• Audition

  • Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
  • By: Michael Shurtleff
  • Narrated by: John Malone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, The Sound of Music, and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream role!

Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before; how to use humour; how to create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships, and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject. 

Audition is deftly narrated by John Malone.

©1978 Michael Shurtleff (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Best acting book to this day

Professional actor here, not famous, but working...
I’ve decided to go back through the syllabus of my theater training, and, pound for pound, I can tell you (with 20+ years of professional film, tv, and stage experience) this is the best book I’ve ever read (or heard) on the subject of acting.

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Mostly for stage actors

It was okay, mostly addressing stage actors, and the audio cuts out at the end of sentences often, but you can infer what he was saying.

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There were some good take aways / nuggets however, I found some of the chapters confusing as it was listed for example as chapter 18 but then in the narration he stated a totally different chapter number. Also it was unfortunate that this book was more applicable for theater actors and I was looking for something for the actor in TV and film. Although I was able to use some of the information provided it really wasn’t what I was looking for and I found some of the information to be a bit dated. Thanks

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Narration is annoying, please don't make announcer voice actors read books like this. have some longer phrases please with pitch; it's a book about theater. The performance does not reflect the authors voice when reading it at all. Does not entrance me, makes me feel like I'm studying, which I am.

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My most recommended 'In-and-out of context' book

I have continued to read this book multiple times throughout my life and many times in between Make no mistake, the lessons are solid for any becoming performer. Yet, to my personal reflection, I find this book shares important beliefs and insights for those that drive imagination on whatever stage they find themselves on. Though somewhat dated in reference to plays and performances from the time period, the lessons are just as important.

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great book for the audition process!

Wish I would've read this sooner. Audio has some spots where half of the word is dropped but still worth the listen!

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  • DAVID TYSON
  • 09-08-21

Good, definitely for beginners

Good book, definitely for beginners and a good reminder for actors who have been in the industry a while, it can be a bit repetitive and tends to focus on stage plays but it covers all the basics and more.

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  • Kevin Manns
  • 02-20-22

Pertinent for the times

Brilliant!! Simply Brilliant!!! I read this book quite few years ago when I first started acting and have forgotten how candidly important this book is to every actor or inspiring actor.