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  • The sound of the waves crashing on the shore had a comforting cadence.
  • She speaks with a halting, mumbled cadence.
  • Defensive players may not interfere with the quarterback’s signals by making sounds in the cadence of the offensive signals.
  • Her voice had the same slow, neutral cadence as a bedtime book.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • The bad news is that my hands prevent me from using either cane or wheelchair, so I must now march to my own unique cadence to keep upright.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • The voices talked of everything, there was nothing they could not talk about, he knew from the very cadence and motion and continual stir of curiosity and wonder in them.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Grover played a sharp tweet-tweet cadence on his reed pipes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • By now, I’d detected the nervous shrillness that crept into her cadence when she was worried but pretending not to be.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • some musical cadence
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Now and again the changed cadence of a story coming through made Sandi lean forward and listen.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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  • "Caitlin," Rogerson would say, and I’d listen so hard, trying to tell just by the cadence what might happen when we were alone.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Her arms, burned to butternut, moved sinuously among the dull platinum ripples, elbow appearing first, casting the forearm back with a cadence of falling water, then reaching out and down, stabbing a path ahead.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • When Loren’s voice began reciting the poem, he, too, echoed the cadence of the music, just like my body was, and it felt like we were making magic together.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Occasionally, as if something snapped in his memory, he would begin to chant old marching ditties, calling cadence in a voice high and hollowed out.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It began to crack down the middle, as with an earthquake, and as Stendahl watched the magnificent sight he heard Pikes reading behind him in a low, cadenced voice: ". . . my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder—there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters—and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the House of Usher."
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The unmistakable, clipped cadence of Martial voices carries down the tunnel.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Behind us, the marching band took their position on the field, drummers beating a solemn cadence.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • "Bella and Yetta and Jane," Harriet chants, her voice taking on the cadence of a five-year-old again.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I kept trying Amy’s cell, and it kept going to voice mail, that quick-clip cadence swearing she’d phone right back.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It came out slower than she was used to, but also smoother, the syllables rolling off his tongue in a pleasing, unrushed cadence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • " ’I his would be the last and final resting place of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand," Lindsey Lee Wells said, her voice suddenly affected with a new cadence, that of the bored tour guide who long ago memorized her speech.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • When your legs are chained together, you are forced to adopt a short, tippy-toe cadence.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "We’ll help you get out," says Dee in a singsong cadence.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "Sybil tells me your little festival is an annual occurrence," she said, the cadence of her voice swooning like a lullaby.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • John’s voice was low-pitched but very clear, and the words fell with a musical cadence that was a delight.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Papa Papa Papa Papa," Marie-Laure is saying, but her body seems to have detached itself from her voice, and her words make a faraway, desolate cadence.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • We remain in a connected cadence until the very last moment, when his eyes grow heavy.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The cadence is slow, and one foot falls ever so slightly heavier than the other.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • A voice behind me wailed in rhythmic cadences a strangely moving lamentation, "Oh God, why can’t they leave us be?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Stingo, Stingo," the voice went on in lulling cadences, having reverted to the Brooklyn style.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My heart hit a faster cadence.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Muffled comedy voices floating from next door, articulated cadences of a television laugh track.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He drew me in close, and I felt the cadence of a heart pounding between us.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was, he said in his strolling cadence, "kind of daring."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Not in the Capitol accent, but in the rougher cadences of home.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • She sang, and her voice flowed in a rich cadence, swelling or dying away like a nightingale of the woods.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The child went singing away, following up the current of the brook, and striving to mingle a more lightsome cadence with its melancholy voice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Although he speaks softly in the unhurried cadence of the American West, his voice has an edge, and the set of his jaw betrays an undercurrent of nervous energy.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The melodic, swooping movement of her Jamaican patois was quickly replaced by the more stable cadences of American English.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Laila marveled at her daughter’s manner of speech, her cadence and rhythm, her thoughtful pauses and intonations, so adult, so at odds with the immature body that housed the voice.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Just outside music it lay, with a cadence not like theirs.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • "I am a messenger of an ancient brotherhood," the voice announced in an alien cadence.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Not only that, but the sound was different, more guttural, the cadence off.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The way she spoke, the cadence and the tone, not the voice, brought back all the silent conversations, the voice in my head, my sister.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Eragon did not know the words but found himself mouthing them along with the elves, swept along by the inexorable cadence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stiffness, and the cold, and dark.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Sometimes, preoccupied with her work, she sang the refrain very low, very lingeringly; "A long time ago" came out like the saddest cadence of a funeral hymn.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Once more the same sound arose, as if from the bed of the river, and having broken out of the narrow bounds of the cliffs, was heard undulating through the forest, in distant and dying cadences.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Yet, no one could have looked at him twice, without looking again: even though the opportunity of observation had not extended to the mournful cadence of his low grave voice, and to the abstraction that overclouded him fitfully, without any apparent reason.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Nearby, some Americans were saying good-by in voices that mimicked the cadence of water running into a large old bathtub.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
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