George Guidall

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George Guidall (born June 7, 1938[1]) is a prolific audiobook narrator and theatre actor.[2][3][4] As of November 2014, he had recorded over 1,270 audiobooks that is believed to be the record at the time.[5][1]


George Guidall narrates
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Tides of War
C-SPAN3, December 2000[6]

Guidall is from New Jersey.[1] His family name is Shapiro, his stage name is Guidall a permutation of Gedalyah, his Hebrew name.[1] Guidall's father was a pharmacist, and his four brothers also went into the medical profession.[1] Guidall bucked the trend and went into theater.[1] He received a Masters degree in social work in his 50s going on to provide counseling during the day while acting at night.[1] He heard about audiobook narration through a fellow actor.[1]

Guidall lives in White Plains, New York and narrates his works in a small basement studio in nearby Irvington, New York.[1] He typically takes 3 to 4 days to complete a book.[1]

His narrations include Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in 1986, and then again in 2014 as a new recording.[7] Guidall said the book took about 1 month working full-time daily and was one of his most difficult works.[5]

Guidall says he reads all his books beforehand and seeks to understand the book, not to just impart information but emotion and performance.[5] Guidall says many narrators are "just reading out loud. They don't have an emotional underpinning. There’s a rhythm to speech in terms of what's implied. If it's raining in the book, there’s got to be something about the voice that evokes the rain."[1] Guidall says audiobook narration "expands the author's intent, brings it into an immediacy. I am the author when I'm doing it. I'm a literary hermit crab finding a home in someone else's imagined truth."[1]

Guidall provides occasional presentations at libraries called "The Art and Artifice of Audiobook Narration".[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Aimee Lee Ball (17 August 2017). "Why George Guidall Is the Undisputed King of Audiobooks". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ "George Guidall". AudioFile. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Shannon Maughan (May 9, 2014). "Talking with George Guidall". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Joyce Saricks (June 1, 2013). "Voice of Choice: George Guidall". Booklist. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c John Williams (November 21, 2014). "Book Review Podcast: 'Deep Down Dark'". New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  6. ^ George Guidall (December 1, 2000). "Tides of War: Recording the Audio Version". Book TV. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Tom McCarthy (November 21, 2014). "'Gravity's Rainbow,' Read by George Guidall". New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Ron Charles (May 29, 2014). "Billy Crystal's memoir named Audiobook of the Year". Washington Post. Retrieved November 26, 2014.

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