My wife and I went to Michigan this weekend to help my mother-in-law move. She likes podcasts so we listened to several, one in particular, Going West. This review is based on listening to nine episodes, binge-style, on the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes. They did not ask for this review – it is unsolicited. Nor do I have any relationship with the podcasters.
My daughter and I started our podcast, Tantamount, and agreed up-front on format, style, and tone. I’m not a fan of those true crime podcasts where drinking or humor is a big component. It seems disrespectful to the victims and as an author in the genre, I try and avoid those podcasts. There are a ton of true crime podcasts out there, and Going West proved to be one of the more entertaining and produced.
The format simple – two narrators taking you on a journey through one crime. Some are solved, some are not. The narrators have very professional voices and the production quality is top-notch. What my wife and I liked was that there was not a lot of their theories or wild speculations in the episodes. They present the facts. When they do tell you what they are thinking, they call that out so you don’t confuse their comments with the facts in the case. A lot of podcasters could learn from this technique…I know I did.
There is occasional (rare) swearing, but it is well-placed (and often exactly what I was thinking!)
The mix of cases is well-thought-out. Their research seems fairly solid too, which is critical. Where there are conflicting accounts of events, they let you know. That is important, trust me.
Going West has a pleasing conversational tone and is paced well. Some podcasts are like drinking through a firehose, while others go off on so many tangents that you struggle with following the story. Going West weaves a story without being formulaic. Sometimes they start with the crime, sometimes they start with the victim…it makes binging their episodes easy to do.
My wife, who only marginally likes podcasts, said that this is now one of her favorites. That alone is high praise.
There are a ton of podcasts out there and Going West is one of the best I’ve stumbled across. Easily a five out of five stars.