A surprise and a delight to speak with you personally as I made the inquiry about your recorded book, “Miss Mapp”… I can hardly wait to hear (it)! Having grown up without a television set (1950-60s) but only a radio, I am hopelessly audio addicted — or should I say audio gifted. You are one of my favorite narrators. Bravo!...
— Gretchen Schneider
Dear Flo Gibson, My wife and I so enjoyed your very masterful reading of "Alice Adams”. My wife said it was the best audio book she has ever heard. Just to let you know you give people a lot of joy...
— B. Simenson
Ms. Gibson This is a love letter for you because I just love to listen to your voice! I ask for all the books that I can that you read. I am impressed with your enunciation of foreign words that I would not even attempt! Thank you for making me your biggest fan...
— Bonnie Capozella
Re: “Wind in the Willows”: Thank you for your incomparable reading of Wind in the Willows. The harmonious pairing of a genius writer, who knew depths about his subject matter and held a mirror to the human characteristics we all share and your gifted interpretation of Grahame's intent, is nearly magical and certainly powerful, worthy of a very long literary life. Grahame shows life as a banquet. We moles and toads are advised to play out our virtues and flaws with zest and appreciation. What a profound message served in satirical guise. And it is your voice that blends flawlessly with author intent and provides a new lease to a book on a shelf. It is your voice characterizations that surely surpass the song-dream within the writer's mind. It is your inflections that do not permit the loss of a single nuance. Whatever plaudits and praise you undoubtedly have received, this note adds still another sincere thanks. I am a grateful listener, joined by hope, by legions. I have listened to your voice through many smiling hours. Do you think I might have your picture?
Your selections are so good and thorough that it will take me quite a while to work through what you've already recorded! Your tapes have been invaluable to me. I'm filling in big gaps in my learning, and even with books that I've already read or that I have taught to students, listening to your sensitive, expressive readings refreshes and revitalizes them in a way nothing else could. Many thanks. I'm constantly impressed with the intelligent critical understanding that must go into a nuanced reading of a book, especially for books of the quality you have chosen to narrate. You do a magnificent job of capturing the syntactic rhythms and tonal inflections. These recordings are a great treasury...
— Joseph Carroll, Professor
Please send me two copies of your newest catalogue, one for me and one for a friend who listens to a lot of books and to whom I'd like to introduce your work. I told her you were the best reader anywhere...
— Marianne Goldberger
I just had to write to tell you that you gave an excellent presentation of “Gone to Earth” by Mary Webb. It makes reading the book along with listening to the tapes so very enjoyable! Three cheers to you, Flo. Also, I want to praise you for Thomas Hardy/Stories and Poems. Your performance was wonderful. Hardy too, is one of my favorites, and I have read and re-read many of his books. Keep up the good work! You are a superb performer. P.S. Your rendition of the Welsh-English language is exceptional. The conclusion of Gone to Earth (Hazel's death scene) is very dramatic. I also have “The Cricket on the Hearth” and “A Christmas Carol” by you which I love. .
— Mr. William F. Schmidt
My husband says you are a superb reader of Henry James' books–the best he has ever heard. You make sense out of all the complicated sentences and bring the subtleties alive. Thank you...
... “House of Mirth” got lost when I moved... It doesn't seem the sort of thing movers would covet. Still, I like to fantasize about big strong Bekins men driving back and forth across the U.S. falling in love with your wonderful mellifluous voice and weeping over Lily Bart...
—J. Le Belle
I have enjoyed your splendid work and excellent classic selections very much and look upon your company as a benefit in my life... I look forward to more of your exceptionally fine recordings...
Please accept our thanks for the many, many hours of pleasure and illumination that you've given my mother...
I enjoyed it as usual. The barking dog was adorable...
I have never in my life heard better quality than your classic books. . .
Thank you for a great recording of a great book...
