It occurred to me after this to wonder how often are we read to? Regular listeners of audiobooks do have this joy but isn't there something nice about being read to specifically (and live by an author too)? So this is another very good reason to support a writing event. You can hear what the author has written, pick up the tone directly and that will be a good indication for whether you are going to like the style or not.
I find reading work out loud a really useful part of the editing process. I tend to save doing this until I'm almost ready to submit the work. If all has gone well with the editing to date, I will be able to read the work smoothly (and almost as if someone else had written it). If not, I will stumble over the words and it's back for another rewrite! But it is best I pick that up rather than a potential publisher!