AudioFile Magazine has honored five new recipients, January LaVoyEdoardo BalleriniBahni TurpinSuzanne Toren, and Johnny Heller, with its highest accolade, the Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Award.

 About Golden Voices

Since 1992, AudioFile has bestowed the Golden Voice prize on only 24 voice artists, including Frank Muller, George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat, Simon Vance, Jim Dale, Martin Jarvis, Katherine Kellgren, 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. Golden Voice winners are stars of the narrating universe. Find the complete list of AudioFile Golden Voices including videos, interviews, and samples of their audiobooks at

More About 2019’s Golden Voice Inductees

AudioFile Magazine’s new Golden Voices have won numerous awards, including Earphones, Audies, and Best Narrator, and Best Audiobook of the Year. Individually, they narrate everything from Biography and Mystery to Science Fiction and Young Adult.


January LaVoy

A New York City-based stage and screen actress, LaVoy is a well-known voiceover artist as well as an audiobook narrator who records over 20 books a year. She specializes in books that speak to her, be they biography, suspense, fantasy, history, children, or young adult. She loves knowing that everyone from commuters to soldiers listens to audiobooks.

Essential Listening

 TRAILBLAZER by Dorothy Butler Gilliam | Read by January LaVoy

ELIZA HAMILTON by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Read by January LaVoy

STAR WARS LAST SHOT by Daniel José Older | Read by Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy

THE 17TH SUSPECT by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro | Read by January LaVoy

BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU  by Libba Bray | Read by January LaVoy


Edoardo Ballerini

A stage and screen actor, New York-based Ballerini has won many awards and recorded a wide range of fiction and nonfiction since debuted as an audiobook narrator less than 10 years ago. When recording, he relishes the opportunity to create an entire world for listeners by using only his voice.

Essential Listening

THE VOLUNTEER by Salvatore Scibona | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

THE LAST WATCHMAN OF OLD CAIRO by Michael David Lukas | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

THE FIFTH TO DIE by J.D. Barker | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton

ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE by Jonathan Miles | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

THE PATH TO THE SPIDERS’ NESTS by Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini


Bahni Turpin  

Los Angeles-based stage and screen actress Turpin has always loved to read aloud, which makes her many awards – from Earphones and Audies to Narrator of the Year – a particularly meaningful accolade. She loves to voice dialects and relishes creating individual voices for different characters.

Essential Listening

 DREAM COUNTRY by Shannon Gibney | Read by Bahni Turpin

SO DONE by Paula Chase | Read by Bahni Turpin

WOMEN OF THE ASHES by Mia Couto, David Brookshaw [Trans.] | Read by Joel Richards, Bahni Turpin

YOU ARE FREE by Danzy Senna | Read by Adenrele Ojo, January LaVoy, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi | Read by Bahni Turpin


Suzanne Toren

Winner of the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award as well as many Earphones Awards, Toren has forged a successful career as an audiobook narrator for over 30 years. Known for the warmth, clarity and emotional power of her performances, Toren follows the advice she heard years ago: “Allow what you receive to land in your heart and then come out of your mouth.”

Essential Listening

WOMEN ROWING NORTH by Mary Pipher | Read by Suzanne Toren

THE DARKEST TIME OF NIGHT by Jeremy Finley | Read by Suzanne Toren

NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson | Read by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, Robert Blumenfeld

REMEMBER THE LADIES by Angela P. Dodson | Read by Suzanne Toren

THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS by Tiffany Watt Smith | Read by Suzanne Toren


Johnny Heller

Chicago-born and New York-based Heller is the actor whose voice-over line, “Mmmm-ummm!” convinced millions of consumers to succumb to the tasty delights of Campbell’s soup. Since then the award-winning narrator, who also works as a narrating coach, has recorded well over 200 titles, many of them young adult and comedy, with his trademark upbeat tone and spirited characterizations.

Essential Listening

VICTOR SHMUD TOTAL EXPERT by Jim Benton | Read by Johnny Heller

THE POLAR BEAR EXPEDITION by James Carl Nelson | Read by Johnny Heller

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg | Read by Johnny Heller

HERE’S YOUR HAT WHAT’S THE HURRY? by Elizabeth McCracken | Read by Kate Reading, Johnny Heller

WILD BILL by Tom Clavin | Read by Johnny Heller