. . . My car stalled on the Golden Gate Bridge. After two hours I continued my commute very frazzled. Then I noticed your tapes of "The Claverings" and said to myself, "Oh, if I can listen to Flo for a few minutes, I'll begin to feel myself again." So I inserted your voice into the machine and voila! I calmed down.
Thanks for the great service for the blind and visually handicapped–a wonderful thing. Books on cassettes are heaven-sent for those now living in darkness or nearly so...
Thank you so much for the wonderful recordings of all these books...
The tape is fantastic
—gave me tears and tingles
—another fantastic job by Flo Gibson...
This is to tell you about a family of fans you have in Germany... I first met you when I borrowed all the Jane Austen novels in the possession of Göttingen Public Library. From then on we have been searching all libraries within our reach for your tapes... After about ten years of listening to your excellent interpretations of classic books your name has become a household word in our family. We feel we know you intimately and you are part of our lives like a close friend. . .
We thoroughly enjoyed your recordings, as always. No one else comes close. Also, this (“Fortitude”) is the first work of Walpole's we have "read"
— I'm not sure why
— and we found it just splendid. With our thanks...
I listened very diligently and was absolutely delighted with your reading. Thank you very much for Classic Books on Cassettes. My life has been greatly improved by discovering you. Keep up the excellent work...
— Rae Stang
Everytime I play one of your great readings I feel like an ingrate. I resolve to write to thank you
— especially after hearing “The Egoist”! And now I have “Emma” playing. You amaze me with your facility to become each character
— who are you really? Someone I admire and whose work I cherish! If our country had a commission to bestow the title "Honorable," certainly it would go to you. Your tapes enrich us and keep alive good literature...
— M. Scannell
Both my husband and I think this narration the best we've heard of yours. The zest, the characterization, the drive of the narrative are all superb. Many thanks! We had no idea how much we would marvel at Dickens' skill until “Dombey and Son”.
. . . Maugham's “Of Human Bondage” - as read by Flo Gibson (the absolute best in the business)...
—Martha B. Van Riddle
I think your readings are extraordinary and rave about them to all my friends. What an amazing body of work! I do not know how you do so many so well.
—Peggy Smythe March
I'd like to tell you how much I appreciate your fine work in readings of the classics. You have brought a special pleasure into the lives of many, many people over the years...
—S. A. Beckman
(Re: “Middlemarch”) The reading by Flo Gibson is superlative. Even the foreign epigraphs are well read. The subtle characterizations are excellent.
Just to let you know how very much I enjoy your reading
— This is my "dessert'' at the end of a day as a psychotherapist and I knit as I listen. My favorite readers are several, but you, Flo Gibson are the only female on the list so far. Thank you for many hours of pleasure...
You have chosen some of America's finest prose to read; and then, you added an inflection indicative of both the story and the feelings of the author. As a result, you've given me more than just the words, you've given me an artistic rendition better than anything I've ever listened to before. Thanks for the experience.
. . . I am an artist and have spent many pleasant and productive hours listening to your superb narrations. Your sensitivity, understanding of the text, and skillful characterizations make the classics come alive...
(Re: “The Country of the Pointed Firs”, “Deephaven”, and “Summer”)... Hearing you read these books has been the great joy of my summer. I realize how many honors you have received, but just wanted to thank you for the added richness and pleasure your reading has brought to some of the books I treasure. Please read on and on!
Anyone who can give idiosyncratic tongue to a roster of Dickens characters and make them individual and alive has our unending respect and praise and thanks. You are a national treasure... “Tish” (is) superbly read by Flo Gibson (as I have come to expect as natural!). Since I replay the works several times over during my monthly rental in order to extract all the lovely nectar from the readings, her perfect voice is becoming as well-known as my closest friends. Once, listening raptly, I put the heavy-duty #22 needle through my fingernail and into the soft tissue beneath. OUCH! But Flo Gibson is worth it! I've been to the "The Country of the Pointed Firs"!
