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Summary

The greatest vocal coach in the world will help you get the voice you want.

Every time we open our mouths, we have an effect on ourselves and the way others perceive us. The ability to speak clearly and confidently can make or break a presentation, an important meeting, or even a first date. Now, with the advent of Skype, YouTube, podcasting, Vine, and any number of reality talent competitions, your vocal presence has never been more necessary for success or more central to achieving your dreams.

Roger Love has over 30 years of experience as one of the world's leading authorities on voice. Making use of the innovative techniques that have worked wonders with his professional clients, Love distills the best of his teaching in Set Your Voice Free and shares exercises that will help listeners bring emotion, range, and power to the way they speak.

This updated edition incorporates what he's learned in the last 15 years, as the Internet and talent competitions have completely changed the role your voice plays in your life. These are the new essentials for sounding authentic, persuasive, distinctive, and real in a world that demands nothing less.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Roger Love and Donna Frazier (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Beware of self-narrated books

What didn’t you like about Roger Love’s performance?

This is a good book and I believe the author is an excellent voice coach. However, I'm quite disappointed at the book because of the unnatural way the author narrates his own book. He keeps intentionally and excessively placing stresses on every few syllables, which makes listening a tiring and irksome experience. I decided to give up after listening for half an hour and went to buy a paper edition of the book instead.

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The book would have been far better if performed by narrators such as Heather Henderson, Brian Holsopple, Erin Bennett, etc.

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  • JASandJKS
  • 22-01-17

The book is more about the author than your voice

I recognise the experience and authority the author brings to this book. However the focus up front on his connection to famous people and how successful he is detracts from the book being a helpful tool. I could not get past the first two chapters.

Yes there is a formula to 'self help' books. Many authors are told to establish credibility so you will read. Surely this does not mean to the level done in this book. I love reading (listening to) books across the self help genre. The ones that work for me are books that genuinely put the reader's interests first, not the author's. Surely someone buying this book already realised the author is successful from his bio.

Also the title says to help with your singing AND speaking voice. I bought this book to help with speaking. Yet the pitch at the start tries to hook you in with an appeal towards being famous. Perhaps a book that is just for singers who want to make it big, and very clearly stated as such, would be better. The book tries to appeal to too many audiences that have clearly different needs. Also sometimes a book originally written in 1999 should stay in that year. The changes noted by the author at the outset to this book warrant and entirely new book, not an update revised edition.

Again this is not about the author. I am sure after reading about his work that he does truly create an impact in the professional lives of his clients. This review is about the book structure and emphasis.

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  • eric
  • 18-03-17

very helpful, PDF and website included

Not sure if some of the other listeners made it all the way through, but a few sections begin with certain celebrities, their problems and how he helped them. Then he explains what to do if you are having the same issues. But anyway, the book comes with a PDF and a companion website which has practice exercises you can listen to and download which is pretty neat. I am not a professional singer just looking to get better and I feel like this book has helped a lot. It is too soon to see so far, maybe in a month I will come back and let everyone know how I am doing. But it goes into other subjects such as songwriting, practicing, stage fright and a lot of other relevant topics. If you are at all interested pick up this book. Roger is obviously one of the top in the industry and sincerely wants to help, I believe. He is enthusiastic and his positivity is kind of contagious as you are listening. In the audio exercises he even encourages you as you go along, which at first I thought was silly but really helped as I was struggling. Great book, pick it up!
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  • hah3000
  • 09-01-17

No training

I bought this book to train mu voice but instead I found stories about how the author helped other celebrities. He keeps referring to voice exercises found on a website which doesn't exist or not opening for a reason but they should be in the audio book. I'm very disappointed.

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  • Nikita
  • 04-11-17

A decent book

It's a long book and takes time to understand the various aspect of voice. May be a voice teacher could be a better choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-17

All the need info is included with this audiobook

What about Roger Love’s performance did you like?

His voice shows all of what he shares with you. He practices what he preaches.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That only 2% of the population is actually tone deaf. Most people are just "tone shy".

Any additional comments?

Your Audible library has a pdf with additional info, as well as the required website. In addition, he repeats the web address multiple times during the audiobook.

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  • Sandeep Chopra
  • 13-08-18

Excellent book!!!!

At first I was skeptical because it takes a while before he gets into the vocal training stuff. This is excellent way to learn a new skill on your commute. There is a great deal of knowledge that the average person or even the professional will learn by listening to this book!!!! I didn't know the importance of humidity and how the vocal chords really work. I had been interested in making my more voice more deeper and richer, but I had been going at it all the wrong way, by forcing it with more energy from my breath.

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  • Fernando
  • 18-05-18

Where are the exercises??

What is the point of purchasing this book if you’re not receiving the TRAINING EXERCISES to accompany it? It’s disappointing.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 27-09-17

Excellent

Keep up doing the good work roger! i gradually notice my progress as well as the relaxation of my voice.

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  • Stephanie
  • 11-03-17

Must Read For Singers and Speakers!!

Roger Love does an excellent job of sharing his knowledge and experience in this book. He gives practical exercises to help improve your singing as well as insight into the music business itself. His love for music and passion for helping people are so evident! Hearing that even top performing artists have to work on their skill encourages me that if I work really hard I can be just as good as they are. Thank you! 😊

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