The Word I'm Thinking Of

  • by Michael Gates
  • Narrated by Jack Chekijian
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Absquatulate. Flumadiddle. Gongoozler. Squintifego. If you love words, you know the strange byways of memory or reverie that stumbling across a certain word or phrase will take you down, especially if it's one you're discovering and finding the meaning of for the first time. Chances are, you have never encountered words as unusual as those collected in this audiobook.
You'll find definitions and parts of speech for each entry. And for each word, the author has also included a quotation to show how the word can be used in context. His hope is that this book will spark interest in these ostrobogulous words and that you will use them in your daily conversations - perhaps as a humorous social-science experiment to see what kinds of reactions you receive. Amaze your friends with your selcouth vocabulary and indulge your inner logophile!

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What the Critics Say

"This is fabulous fun with unique words that you do not encounter on a regular basis…. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jack Chekjian, who was terrific. It is quite a challenging reading a list of words and definitions, while keeping it interesting. He has nice tone that keeps you engaged throughout…. I really enjoyed this and might pick up the print version of this just to highlight a few of my favorite words. I can also imagine using this as my own word a day challenge." (Eargasms Audiobook Reviews)

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Big words used in humorous ways...

***I was gifted this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. ***

This book has a ton of BIG words I have never heard of, but they are used in humorous ways. The words (most of them) sound so silly, it made me think they were making them up. Even though I didn't understand the words totally, each word was described and explained in simple ways. 5 minutes later I couldn't tell you what words were even used BUT I will say this... I sure had fun listening to it all.

This book would be an awesome gift for the brainiacs out there and for the people who know it all (not saying in a mean way). I think the genius's and the normal people alike would get a kick out of this book!

The author, Michael Gates sure is smart to even come up with all these words. I bow to you! You found a way to make me think and laugh at the same time. I even wonder if I couldn't learn these words if I did 1 a day. The narrator, Jack Chekijian, I take my hat off to you. You read that entire book without goofing it up! How you were able to pronounce all those words is beyond me! Kudos to you both for such a fine job and for totally entertaining me too!
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- Terri

My own Word a Day listen

I had never thought about listening to the dictionary for fun. This is rather like that but with SAT type words. So many wonderful words, not sure they all stuck. I may have to listen a few more times!

I love words, total word nerd here!! This is fabulous fun with unique words that you do not encounter on a regular basis.

You are given the definition for each word and then they are used in example sentences or situations. These were rather fun in their own rights. It was definitely a great way to keep the reader engaged in something that is not typically entertaining.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jack Chekjian, who was terrific. It is quite a challenging reading a list of words and definitions, while keeping it interesting. He has nice tone that keeps you engaged throughout. I do not recommend one sitting for the listen, but rather doing sections at a time. He has a very pleasing voice and adds energy to the potentially dry material.

I really enjoyed this and might pick up he print version of this just to highlight a few of my favorite words. I can also imagine using this as my own word a day challenge.

Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.

*** If you found this review at all helpful, please take a moment to let me know. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed, all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***
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- K. April Holgate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-30-2013
  • Publisher: Zabriskie Street Press