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Post by Hankthedog » February 27th, 2006, 6:51 pm

Hi, I'm new to the community and haven't a clue as to what I'm doing. But I do have some audio equipment with which I'm clumsily experimenting and hope I might one day make a contribution.

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Post by raynr » February 27th, 2006, 7:05 pm

Hello Hankthedog,

welcome to LibriVox. Fresh voices are always welcome. If you want to begin to volunteer for recordings, take a look at http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1491 . It is always recommended to start with a short work to get used to the recording process. I recommend that you claim e.g. a chapter of Aesop's fables or contribute a version of the weekly poetry. You can find both in the "Readers Wanted: Short Work" section. If you want to start with recording a chapter of a book, I recommend "War and Peace" ( http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1354 ), because that are also very short chapters. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. You will always find help here.

Have fun with your recordings,

Rainer
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Post by Hankthedog » February 27th, 2006, 7:54 pm

Thanks Rainer. I'm afraid I already volunteered for a chapter of Vanity Fair, though it may be over my head. What do you recommend?

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Post by thistlechick » February 27th, 2006, 7:56 pm

Hankthedog wrote:Thanks Rainer. I'm afraid I already volunteered for a chapter of Vanity Fair, though it may be over my head. What do you recommend?
That's great that you have jumped right in... no problem with that... take your time and enjoy your reading... let us know if have any questions as you go along =)
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Post by Cori » February 28th, 2006, 2:49 pm

Heya Hank!

I'd missed that we were doing Vanity Fair ... I tried to read it the book eons ago, but didn't get too far in (doorstop of a thing!)

Have fun with your chapter - I'm looking forward to hearing it.
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Post by raynr » February 28th, 2006, 3:03 pm

Hankthedog wrote:Thanks Rainer. I'm afraid I already volunteered for a chapter of Vanity Fair, though it may be over my head. What do you recommend?
Start with any project you like. The welcome section is an area where everyone tries to drag you to his favourite projects :D, so don't feel guilty if you don't follow the advices. We only recommend not to start with a whole book, because that could be more than you could chew at the beginning, and we want noone to get frustrated. But a single chapter is always good.

Greetings,

Rainer
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Post by Hankthedog » February 28th, 2006, 7:13 pm

Thanks for the help, everybody. I appreciate any help you advice you can offer. I read Vanity Fair some time ago and loved it. A great comic novel. Quite entertaining once you get into it.

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Post by ChipDoc » February 28th, 2006, 7:33 pm

A remarkable amount of this stuff is "quite entertaining once you get into it", Hank. I just now finished reading Chapter 7 of Darwin's Origin of Species and it was remarkably fun, not to mention educational!

A lot of us were turned off in our childhood by being forced to read some of these works for school, but when we come back to them as adults, and particularly when we're put in the position of actually reading every word for an audio book, it's a lot easier to see why they're considered "classics".

Welcome to LibriVox, Hank! Good to see a fellow Floridian in here. It's always good to hear a fresh voice in the mix!
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Post by kri » February 28th, 2006, 7:44 pm

Chip is totally right. I had to read Heart of Darkness for one of my history classes, although I didn't really complete it. However, it's one of the solo projects I'm doing right now, and I'm really enjoying it much more this time.

Another example of that is The Wife of Bath I recently completed :)

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Post by Hankthedog » March 1st, 2006, 7:51 pm

Thanks for the welcome, ChipDoc and Kri. I'm looking forward to hearing some of your recordings. I can't say how much I admire anybody willing to take on reading Chaucer.

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Post by ChipDoc » March 1st, 2006, 11:25 pm

You'ld be surprised, Hank. The Chaucer's really not all that difficult to read aloud. The edition we're reading uses the original words, but with modern spellings and the thing has a fairly heavy meter which allows you to guess pretty easily what it SHOULD be sounding like.

Never be afraid to jump into something unfamiliar. You might discover that it's surprisingly enjoyable.
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