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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Character

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    "The Princess Bride" (Excerpt)

    Script:

    Miracle Max: What?, What?
    Indigo Montoya: Are you the Miracle Max that worked for the King for all those years?
    Miracle Max: The King’s stinking son fired me. And thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it. We’re closed!
    Miracle Max: Beat it or I’ll call the brute squad
    Fezzik: I'm on the brute squad.
    Miracle Max: You are the brute squad!
    Indigo: We need a miracle, it’s very important.
    Miracle Max: Look, I’m retired, and besides why would you want someone that the King’s stinking son fired? I might kill whoever you wanted me to miracle.
    Indigo: He’s already dead.
    Miracle Max: He is huh? I’ll take a look, bring him in.

    122 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear psjones's recording

    I like challenges and love this movie!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-91843/script-recording-81180.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nicely done! Are you voicing all the characters? If so, really good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks drelamar8. Yes, I did all the voices (3), however I did use special effects for Fezzik's voice, played by Andre the Giant in the movie. No way could I get my voice THAT low, I'd hurt myself trying!

    Peer Feedback:

    One of my all time favorite movies. This was a very nice rendition.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you, James! Quick story, when my son was about 4 yrs old he memorized that whole scene, very cute, wish I had recorded it. (My name is Indigo Montoya........), so many quotable lines from PB.

    Peer Feedback:

    Now THAT would be worth listening to. You should do it. It would be a real hoot!

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought it was a little rushed, and like you were trying to repeat the lines, not make them live.

    That being said, really great effort! :)

    Oh, and it's Inigo Montoya...you killed my father, prepare to die. Not indigo, which is a great color ;)

    Peer Feedback:

    Correct bean, my bad. Always thought Mandy Patinkin was "dropping" the d when in fact the name IS Inigo. I know Indigo can be a name also but all I had to do was look it up on IMDB, duh. Never assume as they say.

    Peer Feedback:

    Im sure I used to do the same :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi PSJ

    Like your read , moves smoothly and entertaining!

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    13 Yr. Old Does Morgan Freeman-Jake Foushee Impression

    Script:

    Well, what is life really?
    It's just a screw
    Waiting to be driven
    Slowly, Turning, Just like the waves of time
    And On, and on, and on
    As the clock turns, the screw turns
    And so does the screwdriver
    But one thing will never change
    And that's that I like strawberry shortcakes

    101 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear YoungTeen's recording

    I'm only 13 years old but I'm imitating an adult's voice.(Morgan Freeman by Jake Foushee,another teenager, who did it. So this is an impression of an impression. Please look at the time 1:35 here to hear the original and compare my recording. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz64myc8QHM I have no previous training and have not gotten any feedback on my potential for doing voice over. Could someone please give me some pointers?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-110136/script-recording-86560.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Muy buen color de voz.
    Felicitaciones.
    Solo queda mejorar un poco la calidad del audio.
    Tal vez un pop filter.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Fabian. This was done with no recording equipment. Just microphone and computer. Does it sound anything like Morgan Freeman (anyone)?

    Peer Feedback:

    Honestly, that guy you linked to does not sound like Morgan Freeman. Best Morgan Freeman I ever heard was from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw8-rO-ISkA

    When you're trying to imitate something - imitate the original, not the impressionist. This is why you do not sound like Morgan Freeman, instead you sound like the guy you linked in youtube, who also does not.

    Peer Feedback:

    It's a great original character voice for a 13-year-old.

    But Morgan Freeman? Nope.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your recording equipment isn't doing you any favors, but I'm pretty sure that's not what you're wondering about.

    Your impression isn't terrible, but as others mentioned, listen to the source and develop your own. An impression of an impression is a little watered down and derivative.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the feedback! To me, Morgan Freeman sounded one way when he was younger, and another when he was older. The one I attempted was the younger version.

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    About Horror

    Script:

    Take a trip back to a time when late night creature features were all the rage and the personalities that presented them were just as popular as the movies.

    Beginning in the 1950s, the horror fest was a staple of regional television. From ghouls to vampires – to werewolves and crypt keepers – every host had a persona to suit their unique personalities.

    117 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    Haven't uploaded in a bit, got this interesting audition today. The instructions were sound like you're narrating a horror video. So I put together a few sentences, laid a bed (I sent the dry audio as well) Should know Monday if I got the job.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-8990/script-recording-58149.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the approach you took, Ted. You could have put just a little more sinister tone to it IMO...it's JUST my opinion and I'm no producer. I did change the words at back IN time when the script says "to a time." Love the music choice. I might be wanting to hear a Bela Lugosi narrator which nullifies my opinion. LOL

    Peer Feedback:

    I copied the script wrong! Good catch. You know, I think they wanted something dark to go with the imagery, of which I haven't seen. I just wanted to give em a little variety. Thanks for taking the time buddy!

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice to see you posting again! Your production and choice of music is spot on. I do have to agree with Tom in bringing a little more suspense to the read. I don't feel a character is necessary since you are relating a time from the past. It is the kind of thing LaFontaine would do though you wouldn't have to sound like him just emulate his style with your own voice. Good to hear from you fella.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ned Your reading was great but I thought your voice didn't sound creepy enough to suit the script and the music. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nodo420,

    I've listened to a lot your posts and I admire and respect your work.

    That said. In the future, you should probably resist the temptation to post scripts of actual auditions. At worst, you may be leaving yourself open to suit from your potential client. At best, you may unwittingly blackball yourself from working for that client or his friends in the future. Not to mention potentially violating your agreement with the P2P (which is where I'm assuming this script came from).

    I, myself, have been tempted to post scripts that I've appropriated from auditions. But I have resisted. It's a small world. And I wouldn't want to p!ss away potential work by outing that script before it aired.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for all the feedback guys and taking time to listen. James you make a good point. But in this case I'm covered, this was from my agent as a request from a customer of his. In fact, he said "Can you put something together that sounds like "This guy" Normally I narrate so I'm shooting for the most natural and normal read I can muster. I had an example of the guy who I really thought didn't fit the bill so I did my take on it. Again, dark I suppose and deliberate... Not quite as matter of fact as say Rod Serling, but not as dramatic as say Bella Legosi.
    Along those lines, Richard, I haven't posted much here because a lot of the stuff I've been getting is Non Disclosure (agreement) covered. Most of the narrations I've done are internals so they never see the light of day and I can't post them publicly.
    Here's another tidbit...I don't do the P2P sites. That was my goal at first, but instead I went to the post production houses, locally first, then nationally. Introduced myself and sent some samples. Eventually, they would ask me to record a job. That's where I hooked them. By providing a technically superior product, to the exact specifications, quickly... that they could in turn lay into the video and satisfy their customers. By developing a good working relationship with them, I make it easy for them to call me. On 5-6 of them I'm the go to English VO on their (10 or so) roster. As such, I also get a kick back because they use my previous work to sell other customers... For example this job. They heard me, but wanted me to sound a little more like another guy on the same staff. Why didn't they call him? Because I make this guy's life EASIER. He sold ME to the customer.
    Being in Spain has made me adapt my game to the needs of the market here. I figured I could build up some experience, then take it to the US market. What I've found is there is no market for what I'm doing here, I'm actually creating a new dynamic. By working with me, the production and post production houses now have a new product, which is really just a small additional charge, translate and deliver that message to an English speaking audience. That is my business, that's what I market when I sit down with someone who doesn't think they need to "hire" me. That's why I'm the only English speaking VO at places like Gondola Films (World Bank, UNICEF, CARE) Now, they can now accept those English speaking jobs, film them, write the text in their language knowing that I can then interpret those thoughts and ideas into English and convey the message via the recording.
    Anyways, for those who know me, txtom, javier's voice, richurd among others...You guys know me, I'm not trying to brag. But a year ago, I was posting here wondering, what's it going to take to step out and record for customers instead of for the feedback forum. I have found a way and I'm happy to share that info. Lastly, there are a lot of people here with a lot more talent and better equipment than I. The business of VO is this A) Talent and professional sound, training whatever... Your sound must be industry standard and B) putting yourself into places where people need that sound. Each are equally difficult, you can't do one without the other in fact, NOT doing either near perfectly can result in you never getting a job and never knowing quite why. Ohhh, sorry this was so long. tedvoinspain@gmail.com

    Peer Feedback:

    Ted's got a lot of natural ability and is blessed by having a very good english voice in Spain. He's not braggin'.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Ted I liked it! Long time no hear! lol. I'll leave this one to the pros to critique.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Ted
    I liked it.I think you got enough critique from the guys already, Mr TX Tom mentioned Bela Lugosi, That's a Hungarian name and now I know its a Hungarian guy!!! So there is Hope for me!!! :))))
    I just went to you tube to check it out he's cool.
    Hope everything is well on the other side
    Regards
    Balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Ted -

    I personally liked the tone you took, but it depends on how one envisions it. I looked at it as you were a friendly narrator, just talking about the people who were in the movies, the human side of it. It seemed to have a little bit of humor in it, like B-Movie horror clips would be showing in the background.

    As for your voice I liked it. Seemed very "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to me.

    - Rhett

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    Agent Starr Audition

    Script:

    My friend needs your help, Mr. Wright, he's been arrested for murder. But he'd never do that, I know he wouldn't!

    I'll let the Commander explain our theory on that. You've got a challenge on your hands, Mr. Wright. We'll help you any way we can, but ... It's still going to be a trick to pull off.

    Please sing a verse or two of a song you like, so I can get a good grasp of your singing voice.

    108 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear Swivel Swirl's recording

    A audition that I submitted for a audio drama's casting call. To my surprise I got the part, and I'm now sort of wondering if I can get any more feedback on this audition.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-115327/script-recording-90091.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    So, as I indicated, by the number of plays and the lack of (well, no) comment or critique, flooding the site with too many submissions in a row is unlikely to be of much benefit.

    That said: You got the part because there was something about your voice and/or delivery that whomever was casting the project was pleased with. My opinion is that it was not due to your recording quality or technique.

    As mentioned before, the recording quality is a little tinny, thin and metallic sounding. It takes a little while and a lot of experimentation to balance the live-ness of your recording space, proper micing technique and processing to get to, at the very least, an acceptable audition quality sound. There are a plethora of opinions about this (both helpful and not so much), here on the Forum and elsewhere. A little research on is needed on your part.

    Your voice type is in the Tween to Young Adult category. Very bright, up and energetic. There is also something in your delivery that indicates that you have had some sort of acting experience. And you can carry a tune. All three plusses for this audition. You got hired because that's what they were looking for. One thing to be aware of; when your pace quickens, you loose some articulation to your enunciation and some words get slurred together and/or come out incomplete. Example: "You've got a challenge on your hands..." came out a little swift and sounded a little like "Yougahuh challenge onyerhans..."

