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As far back as she can remember, Alyssa Bresnahan—dynamic dancer, actor, narrator—has been involved in performing. As a child, she performed in New York street theater with her parents. She toured Europe in productions of Greek drama. In the United States, she has appeared as Stella in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull. At The New York (Read More)
Born on January 30, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California, Scott Brick studied both acting and writing at UCLA. To date he’s won over 30 Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as the 2003 Audie Award® for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. After recording some 250 titles in five years, AudioFile Magazine named Brick “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook gala (Read More)
Narrator Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, (Read More)
C. J. Critt
An actress, director, poet, playwright, and performance artist, C.J. Critt has won critical acclaim for her accomplishments in a broad range of the arts. She has appeared on Broadway stages, local radio programs, and in national television commercials. Listeners know Critt by her smooth, polished voice and spirited performances. Critics praise the strength and vitality she brings to (Read More)
Actor and narrator Steven Crossley has made an enchanted journey from sitting in front of his family’s radio when he was a child to sitting behind a microphone at the Recorded Books studio in Manhattan as a narrator. “Almost my first recollection of listening to stories—and this is in line with a lot of English children—was listening to the radio as a child,” said the London resident, “in particul (Read More)
Since he began reading audiobooks for us more than 10 years ago, Norman Dietz has been a favorite of listeners across the nation. With over 60 recordings to his credit, he is the voice of such varied authors as Mark Twain, Clyde Edgerton, and Patrick McManus.
Dietz’s excellence behind the Recorded Books microphones is not a surprise; it is merely an extension of his acting career. He is a p (Read More)
Actor and narrator Richard Ferrone enjoys his work so completely that he immerses himself in it day and night. When he was narrating Martin Cruz Smith’s terrifying Nightwing, bats attacked him in his nightmares—until he woke himself with his own screams.
But even though he dreamed of being an actor as a child and took part in school productions (Read More)
Gifted narrator Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actor who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company.
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, Kate completed an M.F.A. at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career. In her first role, she played L (Read More)
Kevin R. Free
Narrator Kevin R. Free earned a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University. After extensive training in acting and voice, he has appeared on stages in New York City, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and in musical theater across the country. Stage credits include Shear Madness, Six Degrees of Separation, and Angels in America. He has also performed in many productions at the North (Read More)
L. J. Ganser
As a child, L.J. Ganser learned the magic of words from his parents’ bedtime stories and Christmas Eve readings. As an adult, he discovered a special affinity for reading aloud. Now an actor, voiceover artist, and narrator, L.J. considers his voice one of the chief tools of his trade.
After college and a number of years in various jobs, L.J. began training for the theater, something he (Read More)
You may recognize Jack Garrett’s warm voice immediately from his work in commercials and as an announcer on several radio stations. He may be familiar from his appearances in The Gaveltons on Nick at Nite and The Jon Stewart Show on MTV. In addition, he has performed as the lead or as a featured character on regional and New York stages in a variety of productions including Guys a (Read More)
Narrator Julia Gibson received an MFA from NYU. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in NYC as well as regional theatres from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Julia has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Television/film credits include Michael Clayton, Law (Read More)
has recorded over 900 unabridged novels, bringing a consistent artistry to his readings and delighting listeners for over 20 years. His narrations of classics such as Crime and Punishment and The Iliad as well as best sellers like Snow Falling on Cedars and Lillian Jackson Braun's Cat Who ... series have set a standard for excellence recognized throughout the audiobook industry. His recordings hav (Read More)
Johnny Heller, an Audie Award winner with numerous Audie nominations, has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children’s book narrations. With 100’s of titles to his credit, he’s won 15 Earphones Awards and was selected one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century. Heller’s been called "the best narrator for children’s books around (Read More)
Jennifer Ikeda was born and raised in Oakland, California. She received a BFA in Drama from the Juilliard School, and is an actress working in New York City and regional theaters across the United States. She currently resides in Brooklyn. (Read More)
Narrator Katherine Kellgren has recorded over 150 audiobooks since 2004. She is a four-time winner of the Audi Award® (including Best Solo Narration - Female). Her other accolades include three American Library Association Odyssey Honors, several Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Audiobook of the Year. She was named AudioFileRead More)
When you hear John McDonough’s deep, growly voice, it seems immediately familiar. Listeners are drawn to the rich, warm tones of this veteran actor and singer.
