Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

About the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Administered by:

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2018 Winner(s)

The Hate U Give

produced by HarperAudio, written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin

“The Hate U Give” written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin follows 16 year-old Starr Carter as she grapples with the effects of systemic racism and the murder of her friend Khalil. Bahni Turpin’s narration immerses listeners in this powerful story compelling them to question, understand, and empathize.

“Bahni Turpin’s powerful narration of this timely novel will inspire listeners to find their own voices,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Joan Schroeder Kindig.


2018 Honor(s)

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group and written by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen

This is a fantastic tale of a young boy named Malcom and his daemon, who live a simple life until the day Malcolm discovers a secret message. Blending a haunting and literary story with the deep, rhythmic voice of Michael Sheen, this audiobook is a mesmerizing and vivid tale.


A Boy Called Christmas

produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group and written by Matt Haig, narrated by Stephen Fry

“A Boy Called Christmas,” is a whimsical and charming origin story of Father Christmas. Stephen Fry’s narration of the story adds a delightful dimension to this adventurous tale. Fry’s reading is pitch perfect, deadpan in the quirkiest of times, and beautifully paced.


Long Way Down

produced by Simon & Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Jason Reynolds

“Long Way Down” is the story of a haunting 60-second elevator ride that changes the life of 15-year-old Will as he encounters people from his past. Jason Reynolds reads his riveting free verse novel with authority, authenticity, and emotion. 


Trombone Shorty

produced by Live Oak Media, written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham

A luminous performance from Dion Graham animates Trombone Shorty, capturing the joy and wonder of young Troy Andrews discovering his love for and talents with music. The soundbed that plays throughout gives the listener the added experience of hearing the ambiance of New Orleans and Trombone Shorty’s music.


The Wizards of Once

produced by Hachette Audio, written by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant

A wizard, a warrior princess, and a forbidden magical object come together in this rip-roaring adventure. David Tennant transports listeners to a faraway land with his clearly unique voices, along with sound effects and songs.