AudioFile Magazine is honored to announce three new Golden Voice narrators for 2022. We're celebrating Adjoa Andoh, Rupert Degas, and Juliet Stevenson with Golden Voice lifetime achievement awards. Golden Voices are the stars of the audiobook narrating universe. AudioFile has bestowed the Golden Voice honor on just 40 voice artists, including George Guidall, Bahni Turpin, Simon Vance, Edoardo Ballerini, Julia Whelan, and Scott Brick. The award celebrates an artist's iconic role in the field of narration and honors those who have made significant contributions to the audiobook art form.
This week, Jo Reed and Robin Whitten talked about our newest Golden Voice narrators on the Behind the Mic podcast, starting with Adjoa Andoh. Adjoa is a renowned actor on stage and screen and narrator of more than 150 audiobooks with versatile performances and a mastery of accents. For listeners of fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, literary fiction, and classics, Adjoa provides a distinctive, resonant voice, smoothly jumping into each character. Fans of Netflix's Bridgerton series will also recognize Adjoa as the scene-stealing Lady Danbury. Her presence is felt through each audiobook's characters, whether in Nnedi Okorafor's breathtaking REMOTE CONTROL or the lyrical MATRIX by Lauren Groff. Stay tuned in July for a full interview with Adjoa on her years of work bringing audiobooks to life for listeners.
Rupert Degas is a new 2022 Golden Voice narrator, and we are excited to honor him with the title. Rupert has an exceptional ability to bring different characters to life, with an extremely varied range, from playful and humorous to literary fiction and classics. He first caught Robin's ear as the charming Pantalaimon in the full-cast production of Philip Pullman's THE GOLDEN COMPASS. He can capture a listener's attention in all works, including dense, challenging titles like those by Haruki Murakami. Stay tuned for Jo Reed's interview with Rupert coming later in June to hear more about how he got his start narrating, how his family influenced his career in acting, and all the skills that go into how he performs audiobooks.
Juliet Stevenson is our third Golden Voice narrator for 2022. Listeners appreciate Juliet's crystalline voice and expressive accents. Her performances are elegant, and her characters are memorable. Her narration of BELGRAVIA by Julian Fellowes includes delicious characterizations, while her lovely voice and clean diction bring the classic modernist text JACOB'S ROOM to life. She has been narrating audiobooks for nearly 40 years, and has said she loves how audiobooks extend her range as an actor—she has extensive work as an actor on stage and screen, as well. Look for Jo Reed's interview with Juliet later this year to discover more about her audiobook narrations.
Adjoa Andoh photo by Suki Dhanda, Rupert Degas and Juliet Stevenson photos courtesy of the narrators.