Thursday, September 12, 2019

Award-Winning Narrator, Tavia Gilbert - Audiobook Voice for Narcissus Book - Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

Tavia Gilbert, 2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year,
 in the recording studio. Tavia's comments on
narrating and producing the audiobook for
"I'm so honored to be a part of this! Delighted
to work with you! Thank you so much!"
Image courtesy of TG

     The new paperback book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride will be released in about four weeks. You may preorder books from the Seashore Trolley Museum store by Clicking Here Books that are preordered will be signed by the award-winning Maine author, Jean M. Flahive, prior to being shipped to you.  We are looking for the official book launch to be at Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport, Maine, on the Museum's Members Day, Saturday, October 12, 2019. Author Jean M. Flahive will be at the Museum that day and will sign books. Look for details in the coming weeks. Click Here to see the post with early reviews :)

     The launch and distribution of the new paperback books is just one facet of book sales in our world today. There are also ebooks and audiobooks. These two versions of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride will launch later in November. In researching these two versions of the book and what preparations were necessary to help provide for a successful launch for each version, it was clear that for both versions, the cover art, story summary, favorable reviews, and the author's bio were critical components.

     However, for the audiobook version, there are many other additional, critical components to consider. Here is what my research has led me to believe: Having the original edited manuscript converted into a script by someone with an ear for the cadence of the story and its characters within; their individual personalities, their temperaments, their souls, and their interdependence with each other in the rhythmic pattern of the story is crucial. It's imperative that the narrator; the "voice" of the script and its characters, be the heart of the story where the characters' traits emanate and emotionally engage the listener. In addition, having the proper recording equipment being utilized in a proper recording studio and being operated by recording professionals so that a quality narrated recording would be available to be professionally edited was also paramount.

     In one of my several conversations with peers, colleagues, and friends that discussed audiobook production, Patricia Erikson asked me if I would be open to her reaching out to a friend that had a Maine connection and had professional experience in the audiobook industry in New York? My reply was, yes, of course! A couple weeks later, I received an "E-troduction" email from Patricia, introducing me to Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed
narrator of more than 600 full-cast and multi-voice
audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the
industry. Image courtesy of TG

     Ever watch a tv commercial or listen to a radio commercial and think to yourself, "Hmmm, that voice sounds familiar?" There's a good chance that the voice that sounds familiar to you is the voice of Tavia Gilbert :) Click here to listen to a montage' of commercials where Tavia's voice was featured. You definitely will listen, smile, and nod your head, as you indeed recognize her voice.

     In my initial introduction to Tavia, I gave her some background on the Narcissus and the overall project, where we were with the paperback book release, and that we'd like to follow the paperback book launch with an ebook and audiobook launch shortly thereafter. Tavia and I continued to correspond and came to an agreement where she and her production company will produce the master audiobook file for release later in November. I couldn't be happier :)

     Here is some background information on Tavia:

     Tavia received the 2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year and was the winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award. She is a ten-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of more than twenty Earphones Awards, a ListenUp Award, and three Parents' Choice Awards. She is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children's and YA (Young Adult) to literary fiction, and genre fiction. Audible named her the Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir and Library Journal has written of this highly-acclaimed actress that she is "as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice." She is currently developing a scripted fiction podcast, The Abels, in collaboration with the BBC. Tavia earned a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of Arts, studied audio documentary storytelling as the Salt Institute and Services and serves currently in the Salt Alumni Advisory Group, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a popular guest lecturer on writing and performance at the college level. She lived in Maine full-time from 2001-2013, and still considers Maine home. // 207.650.6213

* Audible listing - all categories
* AudioFile profile
* Commercial VO Demo

Watch her TEDx talk: On surrender

2018 Voice of Choice: Booklist Magazine
2017 Winner: Best Female Narrator Audie Award
Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir (Audible)

Ever wonder

Tavia Gilbert on Monhegan Island, Maine
Image courtesy TG

Seashore Trolley Museum
Museum of Mass Transit is celebrating its 81st Birthday year in 2020! 
Special Events are scheduled  - Public operations start on May 2, 2020. 
Click Here for the 2019 Events & Special Activities for the 80th Anniversary Season, with hot links

Click Here for 2019 Special Events 

Check out the new book that features the Narcissus!
Look below to read the many great reviews!

