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Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery is a new audio drama from HartLife NFP.
Releases every other week during season.
Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town's boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house's strange assortment of residents.

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery HartLife NFP

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    • 4.4 • 1.5K Ratings

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery is a new audio drama from HartLife NFP.
Releases every other week during season.
Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town's boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house's strange assortment of residents.

    4.1- Hold On

    4.1- Hold On

    Outside isn't safe
    We're not gonna talk about it
    We're not gonna talk about her
    ===
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
    Support Unwell and HartLife NFP on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp
    This episode features: Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Kathleen Hoil as Abbie, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Clint Worthington as Russel Epstein, Mark Soloff as Silas Lodge, Phoebe Judge as the Julian Animal Control Recording, Avery Trufelman as Julian Animal Control Officer, Jeffrey Nils Gardner as the Mail carrier.
    Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Eli Hamada McIlveen, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 27 min
    4.2- The Shepherd

    4.2- The Shepherd

    Sun-dappled memories
    We've got to work together
    When is a wolf not a wolf?
    ===
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
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    This episode features: Joshua K Harris as Rudy, Jack Benjamin as Young Rudy, Casey Pilkenton as Julia Salvemini, Krista D'Agostino as Hazel, Pat King as Chester, Clarissa Cherie Rios as Lily, Marsha Harman as Dot, Symphony Sanders as Young Lily.
    Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, directed by June Thiele, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 29 min
    4.3- For Posterity

    4.3- For Posterity

    Voices from the past
    We all love research
    Today is a good day.
    ===
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
    Support Unwell and HartLife NFP on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp
    This episode features: Dallis T. Seeker as Grant, Marsha Harman as Dot, Kat Hoil as Abbie, Michael Turrentine as Wes, David Rheinstrom as Colin, Jill Oliver as Eliza.
    Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 38 min
    4.4- Dog Day Crafternoon

    4.4- Dog Day Crafternoon

    Small gifts for the ones we love
    It's time for a heist
    We have to stop lying to each other.
    ===
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
    Support Unwell and HartLife NFP on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp
    This episode features: Anuja Vaidya as Norah, Kat Hoil as Abbie, Clarisa Cherie Rios as Lily, Amelia Bethel as Marisol, Corrbette Pasko as Maureen, Pat King as Chester, Miles Buha as Jamie, Leeman Kessler as Arthur Warren, Joshua K Harris as Detective Farrow.
    Written by Jessica Best, sound design by Eli Hamada McIlveen, directed by June Thiele, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 33 min
    4.5- Siblings

    4.5- Siblings

    Look yourself in the eye
    Things were missed
    Therapy can help.
    ===
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
    Support Unwell and HartLife NFP on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp
    This episode features: Kat Hoil as Abbie, Julia Schifini as Gail, June Thiele as Dr. Kells, Jeffrey Nils Gardner as a Jerk.
    Written by Jim McDoniel, sound design by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 19 min
    4.6- The Nerve

    4.6- The Nerve

    Extra Credit assignments
    Exploring/Digging
    You shouldn't have touched me
    ===
    We'll be going on our regularly scheduled mid-season break after this episode- with Unwell S4/ep7 landing on July 6, 2022. Don't worry though- we'll have interstitial episodes coming out on our usual release schedule!
    Content Advisories for this episode can be found here.
    A Transcript for this episode can be found here.
    Support Unwell and HartLife NFP on Patreon at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp
    This episode features: Joshua K. Harris as Rudy, Michael Turrentine as Wes, Pat King as Chester, Tara Schile as Sophia.
    Written by Bilal Dardai, sound design by Alexander Danner, directed by Jeffrey Nils Gardner, theme music composed by Stephen Poon, recording engineer Mel Ruder, associate producer Ani Enghdahl, Theme performed by Stephen Poon, Lauren Kelly, Gunnar Jebsen, Travis Elfers, Mel Ruder, and Betsey Palmer, Unwell lead sound designer Eli Hamada McIlveen, Executive Producers Eleanor Hyde and Jeffrey Nils Gardner, by HartLife NFP.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

coffee in that nebula ,

Excellent mystery with pops of spooky

Slow burn, beautiful story weaving, diverse cast, and intensely spooky at times. I’ve loved this show for years, and miss the characters when it’s time for a season break. Break open a celery soda, dim the lights, and settle in somewhere cozy.

skeletontape ,

Well produced, poorly written

I listened into season 3 but I give up. The plot is overwhelmed by weird pacing, lack of focus, and unlikable characters who get worse and worse as the show goes. The sound design is very good, but the plot and characters are too annoying to sit through anymore.

toritea ,

A snail’s pace, ALSO BYE.

This story has progressed so slowly that I barely know what’s going on anymore. It started off so good in the first two seasons. The pace was great, story was progressing, etc.

This new season has just been stagnant. I couldn’t listen to the most recent episode where Nora is using a website. A ghost using a website and commenting on it.. Sounds like it could be an interesting tidbit, but they managed to make it boring.

They’ve also managed to make the main antagonist seem super secondary. The Revelator? Eh he’s not important.

I wish the story had ended at season three with a sha-bang.

Feels like the podcast is kept alive just for the dipsea story ad read payouts.

I miss the celery soda days.

EDIT:
It’s more than apparent that the creators are just poking fun at their listeners now with this most recent episode (The Nerve). 10 full minutes of ad reads with TERRIBLE audio. I will NEVER use Dipsea Stories or Better Help solely due to the fact that they have been shoved down my throat so much. I honestly hope the Revelator murders everyone in the town and their bodies are torn apart by wolves. At least then something exciting would have happened.

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