Beginning with the novel argument that the ability to speak is what made man the planet's dominant species, the award-winning New Yorker writer and best-selling author shows why the voice is the most efficient, effective means of communication ever devised.
... exemplary ... quickly charges off in surprising and consistently fascinating directions ... In the equally illuminating and entertaining second half of the book, Colapinto wades into the hotter waters of gender, sexuality, race and politics...It would be easy to misstep here, but Colapinto’s observations are, by my read, informed and respectful.
[Colapinto] diligently delivers his newfound knowledge and hard-earned perspective, aided by an exhaustive lineup of scholars, scientists, historians, physicians and voice artists. From Cicero to rock stars to demagogues to opera divas to newborns, Colapinto learns, enlightens and entertains ... Our voices gives life and meaning to our words—and as humans, Colapinto says, we do crave meaning. This is an intensely researched compilation that includes evolution, history, politics and competing scientific theories, launched by Colapinto’s personal struggle to save his voice. Fact-heavy yet digestible, This Is the Voice requires time and attention to absorb, but it’s worth it.
... heavily researched ... Especially interesting is his theory of how Abraham Lincoln’s high voice helped win a presidential debate. Insights on why babies vocalize before they speak words further fascinate. Lots of data, evidence, thoughtfulness, and heart here.