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I am not a writer, but I bought this book because I am curious about how writers craft sentences. As the author clarifies early in the first chapter, this book is actually about building good LONG sentences. He explains how good, long, sustaining sentences are built. He cites many good examples from current and past writers. Some of the analytical observations and technical terms used to describe certain approaches in building sentences are bit too much for me, and I somehow doubt that Hemingway and other great writers studied these technical aspects of writing, but the materials covered in this book are still fascinating to me, and I now appreciate long sentences more. One small issue for me was that it took me some time to get used to this professor's tone of voice and his accents. You might want to check out the sample to hear his voice first to see if you are comfortable listening to the sound for 12 hours.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. Dr. Landon brings things to mind about the construction of a sentence that I had never considered before. I am very interested in writing and have done a bit of amateur writing myself. It is something I would like to do more of in the future, and having read/listened to this book, I now believe I have a better chance at being good at it.
Dr. Landon is funny and serious, having a great way about him that holds the attention, which allows the learning to take place. This book is certainly not for everyone, but even if you do not ever intend to write an interesting sentence, being a bibliophile like I am, you may like this book because of the new, more enlightened way you are bound to read books. Hahaha, my sentences are still awkward, but now I have a pattern to follow that, with practice, will help me improve.
I certainly intend to listen to more of the "Great Courses" series. What a great way to educate oneself.
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
I have arrived at chapter 8; I feel this is an achievement. A pretty hefty achievement because the narrator is punching my brain with side swipes in his pronunciation.
The word is sentence so why does he insist on pronouncing it as SENNANSE?
My head hurts!
Otherwise, pretty good.
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Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Brooks Landon?
Not by this narrator. I had to stop after ten minutes due to the mid-pronunciation. For an audio book all about sentences you could at least pronounce the word correctly! There is a 't' in it so why say 'sen-ance-ees'. It was so irritating I switched off.
Has Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft put you off other books in this genre?
Not really. I still enjoy books about language and writing. Just not this one!
Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Brooks Landon’s performances?
No! See my statement above re the pronunciation of sentences. It was infuriating!
Do you think Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes by someone who knows how to say sentences.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful