The Evaporated: Gone with the Gods

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Campside Media, Sony Music Entertainment

The Evaporated: Gone with the Gods


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Shootings are not unusual in Belize. Shootings of cops are. When a wealthy woman – part of one of the most powerful families in Belize – is found on a pier late at night, next to a body, it becomes the country’s biggest news story in a generation.New episodes every Monday!

Critic Reviews

Score: 3

Gregg Stockdale • The Podcast Geek Apr 30, 2023

"The whole culture of vanishing without a trace, particularly in Japan, is fascinating. It doesn’t always end up the way you expect. The story is like a cat and mouse, but without the mouse.There’s no real drama, and whilst the investigations into the technical aspects of making yourself vanish are interesting, it’s hard to pad them out into a compelling series."

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Score: 4

Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ Jan 14, 2023

"It’s a comprehensive, whirlwind tour...At points, I felt the show could have done with a bit more signposting – there were a few occasions throughout the nine episodes where I felt a bit lost and found myself wondering whether the narrative would ever get back to the story about the missing accountant. Perhaps a tighter edit would have helped solve this issue too. Overall though, The Evaporated is a fascinating and original true-crime series that’s worth a listen during a long, lazy day at the beach this summer."

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Score: 4

Joshua Dudley • Forbes Dec 22, 2022

"Evaporated is the rare true crime podcast that begins from a first person narrative before transitioning to something like an investigative journalism podcast. Jake as a narrator is friendly and trustworthy and the co-host that he invited on to share the work of the show, true-crime creator Shoko Plambeck, provides a pleasing counterpoint to the outsider energy that American Jake brings to this mystery. They weave together interviews, mysteries, and stories of cultural traditions into an effective overall narrative that feels like lifting a window into a largely unexplained world. On the downside, the audio levels are all over the place! Sometimess when the show jumps between the various audio clips there doesn’t seem like too much of an effort to make sure the differences between audio levels aren’t so dramatic that it doesn’t grate on the ear. In other places the editing seems a bit sloppy as in when you can hear heavy crackling static from the original recording source."

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Score: 4.4

Nicholas Quah • Vulture Dec 20, 2022

"Given the nature of the project, The Evaporated largely keeps within the tradition, never fundamentally challenging the terms of that particular gaze. However, to its credit, the series does end up being interesting and less gawking than one might initially expect. As a production, the podcast is serviceable if undistinguished. The series comes from Campside Media...Unfortunately, The Evaporated doesn’t end up matching the polish of those other efforts. One thing that makes The Evaporated worthwhile is how little judgment it brings to rough circumstances, poor choices, and difficult lives. Such an outlook can only come, perhaps, from many years wandering the underworld."

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Score: 4.9

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Dec 18, 2022

"The Evaporated taps nicely into that staple of true crime — people who disappear in mysterious circumstances — though Adelstein and Plambeck are less interested in solving missing persons cases than in understanding why and how people disappear. It also avoids the solemnity that characterises so many true crime podcasts, with Adelstein wryly reflecting on his accountant making off with his money just 10 days before his tax return was due. The series nonetheless reveals much about the human capacity for shame, something felt not only by those who vanish but by those they leave behind."

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