Each story crashes messily into the next due to the lack of structured transitional aspects between segments. The entire recap is read by the same person in a monotonous inflection that has the tendency to put one asleep instead of engage a listener into the content.
The coverage quality of the New York Times and the innovative culture of Amazon is poorly represented in the Audible Audio Digest due to the lackluster and chaotic manner the stories are conveyed. As an Amazon employee I feel for the cost of a monthly membership the NYT Audio Digest offering is due for an overhaul to make this something worthy of spending almost an hour of your day with. Instead the listening experience comes across feeling crammed together and robotic in nature.
I am sharing this constructive criticism because I care about people being compelled to inform themselves and in its present state I feel Audio Digest is doing a disservice to the Audible brand, Amazon, New York Times, and Audible subscribers with it's uninspiring and bland delivery.
Solutions to breathe life into the Audio Digest could come in a variety of simple improvements and some additional creative time in the studio and collaboration. To implement structure, more personality and a clear transition between news sections and stories I would recommend different readers hailing from a variety of demographics to read stories. Not saying that Mark Moran does not do a decent job however he could use surrounding support from other people to help erode the robotic nature of the Digest as an overall piece of media. In addition to integrating readers from a broader demographic spectrum to read subsequent stories so that one person isn't rushing to rattle off what could easily be one and a half hours of diverse news content into 51 minutes of "Mwa wah wah" a la the adult voices in Charlie Brown, another tool would be found in some creative audio production/editing in order to insert end of story or end of section transition tones that would provide uniform yet refreshing clear breaks between stories. Mix in the occasional sound-bites from interviews, music, sports or nature coverage and bam-o you have infused innovation and character into Daily Digest hence making it a service we can all be proud of, which will hopefully draw more people to actually access the content and become informed about the wider world around them.