The 7 Best Acting Self Tape Tools Under $20

You’re busy. It’s way easier to listen to a book on your commute or as you clean the house. But sometimes you want to actually spend some time studying your craft too.

So do both! Here is a list of 15 of the best acting books you can get on Audible.com right now! (You get a 2 free books with your free trial using this link.)

You’ll finish the books faster, they take up 0 space, and you can enjoy them anywhere at anytime.

Great for beginners:

Acting: The First Six Lessons (Unabridged), Narrated by Melissa Epp

Widely considered a must have for both beginning and established actors. In these 6 lessons you’ll better understand the craft of acting and what it takes to grow as an artist.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Acting But Were Afraid to Ask, Dear, Narrated by The West End Producer

Truth in humor. The anonymous and Twitter sensation, West End Producer, never fails to deliver hilarious and pin point accurate barbs satirizing and celebrating the theater industry.

How to Get into Acting, Narrated by Christopher Dickins

A basic step-by-step blue print for the aspiring actor that should provide a good overview of what to expect and where to start.

Ideal for working on your craft:

Respect for Acting, 2nd Edition narrated by Angele Masters

For actors and audiences who favor truth in a creative process famed acting teacher Uta Hagen illustrates her own struggles as a performer and her techniques that she developed.

An Actor’s End, Narrated by Kenneth Branagh

A short story written by renowned playwright, and champion of the theater performer, Anton Chekhov.

Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker, Narrated by  David H. Lawrence XVII

In one of the highest reviewed acting books on the platform, Patrick Tucker shares a step-by-step guide to the elements of effective screen acting with over 50 acting exercises and a robust checklist.

Voice-Over Voice Actor: The Extended Edition,

Narrated by Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt

This updated and award winning audio book offers a behind the scenes look at what it takes to build a career in voice over.

Stories from the pros:

Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations About Film, Television, and Theater (Unabridged), Narrated by Kathleen Turner, Dustin Morrow

Sharing her stories and insight from a 40 year career in television, film and on stage, Kathleen Turner shares these lessons with esteemed film professor Dustin Murrow.

My Life So Far, Narrated by Jane Fonda

As one of the most recognizable women of our time, Jane Fonda reveals how she is so much more with stories from her youth among Hollywood’s elite to the challenges and triumphs of her life today.


Helen Hayes, Narrated by James MacArthur

The “First Lady of Theater” has been on stage, screen and television for more than 50 years. A captivating portrait.

The Actor’s Life, Narrated by Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson

One of the best actor’s survival books. Jenna aims to give some guidance to actors who are currently hitting the pavement so they don’t make the same mistakes she did for nearly a decade before landing her iconic role on The Office.

If Chins Could Kill, Narrated by Bruce Campbell

Confessions of a B Movie Actor is the autobiography of Bruce Campbell, self proclaimed mid-grade, kind of hammy actor…and now doubt fun to listen to.

A Life in Parts, Narrated by Bryan Cranston

You’ll learn more about this iconic actor than you ever knew. From his early start on screen at the age of seven to his decision to actually distance himself from acting and go into a career in law enforcement. It’s been a long road and he’s played many parts.

About the business:

Acting in Chicago, Third Edition: Making a Living Doing Commercials, Voice Overs, TV/Film and More (Unabridged), Narrated by Chris Agos

Established Chicago actor, Chris Agos, demystifies how to make a living as an actor and how to invest that money wisely in your career. The dos and don’ts are laid out clearly and practically for performers at any level.

Working Actor, Narrated by David Dean Bottrell

David’s 35 years working in the business have given him a tell-it-like-it-is tone in this must have guide for working actors.

There ya go! Whether you’re traveling, doing the dishes, at the gym or on your way to work you now have access to some great books that will keep you connected to the craft you love all the time. 

Don’t forget that your free trial with Audible.com gets you 2 free books! Plus there is new material coming out all the time from autobiographies (Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime”)  to original comedy series like Kate McKinnon’s “Heads Will Roll.”