The premise is great and the stories are usually quite good however I just couldnât take listening to all the promos for other shows and ads at the start and the middle, it got to be too much. Unsubscribing.
I think Brooke Giddings does a good job, and Bill Kurtis is a legend, but there are SO many ads on this podcast. Both from the narrator plugging products and external clips played, the interruptions are frequent and longer than any other true crime podcasts to which Iâm subscribed. I fully appreciate the need for ads, and I am glad podcasts are available in the first place, but the duration and frequency in this podcast are jarring. Otherwise, this is a very well presented, succinct look at cold case files, and the cases chosen are always interesting.
Although I like listening to this podcast, I was completely turned off today when the opening advertisement was a political ad with a racist slant against Anthony Delgado. No thanks :-(. Please think twice before you accept advertisements that are so slanted. It is beyond off-putting. But, if the ad was intentionally chosen by this podcast production then I guess it is good to know and I will take the hint and will need to stop subscribing.
The amount of ads in this show make it almost not worth listening to. Nearly 10 minutes of a 30 min episode? Break up the story to talk to me about mattresses one more time! ð¤¬
Iâve been listening to this since it came out and what kept me listening was the stories being told. Some of these cold cases are SO interesting! Itâs also nice to be able to listen to these cases since I donât get around to watching it on TV as much anymore. The only negative thing about this entire podcast is the narrator. Brooke IS. SO. ANNOYING. Her input is so unnecessary and is childish. I cringe when she makes her comments. Thank god Bill Kurtis narrates some episodes because although I liked the stories being told, I donât think I could have listened to Brooke for much longer. BILL SHOULD NARRATE THE ENTIRE PODCAST.
Unfortunately, this podcast alternates between the best true crime narrator alive, Bill Kurtis, and arguably the worst, some chick named Brooke who sounds like a bored Siri reading the phone book. She also seems to believe that her opinion matters to the story and that people care about what she thinks. How did this person get this job?! Cold Case files was an awesome show and this podcast can be just as good. Just lose the Brooke. The more I listen to this podcast, the more intolerable the Brooke becomes. Sheâs actually getting worse! Arenât the producers listening to the show before they release it? The ability to simply read aloud doesnât make a narrator. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION, BROOKE!! No one cares about what you did, how you felt, what you googled, who or what you knew, or what you thought. KEEP YOURSELF OUT OF THE STORY!!
Brook, the host, sounds like a stuffed up pre-teen. She inserts her personal opinion in the stories, which is odd. âI donât know what it is like to have a mass murderer kill my entire family, but I imagine it would feel like...â No. She ruins the podcast for me, her inflection and her speaking rhythm is very hard to get past.
The content of the episodes is interesting, but I could do without the consistent reminders to check my biases when listening - just immediately makes me roll my eyes.
The podcast is great but there are way to many commercials!!
Iâm sorry rape is NEVER about Sex. The questionable nature of this statement was enough to make me unsubscribe:
I first started listening simply because it was about true crime. But now not only do I get to hear such informative narratives I get to hear your accent. Being a Southern girl I have always been fascinated by people from different states/countries of whom have a different dialect.
I started listening to this podcast because I loved the old Cold Case episodes with Bill Kurtis. This IS NOT that. Brooke imparts her uneducated opinion rather than the old way of just presenting the facts of a case. Her voice is terrible and she comes off as anti-police. I listened to many of these episodes with hopes it would get better - it seems very amateurish - but then they started throwing in the classic cases and I the differences are shocking. If this was presented like the classic episodes, it would be great, but Brooke is bad.
After going through a a lot of these podcast. (Iâm a podcast newbie) The way they tell these stories - you can picture what there saying. Brooke is great! Her voice is very calming yet keeps you interested in each case.
LOVE these stories but Iâm not a fan of Brooke. I stopped listening to the other podcast she was on because of her narration and really sad sheâs over this one. I wish they just played the actual show. Iâd like to listen to these stories and form my own opinion not be forced to listen to this delivery.
I like the podcast, great stories, but the host isnât very good. She sounds like sheâs reading a script badly. A better host would make this podcast better.
One of my favorite shows.
If you want something to listen to and your hands are free to use skip through numerous ads, go for it. Otherwise, this podcast is missable.
Cold case is my favorite TV show! Itâs so well put together with plenty of clips. However, the podcast narrators voice is not great. The valley girl accent brings the professionalism down by miles. It reminds me of when i was in high school and someone was asked to read from a book out loud to the class. I love the cases covered but sometimes i cant take the voice so much Iâll stop listening for weeks until Iâm desperate again. Please change the narrator or put in more episodes covered by bill and i would give this 5 Stars.
Love this podcast! Only thing I donât like is the host. She is very annoying and always puts her opinion in and itâs not necessary.
