Listed: 5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The following podcasts are free and under a specific category so when I say "you should be listening to", I'm saying "you should be listening to under these categories". There are so many podcasts I could recommend, but let's limit ourselves to these five first.



Isn't it just amazing how you can get immersed in a good read or become transfixed by a movie that holds you at the edge of your seat? As a horror/suspense fan across all mediums, I try to get the best as much as I can, sometimes even paying premium just to answer the need for a lingering scare.

With so many outlets to choose from, I think I've discovered one of my favorites - podcasts. The options are endless as you can access a podcast via iTunes (Podcast App), Spotify, Podbean, and a lot more. If I had to make a guess, around 90% of podcasts are free, with the exception of bonus content, long study podcasts, and the like.

I've been interested in audiobooks for a while before getting into podcasts, and I must say that with the right conditioning and cast, the experience will be incredible. Here are my current favorites:



1. The NoSleep Podcast

Honestly, there are not enough positive words I can use to describe this gem. There have been multiple nights when I just couldn't stop listening, tapping next after each episode for hours on end. One of the main reasons I am completely hooked is that their narrators and voice actors are 100% on point. They set the mood so well that it adds atmosphere to the story, increasing the tension and thrill of the experience.

It's hard to choose a favorite with such an amazing set of episodes, so it's safe to say that no matter which episode you choose to listen to, it's guaranteed you'll be getting the best.

They offer the podcast episodes for free, though they do have a paid subscription available for those who want extra content, additional stories, and full episodes/series to listen to for just $19.99. The free episodes are already amazing though.




2. Lore

Another incredible podcast, Lore is one that offers true tales of horror, mystery, and legends that seek to disturb. From talks about Queen Mary and murders made by the Royal Family, to tales about fishermen becoming lost at sea and leaving their women in the hands of a huge, mysterious man, Lore is a podcast best listened to in the wee hours of the night straight on to early morning.

Lore is narrated and written solely by Aaron Mahnke, a man with a soothing yet deep-set voice that gets you in the mood in a snap. When I first discovered this podcast, I was mainly smitten with his voice. Upon listening to a few more episodes though, his voice was icing to the already sweet cake of stories.

I look forward to listening to his stories every time a new episode comes out, and they're always interesting ones. Imagine a kid coming home from school expecting a package to arrive, then find the package in his bedroom in all its splendor. That's me when listening to Lore.



3. Risk!

This podcast airs tales people never thought they'd tell in public, told by the very people who've experienced them. Risk! covers everything from heartbreak, sex, gender identity, getting drunk, embarrassing moments, and even dark secrets people have been keeping for years. There's never really a dull moment with this one, as their host is a jolly guy and the people they have on the show are stand-up comedians and people who know how to bring an audience together.

The first Risk! episode I got to listen to involved a gay man's sexual encounters on the road and a woman's first time participating in an orgy (I know, stuff you'd think would be inappropriate). It was more on the people and their experience that made me want to listen to more episodes, and like I said, there's never a dull moment here. With colorful stories told by colorful people, you're definitely in it for the ride.



4. Knifepoint Horror

Like supernatural suspense? This is the podcast for you. Told by Soren Narnia, a man with a voice that attempts to shed light on the story lead's emotions, Knifepoint Horror is a simple, one-man podcast about horrific tales.

Admittedly, some episodes can be a bit dull, but the chances of you choosing that particular bore is 2/10. I've only heard a few episodes from this one, and I find listening to Knifepoint in the afternoon or morning is the best time.



5. Stuff They Don't Want You to Know

One of my early favorites, STDWYTK (let's just use this, okay?) talks about everything the government and scientists could be trying to keep from public knowledge. There's talk about UFOs, cannibalism, Cold War, human experiments, and many others. There's not much else I could tell you about the podcast as the title is pretty self-explanatory.

I'm really into conspiracies and government secrets too, and that's why I became attracted to STDWYTK. They also have a video podcast channel around the same topics if that's your cup of tea.


My love for podcasts is growing, and I can't wait to discover more channels to dive into every day. Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? I'd love to add more to my library!

Podcast channels above are from iTunes/Podcasts App. I'm pretty sure they have their own sites as well so you can check them out via search. 

22 comments

  1. Awesome!!! I don't really listen to podcasts but these sound interesting. I have Spotify so will definitely be looking into that. I'll let you know how I find it hehe :D

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    1. Haha, you should start getting into them! Spotify currently doesn't have a lot of podcasts/audiobooks in their library, just so you know. :) Try Podcast app on your phone if you're an Apple user :) It's free.

