Continuity of accents

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Post by Amanda70 » May 7th, 2020, 12:19 pm

Hi there, I’m new to LibriVix and have a question, apologies if it sounds like a silly question! 😄 I am British, so if I were to read a chapter or two of a collaborative book, surely it would be a problem for listeners to hear a switch? If so, is there a way for me to search for projects that are looking for a British voice? Thanks in advance

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Post by mightyfelix » May 7th, 2020, 2:14 pm

It's not a silly question! You don't know what you don't know, right?

But actually, we're not at all concerned with which accents are "right" for certain books, or anything like that. Some readers may be worried about it for themselves, and that's fine. For instance, there are some US readers who would never presume to read Sherlock Holmes, or some European readers who'd never dream of recording Huckleberry Finn. But that's entirely their decision. You'll never be barred from reading something you want to read because you don't have the "right" accent. Which is lucky for me, because my favorite author is Scottish, and I've lived in Texas my whole life!

Are listeners bothered by hearing a variety of accents? Some are, probably, and I'd be lying if I said that no one has ever complained. But, to be blunt, that's really more their problem than ours. :wink: We read what we like. And I'm sure that many listeners, like myself, are delighted with the vast amount of diversity they get to hear. :D

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Post by Availle » May 7th, 2020, 3:45 pm

I would venture that people who are bothered by a change of accent/voice/person during the course of a book would not choose to listen to a group recording anyway.

Which is a pity, really, because they probably lose out on multiple levels.

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Post by loon » May 7th, 2020, 7:11 pm

One of the great things about collaborative works is the variety of voices and accents. I especially like it when readers include their names and hometowns - I get the feeling that people all over the world are reading to me. (And they are!)
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Post by ej400 » May 7th, 2020, 9:21 pm

I welcome all kinds of accents! (I can't really decline anyone for my projects). Honestly, I think it makes this place more alive with how many different sounding people there are. I think it just adds to the fun of everything here :D

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Post by lurcherlover » May 8th, 2020, 12:11 am

So, I might do my next book/short story or whatever - in a French accent!

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Post by Amanda70 » May 8th, 2020, 1:19 am

Thank you all so much for your lovely replies, sending love and best wishes to the US from here in England! 👋🙏That’s great, I’ll get going then! 🤗

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