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Post by Sue Anderson » April 13th, 2021, 7:49 am

Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 082

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

https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-082-by-various/


This collection is dedicated to recordings of short nonfiction works in English which are in the Public Domain (generally meaning that they were published prior to 1926). Nonfiction includes essays and speeches; letters and diaries; biography and history; film, book and music reviews; descriptions of travel, politics and sports; instructional manuals, even a favorite recipe from a public domain cookbook! Your nonfiction recording can be on any topic. Some suggestions for source material can be found here.

Please select and record any short nonfiction piece in the public domain. For clarification of what it means for a work to be "in the public domain," see this section of the LibriVox Wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Copyright_and_Public_Domain. Try to stay with works that run less than 60 minutes [74 minutes is the absolute max]. You may read a maximum of 2 selections per volume. There is no need to "sign-up" before recording; as long as the work is clearly in the public domain. Multiple versions are welcome, so don't worry whether someone else has recorded your selection already; we're happy to hear your version too. :)

After 20 recordings are submitted, we will prooflisten, catalog and make them available to the public.

Basic Recording Guide: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording

1. RECORD:
  • Be sure to set your recording software to: 44100Hz, 16 or 32-bit.
  • At the BEGINNING say: "[Title of Work], by [Author Name]" "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"
  • At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"
  • If you wish, you may also say: "Read by...your name."
  • Please leave no more than 1 second of silence at the beginning of your recording. Add about 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording.
2. EDIT and SAVE your file:
  • Need noise-cleaning? See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
  • Save or export your recording to an mp3 file at 128kbs. The uploader will add the mp.3 to the end of your file name when it uploads. Please use the format shown. Your file name should have this format before you upload it:

    snf082_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb
  • After it is uploaded, it should have this format:
    https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_titleofwork_authorlastname_yourinitials_128kb.mp3
  • FILE NAMES HAVE RULES! Use just a word or two to identify the title. Omit "a," "the," etc. Don't put spaces between words. Keep everything lower case. Even your initials should be lower case. The only underscores should be the separations between the SNF volume, title, author's last name, and your initials. There are only 4 underscores in a file name!
3. UPLOAD your recording:
  • Upload your finished recording using the LibriVox uploader: http://librivox.org/login/uploader. When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - copy and post it to the current nonfiction thread. If you don't post that you've uploaded your recording, the nonfiction book coordinator won't know that you did it!
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  • To upload, you'll need to select the MC, which for the Short Nonfiction Collection is: knotyouraveragejo
  • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page
4. POST the following information in this thread:
  • Title of the work.
  • Author of the work.
  • The link to your file you copied from the uploader.
  • A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL). NOTE: If posting from Gutenberg, please provide the link to the download page, e.g. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/# (where # is the Gutenberg project number for the book).
  • Length in minutes.
  • If this is your first Librivox recording, we will also need your name as you would like it to appear in the LibriVox catalog, and, if you have a web page and want it linked to your name in the catalog, the URL of the web page.
5. PROOF LISTENING AND DEADLINE FOR EDITS on recordings you have submitted:
  • The SNF Collection has SPECIAL STANDARDS for PLing, which reflect our concern for accuracy in reading nonfiction material.
  • We proof listen for the following:
    • Has the recording passed "Checker?" This LibriVox app looks for common problems associated with LibriVox recordings. https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker
    • Does the recording have errors that change the meaning of the text? This includes words accidentally added, omitted, mispronounced, or misread!
    • Does the recording have the LibriVox into? Are there any long silences or pauses, stumbles or repeats that need to be edited out? Are there 5 seconds of silence at the end of the recording?
  • We ask that you complete any editing requested by the Dedicated Proof Listener within two weeks of the request, or, if you need more time, that you post in this thread to request an extension. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen. Extensions are, however, at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. To be fair to the other readers, sections which cannot be edited in a timely manner will be deleted from the current volume of the Nonfiction Collection, but they can always be included in a future volume when the edits are complete.

