While we're talking about the power of the human voice, how it invites us and holds us, consider Jennifer Acker's experience with her husband's voice.
Reading to me, reading stories I had chosen because I needed to hear them, was an intimate act of devotion. It not only helped me with my work, but also allowed me to revel in a side of him I rarely observed. Here were moments both vulnerable and so revealing they proved with a force beyond all reason that I wanted him, all of him, and to be near him always.
Read all about it (aloud?) here.