Toby’s Tales by Vicotira Zigler: Now in Audio Book

Written by Victoria Zigler – and now with an audio version read by Joseph A. Batzel – the “Toby’s Tales” series is a five book series designed to show children – and adults too – the struggles and challenges faced by people who are blind, or who are adjusting to sight loss, while also being useful tools to show anyone who finds themselves in Toby’s situation that they aren’t alone in facing those struggles and challenges.

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Book 1 – Toby’s New World

Toby has just learned he’ll never see again. Now he’s learning just how frustrating it can be doing even simple things when you’re blind. And it doesn’t help when his big brother Jake, and little sister Emma laugh at him when things don’t go right. But there’s always a way to make things easier… Isn’t there?

Buy “Toby’s New World” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 2 – Toby’s Monsters

Toby’s world is scary and full of monsters his mind has created. If he wasn’t blind he could see what the monsters really are, but he is, so he can’t. Can he find a way to battle his monsters? Or will he spend the rest of his life afraid of every unexplained noise?

Buy “Toby’s Monsters” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 3 – Toby’s Outing

Everyone is excited about the trip to the aquarium. But not Toby. Toby’s sure he won’t have fun, after all, aquariums can’t be fun for blind people… Can they?

Buy “Toby’s Outing” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 4 – Toby’s Games

Now that he can’t see, Toby can’t play with his big brother Jake like he used to, and every time he tries to he just gets frustrated, upset or hurt. He’s starting to feel like he can’t do anything fun any more. Is he right? Or can he find a way to still do the things he enjoys?

Buy “Toby’s Games” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 5 – Toby’s Special School

Toby’s starting to feel like he’s the only blind boy in the world, so when his first day at his new special school comes around, he’s sure the other children will tease him because he can’t see. But when he gets there he soon learns just why they call it a “special” school, and even manages to make a new friend.

Buy “Toby’s Special School” as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback – in some cases two or more of these formats – from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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“Toby’s New World” book excerpt:
At dinner time his Mother told his Father, his big brother Jake, and his little sister Emma about the visit to the doctor and how there was no hope of fixing Toby’s eyes. “There’s nothing they can do,” she finished.

“It will be OK,” his Father said.

Toby still didn’t think so. In fact, Toby still thought things would never be OK again. But he didn’t say so. Instead he hugged his favourite bear tightly, said nothing, and tried to eat his dinner.

Eating his dinner wasn’t working too well for him. Things wouldn’t stay on the fork, and Toby was getting very cross about it.

“Look at Toby,” said Jake, laughing.

Emma laughed too.

Toby didn’t know what was so funny, but the fact they were laughing at him made him want to cry.

“Toby can’t help getting himself in a mess with his dinner,” said their Mother.

But Jake and Emma still laughed.

“What mess?” asked Toby, unable to see the food that had ended up all over his clothes, his bear, and just about everything else.

His Mother came with a cloth to clean him up, and Toby tried not to cry as he allowed her to clean the spaghetti off himself and his bear.

Jake and Emma were still laughing, but Toby didn’t think it was funny. He wanted to cry. He wanted to shout at them to stop. He wanted things to go back to how they were when he could see. He wanted his eyes to work again. He wanted to get out of the kitchen and be by himself where he could cry without Jake thinking he was a baby.

Toby threw down his fork, and got up off his chair without asking if he could leave the table.

“Finish your dinner,” said his Father.

But Toby didn’t listen.

He stormed out of the kitchen, banging his elbow on the doorframe as he went, and tripping over Max who was laying in the doorway.

Then he started stamping his way up the stairs, his favourite bear held tightly in one arm.

*Stamp, stamp, stamp*

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Author links:
website, blog, Goodreads, Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Google+.

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About the narrator:
Joseph Batzel has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University in Film and Theater. He is also a professional actor for stage and film for over thirty years. Joseph has over 150 voice- over credits including radio, TV, audiobooks, and animation. He has traveled extensively throughout the US teaching voice over workshops. Joseph is a dialectician and can perform most American regional dialects and most foreign accents.

Mr. Batzel has just joined Deyan audio one of the world’s largest Independent producer of Audiobooks as one of their narrators. He is married to his wife Alice of forty-four years, she is a published playwright and working on her first novel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He presently lives in Brigham City, Utah where he currently works as an adjunct instructor at Utah State University teaching courses in Creative Arts and Public Speaking.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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4 Responses to Toby’s Tales by Vicotira Zigler: Now in Audio Book

  1. L. Marie says:

    What a wonderful series! I like the progression of Toby’s adjustment.

    Like

  2. Thanks for posting this, Charles!

    Like

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