23 episodes

A gripping psychological thriller starring Cole Sprouse as Sam Walker. In the first season we followed Sam as he painstakingly recounts the summer his sister disappeared; the friends he made, the legends he heard, the pain and confusion of loss. Over nine episodes, we uncovered the unspeakable secrets of Drisking, Missouri and the people who live there. After leaving the audience with a jaw dropping cliffhanger, we are finally returning to Sam and the terrible truths of Drisking.
Across seven episode of Season 2, a ghost of Sam’s past arrives to drag him back to Drisking for revenge. Back to the forests that color his nightmares. Back to the mysteries he never solved. Back… to the gates of Borrasca.
Please be advised this show contains adult language, violent acts and triggering situations. It is intended for adult audiences only.
Produced by QCODE. Created and written by Rebecca Klingel. Directed by Kristin Burke. Starring Cole Sprouse and Sarah Yarkin.
Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.
QCODE+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts will get early access to new episodes before anyone else and exclusive bonus content. Learn more at apple.co/qcode. 

Borrasca QCODE

    • Fiction
    • 4.8 • 6.9K Ratings

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A gripping psychological thriller starring Cole Sprouse as Sam Walker. In the first season we followed Sam as he painstakingly recounts the summer his sister disappeared; the friends he made, the legends he heard, the pain and confusion of loss. Over nine episodes, we uncovered the unspeakable secrets of Drisking, Missouri and the people who live there. After leaving the audience with a jaw dropping cliffhanger, we are finally returning to Sam and the terrible truths of Drisking.
Across seven episode of Season 2, a ghost of Sam’s past arrives to drag him back to Drisking for revenge. Back to the forests that color his nightmares. Back to the mysteries he never solved. Back… to the gates of Borrasca.
Please be advised this show contains adult language, violent acts and triggering situations. It is intended for adult audiences only.
Produced by QCODE. Created and written by Rebecca Klingel. Directed by Kristin Burke. Starring Cole Sprouse and Sarah Yarkin.
Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.
QCODE+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts will get early access to new episodes before anyone else and exclusive bonus content. Learn more at apple.co/qcode. 

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Welcome Home

    Welcome Home

    In the Season 2 premiere, a ghost of the past arrives at Sam Walker’s door with a plan to get revenge for the horrors that were uncovered in Drisking ten years earlier. 
    Warning: This episode contains adult content and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
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    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
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    • 59 min
    The Gates Of Borrasca

    The Gates Of Borrasca

    Where is Kimber? After Erik’s suggestion of a press package to expose the truths about Drisking, the search for physical evidence begins.
    Warning: This episode contains adult content and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
    ~~
    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 52 min
    Kyle's Map Theory

    Kyle's Map Theory

    Kimber and Sam visit an old friend and attend a Borrasca party, where more truths are uncovered. Kimber’s source is finally revealed. 
    Warning: This episode contains adult content and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
    ~~
    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    An Unlikely Tomb

    An Unlikely Tomb

    The scope of the plan widens as Jimmy Prescott shows up with an offer for Sam. Sam and Kimber prepare for a final showdown.
    Warning: This episode contains adult content, violence and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
    ~~
    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    All Roads Lead To Borrasca

    All Roads Lead To Borrasca

    Sam visits his childhood home looking for answers, but doesn’t like what he finds. 
    Warning: This episode contains adult content and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
    ~~
    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Glorious Footnote - Part 1

    A Glorious Footnote - Part 1

    Sam and Kimber reach the end of the cold, dark road.
    Warning: This episode contains adult content, violence and graphic language.
    Borrasca merch is here! Pick yours up today: https://shop.qcodemedia.com/categories/borrasca
    ~~
    From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out our new shows - Birds of Empire and The Peepkins.

    Borrasca is presented by Mint Mobile. Mint Mobile is the affordable, premium wireless service that you buy online. To get your new phone plan for just 15 bucks a month, go to www.mintmobile.com/BORRASCA.

    Listen to this episode uninterrupted (without ads in the middle) with QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts. QCODE+ subscribers also enjoy special bonus episodes which include conversations with the creators of the show. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.9K Ratings

6.9K Ratings

theLIBERTYRANGER ,

Rocked it

This is a wonderful well-done podcast

It wasn’t woke so it was easy to listen to. This podcast did not try to push a political agenda about gender or anything at all really but actually showed and even exposed something that there’s a problem with in the world right now human trafficking and sex slavery.

Even if it’s based in fiction, there’s so much of it that is true. Congratulations on putting together something that was profound and kept me coming back for every next episode. I will listen to this entire podcast again thank you.

I have already recommended this podcast to many of the people that overheard part of it while riding in my Lyft vehicle. As well as my friends and relatives

WovenJade ,

4.6 Stars

Borrasca is an immersive podcast, which means that it’s an audiobook on steroids. Normally I don’t like these since the vast majority of them are poorly made, but Borrasca and a few select others use the medium excellently, allowing the soundscape to handle nearly all of the environmental storytelling without becoming obstructive.

