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The Prophecy

By: Randy McKinnon
Narrated by: Kerry Washington,Daniel Dae Kim,David Oyelowo,Asa Butterfield,Laurence Fishburne
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  • Jun 29 2022

    Against the backdrop of worldwide, unexplainable natural disasters, Dr. Virginia Marilyn Edwards (Emmy Award-winner Kerry Washington) seeks out Agent Scott Thomas (Emmy Award-winner Laurence Fishburne) at a secretive government headquarters. Virginia claims these events are signs, and unless Agent Thomas helps her, she believes things will only get worse. Her desperation is dialed up higher with a shocking proclamation as she stands before him pregnant, weak, and weary: “Agent Thomas,” she says, “I believe I am Mary.”  

    Could she be the actual Virgin Mary? Could he be Doubting Thomas, whom she must convince? And what of the two other men - Jonah and Daniel - who have somehow found their way here as well and seem to hold fresh clues to this global mystery? 

    Written by Randy McKinnon and produced by Audible, Simpson Street, and QCODE, this supernatural thriller boasts a star-studded cast that also features Critics Choice Award-winner David Oyelowo (Selma), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), and more. Follow the signs and take a leap of faith - before it’s too late. 

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  • Jul 28 2022
    Unexplainable catastrophes are plaguing the world, each event seeming larger and more unbelievable than the next. Agent Thomas of the United States Terrorist International Division (T.I.D.) heads a team investigating these events. As he prepares to brief the president, a pregnant and uninvited Dr. Virginia Edwards shows up at the T.I.D., claiming to have answers.
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  • Jul 28 2022
    A second stranger appears claiming to be Jonah, a commercial diver who encountered a dangerous presence while in the South China Sea. Agent Thomas learns that he, Virginia, and Jonah all have something in common.
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    31 mins

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About the Creator

Randy McKinnon is a writer, director and producer. He served as writer/co-producer on the Apple TV+ series Invasion and writer of Safety on Disney+ as well as writer of the film Static Shock for DC Comics, which is in development. Additionally, he has multiple high-profile projects in development for various studios, including Warner Brothers, Sony, Annapurna, A24, Temple Hill and Paramount Players.

About the Executive Producer and Performer

Kerry Washington is an Emmy-winning, SAG, and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer, and activist. She is known for her work in film, television, and theater, including the hit ABC drama Scandal, where she broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Among her many accolades, she has won two Primetime Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, four SAG nominations, and four NAACP Image Awards. Her production company Simpson Street uses art, entertainment and technology to share narratives that amplify our common humanity while affirming the value of every individuals’ journey. In 2013, Washington was honored with the NAACP President’s Award, recognizing her special achievements in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. In 2015, she won the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award, and the following year, she won an ACLU Bill of Rights Award. Her other work includes star turns and notable performances in The Prom, Django Unchained, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Little Fires Everywhere, American Son, Night Catches Us, Confirmation, Live in Front of a Studio Audience, and many more.

About the Performer

Daniel Dae Kim is an actor, director and producer widely known for his role in ABC’s hit series Lost, for which he shares a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and seven seasons on CBS’s juggernaut series Hawaii Five-0. Most recently, he has appeared on Roar (Apple TV+), *The Premise * (FX) and played the lead role in The Hot Zone: Anthrax (National Geographic) among many other television series. On film, Kim can be seen in Stowaway, Hellboy, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Jackal, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, Crash, and heard in the animated Disney film Raya and The Last Dragon. Kim’s theater credits also include the role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of The King and I for which he won a Broadway Beacon Award in 2016 and the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater. As an active figure in the Asian American community, Kim has worked to feature those who are traditionally underrepresented in front and behind the camera. Kim created his own production company, 3AD, and he serves as an Executive Producer of the ABC hit series The Good Doctor. Additionally, Kim was named to a 25-member White House Commission tasked with making recommendations to the President regarding issues affecting the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. He also serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee for The Asian American Foundation.

