• Full Voice

  • The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence
  • By: Barbara McAfee
  • Narrated by: Barbara McAfee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-08-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (13 ratings)


Your voice says a lot about you. Based on the tone and expression of your voice alone, your listeners may make up their minds about you before they even process the meaning of your words. And if what you say is at odds with how you say it, they can miss your message altogether. As important as our voices are, few of us know how to use them to their full potential.
Full Voice offers a fun, tested method to harness the power of your voice to become a more effective and flexible communicator. Barbara McAfee identifies five distinct vocal tones or qualities - earth, fire, water, metal, and air - and explains how to cultivate each voice. You’ll also discover how to use your voice to convey authority, passion, compassion, and other essential leadership qualities - and how to choose the right voice to ensure your message and meaning are understood. With online practice videos and real-life stories to reinforce the message, you’ll experience an authentic shift in the impact your voice has on your colleagues, friends, and family.
McAfee’s approach offers much more than a minor cosmetic improvement. It enables you to use your voice to support your intentions and aspirations, express who you truly are, and bring your gifts to the world. As you become more aware of your own voice, you also become a better listener, more attuned to what people are saying underneath their words. You learn to transform the ordinary act of everyday speech - the presentations you give, the meetings you lead, the stories you read your children at bedtime, even your casual conversations with friends - into works of art. You’ll discover how opening your full voice opens you to untapped potential, power, and aliveness as well.
This audiobook includes 3 songs.
©2011 Barbara McAfee (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic reviews

“I’ve worked side by side with Barbara for many years and witnessed the brilliance of her talents - her strong, soaring voice that she so skillfully uses to encourage others to find their voices. I’m so grateful she’s written this book so that many more people may discover the gift of giving voice.” (Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Perseverance and coauthor of Walk Out Walk On)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 23-12-12

BRILLIANT brilliant shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Fabulous book full of loads of ideas to practice and use in my own public speaking.

I have listened to it twice and discovered ways of speaking that were unrecognisable to family and friends.

It has also had a remarkable effect on my singing voice and I am able to find many more colours with significantly less effort.

If you are a singer or a speaker or use your voice in any other way professionally, then I highly recommend this book.

God if only everyone would read it, some of the books here on Audible might just become a bit more entertaining!

Should be compulsory :-)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gery Lynch on 25-11-12

Different Approach

Barbara McAfee takes a completely different approach to voice training than the standard voice coaches I have attended or heard about. The idea of using the imagination to give individual voices a name and location appears odd but on using this technique I have certainly improved my vocal range and the difference has certainly been noticed by my drama teachers.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Salvador Minuchin on 04-05-13

There are muchbetter books for voice improvement.

Would you try another book from Barbara McAfee and/or Barbara McAfee?

No. Absolutely not.

What could Barbara McAfee have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

After 2 hours of waxing poetic about how your voice is important and influences all areas of your life (I honestly believed that already...which is why I purchased this book) finally the author mentioned an exercise. She said it could be seen on video (I was glad for that), at the web address she gave. I typed that in but it redirected. That website is pages and pages and pages long, and SOMEWHERE on the site (I'm sure) is that video.
I'm not going to wade through that huge, one-long-page website to find the video.

I may revise this review after finishing, because it's bound to get better, now that after 2 hours into the audiobook we're getting practical.

The author (when narrating anyway) speaks in a stilted voice throughout most of the book, so that the cadence of the sentence is not fluid. Half the time she reads one word at a time, and it shows. She has a nice voice, but she doesn't read naturally. It just sounds like someone's reading to you and leaning far too long on each and every consonant and being sure to leave a distinct space between each word in every sentence.

I've read Patsy Rodenberg's The Actor Speaks, and Cicely Berry's Voice of the Actor. Both are better...but then they weren't in audiobook. In fact they also were poetic, and some reviewers criticized them for that...but in the above 2 books the poetry was very descriptive of anatomy and for a specific purpose and along a directed theme. Also the 3D Voice is a simple book and more practical, and less verbose. In this book the author might tell a story about how a woman swore her brain injury healed faster once she started doing voice exercises, then another story of a man who looked like Santa Clause but sounded the opposite (and go on and on and on about this man). I don't care about the Santa Clause guy!

The book is written in an undisciplined, meandering manner.
You feel as if you're sitting in a hospital room listening to an old woman ramble on about personal stories, and then finally tell you conventional instructions which can be found in any other voice book. Also the author lazily indulges in repeating myths on the voice and stock advice (if you've read one or two internet articles on improving your speaking voice).

The author uses the word "literally" too liberally.
For example, "Hilary Clinton's voice literally grated on the ears of her listeners."

What I REALLY LIKE about the book was the many modern-day examples of such and such voices. Strident voices like Hilary Clinton, or too breathy voices like Bill Clinton, or nasal voices like Fran Drescher, or earthy voices like Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman (actually I just thought of those examples--wish they had been mentioned in this book). Other voice books sometimes mention a few examples, but they are usually people from 50 years ago. After reading other voice books, I did not understand what "strident" was.
Also the examples of songs to sing when practicing a given voice quality. Hadn't seen that in other books. Very good idea.

What gets very annoying is that the author drones on about "another client of mine [the author]," then you think that will be the last time. Then again, immediately after that little story of when the author helped someone, "Another client of mine..." Again! Then, wait for it... "Another time, many people in the audience came up to me [[the author]] after the long and told me how moved they had been...." Next paragraph, "Another client [of mine]..."

I appreciate authors who do NOT simply fill their books to the brim with how they've worked miracles for other people and catalog all the compliments people have paid them. Any half-competent therapist or even showman has a myriad of such stories of "moving" people. An entertainer, after performing 50 shows, will invariably strike a chord with a dozen people who become raving fans. The entertainer rarely hears from the audience members who weren't very fond of the show. Those members of the audience simply leave. They don't bother to wait till after the show to meet the entertainer.

If you're going to comment on this review, don't call me a hypocrite because I've rambled. Unlike the author, I'm not charging you to read my review.

Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara McAfee’s performances?

No, terrible reader. Narration was poor. Read as if her finger was under each word.

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

Yes, gave examples of famous people with particular voices, and songs to practice particular voices.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Trish on 10-02-15

don't bother

What disappointed you about Full Voice?

I thought this woman was supposed to be an expert in vocal presence. She has NO vocal presence. SHe sounds like a breathy porn star who speaks REALLY SLOWLY. This might have been helpful in the 70's and 80's but it seemed very dated...even though the author tried to give the book a modern edge by referencing current pop culture icons.

Has Full Voice turned you off from other books in this genre?


What didn’t you like about Barbara McAfee’s performance?

I sped up the narration speed 2x...that got it to a normal pace.

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