In early 2022, my friend and castmate Erin Nicole Lundquist introduced me to Roshni Kazmi, a producer at Pocket FM, and before I knew it I was 35 hours deep in the epic fantasy saga, “Release That Witch.” The show racked up over 56,000 listeners in the first 4 months, ballooning to over 300,000 listeners in under 8 months, and will surpass 1 million listeners by the time it reaches its first anniversary of launch.
It is a licensed audio adaptation of the popular webnovel by Er Mu, which was first published in 2016, and concluded (1497 chapters later) in 2019. As of late 2022, the webnovel had earned almost 140 million views, and maintains a 4.6-star rating with over 7,000 reviews (as of March 2023, the audiobook has earned a 4.5-star average over 383 reviews).
As of March 2023, the audio adaptation has produced well over 800 chapters of this exciting story, for over 128 hours of absorbing narration.
It’s a slow-burn story of revenge, determination, and bravery, as Ethan Winthrope battles his way to the throne of the Kingdom of Graycastle:
Ethan travels through time, only to end up becoming an honorable prince in the Middle Ages of Europe. Yet this world was not quite as simple as he thought. Witches with magical powers abound, and fearsome wars between churches and kingdoms rage throughout the land.
As Ethan Winthrope, a prince regarded as hopeless by his own father and assigned to the worst fief, he spends his time developing a poor and backward town into a strong and modern city, while fighting against his siblings for the throne and absolute control over the kingdom. Join Ethan as he befriends and allies with witches and, through fighting and even farming, pushes back invaders from the realm of evil.