The Speaking Voice

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.6 stars; 17 reviews)

From the Preface of The Speaking Voice: principles of training simplified and condensed: "This book offers a method of voice training which is the result of a deliberate effort to simplify and condense, for general use, the principles which are fundamental to all recognized systems of vocal instruction. It contains practical directions accompanied by simple and fundamental exercises, first for the freeing of the voice and then for developing it when free."

Parts I and II of the book comprise advice on vocal production and techniques, while some chapters in Part III provide detailed guidance on the vocal interpretation of various literary genres, including the essay, various types of poetry, short stories, dramatic monologues and plays. Some chapters comprise mainly examples for practice, and include complete poems and stories.

The reader has endeavoured to follow the author's instructions, but makes no guarantee as to her success, especially in the poetic realm. (5 hr 8 min)


the narrator was great. I enjoyed the the tips on how to narrate

(5 stars)

Another excellent reading by Ruth Golding!

(3 stars)

Ruth is one of my favorite readers, which is why I picked this book - and as a reader myself, I thought I might pick up some tips. Ruth delivers another excellent reading - my rating is principally because I didn't find the book terribly helpful. The biggest take away was that all I learned about breathing and freeing the voice of tension from my singing lessons applies equally to the speaking voice - whether that is reading out loud or speaking before groups. It was difficult to follow the examples and tips for reading various types of poetry and prose without the text of the poem (or essay or whatever) in front of me. Would recommend that others pull down a copy of the text so they can better follow along in the interpretation sections.

(5 stars)

A tour-de-force by Ruth Goldman, she excels herself, not easily done. This is essential for anyone who wants to improve their tone & quality, for anyone who wants to feel good about the sounds they can produce. Have more of an effect upon the world, be music to others ears! All LibriVox volunteer readers could benefit from this. Thanks Ruth.