George Guidall 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 have garnered uniformly excellent reviews from Audiofile, Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and a variety of national newspapers and magazines. Guidall received an Audie Award (the industry's equivalent to an Oscar) for best unabridged narration of a novel for his recording of John Irving's A Widow For One Year, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True. He's been nominated for best narration for David Robbins' War Of The Rats, Ken Follet's Code to Zero, Neil Gaiman's American Gods and his unabridged narration of Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote. Acclaimed as one of the original "Golden Voices" in Audiofile magazine, he holds the record for the most "Earphone" awards (over 70) given by the magazine to any narrator for excellence in narration.
In addition to his award-winning work as an audiobook narrator, Guidall has also enjoyed a forty-year 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 has shared the stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, and Tracy Ullman. His performances in regional theatres range from the classics of Shakespeare and Chekov to contemporary comedies. His wife, Linda, is a psychotherapist and author of a recently published memoir: Four Rooms Upstairs, A Psychotherapist's Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother's Mental Illness.
An Army At Dawn
Hitler and the Holocaust
Last Refuge of Scoundrels
Wally Lamb says: "What a lucky author I was when George Guidall was assigned to perform the unabridged Recorded Books reading of my second novel, I Know This Much Is True. To my great good fortune, Guidall understood and became my characters: a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, his resentful yet faithful twin brother, a wise Indian psychotherapist, an arrogant Sicilian immigrant speaking from the grave. Guidall's interpretations were nuanced, humane, knowing, and pitch-perfect. And so, when I completed my third novel, The Hour I First Believed, I insisted that only George Guidall should perform the audio. Guidall's are not so much narrations as bravura performances. This was strikingly evident to me this past spring when George and I gave a joint reading, an event at which I had the privilege of witnessing in person his interpretations of my words. Having known my characters well and deeply, I knew them better and more deeply as I sat and listened to Guidall."
Stephen King says: "With his rough-textured, everyman's voice, George Guidall brings a unique flavor to each of the many books he performs. I treasure the way he's brought some of my favorite stories--including my own--to full brilliance. He creates audio characters that stand out and take on a life of their own."
David Robbins says: "George Guidall's insights into character portrayal are preternatural. His instincts for pacing are the best bar none. When I listen to George read my work, I listen to the voice that was inside my head when I wrote the words. It's a joy, an honor, and uncanny to have him as the interpreter of my books."
Jodi Picoult says: "Of all the narrators of my audiobooks, my fans comment the most about George Guidall. He has that unerring combination of a voice that draws people in, yet also hangs them on the edge of their seats."