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Nearly 60 Colleagues Featured on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO Random House Audio Title

george saunders2An unprecedented cast of 166 different voices narrate the Random House Audio edition of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, the first novel by George Saunders, bestselling author of TENTH OF DECEMBER and a National Book Award nominee. Nearly 60 Penguin Random House colleagues (scroll down to see the list of names) are featured as part of the audiobook cast, led by such award-winning actors as Nick Offerman, Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Bill Hader and Rainn Wilson. A number of musicians, fellow authors, Saunders’ family and friends also participated. Kelly Gildea directed and produced this audiobook. Random House publishes the hardcover and eBook editions.

lincolnUnfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices both living and dead, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. On February 22, 1862, a grief-stricken Abraham Lincoln visits the crypt where his eleven-year-old son was just laid to rest so that he might hold his boy’s body once more.

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is a story told in a thrilling new form that features a theatrical panorama of voices, which reflect how varied the America of that time was by using high diction and low diction, along with beautifully articulate 19th century letters and obscene rants. The audiobook simulates that diversity of voice intended within the book. “I love the idea that by casting actors and non-actors,” Saunders says, “we were able to simulate that ‘I hear America singing’ notion.”

Watch  this video: George Saunders on the LINCOLN IN  THE BARDO Audiobook

Here is the complete list of participating Penguin Random House colleagues, preceded by the characters (in order of appearance) they gave voice to:

DAVID VON DREHLE – Benjamin Dreyer

MRS. KATE O’BRIEN – Barbara Fillon

ANN BRIGHNEY – Mika Kasuga

BERNADETTE EVON – Dhara Parikh

DOLORES P. LEVENTROP – Molly Turpin

I.B. BRIGG III – Greg Kubie

ALBERT TRUNDLE – Lane Jantzen

MAXWELL FLAGG – Richard Romaniello

TYRON PHILIAN – Jeff Kenyon

A SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBOR – Amanda D’Acierno

SIMON WEBER – Michael Goldsmith

SIMON IVERNESS – Joe Scalora

BENJAMIN BROWN FRENCH – Andy Hughes

MR. MAXWELL BOISE – Andy Ward

JASON TUMM – Dan Musselman

SOLDIER (from Bell/Trust) – Noah Eaker

C.R. DEPAGE – Louise Quayle

JAYNE COSTER – Hilary Redmon

JAMES R. GILMORE – Ben Greenberg

MARTIN P.S. RINDLAUB – Aaron Blank

ROBERT WILSON – Robert Guzman

F.B. CARPENTER – Peter Mendesund

JOHN S. BARNES – Simon Katz

JOHN WIDMER – Michael Gentile

THE UTICA “HERALD” – Richard Wylde

ORLANDO B. FICKLIN – Phil Stamper-Halpin

JAMES MINER – Mike Murray

A JOURNALIST (from Piatt) – Sean Baker

HORACE WHITE – Cesar Guadamuz

SENATOR JAMES HARLAN – Eric Lovaas

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE – David McLaughlin

CORDELIA A.P. HARVEY – Susan Kamil

CHARLES A. DANA – Patrick Billard

ABRAHAM M. GORDON – Oliver Mundy

EDWARD J. KEMPF – Tom Russell

REV. GEORGE C. NOYES – Simon Tepas

CLARK E. CARR – Bill Rood

COLONEL THEODORE LYMAN – Bob Quinto

W.A. CROFFUT – Henry Williams

ALLEN THORNDIKE RICE – Thomas Perry

DAVID LOCKE – Dan Zitt

LARRY TAGG – David Weller

GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN – Hugo Bressin

EDWARD EVERETT – Pat Stango

CONGRESSMAN CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS – David Haase

TOBIAN CLEARLY – David Phethean

JAMES SPICER – Greg Wilson

B. MILLBANK – Robin Schiff

THEODORE BLASGEN – Michael Rotondo

MAUREEN H. HEDGES – Jennifer Rubins

ELIZABETH TODD GRIMSLEY – Alaina Waagner

LEONARD SWETT – Sam Nicholson

“LINCOLN LORE” – Leigh Marchant

THOMAS J. CRAUGHWELL – Jeff Weber

EMILY WEDGE – Caitlin McKenna

MATHILDE WILLIAMS – Avideh Bashirrad

MRS. ANTOINETTE BOXER – Kelly Gildea