    Practice good micing technique. There was a great deal of mic popping - a big one on "he'd" in the second sentence - and some mouth noise. It might be beneficial to work "off-axis" to the mic (at about 45 degrees or so from directly in front of your mouth) so that the puffs of air go past the mic's diaphragm rather than directly into it. You also may be working a little too close to the mic - even a half an inch can make a difference.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey there!
    The recording was pretty good, I'm just going to list a couple things you could work on. The audio was a little warbled, most likely due to whatever mic you're using. On the second line especially, try to slow down a bit more and make sure each word comes out individually. You spoke with the word a bit too connected, making it slightly harder to understand. When you were singing, there was a *puff* sound, this is most likely because you were a bit too close to the mic.
    Overall, good job! Keep at it.

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    Click 'n Clack

    Script:

    This "Clickety-Clack," the tap dancers?
    Well ... you dance around jest about any subject down there.
    They call you dear Tom and Ray, advice to the lovelorn drivah.

    63 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Henry Dewing's recording

    This is just for fun., I wrote it to take a break from my 'mellow' sound. It's part of a longer comic piece involving Ben and Jerry's and leafwatchers. I lived some time in Vermont. Merry Christmas.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6638/script-recording-25623.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There wasn't to mcuh information about what the performance theme was, so I am not exactly sure what to critque here. Could you tell me what the theme was of this read? Good quality.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sarah,

    This is just a character comedy piece taking off from the humor used by Tom and Ray.
    There is nothing signicant in it. Sometimes I get too uptight with my readings.

    Peer Feedback:

    Don't really know what it was about, but your voice reminded me of the mockturtle from Alice in Wonderland... Not sure if that's helpful, but I hope it is!

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    63 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Henry Dewing's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6638/script-recording-30347.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Henry, Concerning the recording quality, the volume was a bit low. Maybe get closer to the mic, or adjust the "gain" a bit. The reading pace, was a bit methodical, and I wanted to hear more "wonder" and maybe some "awe" in describing "the Ocean". Your interpretation has more drama than I would have gone for, but that may be your direction and that's OK!

    Peer Feedback:

    I am totally at odds with the intent. I read it as a seaman thinking how to describe the
    sea to a young boy, and being unable. I think the drama is called for. This piece is
    emotional, not informational! What Disney wants is beyond me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Copy interpretation - if I were that little child who asked about the ocean I would have been scared off by the tone of the response. To my ears the tone sounded angry. So, keep working.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sorry, Sabrina. He's not speaking to the child! It's a finished piece.

    Peer Feedback:

    Mr. Joeloria, thank you for your response. You seeem to want more "wonder" and "awe," and less drama. I based my read on two words: "taste" and "feel."
    These are direct, emotional words, not ethereal. For wonder and awe I would expect
    more grandiose words. This is a real man who has been to sea ! My personal take.

    Peer Feedback:

    If anyone has a better idea of what this piece is about, please let me know.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello!
    So, as someone else has already stated, the volume was a bit low. Because of this, there is also a bit of a fuzzy background sound. I have no way of knowing if my interpretation is correct, however I imagine this piece to be spoken rather emotionally, said by someone who has a great respect and/or connection to the sea.
    Keep up the good work!

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    Evil Speech

    Script:

    You Fool! The power contained within these orbs is enough to turn one into a living god..All I have to do now, is kill you and take back what is rightfully mine!

    153 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear redfrohock's recording

    I'm trying to branch out a bit. thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-95270/script-recording-77072.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Bravo to you for trying something new! :)

    First thing I gotta say, is that it's rightfully, not ruefully.

    Now I thought that you had a character developed, but the emotion didn't seem to fit the script. If I didn't know what was coming up, I would have thought that you were talking to someone who had lost the orbs, and you were ticked off at them over it. Instead of rather gleeful that you got the weapon that allowed you to have it all.

    Maybe if you put an evil laugh in after You fool! I like reading it that way :D Really helps bring out my evil sorceress -but I have an especially great evil laugh! lol

    Peer Feedback:

    thanks bean! I didn't know myself what the heck was going on in the scene. It was literally that one line! thanks for the listen!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! I think it was on the right track. I think you need to work on the sinister side. Slow it down, and think like what is she saying, and how is she saying it? She's evil and she;s doing that "I have you in my clutches, so much so that I will tell you what my master plan is, because I know you can't do anything to stop me, and I love to see you in pain and fear". I'm going to savor it!

    Hope this helps!

    - Rhett

    Peer Feedback:

    Hmm... First thing is that you said ruefully instead of rightfully, but that's an easily fixed mistake. Other than that it seemed pretty good. Liked the voice. Could've used some more over the top emotion though. But I liked it.

    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality is perfect though when I saw the script I expected emotions of outrageous anger because a hero snatched the orbs from a villain, though you got the arrogant personality. Also, I thought the character would be more effective if your vocal volume pitches a little at the "living god" part.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello!
    So, nice job on the angry tone, the audio was a bit warbled, most likely because of whatever mic you're using. I'd recommend saying the lines in a bit more of a confident tone also. Slow them down a bit, act as if you're talking down to someone.
    Nice job overall!

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    Hob Gadling, from The Quotable Sandman (Neil Gaiman)

    Script:

    I don't know...Death's a funny thing. I used to think it was a big sudden thing, like a huge owl that would swoop down out of the night and carry you off. I don't anymore. I think it's a slow thing. Like a thief who comes to your house day after day, taking a little thing here and a little thing there, and one day you walk round the house and there's nothing there to keep you, nothing to make you want to stay. And then you lie down and shut up forever.

    53 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear b_church@yahoo.com's recording

    I've set up a rudimentary recording space. And I'm testing to see if it's good enough.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/hobgadling take 2.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi,
    You sound very quiet and far away from the mic, and there's white noise in the background. I am by no means a home studio expert, but I'd have a professional give this a listen and evaluation. What kind of mic are you using? I feel like I can't hear the nuances in your voice--for audiobooks, it's really worth investing in a good condenser mic. But a professional can give this a listen and tell you how to balance out the sound a bit. Good luck!

    Professional Feedback:

    Hi!
    Thank you for choosing me to do your checkup. Your accent and tonal quality are great! Unfortunately, this audio would not be usable. The levels are very low and the signal has quite a bit of white noise. I also noticed several plosives throughout. It is not as you say "good enough" which is not really a goal to strive for.

    For even a small investment in some better quality gear, you will likely improve your sound quality considerably. You have a nice voice and the read is compelling, I believe you have an opportunity to be competitive. Get some decent gear and work on your mic technique and you will be on your way! :-)

    Good luck!

    Dan

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach July 23, 2014 at 1:14PM
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    Mallrats Movie (1995)

    Script:

    One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck in his ass. True story. He bought it at our local mall, so the whole fiasco wound up on the news. It was embarrassing for my relatives and all, but the next week, he did it again. Different cat, same results, complete with another trip to the emergency room. So, I run into him a week later in the mall and he's buying another cat. And I says to him: 'Jesus, Walt! What are you doing? You know you're just gonna get this cat stuck in your ass too. Why don't you knock it off?' And he said to me: 'Brodie, how the hell else am I supposed to get the gerbil out?' My cousin was a weird guy.

    121 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ajwick2010's recording

    First time recording for the forums, just looking for some general feedback and tips on where I should look to improve. Seriously, any and all comments are appreciated!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-95185/script-recording-78988.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This sounded very announcer. It was more like you were giving me a presentation then talking to me as a friend. Also, there was a hum in the background that was really distracting for me as well.

    GL,
    John

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't hear a hum, but I also wasn't listening through headphones.

    It seemed more narrator-y to me than character, and in the end, Brodie is a character you have to play. There were some nice inflections, and your voice is great, but there was a disconnect that didn't tell this ridiculous, blessed story.

    Now I need to go watch the movie :)

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked this a lot, understated but gets the fun of the piece across. You have a very nice voice, and I didn't notice anything wrong with the sound, hum etc, but I'm not listening through headphones.

    Peer Feedback:

    pleasant voice and funny script, but it didn't come across as a joke, or was missing comedic timing or something.
    are you trained in acting? if not, that's going to be a really tough script to pull of correctly, I think.

    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Ok, maybe I'm just different but you made me laugh, If anything I would give Brodie a little more over the top personality.

    Peer Feedback:

    too much of a 'radio guy" sound in this read that should sound narrative.

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    29 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Armando_Duplantier's recording

    My demo is all over the place. I'm not sure if my focus should be more on animation/character voices, or of I should dedicate more time to using my lower register voice to concentrate on informative projects such as commercials or narrations for businesses.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/vodemo_1.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This was a really ambitious attempt for such a rough recording.
    you tried to cover a lot of ground, most of which I couldn't hear, especially the last part.
    Your FX almost blew out my laptop speakers (they're junky, but I'd like to keep them).

    DS.

    Peer Feedback:

    My favorite snippet was the first one. You have a pleasant speaking voice and I'd like to hear you deliver a straight narration script.

    Peer Feedback:

    Fun stuff! I really enjoyed this. I don't know the sfx and soundscape stuff like Dave, so I'll just say I heard room for improvement but loved the range of voices and why not go for it? Not everyone enjoys doing that kind of thing, so if you do... But what market are you in, physically? If it's small, you could focus on narration and then do character work as your second demo. And I like your higher register for the newsy opening to this. No reason not to use it on more straightforward narration projects.

    Peer Feedback:

    Agree with Tonia and DS. This is a fun exercise, but it is terribly over produced and your voice gets lost in all of the bells and whistles.

    As far as demos go: Animation/character voices/video game type demos are their own animal. Commercial demos are their own animal as well. There may be some cross-over if, say, you're doing the voice of a dog for a dog food commercial or an animated character in a non-peopled commercial. Narration demos may have some type of character voices, especially if you are quoting someone or something like that.

    But I would caution against mixing and matching for a single demo.

    Another thing is that most character voice demos do not necessarily have a through-line, that is, one piece of copy (or story) with several different voices in conversation with one another, for instance. They are usually snippets of different scripts with each voice. There are some voice actors who have done that, but those guys have some excellent acting chops, so they can get away with it.

    I would also caution against producing the demo yourself, unless of course you have studio quality equipment, an ideal recording environment (studio) and top notch engineering skills.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback. All of this information helps since I'm just trying to figure all of this out. Gratitude.

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    74 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jamesromick's recording

    This was just too fun to pass up, and put my own spin on it. I went REALLY broad with it. WAAAAYYY over the top. I changed the second line because I just couldn't get the sense of it as written. My bad. Probably should have tried harder to get it to work for me.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-21601/script-recording-89041.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    well, you've outdone yourself. Now my larynx hurts. (how'd you do that??).
    that was great, btw. impressive.

