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MouthSounds Paperback – January 10, 1980


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; illustrated edition edition (January 10, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894801287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894801280
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Fred Newman has created voices and sounds for dozens of movies including Gremlins I & II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Practical Magic. He has received two Emmy nominations for his work on PBS's Between the Lions and tours regularly with Garrison Keillor on NPR, providing improvised sound effects for A Prairie Home Companion. He lives in Connecticut and New York City.

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Customer Reviews

Really fun for kids of all ages.
Erin J. Grim
I was able to make the noises right away, and they were so funny I kept making myself laugh!
K. Slusser
It's all done in a wonderfully amusing style with plenty of photos.
Daniel E. Sawyer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Sawyer on January 16, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fred Newman has written the best book and maybe the only book about how to make unusual sounds with your mouth. He's an expert at this, having done sound for many movies, TV shows, etc. But more than just a demonstration of these sounds, he actually teaches you how to make them yourself! This is more fun than you might think. It's all done in a wonderfully amusing style with plenty of photos. There is also a CD included so you can hear examples. We had a copy of this book on the table at a party. Some of the guests got a hold of it and spent a good hour trying out the various techniques, laughing all the way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
A well-written, step-by-step, fun guide to the folk art of sound making. I actually learned how to taxi whistle with two fingers, bark like a dog so well my chihuahua goes crazy, do cartoon SFX, and do a perfect impression of a water drip. I've used the sounds a lot in story telling, juicing up a story at a party, and when reading to my kids. It a great party book - I used it at a deadly family reunion to break the ice. It was a hit. The book comes with tear-out record which you will have to transfer to tape to really use. That's a pain, but it is very helpful. It obviously needs updating to a CD or tape. Book also includes a great deal information about the history of sound, the human voice, and sound-making. The author, by the way, was host of Disney's Mickey Mouse club for years, and now does voices, music and sound for Nickelodeon and Disney's DOUG animated series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Walker on August 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 11-year-old son has been threatening to run away to the Fred Newman School Audio Realism for years now. He's a big fan, plain and simple. Saturday evenings our house stops so my son can listen to APHC, and laugh with, practice with, get ideas from the Noise Master himself. This book and accompanying CD have provided my son with hours and hours of entertainment, and noise training. Who knew an 11-year-old boy could ADD to the sounds he uses to fill a home? Fred Newman knew. Great book, great CD, both genuinely teach the fine art of boinging and popping....and trust me, these sounds lead to thousands of others. Thanks Fred! Thanks Amazon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Gripp on June 4, 2005
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I first bought Mouthsounds in the early 1980s. Now, more than 20 years later, I still regularly employ the Taxi Whistle, stomach growl and barking dog for hailing cabs (it really works) and entertaining the under-5 set. At that time, the book contained a vinyl record, so the CD is a necessary update. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
I learned how to bark like a dog (my favorite) and now I scare people at school. They look around with a confused look on their faces saying "Where's the dog?!?"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
i loved how easy it ws to read the book and the pictures were fabulous. I also liked that just about every sound i can think of was in the book. i loved it! the CD was awesome and it sounded like it went around your head. i've never heard anything like this before!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Houghton on April 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
the only sound he doesn't have to put in the book is the one your own nose makes when that slimey stuff pops out of it because you're laughing too hard.

do yourself a favor: buy 12 and give them to all the crabby pants you know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aiman Kh Hassan on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Being amazed for a long time by the ability some people show of imitating sounds and voices, and after not having found any websites that offers any ideas on how to imitate sounds, voices and to produce mouth sounds, i came to know Mr. Newman's fantastic work through a pdf document in which he is interviewed, and i decided to buy the book and the truth is that i found it very helpful and full of surprises, for example i didn't know that to bark like a dog you have to inhale, and that the duck quack comes from the cheek! The book is very educating in the sense that it not only gives a nice introduction about how sounds are generated, but also gives detailed step-by-step instructions on how to produce specific sounds.

i think that with practice and fine tuning anybody can learn something interesting and fun from this book.i do recommend it for sound lovers.
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