A Race Around the World: Based on the True Adventures of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

5.0/5

Critic Rating

On November 14th, 1889, two female writers entered a race to go around the world in under 80 days. Nellie Bly went east, and Elizabeth Bisland headed west. This eleven part series will unpack their whirlwind adventure and what it was like to circumnavigate the globe alone as a woman at a time where women had no rights. Storyteller and travel writer Adrien Behn brings Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bislands’ experiences, emotions, and adventures to life in this serialized podcast. A Race Around the World brings the incredible accomplishments of these two bold solo female travelers to life, going through every country and feeling they face while braving the world on their own, in under 80 days. Created by Adrien Behn.


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.9

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Oct 22, 2023

"The effect is vivacious and propulsive storytelling that gets a little hammy in the dramatised parts but is nonetheless gripping. It reminded me of Karina Longworth’s long-running, brilliantly scripted You Must Remember This podcast about old Hollywood, right down to the mannered delivery (both Behn and Longworth are fans of florid prose and slow enunciation)."

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery Oct 9, 2023

"A Race Around the World: Based on the True Adventures of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland is an absorbing and enchanting podcast coated in the echoes of 19th-century adventure journalism. Adrienne Bain does an incredible job bringing Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's diverse personalities to life...A Race Around the World is a stimulating auditory adventure that compels you to inch towards the edge of your seat."

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Score: 5

Devin • Podstack Oct 5, 2023

"The story of Nellie Bly is one so impressive it’s hard to believe it actually took place in the 1800s. It’s wild that this actually happened and this is such a great way to learn about it. It has a playful production style, with scripting and structure that make it really fun to listen to."

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