[COMPLETE] Post Haste, by R. M. Ballantyne - icequeen

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 10th, 2014, 7:47 am

Post Haste by R. M. Ballantyne (1825 - 1894).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/post-haste-by-r-m-ballantyne/
In this book, Ballantyne weaves the story of Phillip Mayland and his friend, George Aspel with an interesting portrayal of the British Post Office as it existed in the 19th century. In the words of R. M. Ballantyne himself: "This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General’s Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches.
It is intended to illustrate—not by any means to exhaust—the subject of postal work, communication, and incident throughout the Kingdom.
I have to render my grateful acknowledgments to Sir Arthur Blackwood; his private secretary, Charles Eden, Esquire; and those other officers of the various Departments who have most kindly afforded me every facility for investigation, and assisted me to much of the information used in the construction of the tale.
If it does not greatly enlighten, I hope that it will at all events interest and amuse the reader."

R.M. Ballantyne. ( AlaynaMay)
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      BC Admin ===========================================
      This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
      • Project Code: GTNufShF
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (R. M. Ballantyne) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_M_Ballantyne
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 31
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: Yes
      • Original publication date (if known): 1880
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      Genres for the project: Historical Fiction

      Keywords that describe the book: victorian great britain, early postal service

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    6. 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
    7. DURING recording:
      No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
      Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
      START of recording (Intro)
      • "Chapter [number] of Post Haste. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
      • If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
      • Say:
        "Post Haste, by R. M. Ballantyne. [Chapter]"

      END of recording
      • At the end of the section, say:
        "End of [Chapter]"
      • If you wish, say:
        "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
      • At the end of the book, say (in addition):
        "End of Post Haste, by R. M. Ballantyne. "

      There should be 5 seconds silence at the end of the recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes.

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    8. AFTER recording
      Need noise-cleaning?
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      Save files as
      128 kbps MP3
      posthaste_##_ballantyne_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. posthaste_01_ballantyne_128kb.mp3)
    9. Example ID3 V2 tags
      (To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/What_is_ID3)
      Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
      Artist: R. M. Ballantyne
      Title: ## - [Section title]
      Album: Post Haste

      Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
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Post by AlaynaMay » January 10th, 2014, 8:13 am

This is a great book by Ballantyne, and I'm looking forward to getting some help in recording it. I will be reading several chapters myself. Thank you for reading!

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Post by BookAngel7 » January 10th, 2014, 10:25 am

Alayna,

Do you have a DPL signed up yet? If not, I would love to volunteer. I've been hoping to get some more Ballantyne! :D

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 10th, 2014, 11:56 am

That would be great! Thank you. I've been wanting more of Ballantyne's books to be recorded, so figured I'd better do one myself. I'm very excited!

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Post by icequeen » January 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm

Hi Alayna, I'll MC for you! Back in a few with your MW!
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Post by icequeen » January 10th, 2014, 12:07 pm

OK, your MW is up and ready for you! Let me know if you have any questions. :D
Ann

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 10th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Thank you so much!

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Post by icequeen » January 11th, 2014, 2:14 pm

Moving on to Readers Wanted! :D
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Post by AlaynaMay » January 30th, 2014, 7:30 pm

Well, I finally got around to editing one of the files I recorded a while back. Here's the link: https://librivox.org/uploads/icequeen/posthaste_0_ballantyne.mp3
Length is 1:04
I might need to add a few seconds of silence to the end... Let me know!

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Post by BookAngel7 » January 31st, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanks, Alayna!

Just a couple of notes for the preface--

There are two distracting bits of background noise--a crackling/popping sound at 0:01-0:03 and a squeaking sound at 0:12-0:13. If it's possible to edit these out, especially the first one, it would help a lot.

Also, at 0:11, before "Preface," it should have "Post Haste by R.M. Ballantyne."

And you're right; it does need the five seconds of silence at the end. :D

Can't wait to get started with the story!

bookAngel7

ETA--Since you're also the BC, don't forget to post the link in the MW and update the status column. I've taken care of this one. :wink:

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 31st, 2014, 10:03 am

Thank you, I'll take care of that. It was getting late when I edited last night, and I was ready to get in bed after a busy day. Sorry about the problems. :oops:

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Post by BookAngel7 » January 31st, 2014, 10:22 am

No problem. I completely understand. :wink:

Besides, if you were perfect, my life would be boring! :D

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 31st, 2014, 1:16 pm

Right now I'm just feeling really silly that I forgot I was BC... :lol: :oops:

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Post by AlaynaMay » January 31st, 2014, 2:55 pm

Okay, I've corrected the file, hopefully it's right. Here's the link: https://librivox.org/uploads/icequeen/posthaste_0_ballantyne.mp3
I also updated the MW. Updated length is 1:11

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Post by BookAngel7 » January 31st, 2014, 4:40 pm

AlaynaMay wrote:Right now I'm just feeling really silly that I forgot I was BC... :lol: :oops:
I usually do it the other way--after I've been BC, I forget everything I need to post as a reader. :lol:

The part that you added in was quite a bit louder than the rest, but that was a quick and easy fix, so I went ahead and corrected it. I hope you don't mind--let me know if you do, and I won't do it again. :wink:

Preface is PL OK!

bookAngel7

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