[COMPLETE] The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - AF/ce

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Post by tina » July 30th, 2006, 4:32 am

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-woman-in-white-by-wilkie-collins/


This isn't exactly a play, but as I would like to coordinate the reading by having a single reader for each narrator, I am including it here. There are 11 parts: 5 female, 5 male, and one (the tombstone) that could be either. I would like to stick to gender-appropriate casting. Also, as this will be technically trickier than the usual method of reading, this may not be a good choice for your first project if you are a new volunteer!

You can find the text here: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/583
The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859-1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be to the first mystery novel, and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'....
The Woman In White is also an early example of a particular type of Collins narrative in which several characters in turn take up the telling of the story. This creates a complex web in which readers are unsure which narrator can, and cannot, be trusted. Collins used this technique in his other novels, including The Moonstone. This technique was copied by other novelists, including Bram Stoker, author of Dracula (1897), although by the end of the 19th century the technique was considered "old fashioned".

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Notes:
(1) Do please understand that your recording, like all LibriVox recordings, is in the public domain. Because this is a dramatic work, we're unifying the introduction by having a single voice read the disclaimer, brief intro, and "Read by" in all the tracks.

(2) Start your recording with your name. (This will go immediately after 'Read by' done by the single voice.) Then say "Track ##" for whichever track this is. Then begin your reading.

Make sure you set your recording software thus:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

When you save your file, save it as
womaninwhite_##_character_yourinitials.mp3
where character = the character you're reading for, and ## is the section number you're recording.

Don't worry about the ID3 tags; those will be added later.

The meta-narrator of the entire tale is Walter Hartright. There are a few notes which I would like to have read by him.

There are also several letters within the narratives, which I would like to have read by the voice of the letter writer. If you could note them in this thread as you encounter them, I can link them in the html document.

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Use "ce" as the MC for this project.
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Update: Here is a proposed breaking up of the book:

01 - THE STORY BEGUN BY WALTER HARTRIGHT - Introduction - IV (Walter Hartright)
02 - V - VII (Walter Hartright)
03 - VIII - IX (Walter Hartright)
04 - X - XII (Walter Hartright, Anne Catherick)
05 - XIII (Walter Hartright)
06 - XIV - XV (Walter Hartright)
07 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY VINCENT GILMORE - I - II (Vincent Gilmore)
08 - III - IV (Vincent Gilmore)
09 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE - I (Marian Halcolmbe)
10 - II (Marian Halcolmbe)
Second Epoch:
11 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY MARIAN HALCOMBE - I (Marian Halcolmbe)
12 - II (Marian Halcolmbe)
13 - III (Marian Halcolmbe)
14 - IV (Marian Halcolmbe)
15 - V (Marian Halcolmbe)
16 - VI (Marian Halcolmbe)
17 - VII (Marian Halcolmbe)
18 - VIII (Marian Halcolmbe)
19 - IX (Marian Halcolmbe)
20 - X (Marian Halcolmbe, Count Fosco)
21 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY FREDERICK FAIRLIE, ESQ., OF LIMMERIDGE. 246

HOUSE (Frederick Fairlie)
22 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY ELIZA MICHELSON - I (Eliza Michelson)
23 - II (Eliza Michelson)
24 - THE STORY CONTINUED IN SEVERAL NARRATIVES (Hester Prinhorn, The Doctor, Jane Gould, The Tombstone, Walter Hartright)
Third Epoch:
25 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT - I - II (Walter Hartright)
26 - III - IV (Walter Hartright)
27 - V - VI (Walter Hartright)
28 - VII (Walter Hartright)
29 - VIII (Walter Hartright)
30 - XI (Walter Hartright)
31 - X (Walter Hartright)
32 - XI (Walter Hartright, Mrs. Catherick)
33 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT - I - II (Walter Hartright)
34 - III - IV (Walter Hartright)
35 - V - VI (Walter Hartright)
36 - VII (Walter Hartright)
37 - THE STORY CONTINUED BY ISIDOR, OTTAVIO, BALDASSARE FOSCO (Count Fosco)
38 - THE STORY CONCLUDED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT - I - III (Walter Hartright)
Last edited by tina on October 1st, 2006, 12:30 pm, edited 19 times in total.
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Post by Gesine » July 30th, 2006, 5:03 am

