John, one time GOD did SPEAK TO ME IN THE WAY YOU MENTION. I knew something was different, I didn't understand it either, until later. God seems to prefer speaking to me through my intellet.At first it was audibly. Then later,as I grew, other ways. As far as tones, I'm talking about-- loud, soft, normal, ect.I am ashamed to admit, I got angry with God when He stopped talking audibly. He explained, I needed to learn dicernment. His voice,WOW.