Flo Gibson, the Great Voice of Audio Books, Dies at 86
Having recorded, about 1,134 books in her career, it’s evident that Mrs. Gibson truly had a voice audiences loved to listen too. A founder of, and chief reader for, Audio Book Contractors, she specialized in unabridged recordings of the classics. Mrs. Gibson narrated everything from “The Wind in the Willows” to more adult related novels like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Middlemarch” which spans 31 hours, 7 minutes, over 24 cassettes, and a workload that kept her in the studio for more than 10 weeks. Many have emphasized that if you were going to invest, for example, 36 hours and 7 minutes required to hear “Anna Karenina” Mrs. Gibson would be the voice to hear it in: “Deep and throaty and juggles men’s and women’s roles with ease.” (Margalit Fox, NYT)
If you haven’t heard a story narrated by Flo Gibson, you probably should.