This project is now complete! Until the new catalog is launched, all audio files can be found on the Archive page: http://archive.org/details/returnofthenative_dramaticreading_1308_librivox
After the new catalog is launched, they will be found on the catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-return-of-the-native-dramatic-reading-by-thomas-hardy/
Clym Yeobright returns home to Egdon Heath, a scattered collection of houses on the isolated Wessex moors, and is caught up in a "love pentagon" which includes: his cousin, Thomasin Yeobright; the shadowy inn-keeper, Damon Wildeve; the controversial and romantic Eustacia Vye; and the mysterious reddleman, Diggory Venn, whose skin is stained completely red from his work. This work has all the well-known marks of Thomas Hardy: the Wessex landscape, a choice of lovers, a wedding gone wrong, a particularly shy 30-something man, and a woman with an independent spirit. But, The Return of the Native is unique in its pagan undertones - the first five books take place over a year and a day, starting on Bonfire Night, and hints of magic and witchcraft. (Summary by Libby Gohn)
- Is there a deadline?
We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen.
Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
To find a role to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are "up for grabs." Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which role you'd like to read. Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/122
- Please claim roles (the numbers in the first column below)! Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
Here is a pronunciation guide for some of the proper names - let me know if you'd like me to add any:
Diggory Venn, the reddleman
Thomasin Yeobright, also called Tamzin or Tamzie
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BC Admin Genres for the project:
fiction, historical-fiction, literature, romance
Keywords that describe the book/play:
Wessex; Romantic Era; Country
- BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Submit one file per act.
- Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
[Role], read by [your name].
If you are the narrator, please include for each file this information is also in the google docs:
At the beginning: Book [#], chapter [#] of The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy . This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
At the end: End of Book [#], chapter [#]. At the end of the play, add End of The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording:
Save files as 128 kbps MP3 returnnative_[role]_[#_#].mp3 (all lower-case), where the first # is the book number and the second # is the chapter number. If your character has a first and last name, please only list the first name. For example: returnnative_eustacia_2_4.mp3.
ID3 V2 tags: Not needed for individual parts.
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file.
Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader:
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
- You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: al - wildemoose
- When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: