Reviews of Rose (2002): Forensic Speaker Identification.

There have been three published reviews of my 2001 book, all very positive. The book was the subject of a 23 page review article in The International Journal of Speech Language and the Law by Dr. Michael Jessen of Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt. It was also reviewed in the Journals of the UK Forensic Science Society, and the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. Below are quotes from all three reviews, as well as some comments from individual professionals involved in forensics and speaker identification.

1.0 Quotes from M. Jessen ‘Forensic Speaker Identification’. The International Journal of Speech Language and the Law 10/1 (2003): 138 – 151.

“… Philip Rose presents an up-to-date and in-depth account of the discipline of forensic speaker identification. … with his broad coverage of topics, his clarity of style and his abundance of illustrations and examples, Rose is able to provide valuable information … “

“… with this emphasis of quantitative modeling, and statistical evaluation of forensic-phonetic data Rose is able to enhance the communication between forensic speaker identification and other fields in the forensic sciences …”.

“The book is very well written and full of state of the art information”.

“Teaching the reader the essentials of this scientific evaluation process in forensic speaker recognition is one of the many aspects that make this book … highly recommended.”

2.0 Quotes from S. Ellis ‘Speak no evil’. Journal of the UK Forensic Science Society Science and Justice 43/4 (2003): 253 – 254.

“This comprehensive and well-written book encompassing pretty well all you need to know about speech recognition/voice identification is one that can be enjoyed by the complete beginner and can also be taken as a basic textbook by the budding student of phonetics and linguistics. Any other interested readers from different forensic disciplines will find it a fascinating introduction to a related area which they may well find at some time impinging on their own cases.”

“The book is planned in a splendidly logical fashion”.

 “The book could be regarded as a textbook for someone embarking on a strenuous course of linguistic preparation for professional activity within the forensic voice identification field; or the reader may be satisfied from his own professional activity in the law or practical law enforcement that he can grasp the salient problems of dealing with material presented by experts he might meet in the course of preliminary enquiries or in court proceedings.”

3.0 Quotes from J. Boyczuk, RCMP ‘Forensic Speaker Identification’ Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 37/1 (2004) ( pp. 11-12.

“Dr. Philip Rose’s Forensic Speaker Identification is a highly useful guide to navigating the complexities in these overlapping disciplines, and is sure to become required reading for any forensic practitioner involved in voice comparison”.
“One of the strengths of his latest book is the comprehensive and detailed outline of research in the acoustic-phonetic and speech/voice fields at large. Rose goes far beyond reliability studies to explore relevant research in language-specific phonetic variability. At the same time, he is able to tie this work in with forensic case examples from multiple languages”.
“In summary, Forensic Speaker Identification is a clearly written and highly detailed text that does an admirable job of outlining the complexities of forensic voice comparison, and is a must-read for any practitioner seeking to stay current in this rapidly evolving field”.

4.0 Other comments

“ … anyone with a serious interest in forensic speaker identification would be advised to read Phil Rose’s new book.”.

Peter French, Chairman of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics. The discussion list for Language and the Law. 13th Dec. 2002.


 “I want to thank you for your book Forensic Speaker Identification. … All of biometrics (e.g. fingerprint, face, DNA) could benefit from a book such as yours – it’s terrific.”

Prof. J. Campbell, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 24th May 2003.


“… I had intended … to … write to say how excellent a book this is … ”
Robert D. Rodman, Professor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University.


“I have obtained a copy of your book "Forensic Speaker Identification" and although you do not need any compliments about its excellence, it is the first time that I have a document with such a rich, such an up to date and such a comprehensive coverage of the may I say still very young science called speaker ID. A lot has been said and written worldwide about the subject but few deep and thorough and please allow me to congratulate you about your book and thank you for having written it!”

Mamoun Alaoui, Head of Acoustics Laboratory, Gendarmerie Royale
S.I.G.R. Morocco. 10th Feb. 06