To determine my pick for the Audio Drama category, I ran a series of Head-to-Head contests between the five titles nominated. While the comments below each of the contest below are short, you can check out the full reviews I wrote for each of the titles by clicking on the clinks of the title in the #Head2Head subject lines.
#Head2Head #1: Alien: Out of the Shadows vs In the Embers
In this first #Head2Head challenge, Alien: Out of the Shadows, An Audible Original Drama easily outclasses In the Embers in terms of script, sound effects and overall production values. Kudos to Robin Miles though, who is an amazing voice actor and singer in In the Embers.
Winner of Round #1: Alien: Out of the Shadows, An Audible Original Drama
#Head2Head #2: Alien: Out of the Shadows vs The Mountaintop
Alien: Out of the Shadows is sexy; but The Mountaintop has a better script, acting, and message. Substance wins out over style this round!
Winner of Round #2: The Mountaintop
#Head2Head #3: The Mountaintop vs Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen
It’s Doctor King versus Doctor Who! And in this round, it’s The Mountaintop for its straightforward, powerful message and understated production aesthetic over the razzmatazz BBC audio drama and David Tennant’s mumbling. Sometimes, less is more!
Winner of Round #3: The Mountaintop
#Head2Head #4: The Mountaintop vs Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous
In the final #Head2Head challenge, The Mountaintop with its understated production but powerful results wins over the sophisticated script and orchestration of The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous.
Winner of Round #4: The Mountaintop
My pick for the 2017 Armchair Audies in the Audio Drama category:
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