Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is Audio Freebie (Any audio goes: audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it.). AND BOY DO I HAVE A LOT TO SAY. I don’t even know where to start. I listen to a LOT of audiobooks, and a LOT of podcasts. Whenever I’m driving, or doing dishes, or cleaning the house, I’m always listening to something. Lately I’ve been in a huge podcast phase, so this might be mostly full of those.
- Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes
When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates:
Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?
This one is crazy. It’s my favorite format, where the whole podcast is the same story, told episode by episode. If anyone else has listened to this one, I would LOVE to talk theories, because I personally do not think the right guy was charged, and I have ideas about who the real killer might have been.
- Up and Vanished season 1
Season 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. As the people of Ocilla began talking about the case again, new leads and stories emerged. In February 2017, the GBI arrested two suspects for Grinstead’s murder.
This is another same story, episode by episode. And y’all, THEY ACTUALLY SOLVE IT AT THE END! Say what you want, I fully believe this would have never been solved if Payne Lindsey hadn’t started the podcast and gotten the story going again. But it got people talking, and what started as a planned 6-episode podcast quickly expanded into over 24 (TWENTY-FOUR, GUYS!), plus bonus eps. It’s a really enthralling case, and the fact that it has an actual ending is SO NICE.
- Serial season 1 the rest are garbage sorry Sarah Koenig,
A high-school senior named Hae Min Lee disappeared one day after school in 1999, in Baltimore County, Maryland. A month later, her body was found in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was sentenced to life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.
I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Serial, the OG of true-crime podcasts. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve listened to this one, but it’s a lot. I’ve read Rabia’s book, I’m watching the HBO documentary week by week, and I will never entertain the idea that Adnan is anything but innocent AF, so if you have different feelings about it, you can go ahead and keep those to yourself.
John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
This one is intense, hard to listen to, and possibly shouldn’t have even been made (It’s also another serialized one, we’ll be out of these soon). It was hard to get into for me at first, because it’s a little all over the place. But by the end of episode two, it focuses in and takes a turn that not a single person involved was expecting.
- Crime Junkie
Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix. Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow. If you can never get enough true crime… Congratulations, you’re a Crime Junkie!
This one is a new story every week, and it’s often true crime stories that I haven’t heard of before. One of the things I most appreciate about these girls is that they really focus in on how easy it is for women to go missing, to be hurt, to be taken, to be murdered. So they’re always talking about ways to keep yourself safe. I know that guys don’t usually get this, but girls, how many of us do things like double (triple, quadruple) check that doors are locked? Or check in closets and behind shower curtains? Walk with our keys already in hand? Track your friend’s location when she’s on a blind date? Listen to this show for their advice on creating a “If I Go Missing” folder alone, and what to put in it.
- True Crime Obsessed/TCO Patreon/My So-Called Podcast
The True Crime/Comedy Podcast you need in your life. Recapping true crime documentaries with humor, sass, and a well timed garbage bell.
ALL THE HERO BELLS for this, my very favorite podcast. If you’re a fan of true crime (as I so clearly am), you will love this. Every week they recap a different true crime documentary with audio clips from the movies and hilarious commentary. Sometimes the hosts love the film, sometimes they hate it and drag it the entire time, and both are awesome. If you’re a big fan of the show, you’ve definitely joined their Patreon already, which is only $5 a month and gets you an extra full episode every single week, which is crazy. The Patreon episodes tend to be more documentary series, like The Jinx, and The Staircase. They even covered Serial. They’re at the end of season two of Making a Murderer now, and I’m wondering what we’ll get next! And finally, they had a brief 19 episode podcast that covered My-So Called Life, an episode per week, and it was amazing. I mean a lot of you are probably too young to have watched this show when it was originally on, but let me tell you, it was totally devastating to listen to this as an adult an realize that Jordan Catalano is actually cancelled and we can’t be in love with him anymore.
- The Baby-Sitters Club Club/Patreon
Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
This podcast is SO FUN. I can listen to these guys spin insane theories about the girls of the Baby-Sitters Club and how they’re stuck in amber, it’s all bread, bee theory, purple orbs…it makes no sense unless you listen but it’s funny as hell. If you grew up reading these books you seriously have to listen to this one. Their Patreon is relatively new, and also only $5 a month. It covers The Baby-Sitters’ Little Sister books, picking up where they left off in the regular feed.
- Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment.
I have been a big fan of Dax since his Parenthood days, and there is no couple that keeps it more real than him and Kristen Bell. He talks about her on the show constantly, and she’s been a guest several times. Those episodes are my favorite, because they truly hold nothing back. One of them starts out with Kristen talking about how it’s a little awkward now because they just had a fight, and then they talk about the fight, and acknowledge how each other feels, and basically if you need couples counseling you can just listen to them because they go every week and they’ll tell you all about it. On the millions of weeks when Kristen isn’t on, Dax has a different famous guest, and they talk for usually over two hours. Dax gets really deep with people, and even when the guest is a person I don’t really care for I usually end up listening to the whole episode.
- The Girls:Find Sadie/Sadie audiobook
If she dies, she takes the truth with her… Based on Sadie, the buzzed about YA thriller novel by Courtney Summers, comes a new podcast investigating a girl’s disappearance. Listen, subscribe, and help reporter West McCray #FindSadie.
This was SUCH a unique idea! The Girls was a limited run podcast that aired just before Sadie was released. And Sadie, as we all know, is a book told partly in the format of a podcast. The audiobook that was put out after the book released is even better. It was recorded with over 30 (THIRTY, GUYS) voices, and even has background sounds, ways to make some voices sound closer or further away, etc. It’s super cool.
- The Harry Potter Series
And finally, rounding out this list that has taken me way too long to complete, the Harry Potter audiobooks. These are my favorite audiobooks, if I had to pick only one series to listen to for the rest of my life I would choose these, and happily. Jim Dale does a different voice for every single character, even the small ones, so you always know who’s speaking when. And even though these books are long and there are a lot of them, Jim Dale has the most soothing voice, and if you’re feeling stressed out about anything, you can just turn one of these on and calm yourself to him telling you a magical story.
OKAY WOW I’M FINALLY DONE that only took like four hours. What kind of audio lists did you guys do today? I think most people did books, so I’m excited to look through everyone else’s and get some recommendations!