Love the podcast, especially the ones with Bill Curtis!!
Iâm currently less than 14 minutes into the latest episode and 5 minutes of that was purely advertisements. One of the offers in the ad was even expired. Itâs not as if youâre a small indie podcast that âneeds fundingâ. Ridiculous. There are too many other, better researched pods out there with longer episodes and less ads.
I expected to hear Bill Kurtisâ magical ASMR voice but no :(
This pod simply revisits the old episodes of Cold Case Files. The narrator on the episodes that do not use the original Bill Kurtis audio is highly unlistenable. A stale, vocal-fry, highly scripted style of presenting with no real investment. Another good idea ruined by unbearable commentary.
One of the better true crime podcasts. Really well done.
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.
Love the show, love Brooke, love it all. Most of all I love that the shows have ending. I love closure.
I listen to a lot of murder/crime/mystery podcasts - and have narrowed it down to about 5 I regularely listen to. This is one of them. Good narration & commentary, facts don't overload a good storyline, and nice background and social context adds to the story and characters.
Thank God they have Bill Kurtis narrating some episodes now. Brooke Gittings is hard to listen to. She always sounds sick! First she read too fast, then too slow. She sounds like a high school student having to read her paper to the class. A&E can do better than this. She is not in the same league as Bill Kurtis.
Enjoying this podcast while I work. Makes time go by fast.
I Love, Love, Love this but now we have this new narrator and it just takes so much away from the actual story :(
The host inserts her opinion, guesses and theories. Iâm not a fan of this. I like to hear the facts of the cases not a social workerâs take on the case.
I like this podcast; great content. However, Brooke needs to work on her diction and tone. She sounds like a child reading a news article in front of the class. One of the best out there, but she makes it difficult to thoroughly enjoy.
I love the stories. Theyâre really good.But no disrespect to Brooke, she canât narrate. I couldnât either if I wanted to. But youâd think A&E could afford to get somebody with a good narrating voice... unlike me and Brooke. I swear half the time she has the flu. It makes them nearly unlistenable.Also, all to often she pops in with her own opinion on the morals of a case or asks when the killer is revealed, âwas justice served?â. Itâs such a jarring change of direction from the rest of the episode that it just annoys the crap out of me. I listen to hear the facts of the case, not for the narratorâs (whoever it is) moral posturing. To all of a sudden switch to the first person is just really strange. Anyway, other than those things a pretty great podcast. Lol
Love this podcast. Brooke is the best. From beginning to end this podcast it's so easy to listen to.Not overdramatic, doesn't string you along for days. Can't find another podcast like it. Just one thing leave Bill Kurtis out of it.Had enough of his voice, love Brooke
I really like finally having resolution on cases that went unsolved. The show is well-written and presented. Thank you!
I really like this podcast, the narrator is very well spoken, and the stories are very informative.
Stories are interesting; the retelling of said stories is less than stellar
Does she constantly have the flu or why does she sound like that? Please get a new narrarator.
The content is wonderful but Brooke Is not a very good narrator.
Love the content, but Brooke Gittings needs lessons. She sounds like a Valley Girl who is about 12 years old. Honestly, I have kids in school who can read with more drama and especially enunciation. It is so annoying that I have to turn it off sometimes.
Absolutely everything that I was looking for in a podcast! I am a welder, and I spent quite a bit of time, with my welding shield down and alone with my thoughts sometimes. This is a great podcast to listen to while working. It definitely helps speed the day along!
For the love of god, please donât put us through anymore Brooke. Why did A&E ever think that was a good idea. She sounds like a 12 year old with braces.
Iâm surprised A&E would put their name on this. The narratorâs robotic monotone machine gun delivery is devoid of dynamics, and hard to listen to, and makes it hard to follow the story. I gave it a try.
I really love this podcast and appreciate the fact that they brought Bill on the narrate. Brooke seems like a nice girl but she does not have a good narratorâs voice. She sounds like a kid reading a book to her classmates.
I really enjoy Brookeâs narration. I know itâs sacrilege, but I like her episodes way more than the classic ones with Bill Kurtis - no disrespect to him, but his is a very different narration style and the switch was jarring. I wish the episodes were longer, but that may be because I went through them all so fast!
I love this podcast !
Intro commentator speaks so SLOW.... in the beginning, says one word then a long long pause then another word followed by another long long pause. I'm like okay, then I'm like she's not done yet? Wow REALLY?? Finally it starts and I'm thankful she's done talking. Finally.
