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Don’t I Know That Voice?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

By Patrick Wong

When I describe someone, I typically explain the usuals: he’s short, has brown eyes, a round belly, and has balding and graying black hair. Anyone who knows him would know that I’m describing my dad. I probably wouldn’t say that he has a voice akin to a rough and tumble Santa or that his sneezes sound like a walrus’ cough, but if you’re the creator of Whose Voice is That?, that is exactly what you would say to describe my dad.

Whosevoice.org is a new site centered all around the voice. The unnamed creator of WViT says that his special gift is voice recognition. Think that’s Jamie Lee Curtis in those Boniva commercials? Of course not, it’s Nancy Giles! That’s what WViT is there for, to shed some light on those voiceovers you’re so sure you recognize but can’t quite place.

WViT has compiled a list of audio books with notable readers like A-listers Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, and the epically voiced Patrick Stewart. For the Superbowl, WViT compiled another list of his favorite voiceover ads. And if you’ve ever wondered what Darth Vader sounded like before James Earl Jones, WViT has got you covered there, too. Let’s just say the “Luke, I am your father” line probably would be iconic in a whole new way.

WViT is still young, but it’s brought an intriguing and often overlooked angle to the blogging world. After all, if the Little Mermaid taught us anything, when Ursula bartered Ariel’s voice for a pair of legs, we often take our voices for granted. They may not look like anything, but they literally say a lot about who we are.

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