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 13th, 2021, 7:49 am

Welcome to volume 082 of the Short Nonfiction Collection. This is a place to share a special interest by recording a short work of public domain nonfiction. If you haven't something already in mind that you'd like to record, there are many bookshelves at Gutenberg.org to explore http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/bookshelf/. The bookshelves for Countries, Education, Fine Arts, History, Music, Periodicals, and Technology are some places to start.

Hathi Trust and Archive.org are good resources:

https://archive.org/
https://www.hathitrust.org/

The Online Books Page has over 2 million PD listings! It was suggested by LibriVoxer Soupy.
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/lists.html

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great source for natural history. It was suggested by LibriVoxer MillionMoments. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

The Linda Hall Science, Engineering, and Technology Library has some unique items in its Digital Collection https://www.lindahall.org/collections/

Sourcing your recording from Wikisource is NOT recommended.

If you have any doubts about the public domain status of anything you want to read for the collection, please feel free to post the source along with your query in the thread, and I will be glad to help you! Thanks!

Please note: There is a limit of two selections per reader for this volume of Short Nonfiction.

Please check the "vitals" of your recording with Checker https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker before sending it up to the Nonfiction Collection! :) Checker is an easy to use "open source tool that looks for common problems with recordings for LibriVox... Checker saves time by checking contributions for common issues before files are uploaded." Thanks! :) :)

Sue (Book Coordinator, Short Nonfiction Collection)

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Post by WiseHive55 » April 17th, 2021, 3:28 pm

Hi Sue,

Since I was last to upload on 81, I thought I'd be first on 82.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_bicyclingthenewcraze_benchley_ad_128kb.mp3
Running time: 8:49.

"Bicycling, the New Craze" pp. 102-107.
Author: Robert Benchley
From Pluck and Luck (1925)
Source: https://www.google.com/books/edition/Pluck_and_Luck/ODtLAAAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&kptab=overview

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Post by WiseHive55 » April 17th, 2021, 3:35 pm

Hi Sue,

Here's another Benchley, from an earlier collection:

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_callformrkenworthy_benchley_ad_128kb.mp3
Running time: 14:07.

"Call for Mr. Kenworthy"
From: Of All Things
Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/37660/37660-h/37660-h.htm

Thank you!

Amy D.

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 17th, 2021, 5:59 pm

WiseHive55 wrote:
April 17th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Hi Sue,

Since I was last to upload on 81, I thought I'd be first on 82.

"Bicycling, the New Craze" pp. 102-107.
Author: Robert Benchley
From Pluck and Luck (1925)
WiseHive55 wrote:
April 17th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Hi Sue,

Here's another Benchley, from an earlier collection:

"Call for Mr. Kenworthy"
From: Of All Things
Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Thank you!

Amy D.

Hi Amy, Thanks for getting Vol. 082 off to a good start with two humorous essays by Robert Benchley! Both are PL Ok. :D Both of the readings have, of course, their touch of social commentary embedded in the humor. When Benchley writes, apropos of bicycling clips, "It is a mark of distinction to be seen with bicycle-clips on your trousers, for it indicates that you are "up with the times;" what came to my mind was the current fad for "ath-leisure clothes."

I thought you demonstrated a real flair for dramatic reading in the way you handled the hotel page boy's calls in "Call for Mr. Kenworthy!". You might want to check out the "Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works thread! viewforum.php?f=27

Thank you for these two well-read selections!

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Post by WiseHive55 » April 17th, 2021, 8:42 pm

Sue Anderson wrote:
April 17th, 2021, 5:59 pm
WiseHive55 wrote:
April 17th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Hi Sue,

Since I was last to upload on 81, I thought I'd be first on 82.

"Bicycling, the New Craze" pp. 102-107.
Author: Robert Benchley
From Pluck and Luck (1925)
WiseHive55 wrote:
April 17th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Hi Sue,

Here's another Benchley, from an earlier collection:

"Call for Mr. Kenworthy"
From: Of All Things
Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Thank you!

