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  • Secrets of Screen Acting

  • By: Patrick Tucker
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there toward the real. His step by step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested screen acting checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just great!

  • By colette on 10-22-15

A must read for any screen actor!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Would you listen to Secrets of Screen Acting again? Why?

Not only would I listen again, but I will be listening again... and again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

What does David H. Lawrence XVII bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David H. Lawrence XVII does a great job of interpreting the author's personality - adding a touch of humor where it is called for, using sarcasm where appropriate, and changing tempo to bring an educational book to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. There really is too much to consume all in one sitting. This is more of a textbook rather than a novel and if you're using it as designed you probably would not be able to get through it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book for review by the narrator, but as an actor myself I am glad it is now in my library. This book could be used to teach a full-length course in a classroom on screen acting. The first couple chapters alone more than pay for it by explaining fully the true differences between acting for stage, television, and screen - all of which require different approaches. I also found it extremely insightful regarding the volume of voice you should use in each scene based not on the location of the camera or other actors, but on the position of the microphone picking up my voice. It was interesting listening to this book to see where I accidentally was already doing some things right, but then in other areas where I thought I was doing things correctly, I was doing things wrong. This book comes with a companion PDF with diagrams and photos which, while not required, would likely be extremely helpful in absorbing all of the information presented. This is a book that can and likely should be listened to over and over again to retain the information is provides, and that is exactly what I plan to do. I will also be recommending this audiobook to other actors in my circle of influence.

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  • Or All the Seas with Oysters

  • By: Avram Davidson
  • Narrated by: Darren Marlar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This is a classic collection of short stories written by Avram Davidson, one of the most acclaimed fantasists of the 20th Century. It includes his best-known short story, "Or All the Seas with Oysters", and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Author, Wrong Narrator

  • By Easy Reader on 04-22-13

Cerebral, yet engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-12

What made the experience of listening to Or All the Seas with Oysters the most enjoyable?

I love the fact that this is a collection of short stories. I was able to listen to a single chapter, which was an entire story in itself. Every new chapter was a completely new experience and storyline with different characters. For those of us with short attention spans, this was perfect!

What did you like best about this story?

Avram Davidson really makes you pay attention. Definitely not a background-noise type of listen... you must be engaged at all times!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, which is why I enjoyed I loved that it was several short stories. I could go several days or weeks between chapters and not have to worry about remember what had happened previously. Each chapter was a completely different sci-fi story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Take the Stairs

  • 7 Steps to Achieving True Success
  • By: Rory Vaden
  • Narrated by: Rory Vaden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take the stairs they have my advertising

  • By Lpcemt-p on 07-07-15

Read It... Live By It.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you listen to Take the Stairs again? Why?

I've listened to this book four times now - and I'll continue to listen to it, as I'm reminded of certain truths every single time I do. Rory Vaden is obviously an accomplished speaker and does an excellent job of creating visual representations of the points he wants to convey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Take the Stairs?

As an actor and voice artist, I desperately want to be successful (don't we all?), and I was hooked when Rory said, "Success is never owned, it is rented - and the rent is due every day."

What about Rory Vaden’s performance did you like?

Unlike many books in which the author does his own narration and shows his inexperience in front of a microphone, Rory Vaden is an award-winning public speaker who lives in front of a microphone. His job is to communicate a message in a vocal performance - and he does so brilliantly in this book.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Take the Stairs?

There are many things I've learned from this book - the importance of creating good habits, deciding to do those things I don't want to do in order to accomplish what I do want, etc. But most of all it's the ever-present concept of the "taking the stairs" mentality... that is what will likely be the most long-lasting impact.

38 of 43 people found this review helpful