Storytelling is an art form as old as humanity itself. It takes a special kind of person to truly give a wild tale a sense of passion and intrigue for the audience they’re conveying it to, and in Randall Wheatley, we find this very person. Wheatley delivers a strange and evocative story unlike any other I’ve come across in recent memory in his new effort Marry Me Margaret, a multi-episode spoken word series set to debut on June 19th with new episodes dropping twice a week henceforth, and it just might qualify as one of the best releases of its kind this summer.
Marry Me Margaret is full of more twists and turns in its poetic course than a jagged mountain highway, but from chapter to chapter, the music behind Randall Wheatley’s spoken word is utilized as an excellent means of maximizing the tension in his statements. There’s a growing sense of humble vulnerability that I can promise listeners won’t be able to resist roughly a quarter of the way through this series, and it doesn’t come in the form of poeticisms exclusively. Wheatley is a master orator, and here, he shows us just how profound a communicator he can be on multiple levels.
Despite breathing life into numerous characters in Marry Me Margaret, there’s scarcely an instance between chapters one and fourteen in which Randall Wheatley doesn’t sound disciplined and in control of his emotions. There’s an obvious investment on his part, especially with regards to how his characters approach matters of mortality and sexual lust early on in the series, but he never translates as anything but commanding in his performance here. I’m impressed with his professionalism, and moreover, the methods in which he coaxes us to the edge of our seats from one scene to the next.
The sound quality throughout Marry Me Margaret is incredibly solid, and I personally love the fact that the soundtrack and the spoken word elements are always pushed together snuggly, as to integrate their aesthetical contributions as seamlessly as possible. Wheatley clearly put a lot of thought into this project, and if he didn’t, he’s sure making it look like he did – particularly as we get deeper into the throes of this fascinating story. This feels like a top-shelf recording all the way through, which, in my opinion, makes the narrative here all the more accessible to casual listeners and devoted audiobook fans alike.
Without giving away details of the core plot, I can absolutely tell you that Marry Me Margaret is a very stimulating listen for anyone who loves a good story, and more specifically, the chills that a gifted storyteller can induce in the right setting. Randall Wheatley outdoes himself with regards to his artistic integrity here, and if you ask me, I think he sets the bar awfully high for his contemporaries in the intellectual world. Though I already know the complete tale, I plan on following along with new audiences when this series officially premiers in a few weeks.