Friday, December 27, 2013

Reading with my ears - The Odyssey Award

The Odyssey award annually recognizes “the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States”. First awarded in 2008, there are 30 titles on the list. Of these titles, there are four that I just couldn’t make myself listen to completely. There are seven titles that I rated 5 stars on Goodreads. Most often it was due to the excellent performance by the narrator. The author’s craftsmanship is considered, of course, but as the award is given for audio productions I place a little more emphasis on the narration.

In order of year awarded, these are my favorite Odyssey titles:
2008 Winner: Jazz by Walter Dean Myers, read by James "D-Train" Williams and Vanneese Thomas
2008 Honor: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren
2008 Honor: Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin, read by Randy Travis
2008 Honor: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Alfred Molina
2009 Honor: Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy, read by Carmen Agra Deedy
2011 Honor: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl
2012 Honor: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham

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