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This audiobook was much more interesting and informative than I initially thought it would be. It's short in length but packed full of helpful information and exercises to improve one's vocal abilities. <br/><br/>The narration was absolutely excellent. I suppose that's to be expected, given the author's background and training, but Nancy Bos' voice suited the content of this audiobook perfectly. She has a good teacher's voice!<br/><br/>There were vocal exercises, of course, but what added value for me was the explanation of how our voices are affected by fundamental things like breathing and posture. She did a good job of describing postures and breathing as I started each exercise, with good examples/descriptions/analogies to help ensure that I was doing the exercise correctly. I suppose that audiobooks can be tricky that way for this subject area -- we don't have any diagrams to visualize like a reader of a printed book would have. So instead, we need to rely on the narrator to get us to where we need to be for each exercise. I feel that Nancy did a great job with that, with her encouragement, and with teaching us the exercises but coaching us through them.<br/><br/>I also enjoyed hearing her talk about the vocabulary and the practice of singing. As a young person, many many years ago, I took music instrument lessons so I'm generally familiar with music terminology (e.g., staccato, legato); however, I was never quite clear about things like voice classifications in popular music versus classical music. And I'm always interested in hearing what vocal teachers have to say about pop singers. As we already suspect, some pop singers are better vocalists than others -- Nancy helps us understand these differences. <br/><br/>So, for an audiobook that is relatively short in terms of total duration, I think that it's absolutely well worth the investment. I have lots and lots of audiobooks in my listening library on my iPod and this is one that I won't be archiving in the near future. I'm not planning to audition for a musical, but I would like my significant other to stop cringing when I sing along to the radio. I think Nancy's audiobook can help with that ;)<br/><br/>This review is my personal opinion and was provided in exchange for a copy of the audibook.
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The pure joy of singing comes out in every lesson. Nancy does a very professional job.
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