• Tavia Gilbert
  • Narrator
  • 2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year; Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Best Female Narrator
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NY, United States
  • Website: taviagilbert.com
  • Available for: $400-$1000 PFH
Courting Mr. Lincoln

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Feminine
Performance Notes
When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's shortlist to be president. Rough and reticent, he's a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep." It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved presidents.

Second-Hand Curses

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Melodramatic
Performance Notes
When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned. They are Jack, the seemingly unkillable leader whose ever-present grin belies a dark past; Marie, who fights with fury but battles more fiercely to control the beast within; and Frank, the master of logistics, whose cloak hides horrific scars that are far more than skin-deep. As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy, who has made each of their lives a living hell. Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.

Peacock Feast

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
From “one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America...immensely talented and brave” (Michael Schaub, NPR), a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape. The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall - his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret - so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany’s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing. Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age 14 for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather’s house stir Prudence’s long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days. Spanning the 20th century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has crafted a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.

Halfway to the Grave

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Scent of Rain and Lightning

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-Western
Vocal Style : Rough/edgy
Performance Notes
BOOKLIST'S TOP AUDIOBOOKS FOR ADULT LISTENERS 2010 BOOKLIST’S TOP CRIME FICTION AUDIOBOOKS 2011 Jody Linder’s uncles arrive with unwelcome news: Billy Crosby, the man serving time in prison for killing her father and most likely her mother when Jody was three years old, has just been released from prison. As the story flashes back to events leading up to the murder and its aftermath, Jody reevaluates what she knows about the incident and Billy Crosby. It might have been tempting to make all the characters sound alike (since all of the action takes place in rural Rose, Kansas), but Gilbert voices the richly drawn characters in distinct fashion. Bad-seed Billy whines when he is accused of cattle mutilation and murder, and Hugh Jay (Jody’s father) sounds thoughtful and kind. Jody’s mother, Laurie, who disappeared after the murder, speaks in a slight southern accent with petulant overtones; Jody’s grandmother’s voice is strong and clear, and listeners feel her pain when she sobs over her dead son’s body and shows kindness to Billy’s wife. The sweet “baby” voice of toddler Jody shifts in cadence and timbre as she matures to a confident young woman. Billy’s tormented son grows from a bewildered young boy to a determined man; Gilbert changes pitch to indicate his age and transformation. Rose, Kansas, simmers with secrets, and as the plot unfolds, listeners gradually learn the truth and the fatal consequences in this memorable story. Booklist Starred Review Tavia Gilbert demonstrates remarkable range in her narration of Pickard’s spine-tingling thriller set in a rural Kansas ranch community, where mysterious secrets surrounding the wealthy and prominent Linder family come to light in chilling detail. Gilbert’s performance as convicted murderer—and town pariah—Billy Crosby crackles with pentup rage. The scene in which protagonist Jody Linder—a 20-something woman who lost her parents in a crime spree for which Crosby was imprisoned two decades earlier—encounters the newly paroled Crosby in the parking lot of a local tavern demonstrates Gilbert’s remarkable ability to heighten the suspense through vocal nuances and pacing. Gilbert also delivers an especially winning turn in her portrayal of Jody as a little girl too young to understand the sordid events around her. An edge-of-your seat listen. Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

The Middle Place

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
AUDIE NOMINEE 2009 LIBRARY JOURNAL TOP 10 NON-FICTION AUDIOBOOK 2008 Tavia Gilbert impressively voices the male and female characters of Corrigan's ‘heart-wrenching and humorous’ breast cancer memoir. Library Journal Tavia Gilbert's performance fully captures Corrigan's youthful exuberance, shock, and evolving maturity as she contends with doctors, chemotherapy, and the fear of leaving her children motherless and losing her father. Her father's boisterous energy and expansive can-do personality are also brought vividly to life. This performance will especially resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis. AudioFile This is Corrigan's heart-wrenching and humorous memoir of her struggle with breast cancer. The chapters alternate between detailed descriptions of her chemo and radiation treatments and her happy childhood growing up in a large, loving Irish family. The text is well written and poignantly read by Tavia Gilbert, whose narration brings out the personalities and feelings of the main characters: Corrigan's ebullient father, her worried mother, her loving husband, and her supportive brothers. Library Journal

The Way of Perfection

Category : Religion & Spirituality
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
The Way of Perfection was written on the advice of her counsellors to describe her experiences in prayer, during the period when the Reformation was spreading through Europe. Herein she describes ways of attaining spiritual perfection through prayer and its four stages, meditation, quiet, repose of soul, and finally perfect union with God, which she equates with rapture.

