[FICTION] The Curious Quest or The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss by E. Phillips Oppenheim -jo

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Post by Adrian » January 21st, 2020, 4:51 pm

The Curious Quest or The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866 - 1946).


A sweet, simple tale of how friendship and honesty triumph over money. The protagonist’s pun of a name—Ernest Bliss—foreshadows the plot in which this bored young millionaire transforms his indolent self and finds love. The book was made famous by the 1936 film The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss with Cary Grant and Mary Brian.

E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946), was born in London and wrote more than one hundred novels as well as many short stories and film adaptations, some under the name of Anthony Partridge. His 1941 autobiography, The Pool of Memory, is well worth reading. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1202641h.html ; https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015063936820
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    Genres for the project: Humorous Fiction, Romantic Fiction

    Keywords that describe the book: Feel-good, Friendship, Romance, Redemption

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    Yippee! This will be my 25th LibriVox solo. :D

    Adrian
Last edited by Adrian on March 14th, 2020, 10:31 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 21st, 2020, 8:31 pm

Hi Adrian,
I will MC #25 for you. :) Back shortly with the MW.

Jo

ETA: I've added the HathiTrust link to the scan since we don't usually use PG Australia due to different copyright laws in Australia vs. the U.S. In this case it's probably fine since the book was published in 1919, but if you or your DPL could spot check a few chapters to confirm the text is the same, that would be good. Thanks!
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Post by Adrian » January 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm

Thanks Jo.

I compared some random pages and found that the two editions are identical.

PL anyone?

Adrian

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 24th, 2020, 9:20 pm

OK Good. If we don't get a DPL in a few days, we can advertise for one in Listeners Wanted.
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Post by mb » February 6th, 2020, 3:53 pm

I’d be happy to PL this, if you’d like.

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Post by Adrian » February 6th, 2020, 8:47 pm

That would be great. This is a fun book and I think you'll enjoy PLing.

I caught my grandson's cold (cough... hack...) so won't be recording until it's gone.

Regards,

Adrian

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Post by mb » February 7th, 2020, 8:20 pm

Looking forward to it!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Post by Adrian » March 9th, 2020, 8:52 am


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Post by mb » March 10th, 2020, 3:29 pm

Hi Adrian!

Excellent reading, but I wonder whether you might have uploaded your unedited file?

At the risk of seeming overeager, I went ahead and noted everything anyway, as a way of warming myself up. I have a feeling things will be much smoother from here on.

Firstly, Checker notes that you have an overall volume of 79.7 dB, below the recommended 86-92 dB range. I think it should be easy to boost your volume several dBs once you get rid of some of the coughs/loud noises.


Also thought I'd point out that right now, you're using the short form of the title, but perhaps you might like to include the full version in this first file? Totally up to you, of course.

Notes:

A number of false starts/coughs before 0:47
0:52 repeat: “This librivox recording…”
1:08 a couple of false starts of “Chapter one…” before “recorded by Adrian Praetzellis”, followed by another “Chapter one”.
2:35 repeat “which he—“
2:53 repeats “each time the butler...” twice
3:19 repeat “Sir James Aldroyd…”
3:37 repeat “which he rightly conceived…”
4:30 false start “he glanced it…”
4:49 false start “swinging round in his…”
5:07 repeats “and submitted himself…”
5:30 long pause
5:45 repeat “thought I had better…”
6:21 repeat “and Dicky knows things.”
6:44 false start “was not in any way an…”
7:34 long pause in the middle of sentence
8:25 false start “I have d--“
9:08 repeat “do you keep —“
9:23 repeat “none at all”
10:35 loud noise
10:47 repeat “you are suffering…”
11:04 long pause in the middle of phrase
11:10 repeat “you are suffering in the same way from…”
11:32 false starts “just so…”
11:56 long pause in the middle of phrase
12:25 false start “something in his…”
12:43 false start/repeat “absolutely faint sometimes…”
13:07 false start/repeat “you will have good health…”
13:55 long pause with what I think is a little whispered pre-reading!
14:39 repeat “Sir James—“
14:50 false start “you shall have it…”
15:23 repeat “if you can find anyone…”
16:22 false start/repeat “and he had conceived…”
16:33 long pause
17:06 false start “to be perfectly f—“
17:11 false start/repeat “Sir James answered…”
17:26 false start/repeat “because the world…”
17:48 repeat “I desire…”
17:52 repeat “to whose relief I like…”
18:28 false start “will you shut the door…”
18:51 long pause
18:57 stumble “perhaps…”
19:00 false starts “Dicky Senn tells me…”
19:10 repeat “I’ll make you a bet”
20:08 false start “you may possibly…”
20:28 repeat “at a suitable…”
20:40 repeat “his eyes had lost their…”
20:49 false start “I’m not such a —“
21:05 pause in the middle of phrase
21:12 repeat “it shall be one of the conditions…”
21:35 repeat “or even suspected…”
22:52 repeat “he turned towards his visitor with an…”
23:21 long pause in the middle of phrase
24:01 long pause
24:10 repeat “Bliss replied vigorously”

Thanks again, looking forward to the rest!

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Post by Adrian » March 10th, 2020, 4:19 pm

OMG. I posted the unedited file.
Terribly sorry...
:oops:
I'll fix it when I get home on Thursday.

Adrian

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Post by mb » March 10th, 2020, 4:32 pm

Absolutely, no worries!

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Post by Adrian » March 13th, 2020, 9:57 am

Again, very sorry to have wasted your time with that unedited file... so embarrassing. Anyway here's the edited version.

19:51

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/curiousquest_01_oppenheim_128kb.mp3

Adrian

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Post by mb » March 13th, 2020, 11:40 am

Oh, no embarrassment necessary!

Chapter 1 is now PL OK.

Great work, thanks!

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Post by Adrian » March 14th, 2020, 6:54 pm


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Post by mb » March 15th, 2020, 6:07 pm

Chapter 2 is PL OK.

Thanks!

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