We previewed the audio book The Sixth Day: A 17,175-Word Novella about Creation and Prizefighting at the Normandel Place assisted living facility yesterday. Prior to the preview, we explained to the listeners that the story is set in the 1960’s and it details one day in the lives of five brothers abandoned by their parents as young boys. “You will hear the ‘N’ word a half dozen times,” I explained. “Comes with the times,” one resident answered. “Well, you will also hear the ‘F’ word,” I cautioned. “Honey,” 83-year old Mardel from Minnesota responded, “I was a barmaid once. I believe I’ve heard the word before.”
Satisfied that no one would endure physical repercussions from a handful of sensitive words, I hit ‘Play’ and left the facility.
I returned this morning to retrieve my equipment and was met with smiles and positive reviews.
“What a marvelous story,” Martha Gallagher, a widowed nurse and Air Force wife commented from her wheelchair, “and the man who read the story was wonderful. Is he the one who sings the song at the end?”
“Yes, Ma’am,” I answered with a smile on my face. “He wrote it, too.” Alistair McKenzie [who produced the audio book with Jasmine Fontes] wrote the music and lyrics to “We Pray for Light” specifically for The Sixth Day audio book, and he performs it at the end of the book.
“Well you and that man who reads this should be proud of yourselves,” Mrs. Gallagher concluded. “We liked it so much, we listened to the entire book twice!”
Am I pleased? Yes, and I am humbled by the enthusiastic reception by this group of aged and wizened people.
The Sixth Day: A 17,175-Word Novella about Creation and Prizefighting will be available at Amazon, Audible and iTunes by the end of May 2013, and we will announce its availability with links when it happens. In the meantime, here’s your chance to hear the ‘Retail Audio Sample’ that will be posted with the audio book on the retail sites. I hope it captures your interest, and I hope you find it as endearing as my friends at Normandel did.
We are all Jesus!