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Publisher's Summary

"I'm reading the OED so you don't have to. If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on...."So reports Ammon Shea, the tireless, word-obsessed, and more than slightly masochistic author of Reading the OED. The word lover's Mount Everest, the OED has enthralled logophiles since its initial publication 80 years ago. Weighing in at 137 pounds, it is the dictionary to end all dictionaries.In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarian's keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word, and revealing the most obscure, hilarious, and wonderful gems he discovers along the way.
©2008 Ammon Shea; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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By William on 03-24-09

The best recorded book I never finished

By the time I got to the letter "D" I realized I had to be able to see the words, not just hear them, so I bought a hardback copy. This is a delightful book for word enthusiasts, and the reader does a fine job moving things along with wit and humor. Should you read or listen to this book? Yes, yes, yes, YES. (see epizeuxis)

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By John S. on 01-28-10

Blink and you miss it!

I liked the story; the narration was great! However, the material flies by - I'll need to read the print version later to see what I might've missed.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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