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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Badly Brought Together, 12 Mar. 2009
This review is from: How to Do Accents: The Essential Handbook for Every Actor (Paperback)
I bought this book to learn American accent but it is a waste of time.. I read the reviews on Amazon and they were good but from now on I am not going to trust the reviews on the site as it seems they are probably biased and not genuine.. and this is how I found this book-

There is no one particular dialect you could focus on. everything is mixed up together so if you are keen to learn about one dialect you will go through all different 'R's for example for all dialects and then 'L's and so on and so forth. You'll be learning all the dialects together if that is at all possible

All the information is jumbled up together for some reason and for my money makes it totally useless. I would ask for a refund if I could
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2009 17:47:25 BDT
Hi.
We are sorry to read of your problems with this book. The book is a complete course in How To Do Accents. The aim is for readers to understand the structures and patterns to listen for and to develop the skills necessary to be able to do ANY accent. We also advice actors how to work both in preparation for and during reharsals and auditions. When used in this way we have found it to be enormously successful. It is our aim to keep this very complex subject as clear and simple as possible, though, as you can imagine, this is a monumental task. Thank you for your comments and feedback. We are currently formatting the second edition, as well as books on specific accents, and will bear your experience in mind.
Edda Sharpe and Jan Haydn Rowles

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 00:06:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2009 00:11:57 GMT
I own this book/cd and both comments here I find valid. -I find accents very difficult and wanted to a quick fire way to get certain accents. I found it both interesting and enlightening with regards to where in your mouth/body the resonance lies for particular accents\dialects. HOwever, you do need to give yourself time to explore this. Maybe this is the wrong title for the book? You can't just "do" accents...but then again, realistically, there is no "easy way" to do accents. Like acting out a character, it is only thorough research, practice, research and more practice that will get you there. This is helpful, but (sadly) there is no quick way to "do accents" it requires study and hard work. I learnt more about dialect by visiting the place and talking to the natives who could listen and correct me where I went wrong.
Good attempt for trying to make things easier regarding where the sound/dialect resonates from, but I have to agree it's confusing when you listen to the disc.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 15:12:05 GMT
I've tried various accent products, this one was recommended by a good voice teacher and I do think it is the most useful general resource (as opposed to a personally tailored guide you might get from a dialect coach) in terms of being able to hear the differences between accents and feel the subtle shifts in your mouth. It is more likely that you will then be able to correct yourself or adjust an accent for yourself but of course it is a long haul. The CD really helps, in fact having lost the CD I am now buying another copy as the book is much less helpful without it.

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 14:28:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2013 14:29:32 BDT
G. Bernard says:
Why do think people would take their time to post insincere reviews? I think you are being a bit too skeptical to be sane.
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