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

Three 5-Star Reviews from Readers' Favorite posted on January 6, 2020
Click Here to read the post

"An eye-opening and entertaining ride - you won't want the train to stop!
Highly recommended.
Andrew Vietze, award-winning author of Becoming Teddy Roosevelt.

Books are available at these local bookstores in Maine:
The Book Review, Falmouth
Letterpress Books, Portland
Nonesuch Books and More, South Portland
Nubble Books, Biddeford
Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops - All locations

A resource for teachers. 
     We are working with the Maine Historical Society to create State-standard-based lesson plans for classroom use in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. We hope to have the vocabulary for the various grades released soon and to unveil the full lesson plans early in 2020. In the meantime, the teacher resource post has a listing of online references for people, places, and events that are referred to throughout the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride - written with a focus on using vocabulary words and sentence structure that might be useful in classroom studies for students and teachers in grades 4 to 7. Though, there are numerous words, sentences, topics, and references that students and teachers in a variety of grades, as well as readers of all ages, will find useful and of interest. 

Click Here for the announcement of the award-winning narrator for the audiobook :) 

     Millie Thayer is a headstrong farmer's daughter who chases her dreams in a way you would expect a little girl nicknamed "Spitfire would-running full tilt and with her eyes on the stars. Dreaming of leaving the farm life, working in the city, and fighting for women's right to vote, Millie imagines flying away on a magic carpet. One day, that flying carpet shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm. A fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, she finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. Despairing that her dreams may be shattered, Millie learns, in an unexpected way, that dreams can be shared.

The paperback edition of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride can be purchased online through the Seashore Trolley Museum's store website. Books purchased through the Museum's website directly benefit the Museum and the Narcissus project. Amazon book purchases also benefit the Museum and the Narcissus.

Click Here to go to the Museum Store webpage to order online

Click Here to go to the Amazon page to order the book online

Click Here to go to the ebook Kindle page through Amazon

Click Here for the post on the ebook release video with a guided tour of the Narcissus

Book, ebook, and (soon) audiobook available through Amazon.

Click Here to read January 24, 2020 - Four-Star Clarion Review

Click Here to read January 20, 2020 - Coveted Starred Blueink Review

Click Here to read January 19, 2020 - Theodore Roosevelt Center Blog Post Review

Click Here to read the December 25, 2019 4-Stars out of 4-Stars Review through OnlineBookClub

     In June of 2018, I was very happy to release a blog post announcing that award-winning Maine author, Jean M. Flahive, had agreed to write a young reader historical fiction chapter book that would benefit the Narcissus Project. In October of 2019, I was happy to report, that the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, had been printed and was available to purchase! Below are some blurbs/reviews from a few individuals who read the manuscript after being professionally edited by Maine Authors Publishing in Thomaston, Maine. 

MUST-READ! - Click Here
Here is an example of how donations to the Narcissus Project now will help with the interpretation portion of the project. The interpretation programming will include exhibits, displays, education programming. During 2019, through generous donations to the Narcissus Project, we were able to conserve, replicate, and have high resolutions digital image files made of the original, 1910, 25.5-foot long, surveyor map of the elevation and grade of the 30-mile private right-of-way of the Portland, Gray, and Lewiston Railroad (Portland-Lewiston Interurban)
MUST-READ! - Click Here  (In case you hadn't "clicked" and read it above :)

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus Project
to help us tell the incredible story of the Narcissus through the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project.
Thank You

   Inside the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop, the Narcissus is in the midst of major work as we strive to complete its restoration. With our estimate to have the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, we are now planning the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project. Donations to the Narcissus Project may be used in the future to help tell the incredible 100-plus-year-old story of the Narcissus. Your donation to the Narcissus is helping to make the dream of the project's success, a reality.

See below for Donation options -
It starts with YOU
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Please Help the Narcissus. 
Donation Options to Help the Narcissus Project:

The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit
educational organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
Renaissance Charitable Foundation (LPCT) by Fiduciary Trust Charitable Giving Fund
Mass Bay RRE - 2018 Railroad Preservation Grant 
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2018/2017/2016/2015
* The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2018/2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* LogMein - Matching Employee Donation
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the project of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. We are currently raising funds to tell the incredible story of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - Index

The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.