This is one of the most comprehensive books on voiceover that I’ve read. I purchased the second edition in the early 2000’s and loved it. This 6th edition is even better. It has grown thicker over the years as it is filled with much more information than the second edition plus the author, James R. Alburger has meticulously kept it up to date as the business changes.
This book is perfect for folks new to voiceover as well as those who are veterans. It contains breathing exercises, mic techniques, tips on creating characters, how to create a demo and much, much more. At nearly 500 pages this one is a bargain. I’d file this one under reference books, because you can jump to any section to look up information that you need, when you need it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to enter the world of voiceover. No fluff in this one, just straightforward information that you can put into action imediatly. At the end of the book there is an entire section of interviews with experts in the field who offer advice to you. This section is gold in my opinion because this is a business where many hide their secrets, so kudos to these pros for sharing their knowledge with the author and the reader.
I started using "The Art of Voice Acting" when I was teaching a Voice and Diction class at my acting school, and after reading [the] book, I restructured it into a "Voice Acting" class. The amount of free web links inside is worth more than all the Voice Acting books on the market. I understand why it's considered the bible of Voice Acting. I have recommended it as "The" Voice Acting resource for my students and fellow aspiring voice actors ever since. I have [this] book to thank for the foundation of my training. Thanks Jim for inspiring me to pursue my Voice Acting dream!
David Letendre, voice actor and coach
As I have always said: your book, "The Art of Voice Acting," was what triggered my VO career, inspired me and in many ways got me to where I am today. And when I was invited for presenter at VOICE 2008 as the first Scandinavian voice actor it was a confirmation and important milestone, apart from the sheer joy of being among so many professional colleagues.
Since then, I have been working steadily, have clients in 20+ countries worldwide, been voted Sweden's most Solid Voice and got my first Manley Ref C microphone last year. Your "A-B-C" principle is one of my favourite tools, as well as "Tell me, don't sell me". So, thank you James Alburger and the Voice Acting Academy!
Stefan Chinell Voiceovers - www.swedvoice.se