OPEN [DR] Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)-mtf

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Post by Salvationist » June 15th, 2021, 6:36 am

OPEN [DR] Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Lesley Castle is a melodramatic epistolary novelette written by Jane Austen when she was sixteen years old. Although the novels Austen became known for were not published until she was in her thirties, she was an active writer from the age of twelve, frequently composing epistolary works such as Lesley Castle. Austen eventually compiled 29 of her early writings in three notebooks that became known as the Juvenilia and that she called “Volume the First”, “Volume the Second”, and “Volume the Third”, including Lesley Castle in “Volume the Second”.

Lesley Castle is set contemporaneously to Austen’s writing and consists of a series of ten letters by five characters, all of whom are women of high society living in Great Britain. In this short work, Austen employs a mock serious tone to humorously critique her peers on subjects such as self-absorption and jealousy. Austen acknowledged in a prefatory note that she left Lesley Castle unfinished; it includes several interconnected storylines, but no overarching plot or clear conclusion. (Summary by David Purdy)
Gender-specific casting. Prooflistening will be word perfect. As one of Austen's juvenilia, Lesley Castle exhibits some grammatical, orthographical, and punctuational eccentricities. While the orthography and punctuation aren't going to persist into an audiobook format, I would like to retain the grammar of the original text.

Source text: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1212

COLOUR-CODED TEXT (please read only from this text!): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13UxQk1s9ddFl8yiVIrYuTMKyChPmNuZ-?usp=sharing

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Genres for the project: Dramatic Readings; Epistolary Fiction; Satire

Keywords that describe the book: novelette, epistolary novel, juvenilia

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LibriVox recording settings: mono (1 channel), 44100 Hz sample rate, 128 kbps constant bit rate MP3. See the Tech Specs

For individual roles:
Submit one file per letter. At the beginning of the first file, say:
"Character, read by your name."
Leave 3-5 seconds of space between your lines (room noise, not generated silence).

For narration/stage directions:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.

Say:
"Letter the # of Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen. 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 of each file say:
"End of letter the #."
If you are recording the final section of the book, add:
"End of Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen."
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.

Filename:
For individual roles: lesleycastle_role_#.mp3 where # is the letter number. (e.g. lesleycastle_margaretlesley_1.mp3)
For final files: lesleycastle_#_austen_128kb.mp3 where # is the letter number. (e.g. lesleycastle_1_austen_128kb.mp3)

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Copy and paste the file link generated by the uploader into a new post in this thread along with the file duration (mm:ss). Watch this thread for prooflistening notes.

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Post by Salvationist » June 15th, 2021, 6:42 am

Considering that all of Jane Austen's major works have already been recorded as dramatic readings on LibriVox, I thought I would organize a dramatic reading of one of her minor works. I will BC and edit this project. I will also read the character of William Fitzgerald. Because Lesley Castle is epistolary, the narration is minimal, so I have not sought a narrator in advance of posting this project to the launch pad. I am seeking a DPL.

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Post by Aysh » June 16th, 2021, 3:15 am

Hi there,

This sounds really interesting! I’d like to PL any sections that will be uploaded before Saturday. Considering my schedule for next week, I’ll confirm if I can DPL, if that’s okay with you?

Thanks

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Post by wib66 » June 16th, 2021, 10:41 am

Could I read for Margaret Lesley please

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Post by MMMD2505 » June 17th, 2021, 7:15 am

Could I read for Jane Austen and Susan Lesley, please?

Also, would it be possible for my sister (Linnet) to read Charlotte Lutterell on my account? If not, she can make her own account.


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Post by Salvationist » June 17th, 2021, 11:10 am

Aysh wrote:
June 16th, 2021, 3:15 am
Hi there,

This sounds really interesting! I’d like to PL any sections that will be uploaded before Saturday. Considering my schedule for next week, I’ll confirm if I can DPL, if that’s okay with you?

Thanks
Thank you for expressing an interest in prooflistening for this project, Aysh! Yes, I think we can wait a few days before you determine whether you can commit to being our DPL. Welcome to LibriVox!

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Post by Salvationist » June 17th, 2021, 11:12 am

wib66 wrote:
June 16th, 2021, 10:41 am
Could I read for Margaret Lesley please
Thank you for signing up, Michele! You are welcome to this role. I will sign you up once we have a MW.

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Post by Salvationist » June 17th, 2021, 11:19 am

MMMD2505 wrote:
June 17th, 2021, 7:15 am
Could I read for Jane Austen and Susan Lesley, please?

Also, would it be possible for my sister (Linnet) to read Charlotte Lutterell on my account? If not, she can make her own account.


-Magda
Thank you for your interest in this project, Magda! Because this project is so short, I am only accepting one claim per reader. Do you have a preference between reading Jane Austen and Susan Lesley? Your sister will need to create her own account to sign up, but she would be welcome.

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Post by Aysh » June 17th, 2021, 5:22 pm

Salvationist wrote:
June 17th, 2021, 11:10 am
Aysh wrote:
June 16th, 2021, 3:15 am
Hi there,

This sounds really interesting! I’d like to PL any sections that will be uploaded before Saturday. Considering my schedule for next week, I’ll confirm if I can DPL, if that’s okay with you?

Thanks
Thank you for expressing an interest in prooflistening for this project, Aysh! Yes, I think we can wait a few days before you determine whether you can commit to being our DPL. Welcome to LibriVox!
Great, thank you so much! Glad to be a part of LibriVox :)

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Post by brownrottger » June 18th, 2021, 7:46 am

If Aysh can't DPL, then I would like to do it.

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Post by mightyfelix » June 18th, 2021, 11:12 am

I can MC this for you. MW coming up!

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Post by mightyfelix » June 18th, 2021, 11:17 am

Ok, I think you're all set. I haven't entered anyone as DPL yet. Let me know when that is settled and I'll take care of it. And, of course, don't hesitate to ask if I can help you with anything else!

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Post by Salvationist » June 18th, 2021, 6:05 pm

Aysh wrote:
June 17th, 2021, 5:22 pm
Great, thank you so much! Glad to be a part of LibriVox :)
Christine has also expressed an interest in being the DPL for this project. You were the first to express interest, so I would like to give you the role if you can commit to it, but I don't want to leave the position vacant for long. Would it be possible for you to make a decision by June 23rd?

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Post by Salvationist » June 18th, 2021, 6:23 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
June 18th, 2021, 11:12 am
I can MC this for you. MW coming up!
Thank you for signing on as MC, Devorah! I have now populated the MW.

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Post by Aysh » June 19th, 2021, 4:29 am

Salvationist wrote:
June 18th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Aysh wrote:
June 17th, 2021, 5:22 pm
Great, thank you so much! Glad to be a part of LibriVox :)
Christine has also expressed an interest in being the DPL for this project. You were the first to express interest, so I would like to give you the role if you can commit to it, but I don't want to leave the position vacant for long. Would it be possible for you to make a decision by June 23rd?
Hi there,

Sorry for the late reply. It seems that I can still PL for this project but probably not DPL, so if you would like to offer the entire project to one of the volunteers who can DPL, then that's fine by me. Otherwise, I'm happy to still PL some of the sections.

Aysh

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