Book Review

The Zeta Family – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆   (3.5 / 5 stars)
Audio Book Performance: ★★★★☆  (4 / 5 Stars)
Total Rating: ★★★☆☆  (3.5 / 5 stars)

Katie is looking for her big break as a freelance journalist. She thinks she has found the perfect scoop: infiltrating the Zeta Family compound and finding out the details of the cult. Yet, getting in is the easy part: as different individuals in the compound begin to foil her plans, Katie starts to worry that finding out the truth about Zeta Doug may be harder than she thought.

In a fun audio book-drama that takes us along for Katie’s wild ride, we’re thrust into the absurd world of the Zeta Family. No one seems to know much about their elusive leader, Zeta Doug, but everyone seems to rally around the common cause of finding their other selves across dimensions. 

Sounds like nonsense, right?

Well, it doesn’t surprise Katie the type of individuals who are drawn to this cult. Each of these characters is unique and hilarious in their own way. In fact, despite her own quirks, Katie is probably the most “normal” of the bunch, especially compared to her family on the outside. This helps us delve deeper into the cult with her, even if we think her own quest of being a freelance journalist is half-baked. 

I had a lot of fun listening to this audio drama though. Between all the different characters, the unique personalities, and the bizarre world of the Zeta Family, I truly wanted to believe that Zeta Doug had created something amazing. Perhaps he did: he brought a bunch of obscure individuals together, and gave them a family after they never really fit in anywhere. If that doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.

Yet, despite the silliness and excitement throughout the audio drama, it did grow a little cumbersome. The constant back and forth Katie had with her family, the narrator’s expositions, as well as trying to figure out the full situation with the Zeta Family, caused me to lose interest between chapters. Part of me had hoped, as well, for something a little more sci-fi oriented…instead of just a crazy cult. But those are personal preferences that tampered with my enjoyment and is in no way a critique of the overall story.

The Zeta Family is a fun, quick listen that is great to fill up time while working out or in a car ride! So if you want a cultish investigation that doesn’t end like you imagine, I encourage you to check it out! 

What’s it about?

This entirely fictional (and entirely hilarious) immersive audio drama features performances by Kevin Nealon (Zeta Doug), Natasha Lyonne (Narrator), and Amy Goodmurphy (Katie).

Set on a large ranch in rural upstate New York, it’s early days for the eccentric group of people who call themselves The Zeta Family—quite possibly the next big cult phenomenon.

Our protagonist, Katie, is an aspiring reporter who has decided to infiltrate the compound, and her future success as a journalist depends entirely on her ability to win the confidence of Zeta Doug, the likable spiritual leader of the group.

He’s like a cross between Hunter S. Thompson and George R. R. Martin, with a little too much sci-fi in his head and acid in his blood stream. Like all good cult leaders, Doug is elusive and mysterious, and Katie quickly begins to wonder if this cult is truly just a gnarly collection of weirdos hanging out in the woods, or is there something else going on here?

This product features dynamic multi-cast performances, musical scoring and immersive sound design.

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