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Post by Sue Anderson » January 16th, 2012, 12:04 pm

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This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page here:

http://librivox.org/incidents-of-travel-in-central-america-chiapas-and-yucatan-vol-1-by-john-lloyd-stephens/


Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Volume 1, by John Lloyd Stephens (1805 - 1852) .
The year is 1838. The scene is the dense Honduran forest along the Copán River. Two men, John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, are about to rediscover Mayan civilization. Their guide, slashing through the rampant growth with his machete, leads them to a structure with steps up the side, shaped like a pyramid. Next they see a stone column, fourteen feet high, sculptured on the front with a portrait of a man, “solemn, stern and well fitted to excite terror,” covered on the sides with hieroglyphics, and with workmanship “equal to the finest monuments of the Egyptians.” Stephens records these discoveries and also his travels in Central America, where he had been sent by President Van Buren as special ambassador to the ill-fated Republic of Central America. The republic being engulfed in civil war when Stephens arrives in Guatemala, he finds himself dodging revolutionary armies while he hunts for a “legitimate government” to which to present his credentials. Catherwood, meanwhile, directs his immense artistic talent to illustrating views of Mayan architecture. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan was a best seller in its day and has been called an “Indiana Jones” saga by modern reviewers. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

  • Target completion date: 2012-Dec-31
  • Text source (only read from this text!): http://www.archive.org/details/incidentstravel01cathgoog, http://www.archive.org/details/incidentsoftrave02stepuoft
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    Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities; Mayas -- Antiquities; Central America -- Description and travel; Chiapas (Mexico) -- Description and travel; Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- Description and travel Stephens, John Lloyd, 1805-1852;
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Last edited by Sue Anderson on January 28th, 2012, 11:31 am, edited 3 times in total.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 16th, 2012, 12:51 pm

Hi Sue. I'm back to MC for you again. :) Let's do two separate projects for the two volumes if for no better reason than to keep the zip file a manageable size. MW will be available shortly.
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Post by HughGil » January 16th, 2012, 6:44 pm

Hi Sue,

I'd love to DPL this for you, and the second volume as well. If it's okay with you.

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Post by Sue Anderson » January 16th, 2012, 8:35 pm

Ah . . . I came back from our local library where I'm taking what you'd have to call an "adult literacy" computer class to find that I have a MC and a DPL both! Thank you both so much, Jo and Hugh! Yes, I thought 2 separate volumes would be better (and I'll amend the ID tag part to reflect volume 1 ), but I had been reading Stav's comments about unrecorded second volumes, and I thought I'd better make my commitment clear---Stephens is long winded, but enjoyable.

There is a absolutely beautiful collection of Catherwoods' water colors of Mayan sites on the web, http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook/exhibitions/catherwood/index.htm which you might enjoy.

Thanks again, Sue

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Post by Sue Anderson » January 28th, 2012, 11:53 am

Hi Hugh, I can see you've been "librivoxing" at a great rate, with character readings no less! 8-) That's great! The dramatic reading project looks like fun.

Here I've finally got my first section of Stephens recorded, and, as before, I'm going to ignore chapter breaks and aim for some uniformity in recording length. Thanks in advance for your PLing.
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/jo/incidentsoftravelincentralamericavol1_01_stephens.mp3
44:23
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Post by HughGil » January 29th, 2012, 7:41 pm

Hi Sue,

Yes, I thought I would dip my toe in the waters, so to speak. :lol: I see you've gone back to school to improve your computer skills. Good for you!

I'm done with section 1 and it's okay. Thanks for the heads up on the chapter breaks.

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Post by Sue Anderson » January 31st, 2012, 4:25 pm

Hugh, Thanks very much for the PLing. Here is a second installment:
http://upload.librivox.org/uploads/jo/incidentsoftravelincentralamericavol1_02_stephens.mp3
45:26
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Post by HughGil » January 31st, 2012, 8:02 pm

Hi Sue,

Section 2 is okay.

MMMMMM Gunpowder, haven't tried that one yet. Reminds me of this...

Grandpa was mentoring his grandson on the secret of living a long and productive life: "Every morning, sprinkle a teaspoon of gunpowder on your oatmeal. Well, when grandpa died at the age of 97, he left six children, 33 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren...and a 25-foot hole where the crematory used to be.

Thank you, I'll be here all week...:lol:

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Post by Sue Anderson » February 2nd, 2012, 4:35 pm

Hi Hugh; enjoyed your bit about the gunpowder! As you've probably surmized, Stephens' humor tends toward the picaresque. . .

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/jo/incidentsoftravelincentralamericavol1_03_stephens.mp3
40:40
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Post by HughGil » February 2nd, 2012, 7:27 pm

Hey Sue,

Section 3 is okay. Stephens' shows his humor again in the last chapter. I laughed.

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Post by Sue Anderson » February 4th, 2012, 4:43 pm

Hugh, thanks for the PLing! And, now, for a little suspense (arrest, imprisonment . . .)
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/jo/incidentsoftravelincentralamerica_04_stephens.mp3
34:38
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » February 4th, 2012, 10:59 pm

Hi Sue

You forgot the vol1 in the filename for the last section. I've fixed it on the server and in the MW, but I didn't edit the link in your post above.
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Post by HughGil » February 5th, 2012, 7:46 am

Morning Sue,

Section 4 is okay.

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Post by Sue Anderson » February 5th, 2012, 10:39 am

Oops, sorry Jo about vol1!
And Hugh, thanks for pling!
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Jo, is there a way to keep the same title & author info for the ID tag coming up each time you record a successive section? Most of the time, when I open the "open Metadata editor" under "file," the info from some previous book comes up and I have to delete it and type in the current book info, but, then, I can't figure out how to make that the default info for the current recording. If I had that figured out, the vol1 mistake wouldn't have occurred. Thanks, Sue

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » February 5th, 2012, 4:13 pm

Sue,

If you open the Metadata Editor in Audacity and fill in the ID3 tag info, you can click Set Default to keep it as the default which should then come up each time you export. Each time you start a new book, you will have to set the default again. Alternately, you can click Save, give the file the name of the book and then next time click Load and open the file with the tags you want to use (useful if like me you are recording more than one project at a time :)).
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