The Middle Place

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
AUDIE NOMINEE 2009 LIBRARY JOURNAL TOP 10 NON-FICTION AUDIOBOOK 2008 Tavia Gilbert impressively voices the male and female characters of Corrigan's ‘heart-wrenching and humorous’ breast cancer memoir. Library Journal Tavia Gilbert's performance fully captures Corrigan's youthful exuberance, shock, and evolving maturity as she contends with doctors, chemotherapy, and the fear of leaving her children motherless and losing her father. Her father's boisterous energy and expansive can-do personality are also brought vividly to life. This performance will especially resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis. AudioFile This is Corrigan's heart-wrenching and humorous memoir of her struggle with breast cancer. The chapters alternate between detailed descriptions of her chemo and radiation treatments and her happy childhood growing up in a large, loving Irish family. The text is well written and poignantly read by Tavia Gilbert, whose narration brings out the personalities and feelings of the main characters: Corrigan's ebullient father, her worried mother, her loving husband, and her supportive brothers. Library Journal

The Gingerbread Boy and Other First Tales

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Some stories are so timeless we can't wait to share them with our children. You'll find five such classics in this collection from PlainTales, including the tales of the naughty Gingerbread Boy, the clever Billy Goats Gruff, the enchanted Frog Prince, the stalwart Little Red Hen, and the courageous Bremen Town Musicians. All are told with simple, engaging language perfect for the littlest listeners.

The Everafter

Category : Teens
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
School Library Journal Starred Review Seventeen-year-old Madison (Maddy) Stanton is confused, lonely, and dead in this novel. Where she is and how she got there is unknown, but in the expansive darkness that surrounds her, she discovers floating, luminescent objects she lost in her previous life. Maddy sees these items and feels that her “life is lying in a heap of memories piled on top of one another.” Each object allows her (and listeners) to skip through her past life, proving that even seemingly insignificant items—a bracelet, a pine cone, a piece of popcorn—elicit memories. During her soul searching, Madison also discovers clues to her mysterious and sudden death. Tavia Gilbert is amazing in her ability to transition between numerous characters, from a silky, Southern drawl to a soused father to a complicated, contemplative teenager. This is as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice. Huntley’s fabulous, haunting debut novel is a ghost story, a mystery, and a love story that creates a unique twist on one of life’s ponderables: what happens after we die?  A compelling addition to teen collections. School Library Journal Tavia Gilbert gives a haunting portrayal of Madison Stanton, a 17-year-old girl who has just discovered she’s dead. Madison is able to travel back to her life through her memories of the objects she has lost. The chapters alternate between these memories and Madison's musings while trapped in "Is," the name she has given her afterlife. Gilbert moves easily between these sections, relating Madison's earlier memories in a childlike voice and more recent memories in the youthful cadence of a teenager. Through her memories Madison pieces together her life, and Gilbert adds to the drama by changing her tone from disheartenment to acceptance, and finally excitement as Madison discovers the truth of her life, and her death. AudioFile