    Peer Feedback:

    Whoaaaa, my goodness. Full throttle and "Katie bar the door". Good to hear you let it all out James, Bravo. (Ohio State doesn't have a chance now)! Hope you didn't hurt yourself. Save those precious pipes.

    Peer Feedback:

    It's all in the breath support, boys.

    Peer Feedback:

    *claps* Go Blue! XD
    Anyway, it was a really great recording! Just what I'd expect from some sort of promotion on TV or the radio. Congrats on doing such an awesome job!

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    Miss Sunny Shine

    Script:

    "You really have forgotten about me haven't you? How long has it been, sixteen years?"

    "I'm Miss Sunny Shine silly. Make your day sunshine and rainbows!"

    "Come on, you and I have been together since you were small, we were both happy back then. But after you left me behind, I felt sad and lonely that I went high and low to look for you, and here you are! I've finally found you, my old best friend. You have no idea how much I've missed you."

    *Laughs hysterically* "Oh you really are a silly goose! All I wanted to do was to have some fun with you, just like the good ol' days. Remember when we used to play manhunt?"

    "Don't be afraid. You always let me use something to tag you with. Sticks, flashlight, anything you gave me. This'll be like sixteen years ago, except that this time I'll have a chance to tag you."

    *Low and menacingly* "So start running."

    High, cheerful, female voice that gives off creepy psycho vibe.

    88 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear litani's recording

    This script is taken from the short horror story I wrote for my class assignment. Miss Sunny Shine is supposed to be cheery, innocent, and malevolent at the same time. This is my first take as my character and sorry if the mic quality doesn't sound good.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-116357/script-recording-90735.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    It was a decent performance. Sounds good for a audio book. Like you said, the sound quality is a little tinny. But overall, I like it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Aww your voice is adorable you're sound reminds me of pinkie pie from mlp!!

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    My Name is Robert Neville- I Am Legend

    Script:

    My name is Robert Neville. I am a survivor living in New York City. I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at mid-day, when the sun is highest in the sky. If you are out there... if anyone is out there... I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security. If there's anybody out there... anybody... please. You are not alone.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sam22arc's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/My Name Is Robert Neville.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice. Liked the movie...you did it justice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Sam,
    Very believable. Nice work.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is so good. Production and acting. Loved it!

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    My pen!

    Script:

    My pen! Has anyone seen my pen?

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Val's recording

    Just trying out a new character voice! What do you think?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Seriously?

    Peer Feedback:

    Sorry but too short a sample to evaluate the character much. It sounds like you're really straining though, so I don't imagine you'd be able to keep it up for long.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think that would make a very interesting character voice, but it might not be the best choice unless you can talk in that voice for hours on end. If you can! Huzzah! You are amazing my friend! If not, you might want to change it to something more friendly to your voice.

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    84 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear msacay's recording

    Take Two version was recorded in a single take. Using the feedback from James, I normalized it first this time, so I hope the volume is better. I couldn't figure out how to manage the levels for the noise reduction, so I just went through it and silenced out any funky clicks and breaths I could hear. To learn how to use my noise reduction function is my number one edit goal right now. In this version I did not shorten any of my pauses so I could try and capture the flow of the story more. Plus, I strengthened some of my character voices a bit more. Hope you can hear some improvements in this version.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-105999/script-recording-86161.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Much, much improved over the last one. You really hit your stride in the middle, after the first time the girl is locked into the room up until the third appearance of Rumplelstiltskin (he sounded as if he had a bit of a stereotypical Asian accent) where it started to drag a little.

    Levels are much better too.

    Audacity tip: Either before you begin the recording of at the tail end (my preference), record about 5 seconds or so of silence (room tone) - hold your breath and be completely still. (No paper rustling, no clothing movement sounds, no mouse or keyboard clicks, no breathing, nada!) That will be your noise reduction sample - and you only need a split second of it for Audacity's noise reduction plugin. You can also use that 5 second or so sample to cut and paste room tone into editing gaps in your recording. The noise sample will change slightly from session to session, so it's a good practice to create that 5 seconds each time you record - it really doesn't add all that much to the overall file size. Just be absolutely still and hold your breath for 5 seconds or so at the end before you hit "stop".

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks James!! We've been watching a marathon run of the first three Star Wars films in preparation for seeing the new one....so I think I got influenced by Yoda for my Rumple voice. I will apply that tip on the end. And I am going to do Larry's course. I need that kind of course structure to really grasp technical stuff. I didn't start working on a computer till grad school! I come from the floppy disk era!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, when I went to audio engineering school in the mid 80's, we were still editing analog tape with razor blades.

    Good on you for going with Larry's course. I'm sure that it will be of great benefit to you.

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    Attempting again to put my mouth where my critique is. This is a classic "Once Upon A Time..." type of story. But as one of my coaches has said to me, "Aren't all stories basically 'Once Upon A Time' stories?"

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very professional!

    Peer Feedback:

    James, you have captured the style of piece very well and made it sound much more 'classic' than I my version. I really love your narrator voice too. I see how you soften your final plosives by drawing out the breath more at the ends of phrases and letting it roll a bit. By doing so you had a richer tone overall. Now, for me, I would've liked more character distinctions in your other voices. They tended to blend in with Narrator at times. But you told the story well in a nice easy pace.

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    Rumpelstiltskin

    Script:

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Once there was a poor miller who had a very beautiful daughter. He was so poor, he couldn’t pay his taxes, and when the King threatened to put him in prison, the miller in desperation said,
    “I have a daughter who can spin gold out of straw.”
    “Then bring her to me immediately,” ordered the King.
    The frightened girl was led to a room which was filled with a huge pile of straw.
    “Spin all this into gold before morning, or you will be punished.”
    She pleaded to be excused, for she knew that she was not able to spin gold out of straw, but it was no use. The door was locked and she sat there alone and wept.
    After a while, the door opened and in walked a little man,
    “Why are you sad?” he asked.
    “The King has ordered me to spin all this straw into gold, and I don’t know how to do it.”
    “What will you give me if I do it for you?” said the little man.
    The girl gave him her necklace, and he sat down to work, spinning the straw into fine gold. By morning he was finished.
    The King was so delighted with what he saw, but he wanted more. So he took the miller’s daughter to a larger room filled with straw and told her to spin it into gold by the next morning. Again she sat down and wept. Soon, the little man came into the room and said,
    “What will you give me if I do this for you?”
    She gave him her gold ring, and he worked until morning when the task was complete.
    The King was greedy and wanted even more gold, so the next evening he took the girl to an even larger room, filled to the rafters with straw.
    He said, “If you can do this tonight, you will be my wife.”
    The little man came in as before and asked her,
    “What will you give me to spin all this into gold for you?”
    She despaired, for she had nothing left to give him.
    “Then promise me,” said the little man, “your first child when you are queen.”
    The miller’s daughter could only agree to give the little man what he wanted though she
    hoped that she would never have to keep her promise. (3:05)

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear msacay's recording

    Wanted to try some character voices with children's books. Would children's works be appropriate to include as a sample on a site such as ACX? Also looked at some various online tutorials on Audacity, and I tried my hand at basic editing with this one. And, I just redid my home booth so I am curious if I 'deadened' the sound enough and reduced the noise level. Plus, I figured out how to split screen my computer in order to read my copy as a PDF and finger scroll. Lastly, I stepped further away from my mic, angled my mouth more to the side of pop screen and added a wind sock to see if that would help with my mouth clicks. Who knew 3 minutes of material could take several hours to do!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Aha! And now you see why audiobooks take so much time to produce, especially if you are wearing all the hats - talent, director, engineer, editor, proofer, producer.

    53 plays and no comment? Chalk it up to the Holidays.

    A few suggestions:
    Unless it's public domain or you absolutely want us to follow along with the text, there's no real need to post the text here for something this long. (There's a box to uncheck if you don't want to include the script with the submission.) One reason that I mention that is that it (visually) shoves other submissions further down screen and some people won't take the time to scroll down.
    The other reason is that, if it were from a published book (either from your shelf or from an ACX audition script), I'm not sure that the author and/or publisher would appreciate their work appearing on a public site. Just a guess.
    And third. Mostly, we just listen to audiobooks (although some people like to read along, and that could be instructive for children), so concentrating on the story and the story telling might be more beneficial than listening and kind of proofing the text for mistakes. Just my 2c.

    Did you normalize this? I ask, because the volume is low. I had to turn up the volume considerably on my cans to hear it. The peak volume recommended by ACX is -3dB. So, the first thing to do is normalize your recording before adding any other processing - especially noise reduction, because if you raise the overall volume level of the vocal, the noise level will go up also, and that's the noise sample that you'll want to use for NR.

    The slate: If you're going to mention the Title of the piece, also mention the Author, then "narrated by" and slate your name. (For my taste, my preference would be not to pause so much between your first and last name - it sounds too strident. Just say it as you would if someone were to ask you what your name is and you answered with a smile.)

    A lot of people want to do children's books, I guess mostly because the stories are familiar and we've all heard them read to us or read them to our kids or grandkids. However, there's really not that much call for children's audiobooks, simply because parents are encouraged to get their children to read themselves and/or encouraged to read to them themselves. You won't find many (if any) auditions for children's books on ACX. (Samuel L. Jackson did one that I love: "Go The F*ck To Sleep". He reads it to his daughter - she demands it!) And for those reasons, they're not big moneymakers.

    Performance:
    IMHO, the character development is fine. However, occasionally it is easy to get confused as to who is talking because one line kind of flows into another a bit briskly. For instance: The Father and the King. Take a breath or a slight pause between them. Other than giving different characters different voices, some narrators additionally vary the tempo of their speech. So, maybe make the King more Kingly - regal, deliberate, demanding and somewhat slower. Same with Rumpelstiltskin - maybe he's deliberate and slower, but in a melodic and convincing way (which you kind of did).

    Also. Separate the actions a bit. Take these two actions for instance: "...she sat there alone and wept." (slight pause, let that image land - because time passes - then set up the next scene - I can even imagine a page turn here) "After a while,..." It's all in the text.

    The overall sound quality seems pretty good, but then again it was hard to tell because the volume was so low. One tip: when you work in Audacity, work on a copy of the original recording when you edit. That way if there is something you missed or want to splice into your edited file, you he the original to cut and paste from.

    Peer Feedback:

    James every time I read your feedback I feel like "duh, I shoulda had a V8" You are so freakin amazing. I am so glad you told me about the script protocol. So true too that the market may not be as big on children's books like ACX, but what about children's books that come with recordings? Like Scholastic books? Usually they are famous actors doing the reading, but not always. Though most all of them will have some kind of sound FX or music track added to the narration. Are those auditions through another production agency?

