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The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice Paperback – Jul 1 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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