Barbara Rosenblat is one of the most beloved and sought-after narrators of audiobooks in the country. Her extraordinary range of
accents and abilities over the years has earned her eight coveted Audie Awards
from the Audio Publishers Association. The Audies are the industry’s
Oscar and Barbara has won more of them than any other narrator. In 2014, she is
nominated for three more.
The industry’s watchdog publication, AudioFile magazine has
named her one of their Golden Voices and a “Voice of the 20th Century.” Barbara
has earned over 40 Earphones Awards from AudioFile for her superior recordings.
As an actress, Barbara has worked both in the U.S. and in the UK.
She has appeared in London’s West End theatre, worked for the BBC, and
performed twice at the Edinburgh Festival.
On Broadway, Barbara created the role of “Mrs. Medlock” in
the Tony Award–winning musical The Secret Garden. She also served as
production dialect coach for the Broadway run and its subsequent national tour.
Barbara played “Madame Armfeldt” in a production of Stephen
Sondheim’s musical, A Little Night Music. In March 2007, Barbara opened on
Broadway in a new production of Eric Bogosian’s 1980s dark comedy Talk Radio, starring
As a busy New York actress, Barbara has appeared on TV in Guiding
Light, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Veep, and Girls. She has a
recurring role as cancer-stricken inmate “Miss Rosa” on the Netflix original series Orange
Is the New Black.
She has voiced many radio and TV commercials and
documentaries. Barbara has always maintained that nothing works your “acting
chops” more thoroughly than a good audiobook, and her fans and critics seem to
Barbara recently published her first book on this subject, Audiobook
Narrator—The Art of Narrating Audiobooks, available from the Kindle store
Billboard magazine has said, “Barbara is spoken of with the
same reverence and affection that the music industry reserves for Frank Sinatra
and the Beatles.” Barbara has amassed over 400 titles in a distinguished body
of work, and is always delighted when a new manuscript arrives with the promise
of yet another wonderful audio journey.
She has legions of fans nationwide and is tickled to reply
to every email that comes to her website. The extraordinary range of subject
matter that Barbara has voiced over the years led one reviewer to say, “Barbara
is to audiobooks what Meryl Streep is to film.”