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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 Pap/Com edition (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556528299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556528293
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The products came two days early, I am very pleased about that, however only 1 of the three books looked Brand new. I bought all three books New, but two of them looked like they had been used before.

The Voice Book had been bent in the bottom right corner, it didn't look new. The contents of the book is all there, but I feel like if the product is going to be advertized as New, it actually should be.
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By David Holmes on Dec 26 2010
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This book is a valuable aid for any performer or teacher. It should be part of an acting student and actor's literature.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
For me, a noticeable improvement from a small investment in time and money Jan. 20 2013
By Bob Tobias - Published on Amazon.com
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I speak a lot. I've been a teacher, a lecturer, and a performer, sometimes all three at once. I even occasionally record my voice as part of reviews I post to Amazon. But I never had any formal training in how to speak. A few weeks ago I thought it might be a good idea, even at this late stage, to learn about what I've already spent a lot of time doing.

I chose this book for a couple reasons. Firstly, because of the reviews. Secondly, because it included an audio CD and I figured, with a book of this type, that could be real helpful.

When it arrived I took a somewhat unconventional approach, I listened to the CD first. They say up front that the CD is meant to accompany the book and not stand alone as a training tool. For me that wasn't completely true. I learned quite a bit just listening to it. Beyond that, the material in the book was more meaningful for having listened to the CD first.

What I learned were some simple rules and a set of small changes that, in my opinion, make a big difference in the way my voice and speech. (They're different... you learn that in the book :) )

If you haven't watched the video part of the review yet, it's meant to demonstrate the impact reading this book had on me. It provides a comparison of my recorded voice now with an excerpt from a recording I made a few weeks ago.

BTW, I feel that honest, effective reviews, accompanied by detailed videos, can take the place of first-hand experiences that are often lacking in online shopping. I've always appreciated the help I've received from other reviewers and try to return the favor as best as I can. I hope you found this review helpful and the video at least entertaining. If there was anything you thought was lacking or unclear leave a comment and I'll do what I can to fix it.
52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
first book to read on voice March 6 2010
By Superhero - Published on Amazon.com
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For a long time, I have been attracted to a strong, low and clear voice. I like especially the feelings of energy and confidence coming from the person with that voice. The Voice Book by Kate DeVore and Starr Cookman is a well-written book that helped me understand how to get the voice. There are a good amount of easy and simple exercises in the book that make you feel a quality change in your voice. The book mainly educates us about details such as body alignment, low breathing, opening up a vocal tract and forward resonance (vibration ). A few chapters are also spent on methods and tips on how to protect and maintain voice. In addition, I particularly like that fact that the authors do not forget to mention psychological factors such as confidence and approachability. These factors could influence your relaxation of your body, which in turn facilitates the physical quality.

While I was reading this book, I came to understand that a great quality of voice should be produced in a healthy and relaxed way. Some of us mistakenly try to take on a low tone by forcefully lowering your voice. This is a mistake. It could make your voice sound fake or, in a worse case, injure your throat. A great voice, on contrary, can be achieved by "freeing your natural voice" with a little effort. This book shows how to do just that.

I picked up this book to learn to become better in communication. Having a greater sense of control over my voice allows me to communicate more delicately nuanced subtleties in social and business situations. "The Voice Book" was of great help for my specific purpose. But it will be as helpful for any other purpose since the book is written for anyone who cares about voice.

Finally, the book is accompanied by a CD. Just listening to the authors' voices, I was amazed by their powerful, beautiful and very clear voices. It just sounds as if there were a high quality stereo inside of their bodies. The moment I heard the voices, I just simply felt I got right people to rely on.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Finally! A Book on the Voice that is for Everyone! July 1 2009
By Jay White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a singing voice teacher of primarily classical musicians, I am thrilled to have such a unique book! I have had the pleasure of working with both Kate and Starr and find their professional knowledge and ebullient personalities bring a much-needed exuberance to an often complex and dry subject. In other words, with sections like "Free Your Neck and the Rest Will Follow", "True or False Vocal Folds?" and "You've Got the Moves", the authors have created a fun, easy-to-read text that is useful to all users of voice.

The wonderful exercises in the book, many of which I used with Kate in both speaking and singing voice coaching, are clearly explained, both in reading and via the accompanying CD, and when used as directed, will definitely improve one's vocal quality.

As a "voice nerd", I'm particularly pleased with the final chapter that gives additional details on technical information regarding vocal production. This chapter also covers a bit on the role of the voice teacher as a part of a voice care team; an essential part of a successful university vocal program.

I highly recommend this book for all professional voice users regardless of profession. I will be using this text in my undergraduate vocal pedagogy course next year in order to prepare our voice students to be better teachers and voice users.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful tool Oct. 12 2009
By Lucy E. Butler - Published on Amazon.com
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As a speech language pathologist for over thirty years, I have read and used many voice books and manuals. This little book is a gold mine for professional voice users (singers, actors, teachers, attorneys, pastors, etc.)and for those who treat them. I heavily encourage my voice clients to buy it as an adjunct to - not as a substitute for - direct voice therapy. I bought it for local ENTs and one is recommending it to many of his patients. The book is quite user friendly and the CD is worth many times the cost of the book. The authors designed the CD quite effectively and present the exercies in such a light hearted way that they are not intimidating and are really enjoyable to complete. All for a little over $10.00!!!!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
a practical book, and a good reference July 8 2009
By l.east - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really appreciate the format of this book, which is easy to reference and makes a great addition to my library. I teach movement and physical theatre, and even though I have been doing this work for many years, I felt this book gave me a lot of clarity about voice and the body. I found it easy to incorporate this material into the material that I teach. I recently lead a workshop for dancers who wanted to improve their stage voices and this book was a valuable resource for me.

Interestingly, I choose the book for a teaching reference, but it has had a great influence on me personally. I am noticing that the author's approach to voice is helping me to be a better teacher... I am speaking more clearly to my students, and I am feeling a better and more confident embodied presence when I am speaking to a large group. This is not something that comes easily to me so I have enjoyed the insight and experience these author's have shared here. Highly recommended.


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