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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 2 customer reviews
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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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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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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e457b0) out of 5 stars For me, a noticeable improvement from a small investment in time and money Jan. 20 2013
By Bob Tobias - Published on
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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.
61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb47805f4) out of 5 stars first book to read on voice March 6 2010
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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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb47804f8) out of 5 stars Straightforward and Readable, but Thorough June 29 2009
By AccentJim - Published on
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I teach voice & speech on the university level and with private students in all walks of life, and this is a great book for both! I appreciate how accessible the information is for some of my private clients (everything from actors to lawyers to teachers). One of the issues I have with most of the voice books out there is that they're so dry or technical that it feels like I'm punishing my clients/students to recommend a text. This one is a very easy and enjoyable read.

The great balance, though, is that it's very thorough with the basic ideas that voice users need to know, but I LOVE the extra chapter at the end: "Extra Technical Information." They made it all very usable, and then end it with all of the technical stuff that my students can get into if they want it.

I'm also blown away by how cheap it is with the CD included... This is a great book for people to start with.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5fe9914) out of 5 stars The Best book for voice help on Amazon Oct. 25 2011
By Matthew Fitch - Published on
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I ordered every voice book that amazon sells. No I don't want to be a singer I just wanted to improve the sound of what I had because I have to become a teacher and will be a fully licenced on soon. I bought all the others and this is the one I liked best. It helped me the best out of all the others.
I spent hundreds and hundreds on the other books sold here and the cds.
This book gives confidence to people with naturally bad voices like me. It tells us how to make our naturally lacking resonance or shrill nasally voices as strong as can be. Teaching us to take what we got and make it work the best for us.
This book is the best product out there if you are a "close talker" or have a naturally quiet voice.
It helped me get through the ordeal of student-teaching.
It is of the highest quality compared to the others.
These ladys who wrote it did an excellent job compared to the others.
They tell you what you have and how to use it best.
Top of the line. They're the best.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e6bedc) out of 5 stars Wonderful tool Oct. 12 2009
By Lucy E. Butler - Published on
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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!!!!