COMPLETE: Five Children and It, by Edith Nesbit

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Post by Banshee » October 9th, 2005, 1:01 pm


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Post by kayray » October 9th, 2005, 1:54 pm

Wow, Maureen, I listened to the first couple of minutes just now and it sounds GREAT!!! Want to do another chapter? There's no reason you have to stop at one :)

Hugh, I'll collect all the files as they come in, check for proper formatting etc, and let you know when I've got them all.

WOOHOO!!!

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Post by hugh » October 10th, 2005, 8:30 am

alisha will take chapter 10. Scalps.

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Post by Guest » October 12th, 2005, 8:27 am

trying last night - very dialogue heavy with many diff characters. how are people approaching that? different voices?

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Post by kayray » October 12th, 2005, 8:32 am

I don't really like listening to an audiobook where the reader has tried to do many different voices, so I gave the Psammead a gravelly voice and left everyone else alone.

Up to you :)

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Post by Banshee » October 12th, 2005, 11:34 am

I have to admit that I'm into doing funny voices, even if my accent is uncertain and thus they make me sound pretty stupid. I suspect this to be the evil influence of either my parents before I can remember, or Tolkien. (It was always obvious to me that <i>The Hobbit</i> was meant to be read with funny voices, and indeed, when I finally got to hear it, his reading of the "Riddles in the Dark" chapter turned out to be a masterpiece of bizarrerie.)

But on the other hand, you really don't need to use <i>any</i> different voices, even if there's plenty of unmarked dialogue, as long as the writer differentiates the speakers enough. I find that Nesbit makes the natural rhythms of each child's comments pretty different. If you're really worried about differentiating, you can always shift around at the microphone a little for each speaker; but again, this is probably unnecessary.

My best advice for reading children's books out loud is this: imagine a child sitting on your lap (or go get a real one), and start reading. Your own natural reading-to-kids style will soon emerge, and you'll do fine.

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Post by kayray » October 12th, 2005, 11:59 am

Great advice :)

Also, there's a certain rhythm to dialogue... little pauses and changes in inflection sort of let you know who is speaking, even if there's no "cyril said, anthea said".

If you're not sure what you're doing sounds right, record a bit, then listen back without looking at the text. Does it sound good? Can you tell who is supposed to be speaking? And remember YOU are probably going to be overly critical of your own reading. :)

Don't worry about it too much! If you haven't done a lot of reading aloud, you'll get wayyyy more comfortable over time, so sign up for lots of books here!

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Post by kayray » October 13th, 2005, 1:37 pm

Thanks Gord -- downloading now :)

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Post by kayray » October 15th, 2005, 9:28 am

Thanks Hugh -- sounds great :)

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Post by SarahHadley » October 28th, 2005, 12:04 pm

Thanks for the heads-up over in the other thread, kayray - is "Grown Up" still available?

And how did y'all choose to say "Psammead"? I have _always_ said "Sammy-add," but I'm not sure that's right. (I might be wrong, but doesn't Nesbit actually give a pronunciation of some kind?)

~S

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Post by kayray » October 28th, 2005, 12:20 pm

Sarah -- "Grown Up" is yours!

Yes, the children in the story pronounce it "sammy-ad" so you're right on.

Make sure to read the Recording Notes before you begin:

http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=106

And let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for volunteering! Now this wonderful book is fully subscribed -- YAY!!!
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Post by SarahHadley » October 28th, 2005, 6:17 pm

And apparently I got rather bored, because here's Chapter 9: Grown Up already. :) I can tamper with the volume if I need to.

http://mattdale.whoniversity.co.uk/sarah/fivechildren_09_nesbit.mp3

I'm afraid I _am_ one of those people who always does different voices, so...sorry, everyone...as a result, you get a rather Michael Caine-esque Psammead!

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Post by kayray » October 28th, 2005, 7:32 pm

Beautifully read, Sarah! No need to tinker with volume, it sounds great just the way it is. Thanks for the speedy recording! Now, go sign up for another book :)

Hey we've got seven chapters done -- only need another four more!

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