—A new and enchanted fan
. . . Enclosed is “Dombey and Son” which I enjoyed immensely. It is certainly another triumph of narration for Flo Gibson whose delicate shadings of accent, emphasis and character should get her some sort of Oral Academy Award.
I listened to “Middlemarch” on the 12-hour flight to and from London and was completely enthralled. Plastic food, a terrible movie, and loud seatmates
—nothing could disturb the wonderful flow of your reading. Thanks for a wonderful "head experience.''...
This is another of your outstanding readings. Thank you for making it... I'm just finishing “Martin Chuzzlewit”. I have enjoyed it enormously. It's Dickens at his funniest and you do a marvelous job of rendering his characters. Your portrayal of the impossible Mrs. Gamp is especially amazing, although Pecksniff follows a close second. You get his pomposity and pretense just right.
Keep up the splendid work at ABC. You have a fine selection of titles and readers... Your Classic books are a salvation at a time when society's tastes and literary values are crumbling quickly. Audio Book Contractors are to be highly commended...
I loved the Gaskell book so beautifully narrated by you. Many thanks for your taste and wonderful delivery. It makes things bearable...
—Billie J. Grey
I have a hunch that your reading of the classics will soon become classics themselves...
—N. S., Librarian
...It really feels like I know you very well and every now and then you are the narrator of one of my bizarre dreams. Perhaps I should write it up and you can record it for me... I still think yours are the best recordings I've heard.
I have just finished listening to “Middlemarch” and though I don't quite say with Emily Dickinson, "Pity me," still there's a distinct sense of loss for me as well now that the drama is settled. Your reading is magnificent and surely would have thrilled George Eliot herself. You brought so much more enjoyment than could have been supplied by the words on the printed page and, also, made an extensive driving trip to and around New England very easy...
—Sincerely, Polly Longsworth
I recently completed listening to your masterful reading of “Oliver Twist”. I was so thoroughly impressed from the very first cassette onward that I resolved to write to you to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I am not in the habit of writing this sort of letter and in reality have never written one before. Everything about your reading was of such high quality that I believe that it qualifies as a true masterpiece of recorded literature. The variety and range of voices you create, the accents, the inflections, the clarity and flow of the narrative were all superlative. I was so caught up in the story that when I finished the recording, I rented a video of the 1948 David Lean production.…I can't imagine that anyone will ever consider doing another recording of this book in the future. Your performance will be treasured for many generations, just as a recording by a famous musician. I will be certain to look for your name on all future recordings...
I have been a fan of your voice since I was 7 years old. I grew up listening to you reading “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Wind in the Willows” and “Through the Looking Glass”... I do hope you will write to me
—Your devoted listener.
I just want you to know that if I see "narrated by Flo Gibson'' on a cassette I am immediately interested. What a service to mankind you do perform!... Yours in love with recorded books...
So many of our agencies report that patrons come in and ask for books that you have recorded. They don't care what the book is. They just want anything you have narrated...
—M. K., Librarian
I would like to have an autographed glossy picture of Miss Flo Gibson if she is still alive. She's my favorite narrator. She just seems to make the stories come alive, like you're really witnessing the actual story. I simply adore her.
...Have just started “The Semi-Attached Couple”...It's wonderful! She's very like Heyer in humor and character delineation... and, of course, your reading of it is superb... I can't stand to be without a book recorded by Flo Gibson waiting to be started! Thanks again... I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but I just love the voice you assume for children! I smile just remembering it!
My wife and I had our first Flo Gibson experience driving to Kentucky and back with “Pride and Prejudice”. We are now fans!...
May I compliment Flo Gibson on her superb performances. They enhance all these books enormously...
The reading makes all the books supremely enjoyable. I loved the way Flo says "Oh, Jeffrey'' at the end of “Dr. Wortle's School”...
Thanks so much for the wonderful way you read “The American Senator”. We're in awe of your reading and acting...