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The 2009 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production winner & honor titles

On Monday, January 26th, the following titles were announce at the Youth Media Awards ceremony at the ALA Mid-Winter conference as this year’s top audiobooks. For a complete listing of all award winners, including a video, go to Congratulations to the publishers, directors, authors, and narrators of these wonderful productions, and to the Odyssey Award Committee and chair Pam Spencer Holley for their careful consideration and immeasurable hours under the headphones! These are the very best in audiobooks, essential purchases for every library, must-listens for audiobook fans, and the perfect titles to convert newbies into audiobook aficionados!

Odyssey Award

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, produced by Recorded Books, LLC

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady,” written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

Elijah of Buxton” written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

I’m Dirty” written by Kate and Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale” written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy, produced by Peachtree Publishers

Nation” written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, produced by Harper Children’s Audio/HarperCollins Publishers



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

3 Comments on "The 2009 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production winner & honor titles"

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  1.' Sue-Ellen says:

    It would be fun to hear some feedback on the list. Was there a favorite you felt was overlooked? How do you feel about the choices?

  2.' Annie Ruefle says:

    I’m addicted to the “Bloody Jack” series on audio– Katherine Kellgren is amazing!

    Another audio book I loved this year is also the Newbery winner: “The Graveyard Book.” Author Neil Gaiman narrates his own book, and his voice is elegant, spine-tingling, and altogether compelling. I would have been thrilled if this book had won both the Newbery as well as the Odyssey; it might have also drawn some additional attention to the Odyssey.

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