Audio logs are scattered through-out Virtual Steelport and look like floating audio waveforms. Walking into one automatically plays the audio log, and they can be replayed on The Ship. Each Audio Log collected earns 100 XP and 1000 Cache.
According to the "Audio Logs Collected" Challenge, there are 39 Collectible Audio Logs in Saints Row IV, meaning that 12 of the 51 Audio Logs do not appear in the game.
From an early age, my father instilled a pride and patriotism in me that carried me far in life. I dedicated myself to serving the Crown. I don't regret it, though it's not been without its challenges. One of those challenges was working with the Saints in taking down Cyrus Temple.
— Asha Audio Log 1
When Matt Miller came on as my field coordinator, he had a lot of opinions about the Third Street Saints. I've always liked Matt but I admit he's easily wounded and a bit tetchy when it comes to past offenses. Still, he managed to set some low expectations for that first mission with the Saints.
— Asha Audio Log 2
I'm a creature of habit, of structure, which doesn't fit well with the Saints' MO. They have their way of doing things, and at times I have no idea what they're thinking or of their infatuation with those god-awful Freckle Bitches[sic] hamburgers, but when it comes down to it, they get things done. That's impressive. And I'm not easily impressed.
I built, I watched, and then I acted. That's how I brought the Vice Kings up to be one of the strongest crews in Stilwater. Only problem was my lieutenants didn't have the same patience. That bitch Tanya drove a wedge between Tony and Warren. Then she convinced Warren to try and take me out, only to stab him in the back and take it all for herself. I may have lost the Vice Kings, but killin' her almost made it worth the trouble. Good thing the playa was there to help.
— King Audio Log 1
After the fall of the Vice Kings, I figured it was time to get out of the game. Livin' the life I had, I didn't want all that experience to go to waste. Figured a book would allow me to work out my demons and show the world what the game took from me. Didn't know it'd take off so well. Shit, if I'd known back then what I do now, probably would of[sic] gone legit sooner.
— King Audio Log 2
I always knew the Saints were ambitious, but I never thought I'd see them end up in the White House. And when the playa called me saying how they couldn't do it without me, how could I say no. Thought maybe I was in line for Vice President, but I guess Keith beat me to it. Still, being the President's Chief of Staff certainly had its perks. Not bad for a kid from Sunnyvale Gardens.
When I first signed on to head the STAG initiative, I figured it would be a cushy job. After all, pitting a military organization against common street thugs seemed like a one-sided battle. The Saints changed that perspective quickly. Monica Hughes had no idea what she was sending me into.
Have to admit, didn't think much of the boss when they first joined the crew. Thought there was no way they were gonna make it through being canonized, let alone be any help takin' over Stilwater. Hell, they didn't even talk back then. But after that shit with the Vice Kings, I knew we found ourselves one hell of a Saint. There's nothing the boss can't do.
— Gat Audio Log 1
Things ain't never been easy for the Saints. First we lost Lin to the Rollerz back in Stilwater. Then Julius tried blowing up the boss and the Saints fell apart. After getting the crew back together, The Brotherhood had Carlos killed and Aisha... well, I lost her to the Ronin. And then fucking Phillipe Loren tried taking me out only to have Zinyak come in and snatch me from the Saints anyway. Like I said, shit's always been rough.
— Gat Audio Log 2
Aisha's death... hit me really hard. I thought I'd made peace with it, but Zinyak's fucking simulated hell took its toll. I know the whole point was I'd never be able to save her, but that shit would never stop me from trying. If the boss didn't show up to help, I don't know how much longer I could've kept it together.
When the Vice Kings stopped being about protecting Sunnyvale, I knew it was time to get outta the game. I was hopin' that Benjamin could keep the city locked down, but years passed and it ended up being the same old shit, only this time the victims were the people in Saints Row[sic]. I thought the Vice Kings' was a cautionary tale that I'd learn somethin' from, that if I built a new street gang I could control it, not make the same mistakes King did. I was so fuckin' naive.