About the Performer

David Oyelowo is a multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy-nominated actor and producer. In 2014, he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination starring as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma as well as a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for Nightingale. In 2016, he earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Queen of Katwe. Oyelowo made his directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed The Water Man. He has performed in many films, including Come Away, which he also produced, Interstellar, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Lincoln, and more. On television, he has performed on the HBO Max/BBC series The Girl Before, the BAFTA Award-winning series Spooks/MI:5, Masterpiece Theatre’s Small Island, for which he won the Royal Television Society Award and was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award, the Golden Globe-nominated production of A Raisin in the Sun, and more. Onstage, Oyelowo was nominated for an Outer Critic Circle Award for Othello, earned an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination and won the 2001 Ian Charleson Award for King Henry VI when he was the first Black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare. With his wife Jessica, he heads a production company, Yoruba Saxon. In 2015, in association with The Geanco Foundation, Oyelowo established the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship to fully fund the education and rehabilitation of girls who have been directly affected by terrorism in Nigeria.

About the Performer

British actor Asa Butterfield is best known for his leading role in the Netflix worldwide phenomenon Sex Education. For his performance in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. He can be seen in Flux Gourmet for IFC Films as well as Choose or Die for Netflix. More credits include After Thomas, Son of Rambow, Hugo, A Brilliant Young Mind, and much more.

About the Performer

Steven Pasquale is widely known for his role in the hit TV series Rescue Me on FX. He also has had notable performances in the Showtime limited series The Comey Rule, American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson on FX, and many more. He is a lauded theatre actor and has starred on Broadway opposite Kerry Washington in American Son, lead the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County alongside Kelli O’Hara, for which he earned a Drama Desk and Drama League nomination, and has starred in numerous productions including Junk (Lincoln Center), Assassins (CSC), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout). On the big screen, he has appeared in Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, Aurora Borealis, The Last Run, and more.

About the Performer

Laurence J. Fishburne III is an actor, producer and director whose versatile acting has won him awards in theatre, film and television. He has been nominated 25 times for NAACP Image awards with seven wins. He won a Tony award for Two Trains Running, an Emmy for Tribeca and Thurgood, as well as an Oscar-nomination for What’s Love Got to Do with It. He was an Emmy Award nominee and an NAACP Image Award winner for Miss Evers’ Boys as well as an Emmy nominee for the television remake of Roots. Fishburne may be best known for his role as Morpheus in the blockbuster The Matrixtrilogy and has performed in numerous notable films, including Boyz ‘n the Hood, The Color Purple, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Higher Learning, Mystic River, Deep Cover and King of New York. Fishburne also won an Audie Award for the New York Times bestselling Audible Original The Autobiography of Malcolm X. With his longtime manager and producing partner, Helen Sugland, he founded Cinema Gypsy Productions, which produced numerous nominated and award-winning projects, including the Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning black-ish. Fishburne has served as an Ambassador for UNICEF since 1996. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as Artist of the Year for his Outstanding Contributions to American and International Performing Arts as well as his humanitarian contributions.

Dear Listener,

Where did the idea for this story come from?
"The idea originated from my passion for stories from the Bible. Three of my favorites growing up were Jonah and the whale, Daniel in the lions' den, and the story of the Virgin Mary. Then, one afternoon, I saw a crazy news headline online that was followed by the comment: 'It must be the end of times.' I remember thinking, 'What if it was actually the beginning?' And my mind was off to the races." – Randy McKinnon, writer of The Prophecy
Read the full interview here.

