What sound does an odyssey make? Content analysis of award-winning audiobooks

Maria Cahill, Jennifer Richey

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For decades, education and library science professionals have encouraged use of audiobooks forchildren and adolescents. More recently, professional associations have conferred recognitionfor exemplary audiobooks. Although it is generally accepted that high-quality materials should beused for teaching and learning purposes, no studies have explored elements of quality in audiobooks.This article describes a content analysis of Odyssey Award–winning audiobooks. Thepurpose of this study was to answer the question “What are the typical characteristics of anaward-winning audiobook produced for children and/or young adults?” Results demonstrate thataward-recognized audiobooks for children and young adults vary widely in a number of factors.Implications for libraries and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-385
Number of pages15
JournalLibrary Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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