Song of the Northwoods
Playwright: Jessica Huang
Published: April 22, 2022
Audiobook: 1 hour 48 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 19, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 star average
Narration: 5 stars
Story: 3.5 stars
After a betrayal at work costs Song Kuan her job, she retreats to her friend Lucy’s idyllic family cabin on a lake in Minnesota to lick her wounds. She devotes herself to recording Ice Cold Cases, a true-crime podcast that she and Lucy cohost with the gleeful energy of obsessed fans—until an anonymous tip about a missing-person case disrupts their equilibrium. Then Lucy disappears, leaving Song alone in an unfriendly and unfamiliar town where locals don’t take kindly to strangers asking questions.
Twisty, unpredictable, and sonically adventurous, Song of the Northwoods will keep you guessing until the final showdown.
Song of the Northwoods is an immersive audio theatrical performance and I enjoyed it! I just don’t suggest listening to it as you are driving: Parts get loud suddenly and there are several parts where it gets intentionally quieter and I was turning up the volume to try and hear the actors better. There are also sound effects to enhance the performance.
The story deals with a true crime podcaster who gets caught up in a cold case and goes to the town to try and discover what happened to the missing person. The story is not too realistic, but it was enjoyable. It wasn’t ‘scary’ per se but the voice actors got me fully into the story and I wanted to know what happened! If you enjoy pod casts/true crime, you might want to listen to this narrated play. Just not while you are driving!