Fair warning: Borrasca is a dark and twisted story involving themes like abuse, drugs, sex trafficking, and kidnapping, so don’t go into it unprepared. That said, it has a bright ending — if a bit controversial in the neccesity of some of its added bitter realism that I’ll address under the Spoiler Section.

Sam Walker, the main protagonist, moves with his family to the pristine town of Drisking as a middle schooler when his father transfers to the local police department. It doesn’t take long before he hears the scream of Borrasca — a metallic, ear-splitting screech that rings down from the mountains surrounding the small town — a sign that someone has recently gone missing, or so people say. Rumors about the mountain reach him in a matter of weeks; stories about skinned men who kidnap victims in the woods and someone known as the Shiny Gentleman who carries out their execution.

These stories are just that in the eyes of police; stories. When Sam mentions them to his father, who himself is an officer, he is quickly shut down and told to ignore such idiotic fairytales. After all, most of the people that “go missing” in Drisking simply ditched the town for brighter horizons… or so the leadership of the town claims.

Then, Sam’s sister Whitney vanishes, and his life begins its slow, devastating crumble. Though the official story is that she ran away with her boyfriend to escape her father, she never once returned a call, sent a letter home, or contacted any of their relatives. Sam doesn’t buy it, but as a middle schooler, there is little he can do.

Five years pass after that day before Sam finally goes to an Ambercot party to impress a girl; a tradition held by the town to “celebrate” whenever the screeching on the mountain sounds. No one really knows why they do it, but it gives the local high schoolers a reason to party in the woods and look for the new names of the missing carved on the Tripple Tree, so the tradition endures. Sam’s world implodes as one terrible decision leads to the next, introducing him to the Women In White, having his best friend vanish, hunting in vain through the deep backwoods filled with ominous Mile Markers, and uncovering the deeply twisted history of sweet, idyllic little Drisking. Every time you think it can’t get worse, it does, spiraling down into an abyssal pit of horror, nihilism, and the nauseating practices propagated by those who should be trusted above all others.

Although Borrasca begins with a slightly supernatural tilt to the atmosphere, it falls back on realistic explanations for all the events, even if that realism is on the stretched side here or there. At first, I was disappointed that yet another story was an “almost supernatural”, but Borrasca did an excellent job delivering gritty suspense and a need for resolution, having me listening to episode after episode – sometimes well into the night (which probably wasn’t the best idea given the content…)

Spoiler Section

Favorite Scene:

Jeez, I really set myself up for this one. When I started listening to immersive podcasts, I hadn’t planned on reviewing them, so I didn’t mark down favorite scenes as they happened. There are so many intense moments in Borrasca that’s it’s difficult to just pick one, but I’ll settle for this:

S1E2 — The Woods Are Full

The whole episode does a great job of setting the mood for how this story is going to be told. When Sam’s sister Whitney disappears, it becomes clear that Sam won’t be the one destroying Borrasca — Borrasca will be destroying Sam. It darkens the atmosphere significantly, especially with the addition of Sam’s desperate midnight hunt for his sister through the mountains. Stumbling across Mile Marker Four as the first sighting of a Mile Marker was also very well done, giving the listener even more reason to stick around for resolution.

Plot:

1: The plot flows so naturally, leading from one event to the next with no feeling that the author is attempting to direct it towards any one end. The last few episodes lose that a little bit, but not enough for it to damage the story.

2: Sam’s downfall into heroin is such a realistic outcome to seeing — and being unable to defeat — the horrors he witnessed in Drisking. I’m glad the author didn’t fall back on “just giving Sam more determination” in the face of this kind of insurmountable failure. That kind of trauma will send most people into depression, psychosis, drugs, or suicide, so having Sam endure this drug use and then come out of it in the end was infinitely more satisfying than it would’ve been if he “just fought harder”.

3: Here’s the controversial bit. Because of the complications around using women to give families children, Kimberly and Kyle (Sam’s two best friends) were completely unaware that they were siblings, and so in their teens, they pursued a relationship with each other. Even after these revelations are made however, Kimberly and Kyle stay together at the end of the story. It’s made “less creepy” by stating that Kimberly, like many of the women in Drisking, is infertile, but it doesn’t do much to lessen the ick. To be clear, this is unfortunately a realistic outcome to the story since people who endure the kinds of horrors that both Kim and Kyle did are likely to wind up in this position with multiple severely skewed takes on morality, so I can’t fault the story for sticking with that realism. Still, it definitely lessens the sense or scope of victory in the finale because even though Sam recovered from his traumas and drug abuse, Kim and Kyle never truly did.

timwgraham ,

Very suspenseful

I loved the story and the characters. I hope a season 3 comes out. I don’t remember Sam ever opening his birthday present at the end.

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