The two children’s books by Nick Baker, author and musician from Edmonds – Bad blues behavior and Tortoise – are now available in audio format.
According to Kathy Passage, Baker’s mother (and Restaurant News editor), she and Baker had heard some members of the visually impaired reading community say they’d rather listen to a book being read than read Braille. âWhen the narrator is able to provide visual descriptions of illustrations in a book, it’s even more appealing,â Passage said.
The mother and son decided to make storytelling a team effort, with Passage serving as the lead narrator and Baker – who is blind – reading a few key passages.
Even though these are children’s books, with large images and not too much text on each page, the whole project was a tough task. There were over 1,800 words in Tortoise and 2500 words in Bad blues behavior, as well as descriptions of added illustrations. âLots of words and lots of talk,â Passage said.
âOur sound engineer, Tommy Cook, was amazing,â Passage said. âConsidering the logistics of setting up a safe COVID environment, besides having two narrators exchanging lines in the middle of the page, he was able to make the whole process run smoothly. clashes, âshe added.
“We hope that the talking book versions of Tortoise and Bad blues behavior will bring as much pleasure to all listeners as we have experienced in the process of creating these versions of Nick’s stories, âshe said.
Here are the links to each: Turtle and Bad Behavior Blues.
To learn more about Baker’s work, visit www.nickbakermusic.com and www.facebook.com/NABProductions or www.amazon.com/author/nickbaker.