This is a dramatic reading of The Scarlet Pimpernel. This is the book, but I am going to take your reading of a character and put that in instead of the narrator reading it. I will also be adding in sound effects and perhaps some mood music.
I ask that if your character sneezes, laughs (lots of laughing in this book), coughs, whatever, then please do that.
If there is an abbreviation that you do not recognize, post in the forum and we will see if we can figure it out.
Some Abbreviations used:
M. = Monsieur
Mlle. = Mademoiselle
Bart. = Baronet
As the writer died in 1947, this book is still under copyright in Life+70 nations (Europe). The US, and Life+50 nations are safe to read and listen to it. Europe will be able to enjoy it in 2017.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy .
(From Wikipedia) Baroness Emma ("Emmuska") Orczy (September 23, 1865 – November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel. Some of her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.
- 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’d 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.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Is there a deadline?
No deadline. It will get finished when it does (the original deadline is 3 years past). 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. This is going to take a lot of editing on my part, so the sooner you can get it to me the sooner I can work on it.
- Where do I find the text?
Source text: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/60
Please read from the text link next to each chapter.
- Please claim a part!
You can either claim a narration chapter, or a character for a chapter. You will read just for the chapter you claim. You can claim an entire part if the part is small, but there are certain parts that I ask NOT be read by a single person.
I am still prepping the chapters. I should have finished this before posting, but I got a little anxious. In each chapter you will see the number of words that character has, in the chapter. The entire narration is given in the narrator spot.
note: I'd like to include some sound effects as well, so if your character laughs, give me a laugh, if your character coughs, sneezes, whatever, please include these.
Another note: Some colors are reused, but never in the same chapter. I did not colorize this chart, see the chapters list.
A third note: I am marking people as reading for a chapter when they sign up. This will mark a chapter as "Claimed." This is not accurate, as the chapter is not fully claimed. I thought about leaving all out until the narrator was claimed, so the claimed had some significance, but this means that those who have read parts, or are reading parts, do not have this project show on their project list until the narrator is claimed. So, when all parts are claimed, I will put "ALL CLAIMED" at the top of the notes section.
If the chapter is red then that part is still available.
Sargent Bibot (Chapter 1) - French Sargent. Arrogant, loves to tell stories. Gets us started on our journey.
Captain of Guard (Chapter 1) - French officer. Out of breath.
Mr Jellyband (Chapters 2-6, 9, 21) - Englishman and owner of The Fisherman's Rest, an inn.
Mr Hempseed (Chapter 2, 3) - English businessman
Jimmy Pitkin (Chapter 2) - Young Englishman, energetic.
Sir Andrew (Chapters 3, 4, 5, 9, 12, 13, 20-23, 31) - Englishman, part of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Young, energetic. In love with Suzanne and hero worships the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Lord Antony (Chapters 3-6, 9) - English lord, part League of the of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Mature, strong.
Vicomte de Tourney (Chapters 3, 4, 6, 11) - French royalty. Son of Comtesse de Tourney - young and enthusiastic
Sir Percy Blakeney (Chapters 1, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 25-28, 30-31) - English lord. Richest man in England. "the sleepiest, dullest, most British Britisher." Found in disguise sometimes (chapters 1, 25-27). aka The Scarlet Pimpernel (hope this doesn't spoil the book for anyone). Fopish, loves fine clothes.
Armand St. Just (Chapters 7, 13) - French republican. Brother of Marguarite Blakeney. Also working with The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Captain Briggs (Chapters 7) - Captain of the Day Dream, Sir Percy's Yacht
Chauvelin (Chapters 8-11, 14, 15, 24-30) - French spy, trying to find the Scarlet Pimpernel. Weasely, arrogant, and full of hatred for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Loathed by most, feared by the rest.
Lord Grenville (Chapters 10, 11) - English Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Hosts an important ball
Lord Fancourt (Chapter 14, 15) - English Cabinet Minister
Brogard (Chapters 22, 23, 24) - Rude owner of the disgusting Chat Gris Inn
Desgas (24, 26, 28, 29, 30) - One of Chauvelin's Lieutenants
Sally (Chapters 2, 3, 21) - Daughter of Mr Jellyband, cheif cook and waitress at the Fisherman's Rest. Subservient attitude
Jemima (Chapter 2) - Assistant to Sally. Lower class and hurried.
Martha (Chapter 2) - Assistant to Sally. Lower class.
Comtesse de Tourney (Chapters 3, 4, 5, 10, 11) - French Royalty, escaped from Paris with 2 children. Hates Marguarite. A bit uptight, scared and hurt.
Suzanne (Chapters 3-5, 19) - Young beautiful daughter of Comtesse de Tourney. Young, energetic, very good friends with Marguarite
Lady Marguarite Blakeney (St. Just) (Chapters 5-8, 10-13, 14, 15-17, 19-21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, 31) - Young beautiful actress of French origin. Wife of Sir Percy Blakeney. "The brightest woman in all of France". The biggest character in the book.
Lady Portarles (Chapter 10) - English lady, friend of Comtesse de Tourney. Polite but pushy.
Louise (Chapter 17) - Maid to Lady Marguarite Blakeney. Very tired and half asleep.
Corporal (Chapter 1) - Male, but open to either
Crowd (Chapters 1, 2, 10) - Sometimes a group, sometimes an un-named person.
Stable Boy (Chapter 4) - English boy who announces arrival of Percy and Marguarite
Beggar (Chapter 5) - English... what can I say?
Majordomo (Chapter 11) - English, very proper
Groom (Chapter 19)
Runner (Chapter 19)
Soldiers (Chapters 27, 28, 30) - really multiple voices, all French
Sargent (Chapter 30) - French
Stranger/Spy (Chapter 2, 4, 9)
- BEFORE recording:
Please check the Recording Notes:
Set your recording software to:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
- DURING recording:
Make sure you add this to the beginning and end of your recording:
Start of recording (Intro)
- "Chapter [number] of The Scarlet Pimpernel. - 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]"
"The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy . [Chapter]"
- At the end of the section, say:
“End of [Chapter]"
If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
You do not need to read the entire dialog, but do read the first few words and last few words of every dialog, to give me an ear for where to put the dialogs.
- At the end of the book, say (in addition):
"End of The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy ."
Each chapter should be in a seperate file
- At the beginning or each chapter say:
"Chapter ##; part of [Character name]"
- Leave 3 seconds between each part.
- At the end of each chapter say"
"end chapter ##" (these intro and outro's will not be used, this is just to make sure that all the file was received.)
- If you wish, at the end of the each chapter, say:
The part of [character] read by [your name], [city, blog, whatever]
This will be used at the beginning of each chapter to announce who will be reading which part.
- AFTER recording:
Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear some background noise, you may want to clean it up a bit. The new (free) version 1.3.3. of Audacity (Mac/Win) has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
Save files as
128 kbps MP3
Narration: pimpernel_##_orczy.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is your section number. (e.g. pimpernel_01_orczy.mp3)
Character: pimpernel_CHARACTER_##_orczy.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is your section number and CHARACTER is your character. (e.g. pimpernel_bibot_01_orczy.mp3)
ID3 V2 tags
Don't worry about ID3 tags, as I will have to edit each file, I'll do ID3 tags at that time.
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
Please use the Librivox Uploader:
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin).
Use "ce" as the MC for the project.
Please post the resulting link in the thread!
- your name/pseudonym as you want to appear in the LibriVox catalog, and your website URL if you like. These are only necessary if this is your first LibriVox recording.
- the file size of your .mp3 file/duration of the recording.
Please post below or PM me.