Wanted to give a review of this, but its not technically a book, but not a tv show either.
Recently i've been going through a radio drama with a funny (and largly unrelated) name for the umpteenth time. I Love Bees.
Its a stand alone, 5 and half hour audio only story set a few hundred years in the future. Humanity has been at war with an alien group for decades and most people harbor a fear that the war will one day reach earth. An Earth military ship drops out of slipspace in earth orbit and unleashes a massive energy burst that disrupts communications for the solar system for a few seconds before the ship crashes. The story opens as the power comes back and a teenage computer geek named Jersey finds his home computer has acquired a new passenger. A powerful AI that has lost most of her memories but still has the ability to find information. He tests her by having her find out information on the hottie that lives in his building.
From there the story starts shifting perspective across about a half dozen characters as the AI (whom Jersey names Durga) listens in on them. You have Kamal, an immigrant med student who gets involved with a woman from his home colony world. Jan, the aforementioned hottie, a strong, smartassed daughter of a former special forces soldier. Rani, a college student from Kentuky living in Boston, with the eyes of a detective being recruited for a job in Naval Intelligence. and an Elderly spy, Colonel Herzog, who's investigating the crashed ship.
The stories are mostly independant, but begin to intertwine as things go along. Its a full performance with different actors for each character, and sound effects, though no score. The story is very much a human one, each person dealing with their situation in there own way. While the story is not overly original The performances are overall very strong (though a few take a bit to get there). The overall tone is fairly light, comedic moments exist through-out, but there are some powerful, dark and sad moments. One inparticular is done so well, so believably that even though i've listened to the entire thing several times it still is heartwrenching. and there is this over arching sense of dread, a tone that may seem familiar if you know anything about what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and people's feelings during that time. Its not a dominant factor, but its there.
I used to listen to radio dramas as a kid cause my parent had tapes. ones like the shadow, call northside 777, the sub-basement, war of the worlds and others. It was nice to find a modern one. i feel its a lost art, and would hope, in the internet age, things like this would find a following and we could see a resurgence.
The original story was released as numerous 1-5 minute clips organized by character but a fan took them and edited them together into 12 chapters.Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Afterword
The afterword, a goodbye done in character by the actress for durga, is mainly directed at the fans of the time, so is odd out of context but i included it out of completeness. plus its so genuine, you can tell she was feeling it.
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