Recorded Books Griot imprint features popular fiction, classic tales from
award-winning authors, and thought-provoking nonfiction.
Griot offers 12 new titles each quarter to help libraries meet the growing demand.
Recorded Books’ meticulous casting ensures the finest African-American performers are chosen to narrate
Griot audiobooks, actors like Peter Jay Fernandez, Kim Staunton, Robin Miles, and Peter Francis James.
Narrator Donna Bailey has been a professional actor for more
than 20 years. She has appeared in plays, films, and TV. Donna has
written dozens of stories which she has performed as a storyteller
at various clubs and concert stages in the New York City area. She
is also a voice-over actor for TV and radio commercials.
Narrator Denise Burse, a native Atlantan, earned a BS from
Spelman College and an MA from Atlanta University. Ms. Burse
is a working actress now living in New York. Her performances
have garnered her a Theatre World Award, an Audelco Award, and
a listing in Outstanding Young Women of America. She has
appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in many regional
theatres. Film and television credits include many daytime dramas
and prime-time evening series.
Narrator Caroline Clay has appeared in New York, regionally
and internationally as a stage actress for over 10 years. In addition
to television appearances on Law & Order and in a short film produced
by Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule company, she is heard
on the internet in a theatrical version of Octavia Butler’s Kindred,
starring Ruby Dee and produced by the SciFi Channel.
Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez holds a B.F.A. from Boston
University School for the Arts. He has regularly appeared on television
in Cosby, Law and Order, and Violet Fields. Film credits
include Funny Valentine and Cotton Club. Peter Jay Fernandez was
a cast member of the Broadway national tours of Jelly’s Last Jam
and One Mo’ Time. He has played Off-Broadway in many productions
of Shakespeare’s plays, and has had various roles in
regional theaters across the country, including the Hartford Stage,
ACT in Seattle, and the Cleveland Playhouse, where he was also director for its
production of Richard III.
Narrator Patricia R. Floyd began acting as a teenager and
went on to earn a theatre arts degree from Michigan State
University. Since then, she has moved into directing, writing, and
producing. She has appeared in numerous stage productions,
film, and TV shows including The Chris Rock Show, Reading
Rainbow, and All My Children.
||Narrator Dion Graham has performed on and Off-Broadway
and internationally in films and several hit television series.
Critically acclaimed, his performances and narrations have
been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full
Narrator Marc Damon Johnson is an accomplished actor in
stage and film productions. A graduate of North Carolina School
of the Arts, he has appeared in many regional theaters. In New
York he has performed at the Signature Theatre, The Acting
Company, Lincoln Center, and the New York Shakespeare
Festival. On television, Marc has had parts in many shows including
Law & Order and The Sopranos. He appeared in the film Sweet
and Lowdown, directed by Woody Allen and starring Sean Penn.
||Narrator Peter Francis James began his narrating career by
working on Jacques Cousteau films. He has done the voiceovers
and narration on all Cousteau projects distributed in the
English-speaking world. Whether he is narrating rollicking
children’s books, romances, or gripping sagas, Peter Francis
James’ melodic, reassuring voice turns these works into marvels
of language and images. Library Journal praises his ability to
make the printed page sing: “James creates a piece of chamber music out of the subtly
varying cadences of Southern Black speech.”
Narrator Robin Miles is a graduate of Yale University and the
Yale School of Drama. Her TV appearances include NY
Undercover, and One Life to Live. She has performed on stages
in New York City and in many regional theaters. Robin is
also an Associate Professor of Speech and Dialects at SUNY
Narrator Susan Spain has appeared on stages in New York
City, across the U.S., and in Europe. Performances includes
roles in an international production of The Best of Broadway
and a staging of Little Shop of Horrors at the Smithsonian
Institure’s Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. She has also
appeared in Hair.
Narrator Kim Staunton received her training at the Julliard
School. She has played principle parts in major films including
Heat, Amos and Andrew, and Deceived. On television, Kim has
appeared in many series, including One Life to Live, Law and
Order, As the World Turns, and Runaway. On Broadway, she was in
The Piano Lesson, and her Off-Broadway credits include Measure
for Measure and Twelfth Night. This talented actress has worked in
many regional theaters: The Arena Stage, The Folger Theater, The Hartford Stage
Company, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. AudioFile praises her narrations,
saying, “Staunton speaks with a smile in her voice.”
Narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor is an actress and a singer. She
has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in
movies, at the White House, and in London and Stratford-Upon-
Avon as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company