When Fred first showed me the advanced praise he intended to include at the beginning of the book, I thought “Hmm, are readers going to get this?” But then a friend pulled me aside during a farmer’s market, after just starting his new copy of In the Wake of the Willows, and exclaimed, “This is wonderful! Fred has me in stitches.” Another professional editor exclaimed, “Best Advanced Praise ever!” Okay, so I was wrong. It sets the stage for the sense of humor, and intriguing characters to come.
Fred was eager to have Madeleine perform the advanced praise to share with all of you, since it could not be included in the audio book. We hope you enjoy it.
During the hot summer months of covid-19, actress Madeleine Barker created a delightful performance of In the Wake of the Willows from inside her converted closet. Ordinarily, she would have recorded in a professional sound booth, using their mics and recording equipment.
Through determination, perseverance, creative thinking and the help of sound engineer Joel Thibodeau, Madeleine was able to create a sound booth in her apartment. Joel and Madeleine worked together to replace her mic with one better suited to her needs, then tweaked, and re-tweaked settings until they achieved the professional results they were looking for.
Removing all extraneous noises from motors and electrical devises meant no fans or air conditioning. Madeleine braved the closet recording sessions during the hottest August on record.
She then sent the each clip to Joel for editing, to us for review, and then headed back into the sound booth. In the end, Joel sent us the finished chapters, and Amy submitted them to Audible for review. Two months later, the audio book went live.
We are so grateful to Madeleine and Joel for transforming Fred’s words into this magical performance.
It’s alive with the characters of the Riverfront; full of humor, hauntingly beautiful songs, quirky birds, and boastful toads.
Over the summer we had the pleasure of working with actress Madeleine Barker, and are thrilled to share with you the audio production of In the Wake of the Willows.
Madeleine brings her extensive talents to the book. Currently an MFA candidate at Brown University/Trinity Rep Theater Arts Program, she has appeared in many productions throughout the US. See Willows.link for a list of her theatre credits. She has produced a highly polished and professional audio book with the help of Audio Producer Joel Thibodeau, and under the guidance of voice coach Tom Jones.
As the promised 30 business days, turns into 50, we have been given no clue as to when the audio version of In The Wake of the Willows will be released. ACX the Amazon and Audible giant has a huge backlog of submissions. Great! lots to listen to. But announcements have been published in Brown Alumni Magazine and on printed promotions, and a slew of reviewers are standing by for the first glimpse (or listen).
Patience and understanding, safety and good health, fortitude and gratitude are only some of the lessons to be learned during this time of covid.
While we wait for Audible, iTunes and Amazon to release the audio book, we thought we’d share a new audition clip each day for “In the Wake the Willows”. It is taking longer than expected for it to be released. Covid-19 patience is yet another new skill we must learn. We’ll keep you posted.
While we wait for Audible, iTunes and Amazon to release the audio book, we thought we’d share a new audition clip each day for “In the Wake the Willows”. It should be available within the next few days. We’ll keep you posted.
While we wait for Audible, iTunes and Amazon to release the audio book, we thought we’d share some of the audition clips for “In the Wake the Willows”. It should be available within the next few days. We’ll keep you posted.
This is Mr. Rat and Rickie in the meadow at dusk. Enjoy!
Take a listen, then look for In the Wake of the Willowsaudio production available October 15, 2020 through Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
We are thrilled to introduce you to Madeleine Barker, our extremely talented narrator, and professional actress currently in the Brown University Theater Arts Masters program.
Here is what Madeleine had to say upon the completion of the 3 month long project: “It’s been such a pleasure working with you and Fred on this gorgeous project. I can’t wait to share it with the world. “
We can’t wait to share the results of this collaboration with you, dear reader!