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Mary Burkey, a teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict, writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets

Archive for the 'Odyssey Award' Category

Mon, July 7th, 2014
Kirby Heyborne rocks the Odyssey Awards – again!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Watch the amazing video of his rap “Ain’t Nobody Change the World Like a Librarian.” It was a librarian love fest  at the 2014 Odyssey Award celebration on June 30th at ALA’s Las Vegas conference, as Heyborne topped his previous original composition performed at the 2012 Odyssey celebration. The crowd sported Team Scowler masks as narrator Kirby Heyborne, author Daniel Kraus, […]


Sun, June 29th, 2014
Odyssey Award-winning Team Scowler #audiomonth #alaac14
Posted by: Mary Burkey

What does it take to strike Odyssey gold twice? I was fortunate to interview the core group behind TWO Odyssey Award-winners: Daniel Kraus, author of both 2014 Odyssey winner Scowler and 2012 Odyssey winner Rotters, Listening Library’s Executive Acquisitions Editor Rebecca Waugh, plus narrator Kirby Heyborne and producer/director Kelly Gildea, the duo who translated both of Kraus’ […]


Wed, June 25th, 2014
Audiobooks at ALA Vegas Celebrate #audiomonth!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

FREE audiobooks? Join the party at the American Library Association audiobook events during the 2014 Annual Conference! Learn more about audiobook advisory by dropping into an open meeting of one of these two committees: Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 1:00pm to 5:30pm, Flamingo Hotel, Valley of Fire II room. Stop by and listen […]


Thu, April 3rd, 2014
Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards
Posted by: Mary Burkey

I love video interviews with authors and narrators, and this one is doubly-good, as Broadway star author Tim Federle gives an insider’s looks at the his self-narrated audiobooks Better Nate Than Ever and sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  The first title racked up three American Library Association recognitions – an Odyssey Honor, a place on the Notable Children’s Recordings […]


Thu, February 27th, 2014
Fascinating! Origins of recording the oral tradition, lost & now found
Posted by: Mary Burkey

“New Sounds, Old Voices“, written by Jacob Mikanowski in this week’s New Yorker, holds interest for recording techies and audiobook historians alike. Mikanowski follows the research path of Carl Haber, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and winner of the MacArthur genius grant for his work on sound restoration. Haber and his team have developed a technology which […]


Thu, January 30th, 2014
American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013
Posted by: Mary Burkey

The best audios of 2013 for children, teens, and adults were announced at the ALA  Midwinter conference. The 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings list contains 30 titles recommended for listeners ages birth through age 14 – readalong book & CD sets, beginning readers, novels, nonfiction and a bit of music. You can see this ALSC committee’s larger […]


Mon, June 24th, 2013
#JIAM Audiobooks at ALA
Posted by: Mary Burkey

So many audio events in Chicago during the American Library Association’s annual meeting! Plan to attend the FREE Odyssey Award Celebration Monday, July 1 – 3:30 to 5:30pm, McCormick Place room S106b. Celebrate the spoken word at this event - a must-do during Annual which includes a cocktail reception. Last year’s rock-star celebration included audiobook give-aways for every […]


Sun, June 9th, 2013
#JIAM John Green fans
Posted by: Mary Burkey

DFTBA – order author Green reading The Fault in Our Stars, a limited-edition audiobook only available through Green’s website. There’s great additional content for fans who love the book, as well as teachers who include The Fault in Our Stars in literature classes. And for audiobook aficionados, it would be cool to contrast the author-read production with the […]


Thu, March 14th, 2013
Interview with the director of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
Posted by: Mary Burkey

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, the 2013 Odyssey Award-winner, is the subject of my interview with Laura Grafton, who has directed all of Green’s audiobooks for Brilliance Audio. The interview appears in the current issue of Booklist magazine, but the word-count limit means that some of Grafton’s remarks had to be left out. So […]


Thu, January 31st, 2013
4 must-listen lists
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Top audiobooks named by American Library Association, from birth to adult. Last weekend, committee members debated the merits of the best audios of 2012 in Seattle. The complete results are now final & posted on the ALA website. Click the links below for the top recommended titles for school & library purchases – and for […]





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