COMPLETE SOLO: Letters to a Friend by John Muir - kiki

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Post by ptfleischman » March 30th, 2020, 7:19 pm

Letters to a Friend by John Muir (1838 - 1914).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/letters-to-a-friend-written-to-mrs-ezra-s-carr-1866-1879-by-john-muir/
When John Muir was a student in the University of Wisconsin he was a frequent caller at the house of Dr. Ezra S. Carr. The kindness shown him there, and especially the sympathy which Mrs. Carr, as a botanist and a lover of nature, felt in the young man's interests and aims, led to the formation of a lasting friendship. He regarded Mrs. Carr, indeed, as his "spiritual mother," and his letters to her in later years are the outpourings of a sensitive spirit to one who he felt thoroughly understood and sympathized with him. These letters are therefore peculiarly revealing of their writer's personality. Most of them were written from the Yosemite Valley, and they give a good notion of the life Muir led there, sheep-herding, guiding, and tending a sawmill at intervals to earn his daily bread, but devoting his real self to an ardent scientific study of glacial geology and a joyous and reverent communion with Nature. (Book's editor)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56130
  • Type of proof-listening required (Note: please read the PL FAQ): standard



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    Magic Window:



    BC Admin ============================================

    Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/Nature; *Non-fiction/Biography & Autobiography; *Non-fiction/Science/Earth Sciences; *Non-fiction/Religion/Christianity - Commentary; *Non-fiction/Travel & Geography/Exploration

    Keywords that describe the book: nature, exploration, Christianity, letters, botany, John Muir

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Post by ptfleischman » March 30th, 2020, 7:22 pm

Sue Anderson has offered to be DPL for this project--one of very few works by Muir not in the catalog.

~Paul

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Post by Kikisaulite » March 31st, 2020, 1:29 am

Hi, Paul!
I will be your MC for this project and set everything up in a minute.

Kristine
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Post by Kikisaulite » March 31st, 2020, 1:47 am

So, everything is set up.
Paul, as a soloist you should manage the Magic Window in the first post yourself, adding links to chapters, chapter titles etc. Have you done this before? If not, let me know and I will send you PM with instructions how to start.


K. :)
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Post by Sue Anderson » March 31st, 2020, 4:30 am

Hi Paul and Kristine, This book of Muir's letters will be a great addition to the LibriVox catalog! :D I'm looking forward to DPLing!

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Post by ptfleischman » March 31st, 2020, 5:49 am

Thank you for MCing, Kristine! :D This is my first solo, so will gladly accept your help on the Magic Window, etc. With you and with Sue as DPL, I feel I'm part of a great team. Onward!

~Paul

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Post by Kikisaulite » March 31st, 2020, 5:54 am

Paul, sending you instructions via PM in a minute!
Keep your mind here and now, where it belongs.

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Post by Kikisaulite » April 1st, 2020, 12:19 pm

Moving to Solos! :)
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Post by Sue Anderson » April 2nd, 2020, 4:04 pm

Hi Paul, Section #1 is PL OK! :thumbs: Great start!

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 5th, 2020, 10:40 am

Section 2 is PL OK! :thumbs: Flawlessly read!

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Post by ptfleischman » April 5th, 2020, 2:27 pm

Section 3, 15:17

https://librivox.org/uploads/kikisaulite/letterstoafriend_03_muir_128kb.mp3

Successfully removed the sound of rain!

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 5th, 2020, 4:16 pm

Paul, Would Muir approve of you removing the rain? He might have thought the peaceful sound of rain enhanced his lyrical description of California...

You read this section very well! :) The reading is word perfect. I am going to suggest one small edit, however. It is a distracting "click" that occurs between 3:04.800 and 3:04.830 between the words "rills" and "joined." ("hundreds of crystal rills joined songs with the larks...") On Audacity, you can see the straight line that makes up this click. Might as well cut it out and make a perfect reading even more perfect.

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