If you love audio books, it is highly unlikely that you would not have heard the voice of Grover Gardner, America’s best audiobook narrator.
Having narrated over 650 commercial audiobook titles, Grover is, without doubt, the most famous audiobook narrator of his generation. Read on to know more about the voice America loves to hear.
Grover Gardner started his career in 1981 by joining the “Talking Book” program at the prestigious Library of Congress and, as they say, the rest is history.
During his illustrious career, Grover has worked with numerous esteemed companies including Recorded Books, Random House Audio, Blackstone Audio, Hovel Audio, Books on Tape, McGraw-Hill Audio, Audio Renaissance, Listen & Live, Harper Audio, and Time Warner.
Awards and Recognition
No other voice, in the short history of audiobooks industry, has received so many accolades as Grover Gardner.
America’s most revered journal of audiobook reviews and news, AudioFile, listed Grover’s name in their ‘Best Voices of the Century’ list in the year 1999.
Grover has won numerous awards and recognition. The most popular ones are:
- AudioFile Earphone Award
- Publisher Weekly’s “Audiobook Narrator of the Year” (2005)
- Audio Publishers Association Audie Award
- AudioFile Magazine “Best Audiobooks 2007”
The below-mentioned list contains the names of the various awards that Grover has won since 2003. If you are a stranger to this mesmerizing voice, check out his more famous works to see why he is hailed as the best narrator in the audiobook industry. The list will also prove helpful to any fan who wants to add new material to his/her collection of audiobooks narrated by Grover Gardner.
AudioFile Magazine “Earphones” Award:
- The Blade Itself (Author: Marcus Sakey; Publisher: Audio Renaissance; Year: 2007)
- The Holiness of God (Author: R. C. Sproul; Publisher: Hovel Audio; Year: 2007)
- The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (Author: David Quammen; Publisher: Audio Partners; Year: 2006)
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying and Selling a Home (Publisher: Oasis Audio; Year: 2005)
- The Flight of the Phoenix (Author: Elleston Trevor; Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Year: 2005)
- The Story of Philosophy (Author: Will Durant; Publisher: Audio Partners; Year: 2005)
- The Last Boat to Cadiz (Author: Barnaby Conrad; Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Year: 2005)
- The Wisdom of Crowds (Author: James Surowiecki; Publisher: Books On Tape; Year: 2004)
- Rothstein (Author: David Pietrusza; Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Year: 2004)
- The Lessons of History (Author: Will and Ariel Durant; Publisher: Audio Partners; Year 2004)
- Who’s Your Caddy? (Author: Rick Reilly; Publisher: Random House Audio; Year: 2003)
- Jordan County (Author: Shelby Foote; Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Year: 2003)
- The Crossing (Author: Cormac McCarthy; Publisher: Books on Tape; Year: 2003)Audio Publishers’ Association “Audie” Award
- Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War (Publisher: Listen & Live Audio; Year: 2003) AudioFile Magazine “Best of the Year”
- The Wisdom of Crowds (Author: James Surowiecki; Publisher: Books on Tape; Year: 2004)
- The Lessons of History (Author: Will and Ariel Durant; Publisher: Audio Partners; Year: 2004)
- Who’s Your Caddy? (Author: Rick Reilly; Publisher: Random House Audio; Year: 2003) Library Journal’s “Best Audiobooks of the Year”
- De Kooning’s Bicycle (Author: Robert Long; Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Year: 2006)
Publisher’s Weekly “Listen Up” Award
- Dead Center (Author: David Rosenfelt; Publisher: Listen and Live Audio; Year: 2006)
- Sudden Death (Author: David Rosenfelt; Publisher: Listen and Live Audio; Year: 2005)
Booklist Magazine “Editor’s Choice” Award
- Action (Author: Robert Croft; Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Year: 2003)
AudioFile Magazine “Best Audiobooks 2007”
- Play Dead (Author: David Rosenfelt; Publisher: Listen and Live Audio)
The most notable recordings of Grover Gardner
As mentioned above, Gardner has recorded more than 650 audiobooks. His most notable recordings include the following:
- All volumes of The Story of Civilization
- The Cider House Rules
- All volumes of The Civil War
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Grover Gardner – the multitalented artist
Grover Gardner is best known for his narration skills. However, over the years, he has also successfully donned the roles of a teacher, actor, and director.
- From 1985 onwards, he has been associated with the famous Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
- He held the post of the Resident Director at Everyman Theatre from 1995 – 2003.
- He has directed numerous student productions for various universities and colleges.
- He has conducted several highly-successful workshops on professional audiobook narration in Edge Studio, New York, from 2002 – 2006.
At present, Grover Gardner holds the prestigious post of Studio Director at Blackstone Audio, Ashland, Oregon.
Grover Gardner spent the early years of life in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He went to Rollins College, Florida, after completing his high school education in Brussels, Belgium. In college, his favorite subject was Theatre and Art History. After college, he got a Master’s degree in Acting from the esteemed George Washington University.
Grover Gardner currently resides in Medford, Oregon with his partner Tanya Perez and their daughter, Alicia Beth Gardner.