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For some reason, my wife and I see two different versions of this book on each of our accounts -- on my account the narrator is American, on hers it's Simon Vance, whose gloriously crisp British carefully caresses every word with clear reverence for their meaning.
Guess which I prefer?
The book itself is the first I've ever read on the topic, and is beyond words. As he describes each form, I got great delight out of discovering examples of prior terms in the following chapters. I am going to be listening to this again and again and again, for the beauty of how he phrased each example and the dry British humor laced through it all.
Listen to this to be a better listener, listen to this to be a better writer, and listen to this to be a better critic.
Mark clearly defines some of the 'flowers of rhetoric', then illustrates them with well-known examples from literature.
Brilliantly narrated. The content is so good, and so very accessible, that you'll also want to buy the printed copy for reference.
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What did you like most about The Elements of Eloquence?
It opened my eyes to the linguistic foundations that make or break language. I thoroughly enjoyed it and book provided me with a new understanding of language and what the difference is between various way of expression.
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Great educational story and excellent narration by Simon Shepherd who made a topic that could easily become boring very interesting until the end.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a very practical text on how to write more compellingly, using engaging stories and amusing delivery to highlight what are actually very classical techniques ... All in bite-sized chunks of information
I enjoyed this book. I found it fascinating and funny. I will listen to this again, evidence that I have no life if my husband is to be believed. However everyone knows husband's are usually wrong. Don't they!