I really like the cases this covers. I wish they weren't all jammed into the same half hour and could go longer to get more info if needed. (Edit: I was wrong some are longer.) Now about the host. I don't know if it's her writing herself into the commentary or someone else and she just interjects when she feels like it. Either way I don't care what her opinion is in these stories. The cases are solved. I just want facts from this story. I could NOT care less if you feel this way or another about what someone felt or thought. Get out of the story. It detracts from the narrative and feels like you are pushing an agenda in some of these "opinions". I will say at least it doesn't happen often but it seems to be more prevalent in some stories than others.
The Show is good to listen too...except when Brooke is hosting. Doesnât have the right flow or drama that makes me want to listen. Take for example the BTK episode last week. She didnât even have the whole story to tell the audience, had to go âresearch â the 1st four killings of this murderer. She sounds like a high school drama student doing an internship.
The SCRIPT is very informative but the narrator needs to slow down and add some inflection to her voice. It should sound more like a professional production based off of the TV show and less like a High School speech.
I love the podcast and look forward to listening every Tuesday. Nostalgia at it's best. A little contstructive critique: The commercial length for a single product is excessive. Specifically the Quip toothbrush ad that went on for several minutes in the 12/12/17 episode. It drove me to make this post.
In reading the other reviews, I see many of us share the same opinion. This podcast has a lot of in-depth information which appears to be carefully and accurately researched-exactly what youâd expect from A&E; however, the entire thing is absolutely ruined by the poor narration. This classic true crime based on A&Eâs program hosted by Bill Kurtis is great in theory and content; however, Iâve been unable to listen to it because of the narratorâs voice. The female, who takes turns with Kurtis in doing the narration, has a nasally voice that sounds like she is always on the cusp of a breakdown. The wobbly nasal unsteadiness and uneasiness of her voice makes my teeth grind and sets me on edge. Her voice inflections and diction is quite poor making her sound uneducated and amateurish. Itâs truly a shame because her voice destroys what could be a great podcast. Her warble-like tone with all its other weaknesses makes me nervous and is so unpleasant that I have stopped listening. It may be time to take some voice lessons or get a new narrator.
This podcast has so much potential! There is so much dead air when they transition that I think there is something wrong with my phone. Definitely could use some help with the technical issues and this would be a really good podcast.
I love Cold Case Files, but this narration has completely ruined this podcast for me. I tried so hard to like it, but I cannot listen to the monotone Narrator read the (terrible) script off the page into my ears any longer.
I couldnât get through the BTK episode. Narrator sound like sheâs reading the morning announcements in high school. No emotion or proper inflection. Not professional sounding.
I love listening to this podcast. I like the host. Sheâs got a great voice and I like how she tells the story. And an added bonus is Bill Kurtis does a show every once in awhile. I love listening at work. Thank you for doing the show!
I like Brooke. I canât wait to see how she will develop. Gets better with every show.
Brooke does awesome job in telling these stories.Very well produced. Good selections of stories.
The content is good, but I canât listen to Brookeâs voice. Good production is tough, but why use someone who sounds like a 5th grader doing a book report? Câmon, A&E. You canât be okay with this.
I literally used to look for a bill Kurtis cold case files podcast so freaking awesome more episodes with him would be great!!!!
Brooke.... stop talking through your nose.... the other host makes the stories bareable but geez.
So I love this podcast but that guy narrator has to go. Keep Brooke. Her voice is so much easier to listen to. please keep BROOKE ON ALL PODCAST
Bill Kurtis is the GOAT! Iâm going to try to get into the audio only side of this...
The podcast. Always looking forward to the next episode.
This podcast would be so much better without this sweet girl sharing her safe opinions and millennial worldview. I know that is harsh but the subject is often murder and she spends so much time talking about how learning about the murder made her feel, etc.
I love listening to the show while Iâm driving to work. The stories are told so well that I can picture them as if Iâm actually watching on tv. I do not watch it on TV so it makes it that much more interesting when I hear the outcomes. Keep them coming. Iâm listening... and be safe.
Itâs not always that you get a great story and podcast with a narrator whose voice and communication style doesnât drive you crazy. Brooke does a great job telling these stories and moving the narration forward. Theyâre intriguing!
Donât like that the fact itâs a different commentator now. Miss ya Brooke !