Podcast yes, paywall no
KitErinsen
Was a fan of this podcast from the start. I’m not a fan of how it was basically moved behind a paywall after last summer’s hiatus. I’m also not a fan of how a number of the episodes that are available through Apple Podcasts were basically turned into previews. I like the premise of this podcast, but not enough to subscribe to a service that I would only use to listen to a few things; there are several other shows I listen to via Apple Podcasts that are also available on Stitcher, but they at least continue to post episodes here, even if there’s a delay between episodes airing on Stitcher and here. If you don’t mind only being able to listen to the first season, then I’d recommend this podcast. But if you’re hoping for an update on Apple Podcasts anytime this century, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Just an ad
IceIceAbby
Only the first bits of the episodes
Impossible to follow
EmergenCPodcaster
It is completely incoherent. I have no idea who is talking or why.
Epic disappointment!
Fairness doctrine
I’d have given 5 stars but the huge crushing let down when you realize this is a cynical cash grab on par with loot boxes is so crappy I personally have zero interest in getting to the other side of the Stitcher pay wall
Waste of time
steveoinlb
Basically an ad for the real show don’t waste your time.
Well then
Chaz Devine
Listened to the first season and enjoyed it but now I can’t listen because I don’t have stitcher premium and don’t really have a reason to add yet another paid subscription service.
Would’ve been great...
Perpetual Dreamer
Would’ve been a 4, but can’t listen to full episodes without Stitcher premium anymore. Thank you, next!
Scam
parcadt
How can you advertise a show on here and not even play the real podcast , get out of here with that scam s*it
Basically a teaser on ITunes
Silvervein
To be fair I was enjoying the story. However you have to be a stitcher member to get the full episodes. Really having it on iTunes is just an advertisement. Not worth my time.
Meh...
mroogiboogie
They should call it “The Sample Podcast” considering every other episode is just a sample.
Accents
Revahedor
I tried mightily to listen to this podcast, but the acting and direction are too poor. If a performer cannot do an accent, why have them proceed with a poor attempt? It is better to have them speak naturally than to have them put on a poor semblance of dialect. It is jarring and ruins the production.
No longer a follower
Celticrco
I no longer subscribe.
Disappointing
crutch99
Very disappointed in the decision to go to Stitcher Premium.
Disappointed.
Mccool_54
I liked this podcast at first. But then they stopped putting out episodes. And when they finally came back, it was only samples because they are now exclusive to stitcher. What’s the point in even having it on apple podcast then? Very disappointed.
Well I tried...
naparobertcmt
Didn’t want to agree with all the bad reviews for this show and here I am confirming them. I wish they would reproduce some of these podcasts with better voice actors or perhaps a better director.
Sample
Gaboy2054
Went thru the first episode and was interested only to find the rest of the podcast is only samples. Must subscribe to their sponsor in order to hear the rest 😒
Y’all really.
*Kit-Kat*
I love this podcast, but I so mad that I have to wait again for season two to come out because I don’t have stitcher premium. I have waited so long to see what happens to everyone. I get y’all need funds to keep your project running, but seriously help a girl out.
Disappointed.
Nick5963ut
Season one was great. Why would you put all the teaser season two but yet never release it on Apple iTunes.As a consumer I only the iTunes app for my podcast needs. Good luck with stitch who?
Stitcher Premium is fine by me
"42"
I'm finding many of the recent reviews on this platform to be disheartening and frankly a little childish. The Dark Tome was, I'm assuming, removed from Wondery along with The Cleansed and Radio Drama Revival and quite a few other shows (Tumble, Heather McDonald) now that they appear to be going all true crime and according to the show's FB Page Patreon wasn't bringing in the $$ needed to continue the series and most importantly pay themselves, the talent, and the writers for use of the material, and this was the best option. And yes, actors need to be PAID for their work. I'm an actor myself. I don't get paid I walk. None of this free crap. I say kudos to Dagaz on this choice, and more importantly kudos to Stitcher for taking on more audio drama like this and Wolverine. If this is what needs to be done to pay for the second season then so be it! They deserve to be paid for the hard work they put into this show. I agree with Harlan Ellison, "put silver in my palm". No, I'm not going to pay for Premium myself, but if that means I wait for The Dark Tome S2 to be released later for free then so be it. Better 50% of something than 100% of nothing! And to all of you people dumping on Dagaz for making the best decision for their show because of the Stitcher paywall... get over yourselves. This I want everything for nothing attitude just makes you look foolish.
Too bad they took away the content.
RabidMikki
I really liked this podcast. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a fun idea, and when I came back for the next episode, it was all gone to a premium content site. It’s good, but it’s not worth paying extra for. Have fun on your new platform, but you’re leaving a lot of your fan base behind. You should have just kept your commercials and stayed here with us.
Only available on some app I don’t want
北 Matt
Now that it’s only a available on an app I don’t have I’ve unsubscribed and changed my rating. After all, no podcast isn’t worth anything.
I’m not going to buy stitcher premium
Someguywhodecidedtorateanapp
I enjoyed it but now it’s only available on stitcher premium so... bye, Felicia!
Good Bye Dark Tome
Djam Karet
Honestly I am really disappointed in the newest development. The Dark Tome is going to be exclusive to Stitcher Premium members? I have no interest in joining a premium podcast sight. I would have happily contributed on Patreon or some platform like that, but I'll be damned if I'm going to get a paid membership to Stitcher. There are just to many other quality options. Good bye Dark Tome, it's really a shame.
Disappointed
Kalina823
Season 2 is now only available via a pay wall, quite disappointing. Guess I’ll pick this back up sometime in late 2019 and catch up on all the other awesome podcasts in my queue.
Goodbye.
JET2188
Ha. I’m cool with donating and stuff. Whenever I can afford it I will. But to force people to buy a service to get it what sounds as if it will be at least a half year in advance...sadly it will cause me to stop listening. Loved the podcast but never heard of something like this. Hope it’s not the new normal in the podcast world.
I’m in awe!
DjDenonsisters
This is so amazing! I’ve never read nor heard a book so entrancing as yours. Keep up the amazing work!
Anymore from Wireless Theater Company
ShellyJA
Hi I enjoyed listening to Springheel Saga and would like to know if there are any other similar audio plays available by the same creators.
Amazing
Doane1982
It is so awesome to pass my day at work listening to the dark tome
Good concept, needs better writing and editing
Kiwis alas
The podcast as a whole has a really cool concept. I like the idea of the dark tome transporting readers into sinister stories to complete. I like that they take other stories from other writers and give them a spotlight and voice work. However, this podcast feels like it needed more time in the oven. Every episode feels like a first draft. He editing is very poor, and I feel as if the story between the tome stories could really benefit from longer workshopping, some honest beta readers, and a good editor. There’s tons of weird logic plot holes with character motivations, and the plot itself skews into some very deep cliches. The main voice actor ( gussy) needs some work. I cannot figure out what accent he’s supposed to have. Southern? Chicago? Random nonexistent accent? Who knows. He does sound like he has a mouth full of pudding pretty consistently. The character work is not great. The big reveal of gussy’s was intended to make us have some sympathy and really see gussy as a tragic hero, it really just made him seem like a terrible man. He knowingly endangered multiple Children and obfuscated really dire facts, even used manipulation and guilt to get Cassie to work on this dangerous book with him. He’s kind of a monster, and that wasn’t the intended effect of that scene I’m sure. This podcast has great potential but it needs a lot of work. Also, please, I am begging you, stop using long stretches of ‘struggling noises’ to illustrate a scene without words. It does not illustrate anything. It’s just a lot of noise.
Good and bad
QueenDaeji
The Dark Time was awesome. I LOVED it! However, there hasn’t been any updates to it for a long time, which is unfortunate but not wholly unexpected. Instead, they gave us 9 episodes of Springheeled Jack. Dumbest thing ever. Good idea but poorly written. Very confusing the way it jumps in time but never really explains that it has jumped. Poor character development, silly “romantic” side stories that are underdeveloped and have no romance, therefore, no point. The only reason I kept listening was because they were executed VERY well. Sound effects, different people for voices...it was all awesome. The storyline itself, however, sucked and made little sense. I give this podcast 4 stars instead of 2 because The Dark Tome, which made up the majority of the podcast, was awesome. Most of the side story episodes were pretty good too. Just not springheeled Jack.
Good and bad
QueenDaeji
The Dark Time was awesome. I LOVED it! However, there hasn’t been any updates to it for a long time, which is unfortunate but not wholly unexpected. Instead, they gave us 9 episodes of Springheeled Jack. Dumbest thing ever. Good idea but poorly written. Very confusing the way it jumps in time but never really explains that it has jumped. Poor character development, silly “romantic” side stories that are underdeveloped and have no romance, therefore, no point. The only reason I kept listening was because they were executed VERY well. Sound effects, different people for voices...it was all awesome. The storyline itself, however, sucked and made little sense. I give this podcast 4 stars instead of 2 because The Dark Tome, which made up the majority of the podcast, was awesome. Most of the side story episodes were pretty good too. Just not springheeled Jack.