Great! Thanks for putting this up. May I have Jane Gould?
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Post by tina » July 30th, 2006, 5:12 am

All yours, Gesine. :)
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Post by tina » July 30th, 2006, 9:19 am

Anita suggests:
Since Walter's such a large commitment, what if it were shared by two fellows or three?
I'm not ready to give up on finding a singular Walter yet, but this is something to consider. I also toyed around with the 'Change Pitch' effect on Audacity to make myself sound more masculine. :lol: (Yes, it works, but it sounds just barely artificial--enough that listening to it for long stretches would be awful! That might be something to consider for small parts in future dramas though.)
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Post by LenLen » July 30th, 2006, 2:50 pm

I'm considering assuming the role of Walter Hartright, though I am confused as to how the part will be read.
Naturally, the main narrative and dialogue by the character would need reading, what about the parts within the narrative, such as his mother, Sara, Pesca, etc.? Read by Walter, with his own voice, or differring voices; or by different people? Any ideas?
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Post by earthcalling » July 30th, 2006, 3:32 pm

Tina,

OK, here's Fairlie. At which point I realise the file names and ID3 tags need to be thought through... But this to get the wheels rolling:-

http://librivox.gesine.org/earthcalling/womaninwhite_fairlie_collins.mp3

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Post by shortcircuit » July 30th, 2006, 6:33 pm

Ooh. I love the way it's written....

Could I have Eliza Michelson?
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Post by tina » July 30th, 2006, 11:12 pm

LenLen wrote:I'm considering assuming the role of Walter Hartright, though I am confused as to how the part will be read.
Naturally, the main narrative and dialogue by the character would need reading, what about the parts within the narrative, such as his mother, Sara, Pesca, etc.? Read by Walter, with his own voice, or differring voices; or by different people? Any ideas?
Lenny
I'm interpreting this as Walter telling the story, and repeating the dialogue within his story from his memory. So I think read by Walter in his own voice.

Shortcircuit, I'll put you down for Eliza.
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Post by earthcalling » July 31st, 2006, 10:52 pm

Tina,

I've realised I didn't top-and-tail my recording of Fairlie.

If I first add the disclaimer and chapter title, so at least it's LV-friendly, and upload again. Once you've cast Walter, I'll get him to send the introductory words he reads, and edit them in.

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Post by ezwa » August 1st, 2006, 2:02 am

May I have the doctor's and tombstone's narratives.
There are very short indeed.

In the doctor's, do you read "prof. title MRCS Eng." : profession title MRCS England??
And in the tombstone's, what do "Bart." and "Esq." stand for?

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Post by tina » August 1st, 2006, 10:33 am

ezwa wrote:May I have the doctor's and tombstone's narratives.
There are very short indeed.

In the doctor's, do you read "prof. title MRCS Eng." : profession title MRCS England??
And in the tombstone's, what do "Bart." and "Esq." stand for?

Ezwa
Ezwa, I would love to have you read the tombstone, but I would prefer to have a male voice read the Doctor.

Bart. is the abbreviation for Baronet and Esq. for Esquire. For ease of both reading and listening, it would be best to read the full word.

Thank you! :)
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Post by ezwa » August 1st, 2006, 11:25 am

OK, the tombstone only it is.
tina wrote:For ease of both reading and listening, it would be best to read the full word.
Same thought. :wink:

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Post by earthcalling » August 1st, 2006, 11:31 am

ezwa wrote:In the doctor's, do you read "prof. title MRCS Eng." : profession title MRCS England??
I think that would be professional title etc.

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Post by earthcalling » August 1st, 2006, 11:32 am

Tina,

Do you want to mark Frederick Farilie as 'done'?

:)

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Post by tina » August 1st, 2006, 11:46 am

I do--and did!

What a creepy reading! I love it!
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