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It is estimated that there are more than a million professional voice actors in the world. It is by nature, a largely hidden profession but nonetheless is one that annually generates more than $4.5 billion globally.

Voice Over Man is a fascinating insight into the life of one of the world’s most prolific voiceover artists. It’s a frank and very personal account of his career. Not in the full glare of the spotlight, but in the dark spaces behind the scenes that the public never gets to see. From barking like a dog on pet food commercials - to his universally recognised work on the world’s biggest television shows - The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent together with countless video games and live events - he recounts the highs and lows of his deeply unconventional career. If you liked The Larry Sanders Show, W1A, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Toast Oo London - you’ll love this!

Unlike Kleenex or Clorox, Peter Dickson is not a household name, so while he may not be very effective at or indeed remotely interested in cleaning under your rim or around your U-Bend, his voice is heard in every household in the United Kingdom and beyond; every hour of every day, of every year. From selflessly lending his vocal talent to radio and TV commercials, video games, documentaries, radio programmes, interactive telephone systems, corporate audio and video productions, game shows and family-friendly TV broadcast entertainment behemoths, he is quite literally all over the ruddy place!

This is a book which will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what actually goes on behind the scenes on TV and radio. It’s a frank and very personal account of a life lived in the media. Not in the full glare of the spotlight on the shiny floor in front of the camera, but in the dark spaces the public never get to see; the voice booths, control rooms, offices, dressing rooms and dimly lit corridors backstage.

Peter Dickson has been a professional voiceover artist for 45 years. He has worked in all sectors of the entertainment industry and alongside many of its biggest stars. He has been the voice of more than 200 TV series - many of them multi-award-winning - and the promo voice for more than 60 TV channels. He has acted on more than 30 of the world’s top-selling AAA game titles and has voiced more than 30,000 TV and radio commercials. He founded and co-owns GravyfortheBrain.com - the world’s biggest online voiceover training school and mentoring resource for established and aspiring voice talent. He also founded and co-owns ReAttendance.com - the global virtual events platform. He has an honours degree in psychology, is a member of British Actors Equity and the Chartered Institute of Journalists and is understandably, ever so slightly knackered.

©2020 Peter Dickson (P)2020 Provox Ltd/Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Critic reviews

“Peter Dickson is a legend in the industry. It’s about time we heard from His Master’s Voice.” (Hugh Bonneville - stage and screen actor)

“Peter Dickson is a show-business legend.” (David Walliams - comedian and author)

“Great yarns and excellent stories from the man with the voice of gravel and gravy.” (Vic Reeves - comedian and surrealist painter) 

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Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

This book never stops being interesting, Peter bolts out interesting stories about the brilliant people he has met and narrates it so well, what a voice this guy has, many wonderful stories, if it wasn’t for sleep I would have done this book in one visit , did it in 3, even eating dinner with AirPods on so I could continue to listen, one of the best audible books I’ve listened to in the last 12 months , and I have listened to many , pure class, well done Peter, this book has No1 written all over it and so it deserves , Thank you from Patrick Dee Westcliff on Sea

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Ruddy marvellous!

A fantastic biography of one of Britain’s most recognisable voices, some great stories from Peter’s career and some amazing celebrity encounters. Much admired and much imitated (admit it we’ve all tried it) I think everyone will love listening to Peter recounting some of his favourite stories from throughout his career.

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Consumed in two tantalising sittings.

If ever there was an audiobook you want read by the author, it's this one. This book is crammed full of stories that are made all the better in Peter's unique voice. I highly recommend this book!!

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Devoured this delight!

What a ruddy top bloke Peter is! Brilliantly entertaining audiobook delivered in Peters ubiquitous style!

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Voice over man in his own voice

Loved the book from the first to last word, funny stories a plenty. Have to say hearing the whole thing in Peters own voice adds significantly to the enjoyment, feel like he is telling all the stories personally to you. Cannot recommend highly enough. Well done Peter!!!

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Bravo Dicko!

A feel good account of the rascally behaviour and colourful career of a national treasure! Exactly the kind of light relief you need in 2020, thank you Voice Over Man *****

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Absolutely glorious! Laugh-out-loud brilliant

Anyone with even a passing interest in TV and radio entertainment has heard his voice often before, but who knew what Britain's best-belovèd bigmouth thought of it all once the mic was switched off? Who had any idea how he started building such a varied, rewarding and fun career? A downright hilarious, warts-and-all exposé of life as the UK's Emperor of Voiceover, with marvellous vignettes and anecdotes, tips and sage advice generously scattered everywhere, "like a madwoman's sh!te". Highly recommended 👍

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I loved every single page.

Voice Over Man is one of those books you don't want for it to finish. Beautifully and cheekily written. It makes you laugh out loud and it sends tears to your eyes. Mr. Dickson's, +40 years long story is incredible. Real to bits, full of incredible individuals, funny and also very motivating, whether you a matured VO or just putting your first steps on this path. But of course you don't have to be a VO to enjoy this book. It is after all a fantastic autobiography of a huge hearted gentleman. To say it is worth reading would be a slight understatement.

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A wonderful insight into a world that not many know, by the best in the business. What a legend.

I happened across Peters book having been a member of his globally recognised company, Gravy for the Brain. A wonderful resource for new and veteran voiceovers. This exciting and extremely entertaining tale of Peters beginnings as a Voiceover artist is a must listen. From the great stores at working with the BBC, and to getting in trouble with the then PM David Cameron and the rich stories of entertainers past and living. Please listen, you won’t be disappointed!

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Very entertaining!

Peter is a born entertainer and he provides a fascinating insight into life as a voiceover, it’s mainly genres, introduces us to a whole host of fascinating characters and celebrities and observes voiceovers continual change. Delivered - as you’d expect - in his inimitable style.

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What a memoir should be

A terrific insight into not only Peter Dickson’s life, but an insiders retelling of the last 40 years of English broadcasting and voice-over history. The performance is perfection. The stories priceless. Highly recommended.