    Thank you for telling me to normalize first then do the edits. I went straight for the noise reduction and breaths, which is why the transitions between characters were quicker than they should be. Wasn't sure if there was some kind of time limit in how narrations are recorded. I keep thinking they need to be tighter. Not sure where I got that idea from, but it obviously has effected my editing decisions.. I did duplicate the recording first, so I do have the unedited version saved as a project. Will redo the edits and post again to see if I improved volume and transitions. Will work on slate too.

    I did check out the online training course suggestion you mentioned. He sounds very good, but was a bit steep for me right now. If I am unable to really grasp and apply the techniques trying to learn it this way, then he is certainly worth the investment. Course starts in January.

    Tell me plz,, are you required to do anything additional to the material other than "clean it up' and make it sound clear, and paced well? I hear lots of folks here add sound FX n music, but is that something you 'must' be able to do or be able to pay a studio to do in order to post samples on ACX or pay to play sites? Or is that more of a bonus skill set to have? I know my demo will have all the bells and whistles on it, but I just didn't know if that was something I needed to learn to do on my own now for the audition sites.

    IMHO Theatre acting, which I have extensive training and experience in, is so much easier in so many ways than VO acting. I really have gained a tremendous respect and admiration for VO artists. I am so loving the challenge of learning more about it. Thanks again for all the helpful feedback!

    Peer Feedback:

    Yep. VO acting is quite a different animal than acting for the stage. But they are also fundamentally quite similar. How's that for confusing?

    There is a trend now-a-days with the major audiobook production houses to begin with some music and sometimes end with some and maybe even in between major sections of a long book. Usually to set a mood. But as far as ACX is concerned, it's not done - unless the rights holder gives you a music file to incorporate. By and large, the quality of production is left up to you. ACX/Audible only puts the sound files through an algorithm software to scan anomalies - like huge pops and clicks or excessive noise floor. - they don't listen to or proof the recording (although the rights holder might). Don't know that much about the P2P's, but I would assume that if they wanted full production, they would ask if you had that capability (music and sound FX) or the client would provide it or they would just want a raw, unprocessed file and they would produce it themselves from there. But, generally for audiobook production, it's just a clean/processed voice recording (but don't ever add reverb).

    NOT A COMMERCIAL ENDORSEMENT:

    Save your pennies to take Larry's class - it's really a bargain and I'm sure it will be of great benefit to you (and it's tax deductible as a voice actor). Get on his emailing list as he offers it quite often.

    Peer Feedback:

    One other thing I forgot to mention. And I have heard this from several audiobook narrators.

    The upper tier of narrators (and some of the rest of us) get paid PFH, per finished hour. Why would you rush your narration? Slow down, you make more money.

    Peer Feedback:

    LOL! True! Why rush?! Thanks James!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear psjones's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Shawshank Redemption -Final Scene, my take on Morgan Freeman. (Sometimes I like to put myself out there).

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice one! Old Morgan's a tricky one to get, but I'll bet it's gratifying when you hit that sweet Freeman spot.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Waltonia, I'm still working on it, so I thought I'd post it. Not perfect but I'm getting there I think.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm curious why you're wanting to do Morgan Freeman while he's still alive and booking those spots where the gigs call for his voice and delivery. And after he's no longer with us...his gigs will disappear and those booking the gigs will be looking for another voice to fill the void...but not sound like him. No one is hiring imitators. When a talent passes, the seek the next voice...might sound LIKE..but not an imitator. For instance the guy who is doing a lot of the movie promos (since "the Don" passed" is VERY nasal, but they seem the accept it. But I don't think there's a market for Morgan Freeman imitations in the future.

    Just curious....

    Peer Feedback:

    For some odd reason Tom I actually see many auditions that want a "Morgan Freeman" sound alike or at least same style and pacing. So I thought I would give it a go. I actually did an audition using this voice and although I didn't get the gig, I got positive feedback. I'd be curious to hear the guy who got the gig.

    Peer Feedback:

    I could certainly be wrong about people wanting close imitations...

    I've seen auditions calling for "THINK Morgan Freeman" or "LIKE Mike Rowe"....but the interpretation and what the casting person hears can be frustratingly vague.

    Peer Feedback:

    Excellent point Tom, we don't know, instructions CAN be vague but sometimes I like to give it the old "college try", you never know until you try.
    Then there are the "Sam Elliott" sound alikes to round out the top three, OY. Don't get me wrong I mostly try to be myself which is best. (I should hope).

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Script:

    Not dead yet mister Halloway?
    Come looking in my mirrors for another chance?
    Shall I help you find it?
    Would you know it if you saw it?
    Here the mirror of the dreams of beauty.
    Can Chrisetti tell you of incredible loves he’d never lived?
    Over here!
    See.
    The mirror of riches beyond wishing.
    Where Mr. Tetley is buried.
    Halloway.
    Look.
    Look here for the great and famous.
    Ed.
    The barman hero of all the football years.
    All his cheering crowds gone.
    Here.
    The looking glass of pride and ruined vanity.
    Where wars of time are fought and lost.
    And now this.
    This is your class of darkness Mr. Halloway.
    It’s name.
    Regret.
    It’s sum.
    Despair.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sarah_roh's recording

    I know the script is meant for a male reader, but the available female character scripts are so few and far between, I took one that was gender neutral in its script and decided to read it.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-53883/script-recording-57776.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Sarah,

    I think that you have a great acting ability, and even though it was mean for a male reader, you did a good job!

    Many Blessings,

    Carol

    Peer Feedback:

    Holy cow! That was a tremendous read. I could listen to you all day. You have the hard part sorted: you can read with feeling and make it interesting. That leaves the easier part, which is improving the sound quality. A quieter place, a better microphone (I'm a fan of the Blue Snowball or the Blue Yeti depending on your budget), and so on. Can't wait to hear more. Keep it up!

    Peer Feedback:

    I heard a slight echo in the recording but your voice came over the mic very clearly. I loved your read. You made it sound creepy, sensual and bored all at the same time just as I imagine a truly evil woman would play with her victim. I look forward to hearing more from you.

    Professional Feedback:

    Hi Sarah!

    Very nice choice-- yes there is less material for women, but this works beautifully for a female voice.

    I think you do a nice job of finding variety in the copy, I like the emotional shifts and turns and you use a soft volume that creates a creepiness and nice ethereal quality. Your enunciation is beautiful and allows your character to come across as very powerful which is appropriate for the piece. I wish I could hear this on a professional mic-- it would pick up your voice beautifully and really allow the subtleties to come across.

    As for improvements, I would love to see you slow this down further-- especially the opening. Stretch those words out even more and it would really enhance the fact that you are toying and tormenting Halloway. And as she appears in different places and says those phrases like "Over here!" and "Look!" I think you can play with those being more sudden and jarring.

    However, overall, very very nice job with a piece that I feel would be very difficult for most people. Nice work!

    Best,
    Noelle

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach June 13, 2013 at 11:27PM

    Peer Feedback:

    You know how to savor words, brava!

    Your mic is doing you no favors. I suspect that you have some good tones that your mic is hiding from us.

    Try to enjoy the teasing a bit more. Play with it :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes I agree, need a better mic ;)

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    St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V (1599) by William Shakespeare

    Script:

    WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
    But one ten thousand of those men in England
    That do no work to-day!

    KING. What’s he that wishes so?
    My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
    If we are mark’d to die, we are enough
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this feast,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
    This story shall a good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ArlenChitty's recording

    This is an abridged version based on the movie adaptations by Sir Lawrence Olivier and Kenneth Brannagh. No attempt is being made to imitate these renowned actors.

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    Peer Feedback:

    glorious. maybe a little quick, but very very excellent.

    Peer Feedback:

    Arlen,

    Your sound is nice! Much improved from past recordings. Music choice was good also. The performance was quite good but way too fast, and I felt missed the mark a bit. This script is a rally cry to the troops featuring the battle in which Henry inspired his much outnumbered English forces to fight the French saying "the fewer men, the greater share of honour" when you made it sound more like a celebration or holiday.

    I really enjoy your work. keep it up.

    And for reference here is a link to the actors performing this script. Even tho I am not a fan of Branagh's perfromance, I see the point he was getting across.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM

    All the best.
    -dk-

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks redfrohock and Daniel. Best.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jamesromick's recording

    I had forgotten about this until Edge made mention of it in this week's Weekly Newsletter. So, I simply had to post a snippet in tribute to an absolute genius of the VO world. If you have never listened to "Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America - The Early Years" (1961), I urge you to beg, borrow or steal a copy and listen to it at least 100 times. I got it on vinyl when I was in college in the mid 70's and and wore grooves into the grooves as curlicues of vinyl came off the stylus. My best friend from those college days and I can recite the lines word for word, match inflections perfectly as well as sing all of the songs - even after years of not seeing each other, we've memorized it so well. These are Giants in the VO industry - Paul Frees (the narrator), Stan Freberg (Columbus), Colleen Collins (Queen Isabella), Jesse White (King Ferdinand) - as well as June Foray, Peter Leeds, Byron Kane, and many, many others. (IMHO, "Vol 2. The Middle Years" - which was done 35 years after the original - is a good listen, but doesn't quite have the polish and pizazz of the "Vol 1".) Do yourself a favor and waste an afternoon listening to this brilliant piece! And any other Stan Freberg that you can get your hands on.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-21601/script-recording-82434.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Dude, you sound just like him!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for sharing James :)

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    The Lord of the Rings Opening Monologue

    Script:

    The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live, will remember it.

    It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf-Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power.
    For within these rings was bound the strength and the will to govern each race.

    But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the Fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron, forged in secret, a master ring to control all others and into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One ring to rule them all.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear JonWessel's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I would just like to say that the tone and quality of your voice fits this reading very well. It sounds very appropriate to the material that is being read, and your soft spoken voice has almost an enchanting sound to it. On the whole it was very nice to listen to.

    That said, I do think that the recording quality wasn't perfect. The mic popped an awful lot, and almost all of the s' and t's sounded harsh.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback. I recorded this the day before I got my pop filter but I was sure to face slightly away from the mic to avoid that, but apparently it didn't help enough. This is also completely raw. I didn't do any editing to it at all, so maybe a little bit of that would have helped. Thanks again.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great work! I'm impressed with the performance and choice of script. Very fitting!

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your voice and especially the beginning but then as you progressed your voice lacked emotion and variation. I felt you were not fully invested in the story. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the comments. I may have backed off a bit towards the end, Arlen. Thanks for pointing that out.