Sing Them Home

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : British-Cockney
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
EARPHONES WINNER Tavia Gilbert brings additional vibrancy to Kallos's original and affecting novel. Gilbert manages to capture the underlying melancholy of the novel while creating complex and believable characters. With a compelling stage presence, she brings this story to life with an inspired reading that demonstrates her performance ability and creative sensibility. Publisher’s Weekly Kallos's second novel is rife with opportunities for the audio narrator, and Tavia Gilbert takes full advantage. [The three main characters] become distinct personalities, thanks to Gilbert's expert characterizations. In clear and impeccable diction, Gilbert recounts kiddie beauty pageants, fancy egg festivals, and week-long funerals. Getting into this may take a bit, but Gilbert will hook listeners. And she gets to sing in Welsh! AudioFile “Just wanted to let you know that the CDs of Sing Them Home arrived yesterday and I'm listening to your glorious voice as I write this. Tavia, you are brilliant. The recording is everything I'd hoped for. I'm so very grateful that you lobbied for this project...Thank you thank you thank you.” Much love, Stephanie Kallos

The Shape of Mercy

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : Japanese
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
AUDIE NOMINEE 2010 Narrator Tavia Gilbert's clear, youthful diction adds appeal to her portrayal of college student Lauren Durough. She captures Lauren's determination to be independent, even though she relies on her parents for her college tuition. With empathy Gilbert portrays Lauren’s job interview with octogenarian Abigail Boyle. Abigail agrees to hire Lauren if she consents to transcribe the journal of one of her ancestors, Mercy Hayworth. Mercy was tried and convicted of witchcraft in the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials—her journal is a firsthand account of the event. Gilbert maintains a high emotional pitch as Lauren learns how Mercy reaches from the past to the present to transform this contemporary young woman. AudioFile College student Lauren Durough takes a part-time job transcribing the diary of Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Lauren soon finds herself captivated by the life of a girl who lived four centuries ago and whose hopes and dreams were similar to Lauren’s. As Lauren unravels the diary, she discovers that she, like Mercy, faces decisions that require hard choices and sacrifice. Gilbert’s sensitive reading makes Lauren’s indecisiveness and self-doubt seem natural; she provides a nice contrast between Lauren and her straight-talking “get-over-yourself” roommate. She is equally adept with the male and Hispanic characters, especially a wannabe boyfriend. Gilbert captures life during the witch hunt madness and uses soft, caressing tones to tell of Mercy’s growing affection for a young man and a flat, expressionless voice when Mercy grieves for her father. Gilbert reveals many facets of this doomed, brave girl in this fine inspirational title. Booklist

Zoe's Tale

Category : Teens
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Girlish
Performance Notes
In the touching fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe, Scalzi revisits the events of 2007's The Last Colony from the perspective of Zoë, adopted daughter of previous protagonists Jane Sagan and John Perry. Jane and John are drafted to help found the new human colony of Roanoke, struggling against a manipulative and deceitful homeworld government, native werewolf-like creatures and a league of aliens intent on preventing all space expansion and willing to eradicate the colony if needed. Meanwhile, teenage Zoë focuses more on her poetic boyfriend, Enzo; her sarcastic best friend, Gretchen; and her bodyguards, a pair of aliens from a race called the Obin who worship and protect Zoë because of a scientific breakthrough made by her late biological father. “I've been listening to the reading you did of my novel Zoe's Tale and have been very pleased with it. You did a fine job capturing her voice and tone, and hit several critical emotional points in the story as they should have been hit. Handing off one's work to be read by someone else is to some extent an act of faith, and you have to hope that other persona serves the story well. You've done that. Spectacular reading. Thank you.” All best, John Scalzi, Freelance Troublemaker

