From its opening minutes, the Nightingale podcast captures the listener's attention. This sci-fi drama follows the exciting adventures of three ailing teens. The fictional audio series merges three genres—science fiction, fantasy, and drama. The dramatic part is that the main characters are struggling with serious ailments. While they all have cancer, each teen addresses their struggles in a distinct manner. The science fiction and fantasy parts involve the characters' journey into another world. Traveling through a portal to another place or time is a familiar trope, but this podcast is unique. Its appeal lies in its strong opening, character development, and creative ambiance.
Gen Z founder David Kreizman is the creator and producer of the Nightingale podcast. Starting in the '90s, David served as a writer on CBS' Guiding Light. He also served as a cohead writer for All My Children. The podcast cast includes Royal Pains' Ben Shenkman and Final Fantasy VII's Glory Curda. Other cast members are Gabriella Pizzollo and Raphael Alejandro. The stellar cast members offer incredible performances. Alongside the talented crew, they present an exciting audio show.
The difficulty sometimes lies in projecting emotion and atmosphere with an audio drama. This, however, is not an issue on the Nightingale podcast. The voice acting on the podcast, plus quality sound effects, build up the scenes and story. There is no doubt that the show's cast and crew have great working chemistry. The cast members deliver their roles with commendable skill alongside a capable crew. This showcase of talent results in a captivating story from the outset. Each scene, sound, and dialogue propel the story forward. It does so from the opening scene at the Nightingale Children's Hospital to the world of sentient beings. Each scene builds on the previous, telling a fast-paced and thrilling tale. New episodes of the series are available every Wednesday.