Grover Gardner

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Grover Gardner (b 1956)[1] is an American narrator of audiobooks. As of May 2018, he has narrated over 1,200 books.[2] He was the Publishers Weekly "Audiobook Narrator of the Year" (2005) and is among AudioFile magazine's "Best Voices of the Century".[2]


Grover Gardner narrates
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Leader of the Pack
Listen & Live, July 2012[3]

Gardner is a native of Pennsylvania.[1] He attended high school in Belgium.[1] He graduated from Florida's Rollins College in 1978 as a theater major.[1]

In 1981, Gardner was an actor in the Washington, D.C. region, working at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company under Howard Shalwitz.[4] He won a number of lead actor awards for plays such as Metamorphoses and The Rocky Horror Show.

Gardner heard about and auditioned for the Library of Congress' Books for the Blind Program. He worked at fellow theater actor Flo Gibson's Audio Book Contractors in the DC region to produce classic literature on cassette tape. Over time, his acting career tapered off and audiobooks took over.[1] Eventually he established his own independent studio in Maryland where he recorded books for Books on Tape.[5] In 2007, he moved to Ashland, Oregon where he became Studio Director of Blackstone Audio.[5]

Gardner has also narrated under the aliases Tom Parker and Alexander Adams.


Gardner was reviewed by journalist John Schwartz in The New York Times, who called him "a wry narrator with a mellow, regular-guy voice" who "is remarkably companionable and conveys the feeling he’s enjoying the book as much as you are, with a smile that is somehow audible."[6] Musician Greg Saunier said Gardner had a "simultaneously smooth and gravelly voice" with "a constantly varying pace and musical inflection".[7] Another critic described his voice as "sandpaper and velvet".[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Seymour, Mary (April 8, 2013). "Voice of the Century: Grover Gardner '78". Rollins Magazine. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fitzpatrick, Molly (May 30, 2018). "Portrait of the Voice in My Head". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Gardner, Grover (July 21, 2012). "Grover Gardner narrates David Rosenfelt's novel Leader of the Pack". Listen and Live. Retrieved October 17, 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Marks, Peter (June 6, 2018). "He built a ragtag theater into an American trendsetter. Now Woolly Mammoth's founder is retiring". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Grover Gardner". AudioFile. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Schwartz, John (May 20, 2012). "The Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Saunier, Greg (August 30, 2017). "Everything I Know, I Learned From Grover Gardner". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved October 11, 2018.