The Day of the Pelican

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
EARPHONES AWARD for NARRATION By Katherine Paterson, beloved author of childhood classics Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia Tavia Gilbert gives an expert reading of Katherine Paterson's moving account of a family of Albanian Muslims during the Kosovo War. As the Serbs begin their brutal ethnic cleansing, Meli Lleshi and her family flee their home, enduring Serbian atrocities and the terror of being hunted like animals. They face the ravages of hunger and cold, and the fear of separation, as they make their way toward Macedonia and their inevitable relocation to a refugee camp. Gilbert's performance brings genuine pathos to the family's plight without resorting to melodrama. When they immigrate to America, Gilbert makes their struggles with language and culture poignant, and after the 9/11 attacks, she makes the prejudice they face utterly realistic. Paterson's brief historical endnote will assist young listeners' understanding. AudioFile The war in Kosovo in the 1990s is brought to life in Katherine Paterson's novel (Clarion, 2009). The story follows Meli Lleshi, a 12-year-old Albanian girl, and her family as they begin to see violence escalating in their small town. The Serbians are the dominant force in the country and, under the leadership of war criminal Slobodan Milosevic, their brutality against the minority groups knows no boundaries. When the Lleshis and their extended family see the handwriting on the wall, they escape just as the violence reaches their doorstep. The trek to safety in Macedonia is a struggle, but they finally arrive at a refugee camp. When NATO effectively ends the war, Meli's family decides to move to America where new struggles and hurdles await them. The story provides insight into the Albanian culture, the war in Kosovo, and what it feels like to be an immigrant in a new land. It also offers a glimpse into the role of women in these cultures. Narrator Tavia Gilbert does a marvelous job of representing the family's accents when necessary but, for the most part, her narration is unaccented. She perfectly voices the emotional struggles of Meli and her family as they attempt to survive. A welcome addition to historical fiction and multicultural collections.—School Library Journal

Franklin & Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
The literature on the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is vast as well as deep. Most of us are familiar with the basic facts of the seemingly practical partnership that forged an entirely new model for America’s first couple. Everyone agrees that their individual and joint contributions to the social, political, and cultural landscape of twentieth-century America are immeasurable, but most believe their personal achievements exacted an excruciatingly high personal cost. Rowley, refreshingly, disagrees as she paints a compulsively readable portrait of a vibrant partnership and a successful, albeit unconventional, marriage that nevertheless suited the ambitions and the temperaments of each partner. There are no good or bad guys in this glimpse into the intimate spousal accord that bound the Roosevelts together; both Franklin and Eleanor emerge as willing participants in an unorthodox covenant that defied societal norms and expectations in favor of a productive and mutually beneficial working partnership built on friendship, mutual admiration, and abiding intellectual respect. It might not be everyone’s idea of an ideal marriage, but it seemed to work for them, so why argue?

First Drop of Crimson

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
AUDIBLE TOP FIVE ROMANCE NARRATIONS OF 2010 From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire. The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows-her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield-and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family's past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness-and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her. He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human-even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . . Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year and winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 550 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. 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 Parent’s Choice Awards. She is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Audible named her a 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 in collaboration with the BBC. Tavia earned a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, studied audio documentary storytelling at the Salt Institute and is a member of the Salt Alumni Board, 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.
A complete list of more than 600 audiobook credits is available at TaviaGilbert.com, including award-winning titles in the following categories: Mystery/Suspense Paranormal Romance Romance Biography/Memoir Literary Fiction Contemporary Fiction Young Adult Children's Literature Sci Fi/Fantasy Sociology Science Philosophy/Spirituality and Full Cast Productions
Voice of Choice: Audiobook Narrator of the Year 2018: Booklist Magazine Best Female Narrator winner 2017: Be Frank With Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson (HarperAudio) Best Middle grade narrator nominee 2016: The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie, by Bruce Coville (Penguin Random House Audio) Best Nonfiction narrator nominee & * Best Biography narrator nominee 2016: I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out, ed. by Lee Gutkind (Tantor Audio) Best Metaphysical narrator nominee 2016: Vampire Awakenings, by Brenda K. Davies (Podium Publishing) Best Non-fiction narrator winner 2015: How to Bake Pi, by Eugenia Chang (HighBridge Audio) Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction narrator nominee 2014: Illuminations, by Mary Sharratt (Tantor Audio) Best Fiction narrator nominee 2014: The Imposter Bride, by Nancy Richler (Tantor Audio) Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction narrator nominee 2013: Real Marriage, by Mark & Grace Driscoll (Christian Audio) Best Memoir narrator nominee 2012: The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball (Tantor Audio) Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction narrator nominee 2010: The Shape of Mercy, by Susan Meissner (Christian Audio) Best Memoir narrator nominee 2009: The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan (Blackstone Audio)