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2011 Odyssey Award and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is for “the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United.” One interesting thing about audiobook awards is that it’s based on when the audiobook was made, so sometimes older titles appear on these lists.

For teen books, there is also the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. Another interesting thing; both of these awards are about the audiobooks. ALSC’s Notable Recordings for Children has a requirement that the Odyssey and Amazing Audiobooks does not: for Notables, the book must be in “audiotape and/or compact disc.”

The Odyssey Award for 2011 is for “Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook, The True Meaning of Smekday, written by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin.”

Four Honor Books were named: 

Alchemy and Meggy Swann, written by Karen Cushman, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, written by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl and produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, an imprint of Brilliance Audio. 

Revolution, written by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group. 

will grayson, will grayson, written by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl and produced by Brilliance Audio. 

Because I’ve listened to so few of these books, I’ll just point out the overlaps:

The Amazing Audiobook list has both a Top Ten list and a full list of titles. Both The Knife of Never Letting Go and will grayson, will grayson appear on the Top Ten. Alchemy and Meggy Swan, Revolution and The True Meaning of Smekday appears on the full Amazing Audiobook list.

Alchemy and Meggy Swan and The True Meaning of Smekday also appear on the Notable Children’s Recordings list.

Also, One Crazy Summer appears on both the Amazing Audiobooks and Notable lists.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. thanks for alerting me to these lists!

  2. you’re welcome!