Eats, Shoots & Leaves

  • by Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by Lynne Truss
  • 1 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 2002, Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of the UK number-one best seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Presented here for the first time in America is the original landmark BBC Radio 4 program in its entirety. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are.

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What the Critics Say



Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium, 2005
"Oh, to be in England. Or rather, oh, to have quotidian access to BBC4 radio productions such as Cutting a Dash....Thank goodness all six episodes are available as a classy audio production....Through it all, the crisp, humor-filled voice of comedy writer/literary editor Lynne Truss gives us permission to laugh aloud while being shocked, yes shocked, about the disastrous state of punctuation and grammar in the modern world." (AudioFile)

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Not Too Much There

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

First, is't not the original book, which I assumed it was. Rather is a number of disjointed excerpts, interviews, and sound bites, with lackluster attempts at comedy. I took away nothing I did not know.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It is poor value for the cost. If the price we $3.95, I probably would not return it.


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- Sam

Not good audio book material

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I was hoping for so much more; disappointing product. This content may have been better as the BBC show or as written material. There were parts such as the walks along London streets that did not work well in this format. There are better books on this subject matter.

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- Matthew Demers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2004
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio