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The Human Voice: How This Extraordinary Instrument Reveals Essential Clues about Who We Are (Hardback) - Common Hardcover – 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001G7RAFY
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.4 x 24 cm
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This fascinating book on a universal subject presents the culmination of years of research by acclaimed journalist, sociologist, and radio broadcaster Anne Karpf. Her groundbreaking investigation uncovers the powerful messages that lie not just in what we say, but how we say it.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Book 30 Aug. 2013
By andrew Macdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The role of the human voice (as opposed to text and print) is neglected in analyses of human interaction. Huge emphasis is placed on the content of both text and spoken communications, but the medium of human sound is curiously neglected except for artistic performances. Karpf's wonderful compilation of examples and analyses goes far to remedy this failure to notice a basic human truth.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still in the middle of this book 23 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this author interviewed on NPR a very long time ago and wrote down the title on a slip of paper. Just found that paper recently and decided to buy it. I am about 1/3 of the way in and it is fascinating to read about our voice. Not a page turner but if you have any interest in the human body, you might enjoy this book. Not dry - well written for medical or lay readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 23 Dec. 2009
By T. Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book. It is the kind of subject matter that we take for granted. This thing, this powerful thing we all (most, rather) possess is a gift. I was very happy with this author and this book, and have used it to my advantage. The unpleasant boss and the nagging mother are much more tolerable now, it's amazing.

"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play." Richard Strauss
3.0 out of 5 stars My assessment of "the human voice" 1 Jun. 2014
By PH Porteous - Published on Amazon.com
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This book deals with a very interesting topic, however the style of writing made it difficult to read, also the narration was at times repetitive. Overall however it was a very interesting read, although rather laborious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into the book 30 May 2009
By Meredith Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I could not preview the book digitally before buying it. I read 1 chapter and couldn't get interested.
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