Kirby Heyborne: Booklist’s 2015 Voice of Choice

AudiobookerkirbyheyborneVersatile audiobook virtuoso Kirby Heyborne has voiced over 300 audiobooks, picking up accolades galore. His amazing performances on the 2012 and 2014 Odyssey Award winners Rotters and Scowler, both written by Daniel Kraus and published on audio by Listening Library, stand out as benchmarks of excellence. Heyborne’s the absolutely perfect person to be recognized as this year’s “Voice of Choice,” Booklist’s annual selection of the most accomplished narrator, timed for the Audio Publisher Association’s June Is Audiobook Month initiative. Read the whole feature story, written by Joyce Saricks, here.

kraus-RottersI’ve been fortunate to interview producer/director Kelly Gildea about the recording of Rotters, and the whole Team Scowler production team about the art of audiobook production. Check out those links for more about Heyborne’s command of the audiobook craft. But you also have to visit his website to experience his amazing versatility: comedian, actor, musician, as well as narrator. And Heyborne totally rocks the ALA conference Odyssey Award ceremonies—you must watch his salute to librarians, captured by Penguin Random House Audio at the 2014 celebration.

The Odyssey Award Presentation and Program has become the must-see event at ALA Annual. Hope to see you there in San Francisco on Monday, June 29, from 3:00 to 5:30pm, at the Moscone Convention Center, room 2014 West. Narrators Dion Graham (Booklist’s 2012 Voice of Choice), Christopher Myers, Tim Federle, and Jayne Entwistle will give short presentations. A reception sponsored by the APA follows the program. A great way to celebrate the end of June Is Audiobook Month!



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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