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19 Nocturne Boulevard

By Julie Hoverson

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Award-winning anthology series of audio dramas, in the realm of the strange, speculative, and supernatural. Some episodes include more mature content, but have warning labels.

Customer Reviews

I love this!

Most of these are really good in a weird and twisted way!

Excellent Show

Julie Hoverson continually creates a quality show which comes out regularly - which for this listener is wonderful. There are many audio dramas which are excellent but which don't come out regularly. 19 Nocturne Boulevard comes out regularly without fail.

Weak stories, hard on the listener

Imagine a pasta sauce made with the finest ingredients, prepared by a skilled chef, and then doled out in a miserly spoonful on top of a mound of soggy, lukewarm pasta. That's 19 Nocturne Boulevard. 19 Nocturne Blvd. emphasizes sound over voice, and I don't think that the approach works very well. The listener has to work too hard for too little reward. The voice talent is great and the production is very well done. These positives don't overcome 2 major and 1 minor flaws: 1) The stories are very thin and sketchy. They are quirky and imaginative, but rarely rise above mildly entertaining. 2) The podcaster has made a deliberate choice to make heavy use of sound and voice acting to convey the story (she describes one one multi-part story as an "audio movie"). Narration and dialogue is sparse by podcasting standards. I applaud her for trying a new approach, but I believe that she took the concept too far. It often is difficult to figure out which character is talking, and the sound effects often are subject to multiple interpretations until events later in a story provide the necessary context. Imagine a movie playing on a television in another room, where you can hear it but not see it. If the movie is heavy on dialogue, you will catch most of what is happening. If the movie combines sparse dialogue with a lot of supernatural or science fiction elements, it won't make sence without the visual accompaniment to the audio. 3) The minor flaw, which the podcaster can still correct, is inconsistent naming conventions for the episodes. This is especially bothersome for people accessing iTunes via the iPhone or iPod Touch, because Apple shows far too few characters for episode names in those devices. It took me some time to realize that the first 22 episodes are blog entries with no stories. I'd add an introductory episode, and then rename episodes as needed for consistency.

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