Shoots for the stars but falls just short
Madd0lexx
Wonderfully done audio drama, and an excellent take on the anthology format. The production value is top notch with great voice acting (for the most part) and absolutely haunting sound design. As with any anthology series, it is pretty hit or miss, but when it hits it hits like a barn. But the quality of the great stories (Devil on the Staircase, the Bread we dine on in Dreams, Ink) makes the lower quality stories (Blind Love, Family Demons, Trial Day) stand out like a nail in your foot. I had to force myself to get through some of these just to get to something actually worth listening to, but even with how uninteresting and droning the worst stories are they are well produced. So there’s that. The stories are connected by Cassie and Gussy, who read a book to have them told to them by the people who lived them. Unfortunately these two are the next weakest part of the podcast. Cassie is not interesting, even the situations of her life don’t draw any sympathy for her because she is just too flat, and her suddenly gaining powers with no actual explanation is eye-roll inducing. Takes a serious level of suspension of disbelief to buy that she would have ended up getting so invested in the Dark Tome, let alone the cartoony magic she somehow gains. Gussy... Gussy sounds like someone doing an impression of an old book store owner. He feels like less of an actual character than Cassie, but is far more grating to listen to. Not sure if it is the fault of the voice actor or his direction or his dialogue, but his story somehow is less compelling than Cassie’s, and his presence does detract from a couple of the better stories (He is so drastically out-classed by the narrator voice actor in Ink) but fortunately the good stories are still able to stand on their own merit. So some wonderful stories, told in fantastic dramatic fashion and by talented voices, held back by a handful of middling stories and an awful overarching plot. About to start the latest storyline, Springheel, and hopefully it avoids the biggest pitfalls of the first two story arcs.
Too much self promotion
Miss Ginger 58
Children in commercials is the only thing worse than commercials. The podcast originator is way to into self promotion and he trips over his own tongue while promoting his many small struggling and failed projects. Please just do this one good podcast and let the rest be. The spring heel jack million part series has gone on far too long. I’ve deleted every episode since the second because it wasn’t a good storyline and it’s a story we all know. The whole series’s feels lazy and cheap rather making new original content.
I'm in love
Rehz_HaTeR
I love this podcast so far
Hard to follow latest series
Mellyyelly
Normally LOVE the Dark Tome stories, but it’s been hard to follow the Springheel series. Very confusing at points and hard to understand who is doing what. I will be glad when you get back to the 5 star regular season.
Really good
TanayaJJ
Really good
When is it back?!!!
Darth ratliff
This is a great podcast every one is well done and super interesting and creepy and awesome can’t wait for more!!!
Keeps me entertained
Aaserf567
Great series, interesting mythology, lots of fun. Is it weird that I listen while working graveyard shifts at a mental hospital? Keeps me going through the witching hour.
Box of chocolates
Steph-Mom-M
Every episode is new and exciting! You don’t know what is coming until the last minute!
Excellent and invigorating
kelw1961
I look forward to ever episode this podcast has me captivated waiting for more. addictive and very entertaining
Super disappointed
gotharya
Couldn’t even finish because of how incredibly racist the character in Ep 1 is. I was so excited to start listening after a promo during SmallTown Horror, such a let down. Even if the writers aren’t racist, why make characters that are that say really offensive things?
Well written and narrated!
Bobc//
I love this podcast. From beginning to the end of season one, my attention was caught! Looking forward to season two!
Another little world
jlaudioo
I am really enjoying The Dark Tome so far! I’m right about at season one episode 6 and I can’t wait to move on to the next story once one ends. I love the concept, all these stories with in a story is awesome. The language used in some is so captivating, it really draws you in and makes you pay attention. The way each character has their own voice helps paints a vivid picture in your imagination. Thank you for all of you’re hard work and please keep the stories coming, I’d give this 10 stars if I could.
Love it!
Averyb20
I love the premise and the voice acting is good and the stories are always fresh and interesting. Can’t wait for the next season!
Please make more!
OmegaDefern
I love it so much! Please make more!
sooo goood
Desdymona
This is an anthology podcast that does something that no others pull off so smoothly. It actually brings in stories from outside authors and intertwines them into the overarching narrative. I look forward to the adventure in each episode.
Recommend
Roslyn30
Looking forward to season 2. Good acting, good story telling, I’ve listened to all but the season finale.
Theatre story tellers
Sassy Flapper
Wonderful theatre of the mind. The episodes are written and performed by a first rate team of people. Each one is different and unpredictable. I like the element of surprise. The relationship between the characters deepens and creates a genuine devotion to one another. I’m looking forward to season two.
Amazingly well written and acted
Badle1711
Can’t seem to fill the void that the absence of this show has left in its wake! It seems to scatch an itch that I never knew I had.
Can’t put the Dark Tome down
Illyanna Star
I eagerly await the next episode.
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