Audiobook Directing Testimonials
“Gordon gave me a crash course on how to breathe, how to vary my voice, how to properly capture irony and paradox and the drama of California's invention, one of the grandest acts of hubris in human history. Each day, under his guidance, I improved. Gordon's a pro. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat. “
— Mark Arax
"Gordon gave me invaluable feedback while recording the audiobook for The Optimist's Telescope, helping to bring out the meaning of the sentences I had crafted in the recorded version. His wide-ranging knowledge and expert coaching made it easier to deliver complex lines and nail pronunciations across multiple languages."
— Bina Venkataraman
"Working with Gordon on my audiobook was a godsend! He made a very arduous process smooth-sailing- all with a skilled ear, and attentive creative mind. So fortunate that I got to work with him!"
— Jennifer Ashton, M.D.
"As a scientist, I am potentially the least likely person to do voicework. But Gordon's session for my book reached over 6K words an hour and we didn't even have to do any pickups - now that's productive!"
— Matt Wallaert
"Gordon Rothman is a treasure. He was invaluable as a talent director, sounding board and editor, but also as a fact triple-checker and master of surname pronunciation. Recording this book was like being in a newsroom with a phenomenal editor/producer, whose good taste and good sense make every project better. Throw in a fantastic sense of humor and unshakable patience, and it just doesn't get much better than Gordon. Looking forward to the next one!"
— Joy-Ann Reid
“At every stage of the production, Gordon was a tremendously helpful guiding hand. For a novice working on his first book, it was lifesaving. “
— David Wallace-Wells
“Having spent many years behind a microphone lecturing, and on stage in punk rock bands, I figured it would be simple: hit record, start reading. Was I ever wrong about that! There is a big difference between writing down your thoughts and speaking them out loud, and Gordon opened my eyes and ears as to how to make the reading of my words come to life in a way that I would not have been able to have done on my own…. I wish that I had had this kind of preparation before entering the recording studio. Not only would it have made the recording quicker and more fluid, it would have helped me to feel the message I was trying to convey in an entirely different way. It was a fabulous experience, and Gordon is an expert at his craft..“
— Eddie Stern
“I am grateful for working with Gordon. He was very considerate, thoughtful, and ensured I read my book/story in the best way it desires to be told. All I had to do was trust Gordon with my work and follow his guidance throughout the process. “
— Yousef Bashir
"For a long time listener first time speaker like me, Gordon was an incredible guide. He balanced efficiency with care for the material (and me), providing the right advice at just the right time. I look forward to working with him again."
— Aaron Dignan
“For twenty years, I have taught in a public school and I know that read-alouds matter. During my reading of Tight with Gordon Rothman, he shared insider tips that voice actors use so listeners want readings to go on. The experience renewed and reinvigorated how I engage young readers, students, and families.”
— Torrey Maldonado
“Gordon worked to get the best performance out of me possible. It was hard work, but I enjoyed the experience of being coached by a real expert to give the best narration I was capable of. I would recommend Gordon’s services to any author, and hope I get to work with him again on my next book. “
— James Fell
“He turned a famously arduous process (think of going to the dentist!) into one that was as delicate and pleasant as could be (think of taking the happy gas!). Gordon patiently coached us through our 400-page reading-- cajoling, complimenting, offering examples, finding any creative way he could to bring us closer to a successful product.”
— Deborah Fallows
“I would like to highly recommend Gordon Rothman. Gordon was very attentive, very professional and it was a pleasure to work with him.“
— Dr. Ruth Westheimer
“Working with Gordon Rothman was such a pleasure. I learned so much about how to use tone and timing to convey information that augmented the meaning of the words. I highly recommend Gordon to anyone planning to produce an audio book.”
— Jonathan Haidt
“Gordon is an expert director who gracefully guided us through the process of turning Getting Back to Happy into a truly excellent, co-narrated audio book. His expertise and instruction was invaluable from the get-go.”
— Marc and Angel Chernoff
“Working with Gordon was fantastic. His professionalism and expertise enabled me to stay focused on the reading, not worrying about the quality of the final product. I trusted him and that made all the difference in the booth.”
— Charlie Harary
“The director, Gordon Rothman, truly directed, with the attentiveness and intelligence of a fine stage director. He made just the right suggestions, with just the right light touch, to get me to shift emphasis, bring out a humorous line, turn the delivery of a passage into an exercise in recollection rather than just reading.”
— George Packer
“Deb Fallows and I very much enjoyed working with Gordon Rothman on our book Our Towns, and I think any author would benefit from the guidance he provides.”
— James Fallows
“Gordon simply has the perfect touch. He pays laser-like attention to your read, catching everything, while also providing kind, nurturing and abundantly helpful direction. As a first time author/reader, I was able to relax during my recording session because Gordon was the ultimate safety net. I would never want to step into the booth without him as my director.”
— Heather Won Tesoriero
“It was my great fortune to work with Gordon Rothman, who directed my vocal performance. Gordon's professionalism, attention to detail, his enthusiasm for the material, his research and guidance in pronunciation created an experience and an audiobook I am immeasurably grateful for and proud of.“
— Karen Duffy
“I feel fortunate to have had Gordon Rothman as my voice coach and director at Penguin Random House Audio. He is skilled in the rather unusual art of audio book speaking, an expert at rhythm and cadence and affable accessibility. An easy-going fellow and genuine pleasure to work with. Gordon gave me a lasting appreciation for the medium.”
— Jeff Warren, co-author