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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

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 […]

Sat, September 8th, 2012
Fabulous! $500 audiobook library for FREE!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Top narrators & classic books for all ages. Get 27 eBooks plus audiobooks for FREE. From Jim Dale’s narration of Peter Pan & Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to selections by Booklist’s “Voice of Choice” recipients Simon Vance & Simon Prebble, this is an unbelievable batch of freebies – classic eBooks and the biggest names in audiobook narration, […]

Fri, August 10th, 2012
Freebie Friday
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Including MUST-HAVE audiobook Skulduggery Pleasant, one of my all-time favorites! Grab this Odyssey Honor title – you’ll fall in love with Rupert Degas’ amazing narration. This week’s two free downloads from SYNC:  Skulduggery Pleasant. By Derek Landy. Read by Rupert Degas. Published by HarperAudio When a not-so-innocent twelve-year-old girl named Stephanie inherits her eccentric uncle’s estate, she must join forces with […]

Tue, June 26th, 2012
Odyssey Award rocks the house at #ala12
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Kirby Heyborne’s ode to librarians closed the amazing Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production celebration at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim. Check out Kirby’s reactions to meeting librarians en mass on his blog I Love My Life. The standing-room only crowd was mesmerized by the Odyssey Honor narrators: Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. […]

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