The content of the show is great but there are way too many ads. A 30 minute podcast should not have 6 minutes of ads.
The narrator's voice sounds like Sid from Ice Age. Some people just do not have a voice for podcasts and should choose other professions.
Dear podcast producer, why do you want to torture your listeners with the worst narrator ever employed in podcast history. Are you deaf? Is Brook family and thatâs why you hired her for THREE AGONIZING SEASONS? Is there really NOONE ELSE YOU COULD POSSIBLY HIRE to narrate this show?! Every time I hear her terrible, god awful, monotone, lifeless voice I feel like cutting my ears off. I pray youâll find some sense and hire Bill Curtis.
Love the podcast, but canât stand the narrator. Very amateur. Not a good voice for narration.
So, I get that sponsors and ads are needed. However, recently Cold Case Files is about 18 minutes of episode and 12 minutes of ads. The ratio is way off. It's hard to get into the podcast when after only minutes of a story being told we're back at another ad. I totally support podcasts that are brought to us for free needing to make coin, but this is ridiculous. It used to be one of my favorite podcasts and now I find myself starting an episode, getting sick of all the ads, and listening to something else. I'm bummed. ð
Its interesting to listen to but the ads are so long. I dont mind ads, i understand why but why so long and 2-3 ads at once ?
The "host" is awful..... please leave.
Normally a filler between my other favorites but itâs become so ad heavy itâs almost not worth listening to
I have to skip through a third of the show due to so many ads. The first 5 minutes are just straight ads. Not a fan
I feel like this podcast *should* be amazing but Brookeâs voice is grating and she takes no time for diction. I love the Bill Kurtis episodes, but when she does an episode I feel like I am listening to a tenth graderâs school report.
Great show, but this new season has too many commercials. I know they need advertising dollars, but this 30 minute show has more than other 1 hour podcasts I listen to. I will stay subscribed, but will shuffle to the bottom of rotation. Itâs almost comical when it comes to the adverts.
Nice mixture of small and big stories.
Donât care about jury bias or Brookeâs lack of legal expertise.Longtime fan but- The Golden State Killer series let me down. Skipped huge parts of the case that are very interesting, like why the guy was a suspect in the first place, and spent more than half the air time discussing victim impact and what juror bias means. This is supposed to be a show about solving cold cases- stick to that. Show would be greatly improved by having a host that speaks professionally and without their own personal takes that do not speak from experience.
One of the most notorious crimes in the 1970âs was in Yuba City, CA. Please do a story on Juan Corona, it is a very interesting story with such a sad ending.
This could be a great podcast but there are some issues. Who wants to hear 3 minutes of ads before the show. Always do your ads at the end and please just rush through them. Otherwise a pretty good show.
Way way way too many commercials. To the point that Iâm really close to stopping listening. Enough with the commercials already.
How can you go from Bill Kurtis to this valley girl? Iâve tried several times to listen, but canât do it. She should be narrating a podcast about celebrity gossip or something, rather than true crime. Ugh. Terrible!!
Sooo many commercials. The content is not worth the long waits between ads.
Sometimes it is a âclassicâ case from Bill Curtis and sometimes it is the host, Brooke. I like the mix of voices and the story.
Does the host have a permanent cold? The Golden State Killer episode was soooo hard to listen to!
Did the host get braces or something? The slurring and lack of enunciation is driving me crazy!
Excellently produced and right in line with the style of the TV show. True crime at its best!
The frequent (LOUD) advertisements make this totally not even worth listening to. Use to love it.
I strongly dislike Brookeâs commentary on some of the episodes... she comes off as defending the perpetrator and majority of the cases have DNA evidence. I get her other podcast addresses the dysfunction in the criminal justice system but this podcast should address when we get it right... Also her voice is just ridiculous...
I am very interested in the subject matter and the actual investigation work however, I am not a fan of the narrator Brooke. I get a feeling she is very critical of the investigators and frequently injects her own values into a subject matter that doesnât require for the narrator to do so. Just my humble opinion. Sometimes I just want to yell at her like no you are wrong stop just stop!
Nice listen and Brooke is very good
I really enjoy cold cases and it's great when they are solved! I like hearing news snippets and interviews with actual people. Cannot stand the host. I could do without the musings and just stick to facts. A little less âmiddle school newsâ type voice/delivery would be great. As well as refraining from the âI donât know what Iâd do ifâ and other unnecessary comments. If itâs Bill Kurtis narrating all the time, Iâd be thrilled. Honestly, if itâs not read by the âinsert ridiculous adjective here chosen by a 13 year old with a thesaurusâ Bill, I delete it.
There hasnât been a post since 2017. Iâm disappointed
I started listening to this podcast about a month ago. It is literally the only thing I listen to on my 30 minute commute to work. I finished it, but now I want more! When are new ones going to be released?