funded by its listeners, so if you enjoy it, you could consider donating to the production. That said, episode timing is entirely bent on available funds.

The Wireless Theatre Company

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Acting as a modern Mercury Theatre (of classic Orson Welles fame), the Wireless Theatre Company presents a great selection of radio-inspired plays to listen to on a relatively cluttered blog-like page. Despite the web design What Is a Website Wireframe & How Can It Help You Develop Your Website? What Is a Website Wireframe & How Can It Help You Develop Your Website? On a technical level, a modern website isn’t just one thing. It’s a complex soup of interacting technologies, such as HTML (the markup you see on the page), JavaScript (the language running in your browser,... Read More , don’t let it deter you from listening to the well-produced audio creations that are on the site.

That said, the content ranges from the outlandish to the dramatic, and there are even a few great actors found here. (For instance, Stephen Fry himself is included in a BBC-related cameo…)

Disclaimer: You do have to log in if you want to listen to the full shows. Although this is a minor (seemingly unnecessary) obstacle, I’d say it’s worth it.

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Affectionately referred to as iSoaps, publishes a few free audio books for the listener on the go. After signing up and subscribing, the web service will send you installments of your favorite selections to whatever modern Internet-accessible device you happen to have. That said, my only frustration is that you actually have to sign up with the site to look at anything. In my ideal Shangri-La world, I’d have all of the audio books Flipboard Adds iBookstore To Magazine App Content [Updates] Flipboard Adds iBookstore To Magazine App Content [Updates] The popular magazine style and RSS feed mobile app, Flipboard has added Apple iBookstore and Books categories to its list of Content Subscriptions and recommendations. The new iBooks section consists of two dozen book categories... Read More publicly available with the subscription option accessible only through a sign-up process.

All that said, there are only six series available for you to listen to. However, with a consistently updated free service, it really shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Pendant Productions

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Similar to The Wireless Theatre Company, Pendant Productions is devoted to offering a consist anthology of audio productions for loyal listeners. Also similarly, the site’s design is looking pretty rough. But even still, this is a site for audio productions – not CSS How To Manage Your Website From Your Mobile Or Tablet How To Manage Your Website From Your Mobile Or Tablet Read More tips. I liked the quality found here, but admittedly, I felt as if it was a little difficult to actually find the shows. The front page is a confusing messy mix of updates, and it can hard to find the simple list of what shows are available (it’s on the left-hand side).

Of course, don’t let the navigation and awkward site design make you fret. The production quality is on par with every other site found here. Sha-bam.

free audio drama itself is meant as more of an educational Khan Academy Releases New App For iPhone & iPod Touch [Updates] Khan Academy Releases New App For iPhone & iPod Touch [Updates] Students who like to learn on the go will get a fillip with the launch of Khan Academy’s new app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Now, nearly 3500 videos, let’s call them micro-lectures, on video... Read More site, but hidden deep in the recesses of its many audio files are a few classic radio shows for the nostalgic listener. Granted, there aren’t many link sources available. At the time that this is being written, there are only around four big ones. However, they are definitely audio gold, and the links often lead to stashes of multiple plays that are worth listening to.

Here, you’ll find productions including Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre and renditions of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Bonus: Look around and you’ll be able to listen to the classic panic-inducing War of the Worlds broadcast.


These are just a few audio drama sites that you can find on the web. Personally, I’m just pleased with the modern quality of an old form of entertainment!

What other free audio dramas do you like to listen to? Do you have your own online audio drama?

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  1. titankore
    January 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I'm working on a scifi/adventure series called the Adventures of MechaBetty. It involves a cyborg punching UFOs in half, ornery engineers, and an overdramatic alien supersoldier.

  2. Mariele
    December 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the reiview (I am from Wireless Theatre). We know our website really needs some work, and funding permitting, that will happen next year. Yay!

    Happy listening.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Hiya Mariele. : ) I definitely appreciate the time that you've taken to put everything together. I also appreciate that you would read my article.

  3. Edward Goldblatt
    December 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Well, there's two other ways that I like to listen to old radio shows than what you commented on here. The first is - Radio 1710 Antioch. It's a Shoutcast station, so you can listen to it in WMP, VLC, or your browser - plus it's included with iTunes. Plus, the ever-popular - between Community Audio and Radio Programs, you're set for life.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Those are some amazing links. Thanks. I knew about The Internet Archive, but not Radio 1710. I love how they have a disclaimer about the old cigarette ads. : )

  4. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I like the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcasts/Dramas from Nerdist productions. My favorite would be "Beyond Belief" but "Sparks Nevada" is fun, too.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Thanks for the link, Mary.

  5. Alexander
    December 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Great article. My mom has actually been looking for this lately, so im going to share this article to her later ! :P

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Please do! Glad I could help. : )

  6. infmom
    December 11, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Um... if you're going to complain about a site's appearance, it helps if you get someone to proofread what you wrote so it doesn't come out looking like gibberish. Just sayin'.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 11, 2012 at 4:24 am

      Why don't you at least point out the error that you are speaking about?

      Regarding the article, it wasn't a complaint. I believe the site offers a great deal of quality content. As a writer, I simply need to cover all aspects of it as honestly as possible. I can't only talk about the good parts and not the bad ones.

      In this case, I just believe the site needs a redesign. This certainly doesn't mean it's bad! It's just one feature that could be improved upon.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 11, 2012 at 4:26 am

      Speaking of proofreading, I meant to say, "I can't talk only about the good parts."

      Too bad there's not an edit button here. : )

      • Douglas Mutay
        December 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

        We got the message, and that's the most important... ;-)

        • Joshua Lockhart
          December 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

          Who cares about grammar anyway?

  7. Junil Maharjan
    December 11, 2012 at 4:04 am

    nice. one more thing to do when bored. have tried for listening to movies.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 11, 2012 at 4:27 am

      Thanks, Junil! Excellent website. Question: How do they legally get by?

      • Junil Maharjan
        December 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

        don't know about the legality but they have been mentioned in many websites and they are still on the net. But some of the movies I like are not on it. But it still got many to satisfy my boredom.

        • Ashwin Ramesh
          December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

          Thanks Junil... Looks like a good website :)

        • Joshua Lockhart
          December 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

          Thanks for clearing that up. I still think it's very cool that someone thought of that.

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