Access Accents

  • by Gwyneth Strong, Penny Dyer
  • Narrated by Penny Dyer, Denise Gough
  • 1 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Access Accents bring the highly sought-after voice techniques of top voice coach Penny Dyer to the actor's audio device. They offer a unique opportunity to prepare for auditions at short notice.
Included in this programme:


A description of the accent and region
Examples of resident speakers
Penny Dyer and actor Denise Gough working on the accent and text
Practice sentences
The text example

Penny Dyer is an internationally renowned Voice and Dialect coach and a leading specialist in theatre, film, and TV work.
Gwyneth Strong is an actress known especially for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses and for a wide range of contemporary theatre and TV work.

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Wonderful resource

It's a wonderful opportunity to hear RP being discussed by an English acting coach and an Irish actress. This is much more helpful than learning RP from an American teacher, no matter how well trained. The British discussion gives an insight you'll never get from listening to American discussions -- not just the How's of the accent, but lots of the Why's. For example, I had never heard that the reason the tongue stays low in the mouth for RP is that for many years English society held that it was vulgar for the tongue to be visible even during speech.

There is one unfortunate thing about this Audible release: they refer several times to the information in the "booklet that accompanies this disc" (including mentioning that the practice sentences can be found in the booklet), but, of course, there is no booklet available for the Audible version.
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- BG

Theory over Practice

What would have made Access Accents better?

There should have been more examples of Received Pronunciation that gave readers the chance to practice it.


What could Gwyneth Strong and Penny Dyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

They should have directed the book toward the listener.This was a recorded conversation of two academics talking to each other.


How could the performance have been better?

The participants should have considered the interests of the audience not their own.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.


Any additional comments?

This audiobook is a waste of time for actors trying to become more adept at Received Pronunciation. Save your money

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- Douglas W. Borchert "nichka"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2007
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc