Guest Review from Adela Mizrachi: The Moth ★★★★
This week I have the pleasure of sharing a guest review with you once again! This review is from Adela Mizrachi, who is the founder of Podcast Brunch Club – which is like a book club, but for podcasts. Several cities around the world have held meetup events where podcast lovers connect in person. I am really looking forward to setting up a PBC in Houston where I live. Adela is more than qualified to give a podcast review-so enjoy!
I consider myself a story addict. To get my fix, I head over to the Moth podcast. The Moth itself is a live storytelling event. Its tag line is “true stories told live.” Their events are sometimes in the form of a story slam (an open mic for stories) and sometimes a curated “mainstage” event. The podcast pulls the best stories from these events and turns them into a podcast. The length of any given podcast episode varies from 20 minutes to an hour.
Events organized by the Moth have a theme and storytellers typically tell their true story in five minutes with no notes. The podcast curates the best of the best and lets the listener sit back and live in someone else’s world for a few minutes. A good story can have you sitting on the edge or your seat, wiping away a tear, or doing that silent laugh that only happens when you are laughing too hard to make a noise.
Storytelling is truly an art form; some would argue the first art form. Watching a story told live can be a very different experience than hearing it. There can be information lost in the audio version – an expression, a gesture. But, listening to the Moth podcast with your headphones in can give you a very different perspective than had you watched that story told on a stage. There are fluctuations in voice that hint at pure emotion that you may not have heard in an auditorium.
I’ve been a Moth fan for years. I’ve gone to their storyslams, grandslams, and mainstage events. I’ve even participated as an audience judge at a few of the slams. I am also a faithful listener of the Moth podcast, as well as other live storytelling podcasts like Story Collider and Mortified. I have tremendous appreciation for those storytellers who make their story feel authentic – like you are sitting around a table with them, having a beer, and they are just telling you this story. There are some storytellers who make their stories more theatrical, carefully scripting their pauses and mapping out their intonation. I appreciate those less. I feel as if I’m watching or hearing a play, not a story. It feels less real and less intimate, as if the teller has built a wall between him/herself and the audience. The best storytellers are the ones who spend a lot of time beforehand crafting their story, and then deliver it without you noticing that it had been planned.
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (4 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (4 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Humor (4 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Hearing an intimate story from a person that I would normally not otherwise have met keeps my empathy in check.
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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