Amy D.

Hi Amy, Thanks for getting Vol. 082 off to a good start with two humorous essays by Robert Benchley! Both are PL Ok. :D Both of the readings have, of course, their touch of social commentary embedded in the humor. When Benchley writes, apropos of bicycling clips, "It is a mark of distinction to be seen with bicycle-clips on your trousers, for it indicates that you are "up with the times;" what came to my mind was the current fad for "ath-leisure clothes."

I thought you demonstrated a real flair for dramatic reading in the way you handled the hotel page boy's calls in "Call for Mr. Kenworthy!". You might want to check out the "Readers Wanted: Dramatic Works thread! viewforum.php?f=27

Thank you for these two well-read selections!
Thanks for the kind words, Sue! As a newbie, I appreciate the feedback. I found Benchley a joy to read -- droll and sharp-eyed and yet always self-effacing. And a keen social observer. He makes the hotel page come to life just through a simple repetition of names. (And yes, Mr. Kenworthy would be a ladies man, and Mr. Blevitch, a drinker!)

I was curious about how the Dramatic Works recordings were set up. Looks like they've got some fun projects going. Thanks for suggesting it!

Thanks!
Amy

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Post by lethargilistic » April 18th, 2021, 4:42 pm

Title: "We Are Going to be Inspected" (1905)
Author: Garrett P. Serviss (1851 – 1929)
Text: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/64241/64241-h/64241-h.htm#INSPECTED
MP3: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_goingtobeinspected_serviss_mlo.mp3
Length: (8:49)

A delightful essay about the astronomers certainly on the planet Venus.
Mike

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 18th, 2021, 6:30 pm

lethargilistic wrote:
April 18th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Title: "We Are Going to be Inspected" (1905)
Author: Garrett P. Serviss (1851 – 1929)
Text: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/64241/64241-h/64241-h.htm#INSPECTED
MP3: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_goingtobeinspected_serviss_mlo.mp3
Length: (8:49)

A delightful essay about the astronomers certainly on the planet Venus.
Hi Mike, Thanks for this! :D I guess you would call this little essay an attempt by a real-life astronomer (which Garrett Services was: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_P._Serviss) to explain how earth would look from space to a popular newspaper audience; so he employs a bit of "fantasy" [there are intelligent beings on Venus]. But what would astronomer Serviss think to find his newspaper article employed by Lena Jane Fry in her Other Worlds: A Story Concerning the Wealth Earned by American Citizens and Showing How it Can be Secured to Them Instead of to the Trusts (privately published,1905)? Certainly an odd marriage of fact and fiction...

You have just one misread which you need to cut out between 2:15-2:23. It's from paragraph #5 and begins "But on the other hand..." You read the sentence correctly after the misread. When you've uploaded the revision, you'll be PL OK.

Thanks for contributing to vol. 082!

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Post by lethargilistic » April 19th, 2021, 2:22 am

Reuploaded with that slip removed. New length is (4:08).

Yes, I thought it was so pleasant. I did quick text searches of his other books to see how he'd talked about aliens elsewhere. Nothing else about Venusians, but he did spare a thought or two for potential Martians, haha. Tongue-in-cheek, perhaps, but I like to think of how much fun it must have been to live in the absence of hard evidence against aliens within the solar system. Like believing in Bigfoot before smartphones. To be invested in the search, not the proof!
Mike

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Post by lethargilistic » April 19th, 2021, 2:26 am

Oh, lololol about the time difference. I must have opened the first entry in this collection and mistaken it for my own. Somehow, haha. The (4:08) time is the correct one.
Mike

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 19th, 2021, 4:15 am

lethargilistic wrote:
April 19th, 2021, 2:22 am
Reuploaded with that slip removed. New length is (4:08).

