Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner is one of America's most popular and versatile audiobook narrators. He began his career in 1981 when he joined the staff of the "Talking Book" program at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Since then he has recorded (under his own name and as "Alexander Adams" and "Tom Parker") over 650 commercial audiobook titles for such companies as Books On Tape, Recorded Books, Blackstone Audio, Random House Audio, Time Warner, Harper Audio, Listen & Live, Audio Renaissance, Audio Partners, McGraw-Hill Audio, Hovel Audio, and numerous others. In 1999 AudioFile, America's leading journal of audiobook news and reviews, named Grover one of the "Best Voices of the Century," and now includes him in their annual "Golden Voices" roundup of top narration talent. Winner of over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, he is also the recipient of an Audio Publishers Association Audie Award, as well as a three-time finalist. Publishers Weekly named him "Audiobook Narrator of the Year" for 2005. His notable recordings include John Irving's The Cider House Rules, Shelby Foote's three-volume The Civil War, all eleven volumes of Will Durant's The Story of Civilization, and Terry Brook's novelization of George Lucas' Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

In addition to his audiobook work, Grover has at various times been a professional actor, director and teacher. Since 1985 he has been a member of Washington, D.C.'s nationally-renowned Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He served as Resident Director at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Md. from 1995 to 2003. He is active in educational theater, directing student productions for local colleges and universities and teaching graduate-level courses in acting and voice-over work. He also conducted professional audiobook narration workshops through Edge Studio in New York City from 2002 to 2006. Currently he is Studio Director for Blackstone Audio in Ashland, Oregon.

Grover grew up in Sewickley, Pa. and attended high school in Brussels, Belgium. He studied Theater and Art History at Rollins College in Florida and received a Master's degree in Acting from George Washington University. He currently lives in Medford, Oregon with his "significant other," Tanya Perez, who runs her own audiobook proofing and research service. They have a daughter, Alicia Beth Gardner, born April 15th, 2003 and lovingly referred to as "our little tax deduction."

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