GRAIN VALLEY, KAN. — Folks in this iconic farming community are bursting with pride these days, because their favorite voice actress, Tavia Gilbert, has been named Best Female Narrator at this year’s Audie Awards, the highest honor in the audiobook industry!
The 22nd annual Audies Gala was held at New York City on June 1st. Awards were given in 27 categories including Audiobook of the Year. Gilbert, who brought Grain Valley to life in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake, is among the greatest performers in the world of audiobooks, as selected by the Audio Publishers Association.
She won the Audie for her performance of the novel, Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Other nominees in the category were Robin Miles, Juliet Stevenson, Bahni Turpin, and Emma Thompson.
“Tavia Gilbert is every author’s dream performer,” said Overstake, who added, “She makes Maggie and Grain Valley’s cast of characters come to life. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and everybody in the business knows it, and everyone who listens to her can feel it, too.”
Tavia received a slew of positive reviews for the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, released in 2015 by Blackstone Audio, the nation’s largest independent audiobook distributor. Gilbert and author Grant Overstake “make a great duo” according to reviewer Kira Moody, a librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anointed Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in AudioFile magazine, which included Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks. Read full review at AudioFile.
With advancements in smartphone technology, the audiobook industry is growing exponentially, as more and more people are downloading books to their phones and listening as they travel. For teen athlete Katie Wright and her mom, Jennifer, the 31-mile stretch of highway between Prospect, Kentucky and Katie’s pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville went by waaay too soon as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
“Since my daughter was very little one of my favorite parenting memories was reading to her. We still love to share books together but sometimes struggle to find the time,” mom said. “We discovered on the long drive to practice how great it is to listen to an audiobook together.
“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer adds in her review. “Often times coming home we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story. While we loved the happy ending, we were sad that the story ended and we no longer shared part of our day with Maggie together.”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty farm girl who rebounds after tragedy, reaching high achevement as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.
A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.
“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”
Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.
“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.” Continue reading
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Pole-vaulters will compete on a giant river barge in front of thousands of cheering spectators here at the 7th Annual River Vault, to be held July 3rd and 4th on the waters of the Mississippi River.
Event organizer Jeremiah Burish says, “Don’t miss your chance to get LARGE on a BARGE!”
“The River Vault is a big stage with great competition,” said Burish, Director of Sports Sales at the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The great crowd, fast runway, and electric atmosphere combine to make a recipe conducive for lifetime personal bests.”
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.
There’s a 40-minute, 31-mile stretch of Kentucky highway between Katie Wright’s home in Prospect and her pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville, but the round trips were over waaay too soon for Katie and her mom Jennifer as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform their favorite story on audio book, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer writes in her review. “Often times we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story!”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is the story of a gritty Kansas farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.
The story is brought to life by Tavia Gilbert, who has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.
Now add the Wright’s to the growing list of great reviews for Gilbert’s performance. Continue reading
A huge highlight for Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley was her dream visit to Grain Valley, Kansas. The South Florida resident traveled there by listening to Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audio book performed by voice actress Tavia Gilbert.
“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is already one of my forever-favorite books,” she said, “but being able to listen to the story brought back all the wonderful emotions of being read to when I was a child.”
“Tavia Gilbert is wonderful!” Maggie added. “It felt like I was actually living the story or experiencing it in a vivid dream.”
A narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. She has received fabulous reviews for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading