There’s more great news in Grain Valley, Kansas!
Voice actress Tavia Gilbert’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned high praise from one of the world’s most respected reviewers at AudioFile, the standard of excellence in the audiobook industry.
Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anoints Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in the new edition of the magazine, which includes Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks.
AudioFile reviews focus specifically on the quality and entertainment value of the narrator’s performance.
Of Tavia’s Baird writes: Tavia Gilbert thoroughly conveys… Gilbert beautifully delivers… Most engaging is Gilbert’s portrayal of… Will thoroughly engage listeners…
Only the best reviewers are selected to judge the Audies Awards, the highest award from the Audio Publishers Association, considered the Oscars of the audiobook industry.
Baird has reviewed for AudioFile magazine since 1992. A librarian, she wrote the go-to guide for librarians about how to select and listen to audiobooks, Audiobook Collections and Services.
Author Grant Overstake was delighted but not surprised to learn that the best of the best reviewers enjoyed Gilbert’s performance of his young adult novel, which features a gritty Kansas farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.
Overstake said, “I’m thrilled that the woman who literally wrote the book on what a great audiobook experience should be like has recognized that in this performance Tavia takes the listening experience to a another level.
“It’s a magical, mystical experience to hear Tavia embody the voice of Maggie Steele and the other characters in the fictional farm town of Grain Valley, Kansas. It’s such a joy. Tavia tells the story better than I wrote it.”
Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. Gilbert earned another Earphones Award this month for her performance with William Dufris of The End of All Things by John Scalzi. The award is given truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text. Congratulations, Tavia!