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

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the
Elegant Ride
Paperback book launch and signing at
Seashore Trolley Museum
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Click Here: to pre-order your author-signed copy of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride from Seashore Trolley Museum's online store.

                                                  Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride
                                                  by Jean M. Flahive
                                                  Cover Art and Sketches by Amy J. Gagnon
                                                  US $14.95 paperback
                                                  ISBN: 978-0-578-54473-1
                                                  Library of Congress Card Control: 2019909872

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. Scroll Down to find various Donation options.
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.

The 2015 publication of, The Illustrated Atlas
of Maine's Street & Electric Railways
1863-1946, was published by the Library
at Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport.
Copies are available for purchase from the

Seashore Trolley Museum, - Museum of Mass Transit, is celebrating its 80th Birthday year in 2019! 
Special Events are scheduled  - Public operations start on May 4, 2019. 
Click Here for the 2019 Events & Special Activities for the 80th Anniversary Season, with hot links

Click Here for 2019 Special Events 

Click Here for 80th Anniversary Year - Seashore Trolley Museum 1939-2019 post
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the 50s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year - A Look Back at the 60s  - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the '70s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for The Birth of Seashore Trolley Museum Blog Post
Click Here for STM's Ten National Register of Historic Places Electric Railway Vehicles post
Click Here for 1901 Tower C Boston Elevated Railway to STM in 1975
Click Here for No. 38 - 1906 Manchester & Nashua Street Railway - Acquired March 21, 1940
Click Here for No. 60 - 1895 Manchester Street Railway - Acquired April 11, 1941
Click Here for No. 4387 - 1918 Eastern Mass. Street Railway - Acquired August 29, 1946
Click Here for No. 100 - 1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 108 - 1904 Portsmouth, Dover & York Street Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 14 Narcissus 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban - Acquired 1969

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

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
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.gilbert