[Christian Bio] An Authentic Narrative of Some Remarkable and Interesting Particulars in the Life of John Newton - tg

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Post by InTheDesert » May 20th, 2021, 9:16 am

An Authentic Narrative of Some Remarkable And Interesting Particulars in the Life of John Newton, by John Newton (1725 - 1807)
John Newton, best known for his hymn "Amazing Grace", for his former life as a slave trader and as eventual opponent of the slave trade in Britain. These 14 short letters cover his early life to about 1755 and are filled with his Christian reflections on the events of his life. Letter 5 contains Newton's description of his life under Amos Clowe, an enslaver, who gave him to his wife as a servant. It is worth noting that this collection was published in 1764 and Newton did not publish his scathing pamphlet Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade until 1788 and thus his letters focus on his life as a "an infidel and libertine"(Newton's own description) than on the institution he later condemned. (Summary by InTheDesert)
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Post by InTheDesert » May 20th, 2021, 9:19 am

I intend to BC this but ideally not to DPL it.

To be honest, I find myself finishing most of the sections of the projects I BC and I can't for the life of me figure out what kind of projects will get ready volunteers. The current state of Creeds of Christendom tells me that what people seem to want is...short, so we'll give this a try.
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Post by philchenevert » May 20th, 2021, 6:34 pm

Hi In the Desert. I read your summary of this project and just want to pass on some personal observations that may help attract more readers. After reading the summary as posted, I still have no clearer idea at all of what this is about and so little desire to jump in. It just sort of rambles about how it was written, nothing about what it is about. I presume you took this from the intro. Who was this amazing John? What happened to him, why were things interesting? Why would i find him fascinating enough to want to read about him? you know, stuff like that. Did John have visions? start a colony? Become a leper? Father a famous pirate? Write a dictionary of Catalan?

It is sad to say that even LibriVoxers are kinda shallow like this and need to have their curiosity piqued a bit by the summary. I know I am! Just a thought.
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Post by TriciaG » May 21st, 2021, 6:12 am

I'll MC this.

Phil's comments are good ones. :)
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Post by silverquill » May 21st, 2021, 9:10 am

I have room for another DPL project so I'd be glad to join the team.

And, if you can PL a couple, I would like to read 1 and 2.

Sometimes interest in any particular project can be unpredictable. I've had ones that I though would go quickly languish; others that I thought more obscure have gone quickly. Phil's comments, as Tricia says, are good. A good, short summary, will help draw people in. Also, remember that this is what appears on the catalog page for the book, so it should also appeal to the potential listener.

Topic of the book is a factor as well. We have a lot of people interested in religious topics, but probably fewer interested in deep theology or ancient creeds. Still, hard to predict. And, it's okay if some of those projects take longer; it is just the nature of the undertaking. Sometimes, what other projects are ongoing can affect things, Maybe moon phases. :P

Section length, as you observe, can also be a factor. My general observation is that shorter sections will indeed get taken before longer ones. I like to keep them around 3,000 words, depending on the project. So, longer chapters or sections get divided. Even in solo projects, I see a lot of people who will divide chapters and keep them around 30 minutes or so, This also makes it easier for the potential public listener.

Because of this, it also helps to have word counts in the Magic Window, even if it is an estimate. This book seems to have about 350 words per page, so it is fairly easy to come up with a figure.

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Post by InTheDesert » May 21st, 2021, 9:25 am

philchenevert wrote:
May 20th, 2021, 6:34 pm
Hi In the Desert. I read your summary of this project and just want to pass on some personal observations that may help attract more readers. After reading the summary as posted, I still have no clearer idea at all of what this is about and so little desire to jump in. It just sort of rambles about how it was written, nothing about what it is about. I presume you took this from the intro. Who was this amazing John? What happened to him, why were things interesting? Why would i find him fascinating enough to want to read about him? you know, stuff like that. Did John have visions? start a colony? Become a leper? Father a famous pirate? Write a dictionary of Catalan?

It is sad to say that even LibriVoxers are kinda shallow like this and need to have their curiosity piqued a bit by the summary. I know I am! Just a thought.
I totally take your point - I just feel so uncomfortable writing an advertisement for books. It doesn't feel... objective. But I'll see what I can dig up that will be more exciting than the preface. The title could certainly do with some 'show not tell'!

Thanks for the comments all (including Larry). Alas, the kinds of books I want to exist more in the free audiobook world tend to be the ones I want to listen to myself which happen to be what some would call 'deep theology', listened at 2.5x speed. Horses for courses! I wonder if my energies would be best spent focussing on pushing out solos as I notice some very committed members doing for specific topics.
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Post by TriciaG » May 21st, 2021, 10:48 am

Larry added in as DPL. Moving to Readers Wanted!
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Post by silverquill » May 22nd, 2021, 1:09 am

A couple of more thoughts:

A summary doesn't have to be totally objective! Factual, but with something to pique interest.

In my BC projects, I dabble in a lot of genres, but most of us find a way to pursue those books that are of personal interest to us. And, solos are not a bad way to go, especially if the work seems as if it is one that might not have such a wide or popular appeal. I think this one should do well.

And, thanks for the word counts. Helps the poor DPL to. :wink:
And, I promise not to listen at 2.5 speed. :lol:
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Post by silverquill » May 24th, 2021, 7:51 am

I see Sections 1 and 6 Ready for PL.

The are both okay in reading, but they are exported at 64 kbps instead of 128.
So, they will both need to be re-exported and uploaded again.

This will be a fascinating book, so I hope it does draw some interest.
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Post by InTheDesert » May 24th, 2021, 12:21 pm

silverquill wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 7:51 am
I see Sections 1 and 6 Ready for PL.

The are both okay in reading, but they are exported at 64 kbps instead of 128.
So, they will both need to be re-exported and uploaded again.

This will be a fascinating book, so I hope it does draw some interest.
I love this phrase of his, "The exuberant goodness of God!"
Reuploaded! I've also written a new blurb in the hope that it will draw more interest :)
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Post by Kazbek » May 24th, 2021, 1:40 pm

I'd like to read section 12.

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Post by InTheDesert » May 24th, 2021, 6:35 pm

Kazbek wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 1:40 pm
I'd like to read section 12.

Michael
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Post by silverquill » May 24th, 2021, 8:48 pm

InTheDesert wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 12:21 pm
silverquill wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 7:51 am
I see Sections 1 and 6 Ready for PL.

The are both okay in reading, but they are exported at 64 kbps instead of 128.
So, they will both need to be re-exported and uploaded again.

This will be a fascinating book, so I hope it does draw some interest.
I love this phrase of his, "The exuberant goodness of God!"
Reuploaded! I've also written a new blurb in the hope that it will draw more interest :)
Now PL OK

Excellent introduction!
Well, you might want to revise the opening sentence. It needs a verb in there somewhere.
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Post by JaybirdSummers » May 24th, 2021, 11:32 pm

Hi ! I'm very new to this and still trying to find my way around... I would like to read section 8. To do so, would I just find a copy of the book on LibriVox to read it from? Sorry if that seems like a dumb question.

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Post by InTheDesert » May 24th, 2021, 11:42 pm

JaybirdSummers wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 11:32 pm
Hi ! I'm very new to this and still trying to find my way around... I would like to read section 8. To do so, would I just find a copy of the book on LibriVox to read it from? Sorry if that seems like a dumb question.
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