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2012 Spoken word Grammy

If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t), Betty White’s charming humorous memoir from Penguin Audio, took top honors at last night’s Grammy awards. However, the Spoken Word Grammy nominees also served to honor the memory of a true icon of spoken word dramatization:  Yuri Rasovsky, whose career was noted in this Los Angeles Times obituary. Here’s a lovely tribute to from narrator Scott Brick:

Though heavy, my heart is also joyful, because even though we lost him weeks ago, the work of Yuri Rasovsky is being celebrated tonight in the audiobook industry — two of his works received Grammy nominations in the Spoken Word category, his recording of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet, as well as the multi-voice Mark of Zorrow we did last year. Here’s hoping Yuri gets the nod during tonight’s ceremony! And congratulations to Blackstone Audio, who published both of those recordings. Fingers crossed! And all hail El Fiendo T. Mighty! (Yuri’s nom de guerre; the T stands for “The” by the way)

Sadly, there’s no Children’s Spoken word to announce, as that category has been discontinued. You can try a sample of White’s Grammy winner here. Next up in audiobook awards – the 2012 Audies Awards on June 5th. Looking for a total recap of all audiobook honor & awards for titles released in 2011? Check out my list of the best of 2011!



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.

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  1.' Sue-Ellen says:

    I didn’t realize she won the Grammy. I just reviewed this audio today for Booklist. She’s pretty amazing and the neat thing about this title is the short length, perfect for introducing to new audiobook listeners, short road trips, or maybe long exercise sessions.

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