From Broadway to television and film, and from voice-overs to opera, McDonough’s career had spanned the full gamut of acting experience. This memorable and entertaining actor has played the title role in the Glimmerglass Opera Company’s pr (Read More)
Narrator Christina Moore has appeared Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. For many years, she was in the resident acting company of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Moore has narrated more than one hundred Recorded Books audiobooks. Critics consistently praise her ability to convey a book’s distinctive emotional tone. AudioFile raves, “Master storyteller Christina Moore gives voice (Read More)
Frank Muller earned critical acclaim as a superstar of audio. His narration of Pat Conroy’s Beach Music won an Audie Award. His performance of Jack London’s brawny, masculine classic The Call of the Wild gained the attention of listeners and reviewers alike, placing him at the pinnacle of the audiobook industry.
Conroy and audiobook listeners across the country love (Read More)
Narrator Stina Nielsen has appeared on Broadway, London’s West End, and at many regional theaters. Her television credits include various primetime shows, soap operas, and national commercials. (Read More)
Johanna Parker is a San Francisco native who now makes her living in New York City. Parker received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Boston University and also trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. (Read More)
Richard Poe has been a Recorded Books narrator since 1988, when he was asked to record Eric Hansen’s Stranger in the Forest, the story of one man’s journey on foot across the island of Borneo. He recalls the daunting word list that greeted his first day as a reader. It included a seemingly endless string of Malaysian and aboriginal phrases. But coached and encouraged by the supportive staff (Read More)
British-born Davina Porter has appeared at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. Now affiliated with The Square One Theater in Stratford, Connecticut, she has appeared on stages in Boston and New York, receiving critical acclaim for roles that range from light comedy like Bedroom Farce to the moving Agnes of God.
She received Audie Awards® for best female narrato (Read More)
Simon Prebble’s career spans an impressive range of acting experience. Right from the beginning, his life was dramatic: he was born in Croydon, England, in the middle of the Second World War. From his childhood, he has vivid memories of the London bombings and his own little Mickey Mouse gas mask. Born into a family of artists and writers, Simon received his early training at the Guild Hall School (Read More)
Narrator Robert Ramirez, born and raised in Los Angeles, attended the professional theater training program at the University of Delaware, where he received his masters degree in classical theater. He is on the voice and speech production faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His numerous stage credits, both across the country and in Europe, include productions with the Joseph Papp (Read More)
Barbara Rosenblat is one of the most popular and sought-after narrators of unabridged audio books in the country. Her deft handling of an amazing variety of dialects and characterizations continues to delight listeners and reviewers alike. The industry watchdog publication Audiofile says, “Rosenblat makes all the personalities as distinct as the sexual identities. Her equanimity encourages enjoyme (Read More)
While he was still in high school, Nelson Runger became famous for his voice. As a radio broadcaster for KDKA in Pittsburgh, the world’s first commercial broadcasting station, he attracted a wide audience. After high school, he went on to graduate cum laude from Princeton University and worked for New Jersey Bell for thirty years. But when he retired from his position as Director of Media Relation (Read More)
Actor and narrator Tom Stechschulte hones his storytelling skills at home when he reads aloud to his four-year-old son. “Children don’t like being talked down to,” he explains, “I want to be as truthful with the piece as possible.” His natural, expressive style lends itself to the biographies, mysteries, suspense, drama, and children’s stories he has narrated for Recorded Books. Compelling perform (Read More)
For almost three decades, Suzanne Toren has performed on and Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Born and raised in New York, she trained there in the British style under the principal instructor from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Suzanne established a dramatic reputation by appearing in a wide range of productions. She has been in classics, plays by Neil Simon, Shakespearean dramas, work (Read More)
Jeff Woodman is familiar to Recorded Books’ listeners of all ages.
A graduate of SUNY’s conservatory training program, he taught in the theater department of Sarah Lawrence College for six years before launching an acting career with the New York Heritage Theater. Since then, he has played roles in regional theaters, off-Broadway productions, and television. As he developed an enduring fond (Read More)
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