Yes, I thought it was so pleasant. I did quick text searches of his other books to see how he'd talked about aliens elsewhere. Nothing else about Venusians, but he did spare a thought or two for potential Martians, haha. Tongue-in-cheek, perhaps, but I like to think of how much fun it must have been to live in the absence of hard evidence against aliens within the solar system. Like believing in Bigfoot before smartphones. To be invested in the search, not the proof!
Mike, Thanks for the fix! :) Our local park district still runs a night time "hunt for big foot" around Halloween; little kids, with their parents, go on a flashlight hunt for "clues" on the trails in the forest preserve...

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Post by saoussen » April 19th, 2021, 10:23 am

Title: Dreams

Author: Henri Bergson

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf08_dreams_bergson_saoussen_128kb.mp3
link to the book: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20842/20842-h/20842-h.htm

01:08:07
Couldn't make it to 81 so here i'am on 82. hope i did well. :D

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 19th, 2021, 10:56 am

saoussen wrote:
April 19th, 2021, 10:23 am
Title: Dreams

Author: Henri Bergson

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf08_dreams_bergson_saoussen_128kb.mp3
link to the book: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20842/20842-h/20842-h.htm

01:08:07
Couldn't make it to 81 so here i'am on 82. hope i did well. :D
Hi Saoussen, Thanks for your contribution to volume 082! :D

Bergson's thoughts on dreaming are intriguing. This was a long read for you, and I can plainly see that you put a lot of work into the recording. I think anyone who listens to your recording, will get a general sense of what Bergson is talking about.

You are just starting out at LibriVox. I think most people who join LibriVox find it a great hobby; it's fun to share interests, to get our voices out there for people to hear, and, in the process improve our own knowledge and reading skills. A lot of us come to LibriVox as active readers, but most of our reading has been "silent," not spoken. We have read to ourselves, but not out loud. Then, when we start recording, we suddenly find that though we may intuitively know the meaning of words, we do not how to pronounce them. This said, I am going to try to offer you a few bits of advice on how to proceed from here on.

Your recording contains many mispronounced words, and also many places where you mistake one word for a similar one. ("differ" and "defer" for instance). On page 43 (49:24) the text says "I do not ask how sleep can be explained physiologically." But you read "explained psychologically." Common words such as "sonata" and "invalid" (a sick person) are mispronounced. Also, the names of two very important intellectuals, Freud and Schopenhauer, are mispronounced.

I'm going to suggest two things that might help you. Most importantly, it would be helpful if you allotted some of your time at LibriVox to proof listening instead of recording. When you are listening to recordings in English, keep a pencil and paper handy, and note words that you, yourself, have not been sure how to pronounce. That way you will build your spoken vocabulary. I, myself, have benefited from doing this. I had studied Brazilian Portuguese for several years in college, and could read it fairly well, but was not so good at speaking the language. I volunteered to PL some books in Portuguese and found this really helped my comprehension and pronunciation.

The second thing I will suggest is that in future, when you record again for the Short Nonfiction Collection, that you would please, stay with short pieces, say under 20 minutes. With a short recording, I can provide you with a list of the words you should check out for meaning and/or pronunciation. The task would be overwhelming for any proof listener with over an hour's recording time.

The only corrections to pronunciation I would like you to make on this recording are "Freud" and "Freudian". You are pronouncing "Freud" as "fraud," and some listeners might question your intent.

Please listen to Google Translate for the correct pronunciation of both words. Freud and Freudians are mentioned on page 7, beginning at 2:56 in your recording. Freud is mentioned again on p. 55 of the text.

This recording of Bergson's Dreams represents a tremendous amount of work on your part! Overall, its a great start for your LibriVox adventure.

With best wishes,

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Post by soupy » April 21st, 2021, 10:09 am

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Post by Sue Anderson » April 21st, 2021, 1:28 pm

The Red Fox, Excerpts from Wildlife Species: Vulpes vulpes
Julie L. Tesky
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
1995
13:57

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf082_redfox_tesky_sa_128kb.mp3
https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/animals/mammal/vuvu/all.html

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