— Julius Audio Log 1
I knew early on what it was I let loose on Stilwater. The playa was reckless and uncaring. Left a wake of bodies pointing right back at us. Think more of the city was destroyed than saved in the end. Sure the Saints were taking over, but at what cost? I couldn't risk letting a sociopath run things, so I did what I had to do. Never thought the bastard would survive the explosion.
— Julius Audio Log 2
I don't regret much. You make your choices, you live with 'em. But if I could take anything back, it would be the way things ended up with Angela. It was all fun and games for her. She wanted to be just like Benjamin. I shouldn'ta let her get in so deep.
I'm not the first actor to move into politics, but I'm one of the better ones. Theater, film, television, animation, commercials, shit, I've even done video games. Though video games aren't exactly renowned for their storytelling. Still, I'd conquered acting. By the time I got the call from the Saints, I was ready for something new.
— Keith Audio Log 1
How did I go from award-winning actor to the Vice President of the United States? Hell if I know. But when the head of the Saints calls you up and makes you an offer, well, it's something you consider. I liked the idea of being a statesman, having my name in the history books. It's a hell of a dream. Plus I look good in a suit. I'd look even better on money.
— Keith Audio Log 2
Zinyak kicked the stool out from under my political aspiration when he and his armada showed up. One of the worst things you can do is piss off America. Now, I don't necessarily agree with how the President is handling these things. Seems there must be a better way. I'm not saying I'd do better but, shit, maybe that's exactly what I'm saying. If I had the chance anyway.
Ok, I'm going to say this again: Why did we work with Matt Miller! Did everyone forget what he did to me back before I joined the Saints? I mean come on, he set me up to be fired from the FBI and got all my ideas completely discredited just because they think I'm into kink! The truth of that aside, he ruined my life and now he's a "good guy"? This-- this just isn't fair!
— Kinzie Audio Log 1
First I told the FBI, then I told the Saints, THEN I told the President and the entire Secret Service and still they wouldn't listen. Now here we are, abducted by aliens and trapped in technology far beyond what we had on Earth. You know, if I'd only got the budget for my planetary defense system we wouldn't be stuck up here dealing with the Zin. I mean, it would ONLY have cost 3.1 billion. Hey, I tried to warn the military, but they didn't want to listen to the Press Secretary.
— Kinzie Audio Log 2
Oleg is one of the best things that ever happened to me and right now it feels like the worst. I'm up here trying to save us from captivity and psychological torture and all I can think about is him. He's the only one who ever truly understood what I was saying. I never thought I'd meet someone with an intelligence nearly matching my own who made me feel like I wasn't constantly missing something in my life. Now, I am. Now, I miss him...
When I heard the Saints were back in Stilwater, I figured it couldn't hurt to have a little more muscle on The Brotherhood's side. 20/80 was a fair split for a bunch of has-beens from the Row. After all, we were the strongest crew in the city. What did we have to fear from them? If their leader wasn't such a greedy asshole, maybe things wouldn't have escalated like they did.
— Maero Audio Log 1
After what the Saints did to my face, they had to expect a little payback. Carlos was an easy target, and hurt their boss the most. But Jessica? That was going too far. Then Vogel rips off my shipment after letting my crew get killed. I wasn't about to let The Brotherhood go down because of some prick in a suit.
— Maero Audio Log 2
I thought I had that Saint dead to rights. I mean, they couldn't kill me in my own home. What chance did they have to survive my trap? I had the perfect setup, even used the truck that killed Jessica for a little poetic justice. But it didn't matter. I lost. Fucking Saints...
I'd say it's a tough world for someone to live in, but I'd be lying. Well, if they were the god of the cyber world like I was that is. Put me in front of the latest technology and there wasn't anything I couldn't do. Even the FBI couldn't stop me, and believe me they tried. Kinzie Kensington came close, but a few additions to her file and some photos and even she couldn't come close to crashing my fun. Probably why I was recruited into the Syndicate in the first place.
