Complete [DRAMATIC READING] Black Beauty by Anna Sewell-m8b1

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Post by Tortilla » July 3rd, 2015, 6:50 pm

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/black-beauty-dramatic-reading-by-anna-sewell/

Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was "Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell." After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals.

Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children's classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, the novel also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty's life, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude. (Cori Samuel, Wikipedia, and Mary Kay)
    1. 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.
    2. How to claim a part, and "how it all works" here
      To find a section 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 section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
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    4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/271
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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
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      Submit one file per act.
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      If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of Anna Sewell , by Black Beauty . This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.

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      blackbeauty_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.

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      Here is the master copy of the script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1njKWF7wCGvxDEntxzeoK-itpA48RamGxBlHwrd1DI4M/
      (For now, crtl+F and type in the chapter number you wish to see. I will separate the chapters into separate documents as soon as I can.)


      Adele de Pignerolles has agreed to help me with some of the editing.
      Sweetpea has agreed to DPLing.
      Skythrock has agreed to take on the primary role as Black Beauty, Kristingj has agreed to take on Polly Barker and the roles that go along with her.

      The casting will be (for now) Gender Neutral, except where listed as male. As there are so many roles (especially roles that are two or three short lines, a lot of quadruple casting has been done, as listed below.


      Only two more "voice packages" to go!
      Reader 1 will be voicing: Mr. Barry / Captain Langley / Larry / Mr. Bushby / Gentleman / First Driver / Big Man / Mr. Clay / First Gentleman
      Reader 2 will be voicing: Justice / Nicholas Skinnier / Alfred Smirk / Carter / First Young Man / Man / Footman

      Both roles are all male characters, but the voices are for (preferably a middle to old-sounding, but not picky) neutral voice. :)
      The rest of the open sections are for editing only.


      Any questions?
      Please post below
Last edited by Tortilla on July 11th, 2016, 7:34 am, edited 7 times in total.
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
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Post by Tortilla » July 3rd, 2015, 7:03 pm

I think for so many voices, 20 people contributing to the final product isn't ridiculous. I grouped roles by voice-type (old F, old M, middle age f, middle age M, young F, young M).

While matching voice type isn't ideal, it is mentally what I picture the voice to be. :)

The format: [character name] : [chapters in which they speak in]

Please realize that if you want to read a part, you must read every single role in the package. Most aren't more than one or two sentences. One file for each character in each chapter they appear in!

And remember! Read with enthusiasm!! It helps to read the chapter your character appears in to know what sort of emotion goes into your lines. :)

Only two neutral roles left!! :)


Male, please:

middle or old M - Squire Gordon: 3, 5, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21 / Old Road Mender: 24 / The Butcher: 41 / The Farrier: 31, 47

middle or young M (think teenage) - James: 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 / Shy: 29 / Colonel Blantyre: 24, 25 / Second Young Man: 35 /

middle M - John Manly: 6, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 / Captain: 34 / Porter: 43, 47 / Robert: 26

middle M - Jeremiah Barker: 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45 / Thomas Green: 19 / Toll-gate Owner: 12 / Ned: 26 / Dick Towler: 16

old M - Farmer Grey: 1, 4 / Mr. York: 22, 23, 27 / Hostler: 15, 16, 29 / Jones: 33, 36 / Farmer Thoroughgood: 48, 49 / Second Gentleman: 38

middle M - Lord W: 22, 27 / First Cabby: 33, 35, 39 / Jakes: 46 / Second Driver: 29 / Third Young Man: 37

Gender neutral, please. :)

young M (think teenage) - Joe Green: 20, 49 / Turf Cutter: 24 / Second Cabby: 35, 39 / Boy: 41 / Max: 23

middle or old M - Mr. Barry: 30, 31 / Captain Langley: 11 / Larry: 35, 36 / Mr. Bushby: 13 / Gentleman: 29, 43, 45, 47 / First Driver: 28 / Big Man: 16 / Mr. Clay: 20 / First Gentleman: 38

middle or old M - Seedy Sam: 39 / Coachman: 17 / Farmer: 28 / Governor: 32 / Sawyer: 11 / Truman: 36 / Landlord: 25

middle M - Justice: 10 / Nicholas Skinnier: 47 / Alfred Smirk: 31 / Carter: 20, 38 / First Young Man: 35 / Man: 43 / Footman: 24

middle M - Mr. Briggs: 36 / Reuben Smith: 25 / Policeman: 30 / Salesman: 32 / Under-groom: 44

old M - Sir Oliver: 10 / Oldest Horse: 2 / Grant: 33, 39, 44, 45 / Dr. White: 18 / Gentleman Farmer: 30

