I’m late … I’m late …

Greetings YALSA blog readers … apologies for the lengthy silence from Selected Audiobooks. After ALA, I went on a nearly month-long vacation, and since coming back (a month ago! eek!), I’ve been attempting to get out from under the pile of stuff that accumulated in my absence.

I have a couple things to share with you today, so I’m going to post in two parts (I do have a problem keeping these entries short). Firstly, as I reported in such a hurry during ALA, we had asked the YALSA board to approve a change in the committee’s Policies and Procedures — particularly the criteria requiring “professional production quality” and “correct pronunciation of all text words.” We asked for and received approval for more flexibility in our evaluation criteria, and our revised policies now include the following sentence: “However, a title would not necessarily be disqualified if an error is deemed by the committee to be minor when evaluating the recording as a whole.”

[Of course, this change is not yet evident on our Policies and Procedures webpage. Oops! I hope the YALSA Board can get right on that?]

Actually, more that a little updating of that page is required: our posted nomination list hasn’t changed for nearly five months. We are now up to 27 nominations … I tried to get through all of the ones I hadn’t listened to while on vacation, but I’ve still got eight to go! I did, however, fly through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as I was deeply jet-lagged from my trip to China and few things make those wee hours fly by than listening to Jim Dale.

So, I hope that the powers that be can get that page updated too.

In the meantime, here are a few other nominated titles that I’ve enjoyed: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Mao’s Last Dancer (Young Readers Edition), Soul Eater (Book 3 of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness … get your Ian McKellen fix right here!), and Waves.

Posted by Lee Catalano

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