Speaking of timbre, here’s a nice, warm, dense voice:
Song Beside the Barn Wall by Alice Templeton (1 min 37 secs)
When I was in the middle phase of dissertation writing, I developed a technique of reading I found so helpful and enriching that I want to urge it upon the whole world. This technique is a simple thing—“obvious”—yet I was forty before it ever occurred to me to do it. Now I can’t imagine my life as a serious reader of poetry without it. I’ll tell you the back story.