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So poorly researched and executed

I managed to get four episodes in and I'm conflicted. On the one hand, the premise is entertaining and the voice acting is stellar. On the other hand, it's *so* poorly researched and amateurishly executed that I am literally groaning at it on the regular. I should have seen it coming when they used the word "inexplainable" in the first five minutes, but I decided to let it go. Here are some of my favorite examples:

In the Daniel episode, he describes being the general manager of the London Zoo, but goes on (in detail) about how he's checking the chemical levels of the aquarium tanks and later the only person who can go in to check the lion's den. When he goes into the lion's den, they claim to have sedated all eight adult lions so that he can do so, but they *leave them in the enclosure*. Lol. If you sedated them, then they were already in a separate area, and you wouldn't have had to sedate them because they wouldn't have access to where the keeper needed to be.

All these randos keep walking up to the FBI terrorism division office and being allowed to speak to the guy (Thomas) whose responsibility it is to report directly to the President

Who by the way, at the end of episode 4, calls Thomas and says that he's on the phone with "all of the other presidents of the world that he could get on the phone right now". I wish I was kidding, but that's a pretty direct quote

There's also a whole mess of science babble about the water, and a crew of commercial divers flying to a job where they're using their own equipment at the end, and a police detective admitting to trying to pin a murder on someone because he wants it to 'go away' but then there's a suggestion that it's politically motivated (detectives don't get elected?) and there's a whole section dependent on polygraphs, a reporter referring to the governor by first name, super unbelievable interactions with hospital staff, and weird references that don't make sense but might have been dismissed if they were viewed alone.

BUT. The piece de resistance: I was thinking that I'm listening to something that maybe a religious fan wrote and didn't think they needed to research anything else.... until Daniel claims that he felt a spirit enter him and he began reciting the Valley of Death scripture, and then immediately afterward says, "I didn't even know the Lord's Prayer before then." That's not the lord's prayer, FYI.

This whole thing scans like it was written by someone whose primary method of research was watching a lot of police procedurals whilst playing video games, and I'm floored that it got made, produced with this caliber of cast, AND that it currently has 4.9 stars. Truly, a sign of the apocalypse.

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It's a story

To the critical first post: it's a story. It's not real life. A made up story. It's an enjoyable read.

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Woke

Loved the premise. Loved the performance. Then it turned woke. So disappointing. Could have been so much more.

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fantastic story line

I really wish I could respond to another review that had bad comments stating you can't rewrite history. Archeologists and historians continually rewrite history based on new discoveries, manyof which support the facts as written in the Bible. But that is not what is happening here. This is a futuristic dystopian fiction work that expands thought. Beautifully written and performed.

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Really wanted to like this

The production was interesting. It felt very similar to listening to a movie. I do not usually listen to these types of audios so it was a new experience. However, I will honestly say I got lost a little when the story would jump timelines, but I was able to adjust.

The voice acting was good, but the story left much to be desired. The writing is just not what I hoped it would be. It seemed poorly researched. I really wanted to like this because the acting was superb and the premise was interesting, but the story/writing could definitely use some improvement.

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  • 07-31-22

Forced birth from scene 2

It had the ability to be a story and not propaganda, but left the immediately.

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A little editorial research would've help a bit

Not super terrible but wow. All kind of bad errors about all kind of things.
If kind of follows like a poorly written religious story but, it's not because if a religious author wrote this, there is not way the religous stuff would be so wrong.

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  • 08-03-22

completely pointless story

the whole 8 episodes to say black kid coming is this world faces the same challenges that Jesus faced - what does that even mean

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Sacrilegious

I didn't get very far at all with this one. The Bible is my truth.

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Need 4 hours of my life back

The voice actors were fantastic. The '"story line" was weak and full of holes. Both author and editor didn't notice Psalm 23 is NOT the "Lord's prayer". There were no characters that I felt attached to and I kept waiting for the story to get better. It didn't.

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  • Gary B
  • 07-30-22

Interesting but a confused story that gets mixed up

I’m not sure how I feel after listening. It’s not bad, the actors are excellent and powerful. The story… that’s the “not sure” bit. It’s a little weak. A play on The Omen. I think the idea is very good, and I get it… but the final message of the story is my confusion . It becomes a political, activists rights type thing. I think the author should have gone for the story as it started out, not add in political rights meets racism overtones.

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  • K. J. Walker
  • 08-06-22

Well and expertly played, but preachy and ridiculous

All of the cast play their parts well, but towards the conclusion it does become rather preachy and pointed. it is not the Universe that devalues black women and black lives, it is white people, you know, other ignorant semi-evolved primates.
It is also rather religious, so at lesst you know it is fictional. Well worth a listen, though.

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  • CherryPie62
  • 08-01-22

Deluded

Spoiler alerts:

I like a bit of religious conspiracy theory stuff but the story was weak & some of the bible references were a bit dodgy.

One of the plot points was that the character who has an immaculate conception is a black woman and that this was a powerful message. I'm upset that neither the author nor the actors knew that Mary, Jesus' mother, wasn't white. Surely if the actors had known this they wouldn't have continued with the job.

And the fact that the characters who were affected by the phenomenon all had biblical names and were repeating the stories therein. Really tenuous.

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  • emma-lou
  • 09-05-22

May cause some offence

I would venture to say that the story is verging on being blasphemous to be honest. I think if the author attempted this sort interpretation using a different faith, there would be uproar. Not a podcast I would recommend to other Christians

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  • JanettheGannet
  • 09-05-22

insdequate research to say the least!

If an author is going to refer to the Lord's Prayer it would help if he didn't confuse it with Psalm 23. I'm not even a Christian and i spotted it immediately. They're not even in the same testament for goodness sake.

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  • MRS
  • 08-14-22

Load of Tosh!

Noisy, intrusive music; unbelievable (and mainly fake) English accents and speech patterns; and an editor who doesn't know the difference between the Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23.
It's good for a laugh.

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  • Sam H.
  • 08-10-22

So, so bad.

Great actors. Dreadful script. Story has no start middle or end. 8 episodes of complete nothingness well delivered by great actors but even that can’t save it. Ending the worst possible in history of stories. My 10 year old could do better. Avoid.

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  • Daniela
  • 08-08-22

Depressing

Doom, gloom and woke, very depressing and totally not for me. Bailed before the end, could not suffer any more

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  • Janey Day
  • 07-30-22

Amazing

Wow this was excellent - absolutely amazing story and acting.
I listened to all 8 episodes in one sitting I was gripped.

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  • doriangrey
  • 08-05-22

A Black take on fantasy

A contemporary black Virgin Mary faces supernatural forces trying to prevent the Son of God's birth. In this fantasy the Bible is a prophecy of what will happen, so Jonah and Daniel and Moses are living their stories now. I couldn't stop listening-- great performers made it compelling.

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  • Nawwal
  • 07-26-22

So disappointing!!!

We don't need more bible mumbo in this world. I'm just balancing all the other 5 star reviews saying this is the best from the trailer alone.

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  • Adam Knoll
  • 08-15-22

amazing

had me on the edge of my seat on my way to work. make more please

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  • Julie Peach
  • 10-01-22

Loved it.

Loved every minute of, l was on the edge of my seat most of the time.

Its a interesting take on things, l had acculy never throught of it.. Well done. I wont speak for others but l have no issue with biblical retold & re worked stories. In fact l love them, the more the merrier.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-22

Not too bad

I’m not into all the religion stuff, but I did find this intriguing. Went into this blind and came out enjoying it overall.

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 08-08-22

Fantastic Audible drama

Highly recommend this brilliant book performed by some of the best. I dont want to use spoilers ...so please just listen and enjoy.
As the world goes to apocalyptic pieces the only hope is through people from Biblical texts and prophesies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-22

really really enjoyed this!

loved it! great narration! easy listen!
would've liked it longer but i really did enjoy it.

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  • Danielle Shuttle
  • 08-05-22

Need more!

I loved this! I drive a lot and need an interesting story to keep me alert and this was perfect.
Need more episode ASAP!