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By
Evo Terra
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Curator of The End
February 1, 2024

One month down, 11 to go. I hope your resolutions are going well and you’ve remembered that there’s an extra day in this month. That last one always trips me up. Well… every four years.

Also, it’s once again time for me to do a rundown of what I think are the best fiction podcasts that were completed in January of 2024. As is always the case with these monthly-best-of articles, I use the word “completed” to refer to shows that have reached either a season finale or a series conclusion last month. If you’re like me and prefer to “binge” or “mainline” your audio fiction and are looking for something new, this list is for you. Let’s do this.

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Looking at our database—which is almost exclusively based on submissions from fiction podcast creators—I see that a total of 24 shows posted either a season finale or the series conclusion sometime in January 2024. Is that a lot? Well, compare it to the 120+ shows that started posting episodes in January, as compiled by The Cambridge Geek. This article makes a nice book-end to that.

But that’s a delta of about 5x. Shouldn’t finishes be roughly the same as starts in any given month? No, not really, and my money as to the reason why is on one simple thing, and it’s the simple thing that led me to create The End in the first place—starting a fiction podcast is relatively simple compared to finishing one. Podfading is real, and though I don’t have the data to back this up (yet), it seems logical that it’s even more prevalent when it comes to making audio drama. Because even though I am not a fiction podcast creator, I do know that that shit is hard. Like, really hard.

So I want to start by saying congrats to the creators who reached a season finale or the series conclusion last month. You hit a milestone that, if the data here is to be considered representative, most do not. My hat’s off to you.

Now, for fans of audio fiction like me, let’s get into the cream of the crop, shall we? And I'm not going to write this like a recipe post. I'm just going to give you the pertinent info. You decide what to investigate further. Click on the title/image for more info. Or you can visit the show's official website or play a trailer. That's enough to get you started, I reckon. Oh, and I present these in no particular order. I enjoyed each of them immensely.

Evo's Picks for the Best Fiction Podcasts Completed in January 2024

‍I’m more than a little behind on listening, so this month’s collection is a little short. Which is probably a good thing for you!

That’s the list! This is my 4rd month doing this, and, now that I have a good and sustainable system in place, I plan on another for next month. So stay tuned. Oh, and in case you haven't seen it yet, I did a huge deep dive into all the shows submitted and posted for 2023. It's a long article, so feel free to skip to the bottom for the list of shows if you're not a data nerd like me!

Got a favorite audio fiction show—either a fiction podcast, an audiodrama, an audiobook, or something else—that I should know about? Search for it on the site first (I might already have it in the queue), and, if it’s not there, tell me about it using the simple 2-minute submission form. My goal is to showcase as much completed audio fiction as I can, and to feature the best of the best!

Thanks for reading. See you next month. Or next week, if you’re subscribed to the newsletter. Because you are subscribed to the newsletter, right? RIGHT?!

Cheers!

E.