Word Workout

  • by Charles Harrington Elster
  • Narrated by Charles Harrington Elster
  • 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Word Workout is a practical audiobook for building vocabulary - a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with those known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. This workout is a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms, and word origins, and replete with advice on proper usage and pronunciation. There are also creative review quizzes at each step of the way to measure your progress and reinforce learning. Unlike other vocabulary books, Word Workout provides a complete learning experience with clear explanations and surefire methods to retain new knowledge. Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, this book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, featuring words used by the top tier of literate Americans, laid out in 10 accessible chapters designed for anyone who is looking for some serious verbal exercise.
From "avowal" to "proselytize", from "demagogue" to "mendicant", Charles Harrington Elster has carefully picked the words you need to know, and given you an easy, fast, and fail-safe way to learn and remember them.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

loved it.

I enjoy listening to this audiobook while I work. The program features definitions, antonyms, synonyms, and etymology. good stuff.
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- Simon Wojcik


Would you consider the audio edition of Word Workout to be better than the print version?


What other book might you compare Word Workout to and why?

"Verbal Advantage," also by Mr. Elster, is exceptionally excellent, or, if you will, super superb!

Which character – as performed by Charles Harrington Elster – was your favorite?

The English language, as performed by Mr. Elster, becomes a weapon of choice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak. Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. But did not.

Any additional comments?

Five stars all the way around, except re: usage. Mr. Elster's elitist, schoolmarmish refusal to allow the English language to lead its own life, in its own way, on the tongues of its speakers, is snooty, snobby, constrictive, constraining, constipated, and contrary to the realities of experience. Listening to Mr. Elster nay-saying the free speech of a free people is nauseating. Reminds me of Xerxes punishing the ocean by going down to the beach and whipping the waves into submission. Better to let the waves come in and the words come out.

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- Tom Dolan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio