You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

  • by Ben Crystal, David Crystal
  • Narrated by David Crystal, Ben Crystal, Jane Savage, Hilton McRae
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An authoritative, entertaining book about our accents and what they say about us.
Some people say 'sconn' while others say 'schown'. He says 'bath' while she says 'bahth'. You say 'potayto'. I say 'potahto'. And - wait a second, no one says 'potahto'. No one's ever said 'potahto'. Have they?
From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of received pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father, David, travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation.
But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative, and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wish there were more native recordings.

Big fan, but I kind of wish there were more recordings by native speakers of the language. Also very British centric, American listeners (like me) might have trouble keeping up with the pop culture and geographic references.
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- Matt Dobler

As an Audiobook Narrator I found this Book Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended it for all of my performing arts friends both in the UK and North America. Awesome discussion of accents and dialects that can really help any performer understand a bit about what we do.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David and Ben have great chemistry for a father/son team. Terrific blend of knowledge and entertainment.

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- Basil Sands

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.