Michael Kramer, a native of Minnesota, joined the staff of the Library of Congress talking- book program in 1993. His introduction to audiobook narration came through two giants of the audiobook world: Grover Gardner and Flo Gibson. He feels privilegedto be able to work with many other fine narrators, including Ray Hagen, Laura Gianarelli, Celeste Lawson, Michael Russotto, Bernadette Flagler, Kate Fleming, not to mention his wife, Jennifer Mendenhall, who is also known as Kate Reading.
Kramer’s favorite authors from the talking-book program include Gary Paulsen, Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, Erich Maria Remarque, Carl Hiaasen, Brandon Sanderson, and Donald Bartholme to name just a few. Commercially, he has narrated more than two hundred titles by authors such as Donald E. Westlake, Richard Stark, John Jakes, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Mike Carey, Thomas Perry, Don Winslow, and Robert M. Pirsig.
His narration has received more than twelve AudioFile Magazine Earphones Awards, 2 Audio Publishers Association Audie nominations, and a Publishers Weekly ListenUp Award for 2011. In addition to audiobook narration, Kramer has been a Washington, D.C.-area theater artist for more than twenty-five years. He resides in Hyattsville, Maryland, with Jennifer Mendenhall and their two children, Henry and Vivian.