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This book is a whistle stop tour around certain words and phrases which can often be heard around us but which as an outsider may not be understood. Part of this book is about attempting to eradicate those negative feelings of being an outsider and to allow us to feel more inclusive, like we are part of these select communities. This book allows glimpses into the hallowed inner sanctum of the modern tribe and how they have allowed themselves to be formed and defined through their use of language.
I found this to be a fun and informative book which could be dipped in and out of at the reader’s leisure. As an audiobook this removes from the listener their responsibility to give their full undivided attention to the book and story. Instead it allows the listener to listen while they are doing other activities and to come back for repeat listenings in which new information could be learned.
The only criticism I would have about this book is that while the words and phrases are explained and translated there was often little information about the origins of the words and phrases. Nor was it fully explained why this particular tribe may be using these words. Some were self-explanatory and may have not deserved full explanations but with some words and phrases I was left wanting more information.
However, I enjoyed the book and I also enjoyed Susie Dent voice over the audiobook. I felt this through her various asides within the reading gave the audiobook extra substance, in addition I found her enthusiasm and obvious love of words to be contagious. I would recommend this audiobook to others however I feel it is more likely to appeal to those with an already established interest within words who may feel the book wanting due to the lack of depth.
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Some of the sections were very entertaining and informative but quite often the book felt rushed in places and padded out in others.
The narrator has a great voice.
I have always been curious about language. This book answers a lot of questions.
Now I am less likely to miss the joke between others.
while Susie may not be the most invigorating narrator, her love of words rings through as you listen to this book. great value