— Matt Audio Log 1
Working for the Syndicate was a great job. That is until Phillipe Loren died, because Killbane was one scary psychopath. I mean, I watched him kill Kiki right in front of me, and right in front of her own sister! So I went after the Saints instead. Wrong choice on my part. But they let me live, and surprisingly so did Killbane. Only option then was to leave the country and hide.
— Matt Audio Log 2
How was I supposed to know that MI6 would end up offering me asylum just so they could pair me up with one of their operatives? I mean, Asha and I got along great, but now I had to work with the government instead of against it. Not usually my cup of tea. Still, I guess it's better than being hunted down by the Saints or Killbane. I just have to keep myself from pissing off a trained killer is all.
The boss was a lot more hardcore back in the day. Managed to pull the Saints back from the grave. Didn't take any shit from anyone. Especially the Brotherhood, the Ronin or the Sons of Samedi. Hell, anyone that got in the way lost everything they had, not just their life. Still, it's too bad what happened to Carlos though. He was a good kid.
— Pierce Audio Log 1
Shaundi and I had a relationship: I came up with all the ideas, she got all the credit. It never seemed fair. Guess it worked out in the end though, what with me bein' an international celebrity and all. Ha ha ha.
— Pierce Audio Log 2
Okay, maybe it didn't all work out the way I planned. You know, Shaundi got a TV show and every guy in the world wanting her. I was doin' commercials and barely gettin' my music off the ground. But still, now I'm the Deputy Chief of Staff for the President of the United States so that's gotta count for something. Though I don't think the approval ratings are gonna much matter anymore.
The moment I walked into that underground shithole the crew was setting up in, I knew it all had potential. So the Saints had been out of the game a while, so what. We had the boss and we had Johnny Gat, what more did we need? I knew I was a little rough around the edges, but I was willing to learn. Then the boss goes and throws me the Sons of Samedi. Now that was a drag.
— Fun Shaundi Audio Log 1
I shoulda known dating that asshole was gonna end badly. Veteran Child, what kind of a name is that anyway? Sure, he had hook ups for some of the best drugs in Stilwater, but that's no excuse. And he comes and tries to kill me? Whatever. He didn't have a chance against the boss. I tried to warn him, but he never listened to me. Only the boss really did.
— Fun Shaundi Audio Log 2
Damn we had some good parties after all that. Then again, I knew how to have a good time. A little Loa Dust, some beer bongs, some hackie sack and bam! Instant party. We all needed the distraction after taking over Ultor, and distractions are what I do best. I mean, what did any of us know about running a multi-billion dollar company after all? Though a few hits off the lightbulb later, we didn't really care.
It's amazing looking back on how I used to be: constantly baked out of my mind, always looking for the next party... You'd think after I got my own dating show I would've been even more of a train wreck, but doing TV is hard work. Who has time to go smoke up when they have to be on set at 6 a.m.?
— Shaundi Audio Log 1
Ever since that night on Loren's plane things haven't been the same. I used to be fun and carefree. I used to smile and laugh. Now, I just want everyone to pay for what the Syndicate did. Johnny didn't deserve to die like that. He was the toughest person I knew. And it's my fault. I should've gone back for him.
— Shaundi Audio Log 2
The boss kept the crew together when we landed in Steelport. First we took out that asshole Phillipe, and then Killbane for what he did to Johnny's funeral. STAG was just icing on the cake, really. I thought I'd be happy with revenge, but it was never the same. Even when the boss won the election and we moved to the White House, I couldn't stop thinking about what Johnny would say about it all.
Putting me in charge of the brothels was the best idea King ever had. There's no way anyone else in Stilwater would've been able to control the girls the way I did. It brought in the money, it brought in the clients, and it would've been the backbone of the Vice Kings if Gat and all the Saints hadn't ruined it all.
— Tanya Audio Log 1
King never had the control he thought he did over the Vice Kings. It was all me and Warren keeping things running. Well, mostly me. Warren's ego got just as big as Benjamin's in the end. He thought the two of us would rule the city. Guess he didn't know me like he thought he did.
— Tanya Audio Log 2
Warren, Tony, Alderman Hughes... I had them all wrapped around my finger... they would have died for me. Come to think of it, I guess they did.
I don't care what Sharp said. What Lin and I had was real. Sure, she was with the Saints, feeding them information. But I didn't care. She didn't deserve to be shot and drowned in the river. I should have saved her. Why didn't I save her?!? Price may have been my best friend, but in the end he let it happen.
— Donnie Audio Log 1
I should've know as soon as I saw the boss walk in to see Maero how the story was going to end. The Brotherhood took me in, and just like the Rollerz I ended up betraying them. I was forced to do it, but I didn't try to stop it either... Lin was a Saint. Deep down, I guess maybe I was too.
— Donnie Audio Log 2
Then came Zinyak. He snatched me from right out of my garage, thinking I knew how to stop the Saints. He should've done a bit more research first, but I guess he was too busy trying to conquer Earth. I got myself out of the Domination Matrix only to find I was trapped on his damn ship. At least now I have the boss here to help me. I think we have a real shot at making it home.
Putting me in the Rollerz was a smart move on Julius's part. We needed the intel, and I was the only tuner in the Saints. I knew when we staged that rescue at Donnie's shop I was in. Price owed me one for saving his best friend and didn't doubt me for a second. I probably should've been more careful about how often I passed the boss information, though...
— Lin Audio Log 1
I read Sharp wrong from the jump. I always knew he was coldhearted, but I just thought it was a lawyer thing. I didn't realize how sadistic he was. I'll never forget what he said to me: "I think it's time to unwrap you." I hope that bastard burns.
— Lin Audio Log 2
Donnie said I was his girl? Can you believe that? I mean, we were pretty close, but that never came up. We talked about engines, weight distribution, suspensions... But his girl? I never expected that. It was a nice surprise.
Phillipe Loren was the first man to treat Kiki and I with respect. To him we were businesswomen, not a fetish. We were his right hand in the Syndicate and he was our mentor. His death meant we had to step up on our own. Too bad we never got the chance.
— Viola Audio Log 1
Fucking Murderbrawl tickets. That's what Killbane thought would make me feel better after he murdered Kiki. He took the Syndicate from us, then he took my sister! I vowed to get revenge no matter what I had to do, and no matter who I had to ask for help.
— Viola Audio Log 2
I knew the Saints wouldn't believe me when I came to them for help. Oleg hated me for turning him into a science fair project, Zimos was still grumpy about the Pony Cart thing, Pierce never bothered to learn my name, and Shaundi was a vindictive bitch. It didn't matter though--the boss understood a thing or two about revenge.
Donnie let himself get too close. He was Joseph's friend, but he valued his relationship with Lin too much to see what was right in front of his face. Lin brought everything down and Donnie let it happen. If he wasn't so close to my nephew, I would have put him in that trunk with her.
— Sharp Audio Log 2
While I blame Lin for her part in what happened, I haven't forgotten the fact that she had help. It was that upstart from Saints Row[sic] who did the dirty work for her: raiding my house, killing my nephew and killing me. How could I have let it all happen? I told Joseph he had a traitor among his people too late. If I had only acted sooner, perhaps the Saints would have been wiped out instead.
The deceased characters often reference events that happened following their deaths (such as Sharp commenting on Price's death, even though Sharp died before Price), meaning they recorded them after their deaths.
The data file for the Audio Logs indicate:
Keith David's logs were originally intended to be Viola's.
Asha's logs were originally intended to be Oleg's.
Matt Miller's logs were originally intended to be William Sharp's.