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    The Station

    Script:

    Transient:
    The station's a place for travel. For those on a journey, coming or going, long or short. I see them everyday. No one stays. Well most don't

    Loudspeaker:
    The train is now departing, please step away from the doors. Thank you for traveling with us today. THE TRAIN IS NOW DEPARTING FROM THE STATION PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE DOORS.

    Transient:
    This place is a way station. A beginning and an end. A respite. A moment apart. A ticket from this station will take you wherever you need to go.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Steven Anderson's recording

    I'm working with layering a bunch of sound effects with the voice over. Tried for a natural read while still showing some character. Thoughts? What do you hear out there in radio land? :)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7852/script-recording-26580.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job! Did you do both of those voices? That's pretty impressive

    One thing I would note, though, is that the recording quality (especially the background effects) felt rather low. It felt at times like I was listening to an amateur flash animation on the internet.

    On that note, your character felt really good. I could see him standing in the crowded station leaning against a poll and feeling distant toward it all, like a "Wild West Cowboy" sort of vibe. Good job there!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, jmm. I did both voices. For the loudspeaker I added a phone filter in Cool Edit Pro. Your note confirms my suspicions that I didn't mix it that well. I appreciate the performance notes, too! I'm starting to wonder if I need to upgrade my AT2020usb...

    Thanks again! - Steven

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi. Your recording quality was good on this -- the environment was believable, and the mix sounded nice to me. The loudspeaker voice sounded great, and was a nice contrast to the transient's voice. I agree with jmm878's comment about being able to see him in the station, detached from what's going on around him. However, it sounded to me as if you were pushing a bit hard to keep your sound on that low, smoky level, and your voice 'fell out' at the end of each sentence. It almost sounded like you were running out of breath. Overall, nice job, though!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jimbobway's recording

    Yeah, I know..."him again." No question I'm claiming more than my share of "Peer Feedback" time, so thank you. I listened back to the earlier recording and thought it sounded a bit rushed and not quite dark enough, so I redid it (I hopefully got rid of some of the mouth noises, as well). Here's what I came up with. Thanks, again - Jim

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    An equally good submission, although the music track was just a touch hot for your vocal choice - it swallowed you up in some in spots in the middle of the story.

    Between the two, I prefer the previous one. Didn't sound at all rushed to me. It didn't happen here, but the temptation might have been to go too far to the other extreme. And then it gets a little indulgent. I fully understand the "second guessing" and the "I think I might have done that better (differently)" thing. Self direction is tough and sometimes makes one overly critical of one's own work.

    The analogy that comes to mind is when I use joint compound to fill in cracks in a wall. The stuff sets up pretty fast, so you have to know when to stop playing with it with your trowel or putty knife. Otherwise it starts coming back off the wall in semi-dried solid chunks and you have to start over.

    The moral is: Sometimes you just have to call it good and move on.

    But this is really good stuff as well.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ditto on my last comment. I also want to say yes I agree with need to make it darker. After all the entire dialogue is a warning. Who's going to take heed of a sweet warning?
    The need to scare the pants of the listener is called for.

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    Hi! Jim. Loved it. The pacing, inflections, all beautifully done, This one was slightly sinister and 'darker' than the previous effort,.Best.

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    Very nice voice! Accent is great if not authentic. Ominous yet not overly so!!!

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    I listened to both and personally prefer the first. There is more of you in it. In the first you seem less aware of HOW you are saying and more aware of WHAT you are saying. More of a truthful bent if you will. Both reads are lovely.

    NGB
    Foreboding,Subtle.

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    Great! Like the progressive dip into dark and foreboding.

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    Hi, I am new here and just hoping to get some feed back on my recordings. Any tips on performance or recording would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    Hello John,

    First on the recording quality: I noticed some room echo-google ways to reduce this.
    In terms of your read, there was too much going on! Don't try to ad lib narration copy. Just read it straight but, at the very least, answer these questions?
    1. Who are you?
    2. Who are you talking to?
    3. What do you want them to know and why?
    4. Where are you? This will determine how you talk to them.

    Hope this helps.

    Deidre

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    Thank you for the feedback Deidre!

    My room echo is still very much a WIP. I am hoping once I hang some blankets up it will reduce it enough.

    This is a script I was having trouble grasping the character and I guess it shows in my performance. I was going for a nervous guy in a tavern or a bar telling travelors about his encounters.

    I just noticed that the end is cut off too. I will probably give this one another try.

    Thank you again!
    John

    Peer Feedback:

    All of the fits and starts are a bit distracting. I'm not getting the complete story, just fragments, sometimes unintelligibly so.

    OK. So you chose your character - nervous guy in a bar telling a tall tale to anyone willing to listen. Fine. How much have you had to drink? Are you telling this story from personal experience? Is that trauma why you're spending so much time in the bar, drinking it away? Why do you feel the need to tell this story to strangers?

    There is an old adage in acting: "Less is more." This is way, way over-the-top, over acted to almost to a comical parody. The truth, the warning and the suspense are flushed away.

    Like your previous read, this sounds more like a video game character. With your energy and enthusiasm and over-the-top style, perhaps you might offer up to us something from the video game genre. The scripts in the library here are rather limited for that genre, but you could probably find some elsewhere or even write your own.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you James for reviewing my recording again. I appreciated your honest opinion!

    I am a huge video game fan and, though I never really thought about it, it is probably these in game characters that I am drawing from in my reads.

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the way you got into character, however, the first sentence sounded strange, it sounded like you said "believing" instead of "believe", and there is a lot of 'off-script ad lib' throughout. And the gasping and breathing was sort of distracting. Keep at it, the voice acting potential is there.

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    Brilliant work on the character. I knew exactly what you were going for here. If I was Directing I would be impressed with the energy you put into the character. It would be easier for me to ask you to dial it back than give me more (even though you probably could once in character). A bit of fine tuning and you'd be great at animation. Keep up the good work.

    -dk-

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    The Twilight Zone

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    There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ... The Twilight Zone.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The voice and read were excellent. But it sounds like too much room echo, and too much mid or low frequencies, a little "muddy" in the mix.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yep. A little bass-y and some echo.

    If you listen to and watch Rod Serling, he speaks with a lit of "throat" in his voice and his lips are pulled back and showing a lot of teeth, so that there is a lot of "bite" to his voice - very "forward". The cigarettes probably added to the raspy sound too. There was also a certain pattern to his delivery, which is difficult to describe. Not quite the "down, down, down" thing but close to it - a certain "finality" to his sentences.

    Peer Feedback:

    I could tell you were doing a Rod Serling impersonation (it would be bad if I couldn't. LOL). I enjoyed it.
    clearly this was just for fun, and it was.
    to James point, there are a ton of Rod Serling impersonators on youtube from which you could hone your craft even more.

    cheers!
    DS

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    Pretty good job! I think that at a few part the words were a bit hard to understand, but overall it sounded pretty good. Not the cleanest audio, but I think that might have been what you were going for.

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    The Wonder Years Narration

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    Once upon a time there was a girl I knew that lived across the street. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she smiled, I smiled. Every single thing that happened to me that mattered, in some way, had to do with her. That day we promised each other that we’d always be together. It was the kind of promise that could only come from the hearts of the very young.

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    Hi guys. I recently got a new mic (Neumann TLM 102) and 48 auralex panels. I set up my home studio in a corner of a room. I used all of my auralex panels and some blankets to create a little booth. I can already hear a huge difference from my Harlan Hogan porta booth but expected a better sound with my new recording area. I'm using a m-audio firewire solo audio interface, 2011 macbook pro, and adobe soundbooth CS5. I turned down the gain because I still heard some background noise. I'm using the default settings on sound booth because I'm not sure what I need to adjust. I want to get a sound quality that is good enough for jobs that I can do from home. Should buy new software, an interface, or pre-amp. I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

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    It might be easier to let you know, if we could hear the background noise. (that's a royal we, of course lol) The volume is so low, it's hard to hear the read, yet alone pick out what might be wrong. I wish we could post pictures around here...I'd love to see what you've put together!

    Your read was a little choppy, and you might want to stay away from hitting the words that repeat (brown and smile) I really liked the delivery on the last bit though.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm working through setting up my recording space too. It can be a tough process. The volume on your recording is low. Check that your mic is set up correctly as the 'line in'. Check that microphones on your computer/laptop are disabled,at least while you are recording. Find all the volume settings on your computer and make sure you know how they are working and exactly how they are effecting the recordings you are making. In my studio the level on the gain knob has the biggest effect on the volume level of the recording. For the db level, between -3/-12 is the goal I hear repeatedly. Your recording software should show you that level.
    The setup you have will probably give you good recordings if you get the 'line in', gain setting, volume settings and db levels working better.
    For the read itself, I think it would be good if you imagine you're telling someone the story so your sound is more natural.
    I've had problems with some of the same issues you're describing and have worked through them by working with and learning about the things I suggested to you above.
    I hope this is helpful and you are able to make good recordings. Don't give up. Once I learned how all my equipment worked, and what settings were good, I was fine.

    Peer Feedback:

    Even with a top of the line microphone like the TLM, if your recording space isn't nearly dead quiet, you might just as well be using the built-in mic on your laptop. Simply lowering the input gain won't necessarily record less noise or reverberation, every thing will just be quieter, including your voice. But when you normalize it to between -3dB to -12dB, that will just bring up the seemingly hidden noise along with the overall volume of the voice. Whatever the mic picks up will be in the recording, and the TLM is a pretty sensitive mic and picks up a lot. Some people swear that it picks up their heartbeat in a super dead room.

    You not only have to treat the walls, but the ceiling and floor and any other reflective surfaces with sound absorbing materials - carpet, clothing, packing blankets, comforters, foam, etc. And turn things (like a running dishwasher) off when you're recording.

    Different interfaces may give you slightly different results - some are of a better quality than others, it takes a little research.

    The software really doesn't matter all that much (although some are more compatible with FX plugins than others), so use what you're comfortable using. Fundamentally, they all only understand the 1's & 0's that come into the computer from the A to D converter from the interface, and reverses the process (D to A) on playback.

    You equipment seems fine. It's deadening the recording environment you'll need to concentrate on.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback! I'll make some changes and re-post.

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    World's Most Annoying Man

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    (Narrator): He IS the world's most annoying man. He once was slapped in the face by the pope for no reason. When he enters a restaurant, everyone else leaves. He is the world's first human mosquito repellant. Even rats and cockroaches run away from him. He IS the world's most annoying man.
    (Annoying Man): I don't always eat snacks, but when I do, I have Cinco Spicy Tortilla Chips! (Belch). Stay hungry my friends (annoying laugh) (SFX-Man jumping off cliff).

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    How is music sound level and quality of sound and performance. Thanks

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    Thanks little man. I have a basic setup and hopefully can "upgrade" eventually. I use a RODE NT1-A mic with a Focusrite pre amp 2i2. My mic is in a small alcove between a bookcase and a corner of a 10 x 10 room (den). Have mic surrounded by soundproof foam (like a mini booth). I do have to take care in how I face the mic. I actually read the script off my ipad on a shelf on the bookcase at eye level which is very comfortable. I use a Samsung laptop with Audacity for recording and editing. I am self taught regarding editing so I have a lot to learn. My goal is to get consistently good sound quality. That recording was one of my better ones (I added the music myself). I appreciate the positive comments immensely, I was a novice and it is a "marathon" not a sprint, but I love the process. I wish I had started this years ago, but technology has allowed most VO artists to work at home now. Tough business to break into, but to me it is a labor of love. Best regards.

    Peer Feedback:

    Everything was great in this spot, good job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very creative indeed! Music is cool and doesn't overwhelm you voice. The World's Most Annoying Man character is really the capper to the piece. He really IS annoying.

    Here's the big BUT.

    Your delivery on each of the setup lines is nearly the same in inflection, pitch intonation and pacing. Very metronomic, as there are definite "beat patterns" to the sentences in the way you emphasize something like every fifth syllabol. The phrase, "He IS the world's most annoying man." was said exactly the same way both times. A good acting rule of thumb is; if you have a repeated word or phrase, change it up a bit so that the delivery doesn't become monotonous. For instance, adding a little more exasperated emphasis like, "He IS the wooooorld's moooost annooooyyyying maaaan." (while rolling your eyes and shaking your head like you've had just about enough of this guy) to hammer the joke home. That way you can flip the first iteration (the premise) out a little quicker and then get on with the "let me count the ways" part, because that's the real "funny" in here.

    Good stuff though.

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    Age Range Vocal Exercise

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    Today I'm 100. I don't feel older...I mean, mentally. Physically, I am tired. I walk with a cane and have fallen a couple times lately. Been trying to eat right still, and watch my blood sugar. Have to be fit and nimble for the ladies.. Heh, heh.. *cough*. I try not to spend too much time thinking about the old times. The memories and all. Everyone I knew in school has passed on. Two of my children are gone. It's just not fair for parents to bury their children. *sniffle*. Well, I suppose that's all I want to talk about today. Not much of a birthday when the ones you love and miss the most aren't around to share it with you. It's tough getting old...it really is.

    Script submitted by dave@clickproseo.com

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    Ali (2001)

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    I ain't draft dodging. I ain't burning no flag, and I ain't runnin' to Canada. I'm stayin' right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for four or five more, but I ain't goin' no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer - when I want freedom. You my opposer - when I want justice. You my opposer - when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won't even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won't even stand up for my right here at home.

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    American History X Movie (1998)

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    So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned - my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it. Derek says it's always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can't top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you'd like.

    'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.'

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    Back Home in Derry

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    Back Home In Derry
    Bobby Sands
    In 1803 we sailed out to sea
    Out from the sweet town of Derry
    For Australia bound if we didn't all drown
    And the marks of our fetters we carried.

    In the rusty iron chains we sighed for our wains
    As our good wives we left in sorrow.
    As the mainsails unfurled our curses we hurled
    On the English and thoughts of tomorrow.

    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.

    I cursed them to hell as our bow fought the swell.
    Our ship danced like a moth in the firelights.
    White horses rode high as the devil passed by
    Taking souls to Hades by twilight.

    Five weeks out to sea we were now forty-three
    Our comrades we buried each morning.
    In our own slime we were lost in a time.
    Endless night without dawning.

    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.

    Van Dieman's land is a hell for a man
    To live out his life in slavery.
    When the climate is raw and the gun makes the law.
    Neither wind nor rain cares for bravery.

    Twenty years have gone by and I've ended me bond
    And comrades' ghosts are behind me.
    A rebel I came and I'll die the same.
    On the cold winds of night you will find me

    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
    Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.

    Contributed by Richurd

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    Big city hypnotist

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    We don't cotton to your kind coming around here, Mr. Big City Hypnotist! Always waving your watch in front of other people's faces, snapping your fingers, and expecting folks to be doing things you tell them to do. It just ain't right!

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    Blow (2001)

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    I was standing there, and it was like the outside of me and the inside of me
    didn't match, you know? And then I looked around the room and it hit me. I saw my whole life. Where I was gonna live, what type of car I'd drive, who my neighbors would be. I saw it all and I didn't want it. Not that life.

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    Bridges Of Madison County

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    This script is the speech that Clint Eastwood gave Meryl Streep when he wanted her to go away with him.

    I will only say this once, I, I have never said it before. This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime.

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    Clerks Movie (1994)

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    You're spending what? Twenty, maybe thirty dollars a week on your cigarettes?...Fifty-three dollars a week on cigarettes! Come on! Would you give somebody that much money each week to kill you? 'Cause that's what you're doing now, by paying for this so-called privilege to smoke... It's that kinda mentality that allows the cancer-producing industry to thrive. 'Course we're all gonna die some day. But do we have to pay for it?
    Do we have to actually throw hard-earned dollars down on the counter and say, 'Please Mr. Merchant-of-Death, sir, please, sell me something that'll stink up my breath and my clothes and fry my lungs'? ...Yeah. Yeah, and now here comes the speech about how he's just doing his job by following orders. Friends, let me tell you about another group of hate mongers that were just following orders. They were called Nazis!...Yeah, and they practically wiped an entire nation of people off the Earth just like your cigarettes are doing now.

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    Cloning Scene from Jurrasic Park

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    Oh! Mr. DNA! Where did you come from?
    From your blood. Just one drop of your blood contains, billions of strands of DNA – the building blocks of life. The DNA strand, like me, is the blueprint for building a living thing and sometimes animals that went extinct millions of years ago, like dinosaurs, left their blueprints behind for us to find. We just had to know where to look. A hundred million years ago, there were mosquitoes, just like today and just like today, they fed on the blood of animals, even dinosaurs. Sometimes, after biting a dinosaur, the mosquito would land on the branch of a tree, and get stuck in the sap. After a long time, the tree sap would get hard and become fossilized, just like a dinosaur bone, preserving the mosquito inside. This fossilized tree sap, which we call amber, waited for millions of years with the mosquito inside, until Jurassic Park scientists came along. Using sophisticated techniques they extract the preserved blood from the mosquito and bingo, dino DNA!

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    Cranky Old Man Poem

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    Cranky Old Man
    When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

    The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

    And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.

    What do you see nurses? ….. What do you see?
    What are you thinking ….. when you’re looking at me?
    A cranky old man, ….. not very wise,
    Uncertain of habit ….. with faraway eyes?
    Who dribbles his food ….. and makes no reply.
    When you say in a loud voice ….. ‘I do wish you’d try!’
    Who seems not to notice ….. the things that you do.
    And forever is losing ….. A sock or shoe?
    Who, resisting or not ….. lets you do as you will,
    With bathing and feeding ….. The long day to fill?
    Is that what you’re thinking?….. Is that what you see?
    Then open your eyes, nurse ….. you’re not looking at me.
    I’ll tell you who I am ….. As I sit here so still,
    As I do at your bidding, ….. as I eat at your will.
    I’m a small child of Ten ….. with a father and mother,
    Brothers and sisters ….. who love one another
    A young boy of Sixteen ….. with wings on his feet
    Dreaming that soon now ….. a lover he’ll meet.
    A groom soon at Twenty ….. my heart gives a leap.
    Remembering, the vows ….. that I promised to keep.
    At Twenty-Five, now ….. I have young of my own.
    Who need me to guide ….. And a secure happy home.
    A man of Thirty ….. My young now grown fast,
    Bound to each other ….. With ties that should last.
    At Forty, my young sons ….. have grown and are gone,
    But my woman is beside me ….. to see I don’t mourn.
    At Fifty, once more, ….. Babies play ’round my knee,
    Again, we know children ….. My loved one and me.
    Dark days are upon me ….. My wife is now dead.
    I look at the future ….. I shudder with dread.
    For my young are all rearing ….. young of their own.
    And I think of the years ….. And the love that I’ve known.
    I’m now an old man ….. and nature is cruel.
    It’s jest to make old age ….. look like a fool.
    The body, it crumbles ….. grace and vigour, depart.
    There is now a stone ….. where I once had a heart.
    But inside this old carcass ….. A young man still dwells,
    And now and again ….. my battered heart swells
    I remember the joys ….. I remember the pain.
    And I’m loving and living ….. life over again.
    I think of the years, all too few ….. gone too fast.
    And accept the stark fact ….. that nothing can last.
    So open your eyes, people ….. open and see.
    Not a cranky old man …..
    Look closer ….. see ….. ME!!
    Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!
    The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

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    Dirty Harry Do ya Feel Lucky?

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    Callahan:
    I know what you're thinking: "Did he fire six shots or only five?"
    Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself.
    But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?

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    Disney's Oceans Opening (Soft Spoken)

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    A boy comes running up, and he asks, “What exactly is the ocean? What is the sea?”
    You could hit him with a lot of statistics and Latin names, but the answer isn’t something you’ll find in a book. To really know what the ocean is, you have to see it for yourself. And hear it. And taste it. You have to feel its power.

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    Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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    Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rage at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right,Because their words had forked no lightning theyDo not go gentle into that good night.  Good men, the last wave by, crying how brightTheir frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sightBlind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height,Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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    Dr Lector meets Clarice Starling in The Silence Of The Lambs

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    Dr. Lector: Morning.
    You’re one of Jack Crawford’s aren’t you? May I ask your credentials. Closer please..... Closer.
    That expires in one week. You’re not really an FBI are you? Jack Crawford sent a trainee to me.
    MM. That is rather slippery of you Agent Starling. Sit, please.
    Ah! That is the Duomo scene from the Belvediere. You know Florence. Memory Agent Starling is what I have instead of the view. Oh. No. No. No. No. You were doing fine. You were being courteous and receptive to courtesy. You had established trust with the embarrassing truth about Migs and now this ham handed segue into your questionannaire. Ch…….It won’t do. Yeah!. Jack Crawford must be very busy indeed if he is recruiting help from the student body. Busy hunting that no one Buffalo Bill. What a naughty boy he is? Do you know why he is called Buffalo Bill? Please tell me. The newspapers won’t say.
    What do you think he removes their skins Agent Starling. Throw me with your acumen. I didn’t. You send that through now.

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    Evangelion soliquoy

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    Mountains. Heavy are the mountains, but that changes with the passage of time. Sky. Blue sky. What your eyes can't see. What your eyes can see. The sun. One, only one. Water. It is agreeable. Commander Ikari. Flowers. So many the same, so many without purpose. Sky. Sky red. Red the color, the color I hate. The liquid flows. It drips, ripples and pours. Blood. Scent of blood of a woman who does not bleed. From the red soil the humans come. The humans made by man and woman. City. A human creation. EVA. A human creation as well. What are humans? Are they creations of God? Humans are that which is created by humans. This is that which is mine. My life. My heart. I'm a vessel for my thoughts. The entry plug. The throne of the soul. Who is this? This is me.

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    Evil Speech

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    You Fool! The power contained within these orbs is enough to turn one into a living god..All I have to do now, is kill you and take back what is rightfully mine!

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    Forrest Gump Movie (1994)

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    You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doin' just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teachin' him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happenin' at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.

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    Frederick Douglass Quotes

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    "The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

    "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

    "I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress."

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    General Tauro Lira

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    "Sara had quite a time adjusting to South American food. It's much stronger in flavor than British fare. Of course, it looks different too. You should have seen her face when she first saw an avocado. She saw it was bright green and totally refused to try it. Nothing any of us could say or do would convince her. Though curiosity did get the better of her. She ended up sneaking into the kitchen one night and trying it. Shortly after that, avocados started disappearing and our cooks couldn't understand where they were going. We ended up finding the pits in her room. Turns out she loved them."

    "I planned for Sara to stay in Paraiso. There was a dignitary, the son of one of my best friends, who fancied her. I had every intention of arranging their marriage. But, the tension between her and my wife worsened. When Sara told me of her desire to return to Gale, I realized that it was for the best. Being back in the public would make it difficult for her to disappear without someone questioning. I realized it was the safest thing, next to being with me. I honestly never believed she'd find her family. I guess I was wrong."

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    Gladiator (2000)

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    My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

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    Good Will Huntng - Park Scene

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    Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me and I fell into a deep, peaceful sleep and haven't thought about you since. You know what occurred to me? You're just a kid. You don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about. You've never been out of Boston.
    So if I asked you about art you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written...Michelangelo? You know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that....
    If I asked you about women you'd probably give me a syllabus of your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. I ask you about war, and you'd probably--uh--throw Shakespeare at me, right? "Once more into the breach, dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap and watched him gasp his last breath, looking to you for help. And if I asked you about love y'probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone could level you with her eyes. Feeling like! God put an angel on earth just for you...who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it’s like to be her angel and to have that love for her to be there forever. Through anything. Through cancer. You wouldn't know about sleeping sittin’ up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand because the doctors could see in your eyes that the term visiting hours don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. I look at you; I don't see an intelligent, confident man; I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you're a genius, Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine and you ripped my fuckin' life apart. You're an orphan right? (Will nods) Do you think I'd know the first thing about how hard ! your life has been, how you feel, who you are because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally, I don't give a shit about all that, because you know what? I can't learn anything from you I can't read in some fuckin' book. Unless you wanna talk about you, who you are. And I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't wanna do that, do you, sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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    Mysterious thing, time. Powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous. Sirius Black is in the topmost cell of the dark tower. You know the laws, Miss Granger. You must not be seen. And you would do well, I feel, to return before this last chime. If not, the consequences are too ghastly to discuss. If you succeed tonight, more than one innocent life may be spared. Three turns, should do it, I think.

    Oh, and by the way. When in doubt, I find retracing my steps to be a wise place to begin. Good luck

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    Henry Hill VO in Goodfellas

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    As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

    To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.

    Tuddy ran the cabstand and the Bella Vista Pizzeria and other places for his brother Paul, who was the boss of the neighborhood. Paulie might have moved slow but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody.

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    Honey Baked Ham Commercial

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    Bee 1: Hi we're bees.

    Bee 2: And we're mad!

    Bee 1: Have you ever gone up to a bee and said, "Hey, you bee, thanks for inspiring the great taste of Honey Baked Ham."

    Bee 2: No, you haven't!

    Bee 1: Whatever!!! You love it. You enjoy it. But you never thank us.

    Bee 2: And YOU wonder why... we STING!

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    Indecent Proposal Movie (1993)

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    I remember once when I was young, and I was coming back from some place, a movie or something. I was on the subway. And there was a girl sitting across from me, and she was wearing this dress that was buttoned clear up right to here. She was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. And I was shy then, so when she would look at me, I would look away. Then afterwards, when I would look back, she would look away. Then I got to where I was gonna get off, and got off. The doors closed. And as the train was pulling away, she looked right at me and gave me the most incredible smile.

    It was awful. I wanted to tear the doors open. I went back every night, same time, for two weeks, but she never showed up. That was 30 years ago, and I don't think that there's a day that goes by that I don't think about her. I don't want that to happen again. Just one dance?

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    Inglourious Basterds Movie (2009)

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    My name is Lt. Aldo Raine and I'm puttin' together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers. Now, y'all might've heard rumors about the armada happenin' soon. Well, we'll be leaving a little earlier. We're gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we're in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin' guerrilla army, we're gonna be doin' one thing and one thing only - killin' Nazis. Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the god-damn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a f--kin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die.

    Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't be able to help themselves but imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us that they are tortured with. Sound good?

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    Love Actually

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    Love Actually (2003)
    Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.

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    Lucky Man-A Memoir by Micheal J. Fox

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    Lucky Man – A memoir by Michael J. Fox
    Chapter One - A Wake-up Call
    Gainseville, Florida – November 1990

    I woke to find the message in my left hand. It had me trembling. It wasn’t a fax, telegram, memo, or the usual sort of missive bringing disturbing news. In fact, my hand held nothing at all. The trembling was the message.
    I was feeling a little disoriented. I’d only been shooting the movie in Florida for a week or so, and the massive, pink-laquered, four-poster bed surrounded by the pastel hues of the University Center Hotel’s Presidential Suite still came as a bit of a shock each morning.
    It was Tuesday morning, so while I couldn’t recall the exact details of the previous night’s debauchery, it was a pretty safe bet that it had something to do with Monday Night Football. In those first few seconds of consciousness, I didn’t know what time it was, but I could be fairly certain that I hadn’t overslept. If I was needed on set, there would have been a phone call from my assistant, Brigette. If I had to leave the hotel at 10:00 A.M., let’s say, she would have called at 9:30, again at 9:40, then finally at 9:50 she would have taken the elevator from her floor up to mine, let herself into my room, propelled me to the shower, and slipped into the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee. None of this having transpired, I knew I had at least a few minutes.

    Even with the lights off, blinds down, and drapes pulled, an offensive amount of light still filtered into the room. Eyes clenched shut, I placed the palm of my left hand across the bridge of my nose in a weak attempt to block the glare. A moth’s wing—or so I though—fluttered against my right cheek. I opened my eyes, keeping my hand suspended an inch or two in front of my face so I could finger-flick the little beastie across the room. That’s when I noticed my pinkie. It was trembling, twitching, auto-animated. How long this had been going on I wasn’t exactly sure. But now that I noticed it, I was surprised to discover that I couldn’t stop it.

    Weird—maybe I slept on it funny. Five or six times in rapid succession I pumped my left hand into a fist, followed by a vigorous shaking out. Interlocking the fingers of each hand steeple-style with their opposite number, I lifted them up and over behind my head and pinned them to the pillow.
    Tap. Tap. Tap. Like a moisture-free Chinese water torture, I could feel a gentle drumming at the back of my skull. If it was trying to get my attention, it had succeeded. I withdrew my left hand from behind my head and held it in front of my face, steadily, with fingers splayed—like the bespectacled X-ray glasses geek in the old comic book ad. I didn’t have to see the underlying skeletal structure; the information I was looking for was right there in the flesh; a thumb, three stock-still fingers, and out there on the lunatic fringe, a spastic pinkie.

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    Network - The Money Speech

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    You have meddled with the primal forces of nature Mr. Biel
    And I won’t have it.
    Is that clear?
    You think you merely stopped a business deal.
    That is not the case
    The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country
    And now they must put it back.
    It is ebb and flow.
    Tidal gravity.
    It is ecological balance.
    You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations,
    And peoples.
    There are no nations.
    There are no peoples.
    There are no Russians.
    There are no Arabs.
    There are no third worlds.
    There is no west.
    There is only one holistic system of systems.
    One vast and immane,
    Interwoven,
    Interacting,
    Multi-varied,
    Multinational dominion
    of dollars.
    Petro dollars.
    Electro dollars.
    Muti-dollars.
    Riechmarks.
    Rens.
    Rubles, Pounds and Shekles.

    It is the international system of currency,
    Which determine the totality of life on this planet.
    That is the natural order of things today.
    That is the atomic and subatomic,
    And galactic structure of things today.
    And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature.
    And you will atone.
    Am I getting through to you Mr. Biel?

    You get up on your little 21” screen,
    And howl about America and democracy.
    There is no America.
    There is no Democracy.
    There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T,
    And Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.
    Those are the nations of the world today.

    What do you think the Russians talk about in their Councils of State?
    Carl Marx?
    They get out their linear programming charts,
    Statistical decision theories, Minimax Solutions
    And compute the price cost probabilities of their transactions,
    And investments.
    Just like we do.

    We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies Mr. Biel.
    The world is a college of corporations.
    Inexorably determined by the
    Imutable bylaws of business.
    The World is a business Mr. Biel.
    It has been since man crawled out of the slime.
    And our children will live Mr. Biel
    To see that
    Perfect world
    In which there’s no war,
    Or famine,
    Oppression,
    Or brutality.
    One vast ecumenical holding company.
    For who all men will work to serve a common profit,
    And which all men will hold a share of stock.
    All necessities provided.
    All anxieties tranquilized.
    All boredom amused.

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    Next!? - Redo

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    Five mirrors hanging,
    Four barbers ganging,
    Up on the hair which,
    Have grown astray.
    Combs sip through hair knots,
    Hair blobs and bald spots,
    Hary and have nots,
    All cut away.
    Watch trainees hang on,
    Slick scissors bang on,
    Snip make the hair gone,
    Day after day.
    Long faces, thin cheeks,
    Fat features, head peaks,
    pug noses, long beaks,
    Sad sacks and gay.
    Spittons on worn floors,
    Burr ends and fruit cores,
    Slam - open - close doors,
    Sit, snip and pay.
    Sink, strap and oil jugs,
    Grindstones and soap mugs,
    Goo stuff to kill bugs,
    Dug in to stay.
    No matter where at,
    Off with the ole hat,
    Haircut and that's that,
    Then on your way! .......Next!?

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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    There be the chest. Inside be the gold. And we took 'em all. We spent 'em and traded 'em and frittered 'em away on drink and food and pleasurable company. The more we gave 'em away, the more we came to realize, the drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, and all the pleasurable company in the world could not slake our lust.

    We are cursed men, Miss Turner. Compelled by greed, we were, but now we are consumed by it. There is one way we can end our curse. All the scattered pieces of the Aztec gold must be restored and the blood repaid. Thanks to ye, we have the final piece.

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    Hi All, Taking the plunge and looking for some feedback on my character voices, like almost every VO artist I am keen to get more video game work and character work so would like to know if I've got anything worth offering! I personally feel the the voices are fine but that I may be lacking "something" in my delivery? All feedback welcome! Thanks in advance, Jay

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    Hi Jay: I think you have something worth offering. The thing I noticed first was the 'static' bursts between the segments which was not pleasant to my ears. I know on these demos you don't have much time to transition but I'm thinking maybe the idea of that electronic dizzy switching tone of going up and down the dial on the old radio car radio using the knob might work, or an elevator floor ding. The segment I didn't follow was the 'dive, dive' ...piece, couldn't follow the storyline. Otherwise, well produced overall and nice variety. Liked the female voice. Hope you don't have to do any voices that strain and hurt your voice which can be unsustainable in long scripts. Larry

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    I'm just getting started. Fairly decent home studio but little experience. What do you think?

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    Hi Greg:

    You need to be a little more engaging with your voice and your connection to the text. I feel that you are holding back, a little timid. If that's your personality then learn to work within the parameters of your particular style. That's what voice acting really is. You need some coaching to get you out of your comfort zone. I did sense the energy in your voice towards the end. When I get a piece I'm thinking what is the story that I'm telling and be committed to telling that story as if you had to tell it or you'd explode. I want to be able to see the ocean, and hear the power of the waves. You bring the listener in as you yourself experience it as your saying the lines. Keep experimenting with it.

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    OK. You're going to hear this a lot - I mean A LOT.

    Who are you talking to? Who are you telling this story to?
    One person! A (specific) friend or relative. Could be a total stranger, but a specific single total stranger. What are they wearing? (shorts, t-shirt, mouse ears?) Where are you? (On the midway at Disney Land, for instance?) Do you know the boy, or is he just an overly excited kid that bumped into you? (How would you feel about that?) Who are you? (Are you an oceanographer or a park employee that routinely answers questions like these? Or just an average Joe walking in the park?) The answers affect the way you read these words. Might you adopt a younger voice for the boy's questions (since he's being quoted) - like another character?

    Since you don't want to confuse the kid with overly complicated things, you can toss those words off a bit like that's not what's important here.

    So, here is the important stuff! Paint me a picture. Four operative words - see, hear, taste, feel - the only sense the copywriter left out was smell.

    This is script analysis and character development. (Yes, even though you may be talking as you, you're still a character in the narrative.) It's not just about reading the words cleanly and clearly.

    Side note: I may just be an old f@rt, but I didn't get the " Agent Smith" reference in your critique of my "Internet Safety" post.

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    Were you possibly a little far away from the mic? The volume sounded low. I also think you might have been using a deeper voice than you actually have. That might have been okay for the character you were portraying, though. I think James made good points about script analysis and character development.

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    Agent Smith. Bad guy on the Matrix films.

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    Ah, yes. Now I remember. He's doing those GE commercials now.

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    I would have loved to hear more inquisitive in the boys "what exactly is the ocean?" make me hear the boy asking.. not the narrator. other than that.. great music and really nice emotion.

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    lovely and likeable emotion. The only thing for me is that I didn't always understand what you were saying. The emphasis kind of threw my ears off. Is your accent Canadian? (sorry if it isn't, not intending any US - CA insults, it's just I'm British, so I can't be sure)

    These parts I didn't get:
    and Latin names
    isn’t something you’ll find in a book

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    Hi Sean, Red;

    Thanks for the critiques. I needed to phrase the 1st question as the young boy would ask . Also, The Latin and book segment probably referring to cultural and deep research. Some things need to be experienced in person to "feel" it . I hail from Western Massachusetts where there are no accents....( ha, ha).

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    That was a great movie, Fred MacMurry, Edward G. Robinson, and the beautiful Barbara Stanwyck. After hearing your read I want to watch it again. Very nice read, visually took me back to that era. I did detect an accent in the beginning and you kind of lose it as the script continues. I know they talk fast back in those days in the movies but I thought the read was a bit rushed could have used a few pauses in key spots. Overall very nice. As far as quality, Just a little backround noise detected and a couple of pops when you were vocally louder. Especially the part, "I killed Deitrichson" Easily repairable. I like your voice for this spot, works well, good job. Voice On!

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    Rocky's talk to son

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    “ Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.

    But it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

    Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not point fingers and blame other people. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

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    Self Esteem

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    You know, a big struggle we face in life is finding the will inside us. Just looking for that self esteem to drive us forward. I look at myself and I've made the point of saying "Yeah, I'll probably be a serial killer one day. Not on purpose, like maliciously, just a psychotic break or something" I think of that often. Quite fondly, in fact. Not because of the fact that I'm probably a closet serial killer, but be cause one day, even if the world is crashing down on me, I might have a goal in life. Something to wake up in the morning and say "Yeah, I know what will make me happy today."

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    Sir Winston Churchill's Speech

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    And so, I have myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government - every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

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    Tennessee Cowboy

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    Alright guys
    Just came back from Texas
    Just finished milking some cows
    Just finished gittin' some chicken eggs
    I just finished playing with the dogs
    And I just finished shooting out some wild coons..
    Now I'm back in Tennessee, and this is where I hung my hat.

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    The 8,000-Year-Old Man

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    8,000 years ago my dad told me that I will die at 85, but I'm still here. Actually, I have a headache.

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    The Little Skillet Pot

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    Did you ever have colcannon with lovely yellow cream?
    And the Spuds and cabbage blended like a picture in a dream.
    Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
    of the creamy flavoured butter that our mother used to make?

    Yes you did, so you did. So did she, and so did I.
    And the more I think about, sure it the more I want to cry.
    Oh weren't them the happy days when troubles we knew not.
    And our mothers made colcannon in the little skillet pot.

    Did you ever help her make potato cakes on baking day?
    And the smells that filled the kitchen sure would take your breath away.
    And when at last twas ready sure a great big bite you'd take,
    of the creany flavored soft and melting sweet potato cake.

    Did you travel to the sea-side to spend a holiday?
    and your cheeks were red and rosy from the wind and from the spray.
    And you frolicked in the waves but you never felt the chill.
    And at night you heard some ghostly tales that have you shaking still.

    Did you ever go a-courting as the sun went down,
    and watched the stars a-twinkling from the hill above the town.
    Did you find a leafy bower where you knew you'd not be seen,
    and you gently kissed and cuddled with your darling sweet Colleen.

    Contributed by Richurd

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    The Lord Of The Rings Opening Monologue

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    The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live, will remember it.

    It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf-Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power.
    For within these rings was bound the strength and the will to govern each race.

    But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the Fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron, forged in secret, a master ring to control all others and into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One ring to rule them all.

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    The Truth About Fairies

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    Do you believe in fairies? They are not as friendly as once thought. First they bite. It feels like a little pick; a sting on the skin. When it begins to glow, that is what you have to be careful of. Then you're in for quite a rush, my dear boy. You see, their glittery skin, their sparkling wings, and glowing smiles - it's all just a trick; and they love to play tricks, especially on the ones that are fond of them. You think we are evil, we are devilish, these little girls (if you choose to call them that) are much, much darker than we.

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    The Wonder Years Narration 2

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    1968. I was 12 years old. A lot happened that year. There’s no pretty way to put this, I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country. And vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us. It was kind of a golden age for kids.

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    Think Not I Love Him

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    AS YOU LIKE IT
    A monologue from the play by William Shakespeare

    PHEBE: Think not I love him, though I ask for him;
    'Tis but a peevish boy; yet he talks well.
    But what care I for words? Yet words do well
    When he that speaks them pleases those that hear.
    It is a pretty youth; not very pretty;
    But sure he's proud; and yet his pride becomes him.
    He'll make a proper man. The best thing in him
    Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue
    Did make offense, his eye did heal it up.
    He is not very tall; yet for his year's he's tall.
    His leg is but so so; and yet 'tis well.
    There was a pretty redness in his lip,
    A little riper and more lusty red
    Than that mixed in his cheek; 'twas just the difference
    Betwixt the constant red and mingled damask.
    There be some women, Silvius, had they marked him
    In parcels as I did, would have gone near
    To fall in love with him; but, for my part,
    I love him not nor hate him not; and yet
    I have more cause to hate him than to love him;
    For what had he to do to chide at me?
    He said mine eyes were black and my hair black;
    And, now I am rememb'red, scorned at me.
    I marvel why I answered not again.
    But that's all one; omittance is no quittance.
    I'll write to him a very taunting letter,
    And thou shalt bear it. Wilt thou, Silvius?

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    Transformers-Optimus Prime

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    With the Allspark gone,we cannot return life to our planet.And fate has yielded it’s reward,a new world to call home.We live among its people now,hiding in plain site but watching over them in secret... waiting...protecting.

    I have witnessed their capacity for courage,and though we are worlds apart,like us there’s more to them than meets the eye.I am Optimus Prime,and I send this message to any surviving autobots taking refuge among the stars:We are here.We are waiting.

    Script submitted by dave@clickproseo.com

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    Vincent Price Thriller Rap

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    Darkness falls across the land
    The midnight hour is close at hand
    Creatures crawl in search of blood
    To terrorize y’awl’s neighborhood
    And whosoever shall be found
    Without the soul for getting down
    Must stand and face the hounds of hell
    And rot inside a corpse’s shell
    The foulest stench is in the air
    The funk of forty thousand years
    And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
    Are closing in to seal your doom
    And though you fight to stay alive
    Your body starts to shiver
    For no mere mortal can resist
    The evil of the thriller.

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    War in the Heavens-Immortals Prologue-Movie

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    When this world was still young,long before man or beast roamed these lands, there was a war in the heavens.

    Immortals, once thoughts incapable of death, discovered they had the power to kill one another.

    Lost in this war was a weapon of unimaginable power, the Epirus bow. The victors declared themselves Gods, while the vanquished were renamed Titans and forever imprisoned within the bowels of Mount Tartarus.

    Eons passed, mankind flourished and the great war receded from memory.

    But the evil that once was has reemerged.

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    What Dreams May Come Movie (1998)

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    I'm sorry, babe, but there's some things I have to say. I've only got a few moments left. I'm sorry for all the things I'll never give you. I'll never buy you another meatball sub with extra sauce -- that was a big one! I'll never make you smile. I just wanted us to be old together, just two old farts laughin' at each other as our bodies fell apart, together at the end by that lake in your painting. That was our Heaven, see? There's lots of things to miss: books, naps, kisses, and fights! God, we had some great ones. Thank you for those. Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts. For your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. You were my life. I apologize for every time I failed you. Especially this one.

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