The Human Voice

The Human Voice : The Story of a Remarkable Talent

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Can you tell the mood of your loved ones by their tone of voice on the phone? Are you surprised to learn that Margaret Thatcher never had voice coaching? Would you be interested in learning how to intuit much of what you struggle to know about someone through listening in the right way? For most people, the voice is just something that happens when they open their mouths, it's taken for granted, something that people claim never to have given a second thought. But, our ability to communicate is crucially dependent on the voice and the voice lies at the heart of what it is to be human. Anne Karpf's book aims to establish a sense of the importance of the human voice and to thoroughly investigate its physiological, social, psychological, emotional and cultural history and significance. In examining the voice in this way, Anne Karpf has written a fascinatingly diverse book, and it is as she follows the story of the voice from the role it plays in bonding mothers and babies, through the evocative power of famous voices, to the fears that modern technology may send the voice into decline that we gain great insight into communication and human more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 30mm | 521.64g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export ed
  • 0747578222
  • 9780747578222

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PRAISE FOR 'THE WAR AFTER' 'A vibrantly lively memoir about growing up in a Holocaust home...At times brutally sad, THE WAR AFTER is also a rich and funny exploration of the struggle between a child and her parents.' Independent on Sunday 'Fascinating and revealing' Literary Review 'Anne Karpf is a skilled storyteller, moving naturally between her own history and that of her parents in a way that neither intrudes nor distorts' Times Literary Supplementshow more

About Anne Karpf

Anne Karpf is a British writer, journalist, and sociologist. Born in London to Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors, she studied at Oxford, and then worked in BBC Television. She has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan, a book reviewer for The Times, and for seven years was radio critic of the Guardian. After gaining a postgraduate degree in the Sociology of Health and Illness, she taught medical students at London University. Now a columnist for The Jewish Chronicle, she broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and television, and writes for many national newspapers on women, health, social, political, and Jewish issues. She lives in London and has two more