Michael Crouch

Atlas Talent Agency NY/LA

Michael Crouch is an Audie Award-winning actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has earned multiple Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine and Best of the Year listings from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist. NYT bestselling and award-winning authors include Rick Riordan, James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, Madeleine L'Engle, and Louis L'Amour. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

"Crouch paces his narration to keep listeners guessing. His masterful use of tone to portray character brings heart at just the right moments while keeping listeners on edge."

- AudioFile MagazineLoot, Earphones Award Winner

 

"Michael Crouch performs brilliantly; with true emotion and wit, he creates an instantly likable character in Felix."

- School Library Journal, Felix Yz, Starred Review

 

"Michael Crouch's narration blew me away on multiple fronts. Not only was he keenly attuned to the book's musicality, but he was funny. Damn funny. I had the uncanny experience of listening to Oola as if I hadn't written it."

- Brittany Newell, author of Oola

 

"The four narrators are superbly cast, each taking on the role of a main character with a distinctive voice that perfectly matches his or her role...and most memorable of all, the high, thin, nasal voice of the Nazi sailor Alfred [played by Michael Crouch], dripping with smug arrogance and self-righteousness."

- Publishers Weekly, Salt to the Sea, Audie Award Winner

 

"I spent years writing this book, years listening to these characters interact with each other in my head. And though I didn't imagine it possible, once I heard Michael bring each of them to life, his interpretation was somehow more accurate than my own. Michael performs emotion with nuance, and action with compelling energy. I am not an easy individual to please, and I feel absolutely proud of the audiobook Michael has delivered as a compliment to my novel."

- Jeffrey Kinsey, author of Areh

 

"What makes this audiobook special is Michael Crouch's comic timing...His characterization of the teens is impeccable: Wes's deadpan delivery, Corey's stoner temperament, and the mysterious Ash. Listeners will laugh out loud as Wes and Corey suggest names for their band and Ash hates on each one in detail."

School Library JournalThe Haters, Top 10 Audiobook of the Year

 

"As the author of a character-driven, first-person YA novel, the actor's performance was always going to make or break the audiobook. Michael completely embodied Simon in all his complexity: his humor, his mix of earnestness and cynicism, his wistfulness, his confusion. There's an emotional depth to Michael's performance that stunned me. He brought Simon's inner world to life with a degree of nuance I didn't think was possible across different types of media, and his interpretations of the other characters in Simon's world are utterly spot-on."

- Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

"When an email to his secret almost-boyfriend is intercepted, Simon is thrust on a heart-breaking, yet hysterical journey of self-discovery. Crouch authentically voices the raw emotions of Simon in all of his neurotic and witty glory."

American Library Association, YALSA Amazing Audiobook

 

"The first time I heard Michael Crouch's voice, reading Midnight--he captured the lonely, romantic, hopeful spirit of my character so perfectly it took my breath away."

- April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink Poppy Midnight, YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook

 

"As Aspen, a protagonist who approaches the irredeemable, narrator Crouch executes a perfect combination of arrogance, sarcasm, and callousness. However, his added hints of self-doubt and vulnerability save Aspen from being completely unsympathetic...Crouch also masterfully delivers a distinct cast of characters, which includes standouts such as Aspen's grandma Willow, whose voice is frail but shrewd. A paranormal thriller with complex, fascinating characters."

- Booklist, Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

 

"Crouch does a remarkable job bringing Archer to life. He subtly changes his tone and delivery to reflect Archer’s growing maturity without going over the top and insulting listeners with a too-babyish voice at the beginning or a laughably prepubescent voice at the end. Each character is given a unique voice, a remarkable feat, given the number of adult male role models."

- Booklist, The Best Man, Starred Review

 

"Crouch's truthful performance creates a disenchanted Kip as he faces a court-martial for a shocking crime in Vietnam. Gilbert and Crouch take us from the nightmare of JFK's assassination to the chaotic fall of Saigon, offering rich portraits of people and their problems during the volatile period that was the 1960s."

- AudioFile Magazine, The Outside Lands

 

Audie Awards: Salt to the Sea, Winner (Young Adult, 2017)

Audie Awards: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Finalist (Middle Grade, 2017)

YALSA: Wink Poppy Midnight, 2017 Top Ten Amazing Audiobook

YALSA: Salt to the Sea, 2017 Top Ten Amazing Audiobook

YALSA: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, 2016 Amazing Audiobook Selection

Cybils Awards: The Best Man, 2016 Audiobook Finalist

ALSC: You Are (Not) Small, 2017 Notable Children's Video

School Library JournalThe Haters, Top 10 Audiobook of 2016, STARRED REVIEW

School Library JournalLily and Dunkin, Top 10 Audiobook of 2016, STARRED REVIEW

School Library Journal: Felix Yz, STARRED REVIEW

School Library Journal: The Best Man, STARRED REVIEW

School Library JournalSalt to the Sea, STARRED REVIEW

School Library JournalYou Are (Not) Small, STARRED REVIEW

Booklist: The Best Man, Top 10 Middle Grade Fiction on Audio, STARRED REVIEW

BooklistSalt to the Sea, Editors' Choice 2016, STARRED REVIEW

BooklistWink Poppy Midnight, STARRED REVIEW

Booklist: Baker's Magic, STARRED REVIEW

AudioFile MagazineThe Big Dark, Best of 2016, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile MagazineSalt to the Sea, Best of 2016, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile MagazineThe Serpent King, Best of 2016, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile Magazine: Goodbye Days, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile Magazine: Baker's Magic, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile Magazine: See You In The Cosmos, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile MagazineNine Women, One Dress, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile MagazineLoot: How to Steal a Fortune, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile Magazine: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, EARPHONES AWARD

AudioFile MagazineThe Best Man, Editors' Pick

Sound CommentaryDragons in the Waters, Best of 2016

Sound CommentarySoar, Best of 2016

Sound CommentarySalt to the Sea, Best of 2016

Publishers WeeklySalt to the Sea, Best of 2016, STARRED REVIEW

 

AudioFile Magazine: Narrator Spotlight