COMPLETE: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka -jo

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cadastra
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Post by cadastra » April 11th, 2020, 10:08 pm

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924). Translated by Ian Johnston (1938 - alive)

This project is now complete. All audio files can be found on our catalog page here:

https://librivox.org/the-metamorphosis-version-5-by-franz-kafka/

Gregor Samsa is a young salesman who lives at home with his parents and sister. His life is completely normal... until he wakes up to find that he has been transformed into a hideous insect. (Summary by cadastra)
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      Genres for the project: Fantastic Fiction; Literary Fiction; General Fiction/Published 1900 onward

      Keywords that describe the book: classic, Kafka, Metamorphosis, Insect, Transformation

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Last edited by cadastra on May 18th, 2020, 5:38 pm, edited 9 times in total.

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Post by cadastra » April 11th, 2020, 10:11 pm

I am adopting The Metamorphosis, abandoned July 2019, as a group project. The original project thread can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=69854. I am not sure which version of the text the original reader was using, as the link to the text no longer works and the project thread has been moved off the general forum. Thus, the text I linked to above is the text that has been used for previous recordings of The Metamorphosis.

I will DPL.

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Post by KevinS » April 12th, 2020, 9:29 am

I doubt if the source to which you now point will be acceptable. It is a recent translation with a condition that makes a LibriVox recording unlikely.

What was the source which is not now available?

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Post by TriciaG » April 12th, 2020, 10:03 am

The kafka.org source is OK. It's what is used in the 4 other versions on LV.

The original soloist used the Johnston translation also.
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Post by cadastra » April 12th, 2020, 10:32 am

KevinS wrote:
April 12th, 2020, 9:29 am
I doubt if the source to which you now point will be acceptable. It is a recent translation with a condition that makes a LibriVox recording unlikely.

What was the source which is not now available?
As Tricia says, the kafka.org source has been used for previous projects. In the past, LibriVox gained express permission from the translator (Ian Johnston) to record the translation. The kafka.org source states that the translation has been released into the public domain.

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Post by cadastra » April 12th, 2020, 10:33 am

TriciaG wrote:
April 12th, 2020, 10:03 am
The kafka.org source is OK. It's what is used in the 4 other versions on LV.

The original soloist used the Johnston translation also.
Thank you, Tricia!

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Post by KevinS » April 12th, 2020, 11:09 am

cadastra wrote:
April 12th, 2020, 10:32 am
KevinS wrote:
April 12th, 2020, 9:29 am
I doubt if the source to which you now point will be acceptable. It is a recent translation with a condition that makes a LibriVox recording unlikely.

What was the source which is not now available?
As Tricia says, the kafka.org source has been used for previous projects. In the past, LibriVox gained express permission from the translator (Ian Johnston) to record the translation. The kafka.org source states that the translation has been released into the public domain.
That's nice to see, though I don't understand the argument.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 12th, 2020, 12:04 pm

Hi cadastra. I've updated database for this project and added the original MW to the top post here. I was the original MC so I will continue as MC for you.

I know you have been DPL for other projects so you already have access to the workflow system. Here are some links to detailed instructions for entering and editing information in the section compiler if you need them.

Instructions for BCs and DPLs

A version of the above is also in the LibriVox wiki in case you can't access Google Docs for some reason.

BCs - How to Update the Magic Window


The file from the original soloist will need to be PL'd. If you have any questions, let me know.
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Post by KevinS » April 12th, 2020, 6:09 pm

Chapter 1 is quite well done, but has a few longer periods of silence than might be desired. There is a repetition at 32:52 that needs fixing and the period of silence at the close could be shortened by 2 seconds.

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Post by cadastra » April 12th, 2020, 9:03 pm

Thanks so much, Kevin! I really appreciate you taking the time to listen! I did take note of those silences when I listened earlier, so I will edit them out. Thanks again.

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Post by KevinS » April 13th, 2020, 1:11 am

cadastra wrote:
April 12th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Thanks so much, Kevin! I really appreciate you taking the time to listen! I did take note of those silences when I listened earlier, so I will edit them out. Thanks again.
My pleasure!

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Post by pnagami » April 13th, 2020, 7:43 am

May I please read Section 2?

My best,

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Post by cadastra » April 13th, 2020, 8:11 am

pnagami wrote:
April 13th, 2020, 7:43 am
May I please read Section 2?

My best,

Pam
Yes, you certainly may.

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Post by ggatchel » April 13th, 2020, 9:41 am

I'd love to do Section 3- I love this book!

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Post by cadastra » April 13th, 2020, 10:19 am

ggatchel wrote:
April 13th, 2020, 9:41 am
I'd love to do Section 3- I love this book!
Welcome to LibriVox! Before you begin recording for a project, we ask that you complete a 1-Minute Test using the correct technical specifications, upload the recording to the tests folder, and post the link in Listeners and Editors Wanted, where an experienced LibriVox narrator will check the file. This is not an audition - we just don't want you to spend exorbitant amounts of time recording at the wrong volume, etc. Detailed instructions regarding the 1-Minute Test can be found in the LibriVox wiki here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=1-Minute_Test Once your 1-Minute Test has been approved, you are welcome to record Section 3. I will reserve it for you in the Magic Window. What name or pseudonym would you like to appear in the LibriVox catalog? We can also link to a personal website or blog.

Thanks so much. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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