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Received Pronunciation (RP) - An Accent Training Resource for Actors
Written by: Gwyneth Strong, Penny Dyer
Narrated by: Penny Dyer, Denise Gough
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Access Accents bring the highly sought-after voice techniques of top voice coach Penny Dyer to the actor's audio device. They offer a unique opportunity to prepare for auditions at short notice.

Included in this programme:

  • A description of the accent and region
  • Examples of resident speakers
  • Penny Dyer and actor Denise Gough working on the accent and text
  • Practice sentences
  • The text example

Penny Dyer is an internationally renowned Voice and Dialect coach and a leading specialist in theatre, film, and TV work.

Gwyneth Strong is an actress known especially for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses and for a wide range of contemporary theatre and TV work.
©2007 Gwyneth Strong and Penny Dyer (P)2007 2007 Methuen Drama

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  • BG
  • 04-10-07

Wonderful resource

It's a wonderful opportunity to hear RP being discussed by an English acting coach and an Irish actress. This is much more helpful than learning RP from an American teacher, no matter how well trained. The British discussion gives an insight you'll never get from listening to American discussions -- not just the How's of the accent, but lots of the Why's. For example, I had never heard that the reason the tongue stays low in the mouth for RP is that for many years English society held that it was vulgar for the tongue to be visible even during speech.

There is one unfortunate thing about this Audible release: they refer several times to the information in the "booklet that accompanies this disc" (including mentioning that the practice sentences can be found in the booklet), but, of course, there is no booklet available for the Audible version.

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  • Ann Booker
  • 27-06-15

Not a training but...

What disappointed you about Access Accents?

This really isn't a training resource. Granted if you are careful enough and born British can pick-up few pointers to add one or two nuances to your range but, as I said it is not a training tape

What didn’t you like about Penny Dyer and Denise Gough ’s performance?

performance was fine, it just wasn't what it is advertised as

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  • Douglas W. Borchert
  • 12-11-12

Theory over Practice

What would have made Access Accents better?

There should have been more examples of Received Pronunciation that gave readers the chance to practice it.

What could Gwyneth Strong and Penny Dyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

They should have directed the book toward the listener.This was a recorded conversation of two academics talking to each other.

How could the performance have been better?

The participants should have considered the interests of the audience not their own.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook is a waste of time for actors trying to become more adept at Received Pronunciation. Save your money

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  • Kenneth
  • 24-03-11

Very Practical

As advertised, this title is aimed at the preson who understands the basics of the RP already, and needs pointers on how to produce the sound naturally. It is extrememly useful for anyone who does not want to sound like some annoying spinster aunt, or Carol Burnett's stage RP. She's being hysterical; you want to sound as if you went to Oxford.

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  • Penelope
  • 20-03-12

This audio recording is offensively bad.

This audio recording forces you to listen to a "lesson" in Received Pronunciation where the "student" is an actress with a strong native Irish accent. The "student" and "teacher" spend most of the time in a meandering chat that is NOT in Received Pronunciation. We then hear the actress improve her RP accent very slightly so that by the end of the recording she merely has a bad RP accent, as opposed to an outrageously bad RP accent. There are precisely give minutes of practice words, phrases, and sentences in good RP at the very end of the recording. This is an absolutely worthless recording and one that will not teach you anything useful.

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  • Chi-Hung
  • 11-04-10

Dissappointing

For something that cost $13.00, I expected this course to be more instructional and less opinionated. If it had cost $5.00 I'd have given it a 4, but as it is, it just won't do.

The interview playback was also a waste of time, and consider it was an hour program, I wanted it to be one hour of intensive instruction, but alas it is not to be.

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  • Liza
  • 31-05-19

A huge help.

this was a huge help in leasing the RP accent. I got more each time I practiced along. I also found it useful for the modern Irish accent the actress/ student had.

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  • Mark
  • 12-12-18

Magnificent

This book is helpful for those interested in British RP and in phonetics in general, but don't think you can learn te accent with this book alone.The audible version doesn't give you sufficient theoretical basis. But if you've already got it, then the book will be comprehensive.

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  • RDR
  • 01-01-18

tRIp at its best

Very nice speaking voice and perfect accent for RP. Would love to keep on listening

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  • Suzannah
  • 20-04-15

Awesome how-to!!

I liked how they introduced and taught the accent to someone trying to grasp the accent. The wide use of examples and tips have helped me understand my own errors.

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  • James Leader
  • 23-01-15

Hmmm

There are some good tips and helpful analogies here, but it feels like a lot is missing. And, without the accompanying booklet, this recording simply isn't as helpful as it could be. I'm sorry I used my credit on it.

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  • G.F.P.
  • 07-06-16

Excellent introduction

It has given me a very broad introduction of RP including its context & position of muscle besides examples of words sentences & discourses

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  • Hercules
  • 19-11-19

Not as Advertised

I barely found anything of use in this audiobook. The entire thing is a conversation between two people talking about how they try to achieve RP, but there are barely any examples. What makes it worse is that one of the people talking is Irish, so you're actually listening to an Irish accent for a lot of the audiobook and many of the attempts at RP are performed by the Irish speaker. In my personal opinion, the Irish speaker isn't actually that good at performing RP, so I ended up listening to an Irish version of RP. Not very helpful at all. Someone who actually speaks RP should have been included in the interview.
While it's interesting to hear what the Irish speaker is doing in order to attempt the accent, it ultimately isn't that helpful and was only a distraction. And when all you want to do is learn the RP accent, the last thing you want to hear is 3 different accents in one audiobook (the host, the Irish speaker and the accent).