[GRP/MYSTERIES] The Master of Mysteries by Gelett Burgess - tg

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Post by TriciaG » December 4th, 2019, 5:29 pm

The Master of Mysteries by Gelett Burgess (1886 - 1951).

Subtitled, "Being an account of the problems solved by Astro, seer of secrets, and his love affair with Valeska Wynne, his assistant." Classic detective stories, with an atypical solver of them. Note, the book itself is published with no author name, which explains the introduction. Don't understand what I mean? Listen and find out! ( TriciaG)
Volunteers outside the USA: Gelett Burgess died in 1951. His work is still protected by copyright in places, like Europe, where copyright is author's death plus 70 years.
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Post by ToddHW » December 11th, 2019, 7:10 am

May I read 1 and 16?

For 16, I see there is also math involved in addition to the Italian you warn about!

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Post by TriciaG » December 11th, 2019, 7:15 am

Thanks!

I just paged through it again and didn't see math. :hmm: I do recall seeing one math equation in one story, but it was short. If I missed seeing it in this section, and you need help, holler. ;)
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Post by ToddHW » December 11th, 2019, 8:41 am

Not to worry. I made my living as an architect. The math will be much easier than the Italian!

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Post by ToddHW » December 30th, 2019, 11:36 am

Here is the Introduction. Length 5:10

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/masterofmysteries_01_burgess_128kb.mp3

I have not figured out the ciphers yet.

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Post by TriciaG » December 30th, 2019, 11:57 am

Thanks! PL OK.

I don't think I'll ever try. It's not in my line. :lol:

I would have no idea how to begin! However, I suspect that his pet white lizard has something to do with it. :hmm:
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Post by ToddHW » December 30th, 2019, 12:16 pm

I tried the first letter of every page, first letter of each chapter title, page numbers of each chapter. No success...

As I still have another section to read, maybe I will finally think of it.

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Post by mboff » January 3rd, 2020, 9:36 pm

Hello! I'm new, this would be my first recording. Id like to do section 2, missing John Hudson. I could do more sections as well if you'd like!
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Post by TriciaG » January 4th, 2020, 6:48 am

Welcome! I'll put you in for section 2. But before you start recording it, please do the 1-minute test to make sure your computer settings and levels are all correct. This story will probably be about 40 minutes of finished recording. You wouldn't want to put in that much work, only to find there's some unfixable problem with the file and have to start all over again. :shock: Here's a link to the test instructions: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/1-Minute_Test

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Post by mboff » January 4th, 2020, 6:53 am

Thank you very much for signing me up! I will make sure to do the test. As for the catalog put me down as "Matthew Boff"
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Post by TriciaG » January 4th, 2020, 6:59 am

Done! Here's your catalog page: https://librivox.org/reader/13808 You can get to this page by using your linked name in any Magic Window you have a section assigned to you.

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Post by mboff » January 4th, 2020, 2:04 pm

Here is the URL for Section 2, missing John Hudson.
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/masterofmysteries_02_burgess_128kb.mp3
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Post by TriciaG » January 4th, 2020, 4:58 pm

Thanks! What's the run time, please?

I'll probably be able to proof-listen tomorrow afternoon. :)
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Post by mboff » January 4th, 2020, 5:01 pm

Awesome! If anything problematic pops up, I won't hesitate to edit it or re-record it. I had a lot of fun reading it. The runtime is 31:58!
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Post by TriciaG » January 4th, 2020, 7:27 pm

OK, here you go!

I could tell you had fun reading it. So good job with that!

Regarding the edits below: it's easiest to work from the back forward, so that any changes you make to the file won't affect the time stamps later in the file. Do the volume adjustment at the end, too, after any edits/re-records you make.

Volume needs to come up about 6 dB. You'll probably need to do compression to accomplish this.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ3lOTDsN6c

I recommend the following settings:
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NO checks in the check boxes

After compression, amplify by 6 dB.

Bit rate is variable; needs to be 128 kbps constant. This is set when you export to MP3.

12:53 - "cutaway coat and striped trousers" - you say "stripped" as in, he didn't have trousers or they were torn into strips. It's supposed to be "striped" as in, with stripes. :)

14:53 - Repeated sentence/s: "One such coincidence... connection between the two men" repeated around 15:00

17:59 - Skip in the recording, "Valeska still stared"

21:37 - "a dim light appeared. The shape was drawn" - This is supposed to be "shade"

24:20 - "You are quite safe with us." The "us" is cut off, leading directly into the next sentence.

30:44 - "I'll buy a couple of tickets for ..." I don't understand the last word; it's got a skip in it.

Only about 2 seconds of silence at the end. It needs a total of 5.


Overall comment: I found your recording a bit rushed. You don't really take any time between characters speaking, change of scene/thought, etc. Pause a bit now and then, to give the listener time to process what's going on. ;) This is a common new-reader issue, and often improves with practice. For this recording, you could paste in some extra time along the way, listening as you go to hear where pauses would fit. OR you could leave the pacing as it is and just chalk it up to a first recording. That works OK for me, too. :)

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