This past year, I had the extreme pleasure of serving on the Odyssey Award Committee for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.
The following are actual numbers of time spent by me on this Listening Odyssey – including unfinished listening and also re-listening, not including note-taking or review writing and posting on the private conversation online bulletin board.
Minutes Listened: 40000
Hours Listened: 667
Days (24 hours) Listened: 27.8
Weeks (24 hours/7 days) Listened: 4
Months (24 hours/7 days) Listened: 0.9
Work Days (8 hours) Listened: 83.4
Work Weeks (8 hours/5 days) Listened: 17
Work Months (8 hours/5 days) Listened: 4
So it is with great pleasure and relief that we unveiled our selection on January 23rd. For more detailed information, please check out the official website. I love every single one of these titles TO PIECES! Each does something magical to enhance the already wonderful original text. All four deserve to be listened to and be read. I also love how we have different age brackets represented — and an outstanding Graphic Novel adaptation in the midst!
Anna and the Swallow Man written by Gavriel Savit, narrated by Allan Corduner, from Listening Library, won the Gold medal.
The three honored titles are:
Ghost written by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard and produced by Simon and Schuster Audio.
Dream On, Amber written by Emma Shevah, narrated by Laura Kirman and produced by Recorded Books.
Nimona written by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury, and David Pittu, and produced by HarperAudio.