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  2. Honestly, I am so old fashioned. Heard of and read a number of times this podcast and i havent tried it. Not even dare explore it. But with the list youve just enumerated, it seems I am truly missing Something. Should check this after my comment. :)

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    1. Please do explore podcasts! I'm telling you, I didn't used to be a fan before as I'm more of a visual person, but the podcasts above really turned my opinion around. I highly recommend NoSleep. I guarantee you will LOVE this.

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  3. Some real cool information. I really liked the no sleep podcast from what I read. And I surely didn't know that they have their sites as well. Pretty silly I know :D

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    1. Hi! NoSleep is THE BEST on this list, I guarantee it (at least, for me). I just love it. :) Let me know what you think if you ever try it out.

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  4. This is a great way to enjoy some quiet time while listening to podcast. Sad that i am really not into podcast. Ive never used podcast or anything alike on my iphone and ipad ever since. Maybe because im not techy at all and ive got too much on my plate i never had time. But i will check this out now. I got curious about those you have on your list. I might get the mood to finally like podcast..

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    1. Hey, please do! :) I'm sure you'll love podcasts and since you said you are a busy person, this fits perfectly into your sched. You can multi-task listening and doing work like I do most of the time, haha.

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  5. Definitely going to try and see if i can tune in to the knife point podcast. Just simply love the horro/thriller genre thank you for the informative post

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    1. Oh hi! I recommend listening to NoSleep if you're really into horror/thrillers as their podcast is incredible. INCREDIBLE.

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  6. I'm so glad to have stumbled on your blog once again! It's been by far too long! :)

    What an amazing collection of podcasts! I have been looking for a few good ones to listen to on my transit to work, it's like you've read my mind and developed this amazing post! Thank you

    (I'm not sure I could listen to all them before sleep though... I'd end up having bad dreams! ;) )

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    1. Haha, hi Kylie! It HAS been long! Thank you so much. Glad that my post came in time for your quest to find a new podcast to listen to. Out of these 5 channels, I find that NoSleep is closely becoming my go-to. I listen to it every night before bed and even go back to previous episodes 'cause they're just that good. :) Nice to stumble upon a familiar blogger once again!

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  7. Great list! I love listeting something when I'm traveling or before I sleep. Lore sounds interesting, I think it will be my next week program! :)
    xx
    www.pinkpepperparadise.com

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    1. Hi! Yes, definitely a great time to tune into awesome podcasts. Lore is easily one of my faves. Good choice! I'm still pretty biased about NoSleep though, if you're into scary things.

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  8. Wow. Those list are diversified. Different stories. I like podcasts too, but, mostly about interviews of people inspiring others when it comes to finances and financial freedom. I didn't know that there are posdcasts that has unique stories too. I would like to try Lore, seems really interesting

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    1. I see, well there are heaps of podcasts specifically for what you just mentioned, though I can't recall them from the top of my head. :) Lore IS interesting. Let me know how it goes for you?

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  9. I haven't really tried listening to a podcast, ever. I was too afraid that whenever I'd check those I'll just be charged with an amount that I'll soon regret. I'm just curious on how are podcasts different from audiobooks? By the way they look, they are very similar.

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    1. The great thing about podcasts is that almost every single one is free! :) Audiobooks are based off of books, and they're limited to that. Podcasts however can talk about anything. They can have interviews, book reviews, talk about movies - anything you can think of as a topic. They're similar, but not totally.

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  10. I have never ever listened to any podcast. However, I was really intrigued as I was reading about all the five podcasts you have listed here. I especially like Lore and Risk. These two are the ones I will surely get hooked on to whenever I start with podcasts

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    1. The first I ever heard from this list was Risk!. It was an EXPERIENCE, haha. Lore came in second, then NoSleep. I'm quite certain you'll find these two hugely entertaining.

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  11. Up to now, I am still wondering what does podcast mean. All I know is that it is an audio. But as per reading your post, I am getting an idea what it means. If I am not mistaken, podcasts like this comes with different voices since it's a story? Can you enlighten me with it?

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    1. Hi! Podcasts can be about anything. It can be from a story, a talk about, for example, space or finance, and any self-help material ready for audio publication. From wiki: "A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded automatically through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a portmanteau of "(i)Pod" and "broadcast." :) Hope this helps!

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