Taken:

M - SOLO: Black Beauty: 1-49 - Skythrock has agreed to be our Black Beauty / Narrator

middle F - Ginger: 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 22, 24, 27, 40 / Susan: 26 / Miss Blomefield: 49 - Elizabby

young M or young F (boyish voice preferred)- Merrylegs: 4, 9, 10, 17 / Bill Bushby: 13 / Harry Barker: 32, 42, 45 / Willie: 48 - Adele de Pignerolles

old F - Duchess: 1, 3 / Old Lady: 46 / Miss Ellen: 49 / Lady: 24

old or middle F - Polly's Mistress: 43 / Servant: 21, 45 / Mrs. Bushby: 13 / Seller: 48 / Dog: 2

young F - Dorothy Barker: 32, 42, 45 / Oldest Colt: 2 / Admirer: 23 - Sweetpea

middle F - Mrs. Gordon: 5, 12, 21 / Peggy: 29 / Lady Anne: 24 / First Young Woman: 43 /

middle F - Polly Barker: 32, 33, 36, 37, 42, 45 / Lady W: 22, 23 / Grace: 47 - Kristingj
Last edited by Tortilla on May 17th, 2016, 9:43 am, edited 5 times in total.
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
Mary

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Post by AdeledePignerolles » July 3rd, 2015, 8:58 pm

Cool! Is there any certain part you'd like me to read? If not, I could do the Merrylegs set. Thanks! :)

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Post by Elizabby » July 4th, 2015, 4:04 am

Ginger please!

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Post by SweetPea » July 4th, 2015, 8:34 am

Hmmm :D
Could I read either the Mrs. Gordon package or the Dorothy Barker package? Or is there something else you would like me to read? :D

Thanks!
Rachel

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Post by EstherbenSimonides » July 4th, 2015, 8:36 am

I'm not quite sure what part you would like me to read. I have a rather younger sounding voice, so... But I can try to make it sound like an old lady or something else or whatever.
Thanks!
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Post by Tortilla » July 4th, 2015, 9:33 am

EstherbenSimonides wrote:I'm not quite sure what part you would like me to read. I have a rather younger sounding voice, so... But I can try to make it sound like an old lady or something else or whatever.
Thanks!
Could you read the Mrs. Gordon package?

Sweetpea, I have signed you up for the Dorothy Barker package, and everyone else up for their requested parts.

Thank you!
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
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Post by SweetPea » July 4th, 2015, 9:41 am

Okay! By the way, your google doc isn't letting me see it. Could you make it public? :)
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Post by EstherbenSimonides » July 4th, 2015, 10:59 am

Sure! I can't wait to record!
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Post by Tortilla » July 4th, 2015, 11:57 am

SweetPea wrote:Okay! By the way, your google doc isn't letting me see it. Could you make it public? :)
I am currently on mobile, I will do that this afternoon. :)
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
Mary

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Post by m8b1 » July 4th, 2015, 5:53 pm

Hi Tortilla,

I'll MC for you. The MW is all set ~ have fun!

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Post by Tortilla » July 5th, 2015, 12:35 am

Thank you!

MW is up and parts are dully noted. The primary document should be open to the public now - please ctrl+F and then chapter number to find your role for now!
Hello everyone,
I am currently somewhat MIA due to classes, but I will be back during breaks. I'll check up when I can, and I am slowly making my way through my DRs! Thank you for your patience.
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Post by EstherbenSimonides » July 5th, 2015, 6:13 am

I would like to read the Mrs. Gordon part. Can you put me in?
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Post by Tortilla » July 5th, 2015, 10:50 am

You're added. :) Thank you!
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Post by EstherbenSimonides » July 5th, 2015, 2:29 pm

I was reading the script, and I found a color-coding mistake on page 48, where the line, "Annie, dear Annie, do speak!" is colored for Lady Anne instead of the footman.
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