Widely recognized as the world's most acclaimed and most prolific narrator of audiobooks, George Guidall has brought a consistent artistry to his readings and has delighted listeners for over 20 years. His narrations of classics like Crime and Punishment, Frankenstein, Don Quixote, and Les Miserables, along with many popular bestsellers, have set a standard for excellence recognized throughout the audiobook industry. His recordings have garnered uniformly excellent reviews from AudioFile Magazine, Kliatt, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, and a variety of national newspapers and magazines. He has also received several Audie Awards—the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar—and holds the record for receiving the most Earphones Awards for excellence in narration given by AudioFile Magazine, which has named him one of the original “Golden Voices” in the audiobook industry. He was recently honored by the Audio Publishers Association with a lifetime achievement award for his record of more than 1,150 unabridged narrations.
Some of his recent audiobook narrations include Preacher's Slaughter by one of the greatest Western writers of the 21st century, William Johnstone; book 13 in the four-time New York Times bestselling Ring of Fire series, 1636: The Saxon Uprising by Eric Flint; and Shadow River, a Western by Ralph Cotton. George Guidall is also narrating the September audiobook release of An Obvious Fact, the latest Walt Longmire mystery from Craig Johnson.
Along with his award-winning work as an audiobook narrator, Guidall has also enjoyed a career in the theatre, including starring roles on Broadway in such plays as Chapter Two, Cafe Crown, Alone Together, and Cold Storage. He has received an Obie Award for best performance Off-Broadway, and he has shared the stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Meryl Streep. In addition to TV dramas such as Law & Order, he has appeared on most of the daytime television series.
We were fortunate enough to have George join us this year at the PLA conference in Denver. Here are a couple of photos of him in our booth:
Q&A with George Guidall:
Recorded Books: When did you narrate your first audiobook?
George Guidall: 1973
RB: How many audiobooks have you narrated?
RB: Favorite type of character/accent to narrate?
GG: Bad guys in Westerns
RB: What was your last/favorite non-audiobook gig?
GG: Chekov, Shakespeare and Arthur Miller
RB: Who is your celebrity crush?
GG: Linda Appleman Shapiro
RB: Favorite TV/Stage/Film role?
GG: Arthur Miller's The Price
RB: What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
GG: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
RB: What is your life motto?
GG: Stay Loose. Don't Unravel.
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