Yes! The way in which the author speaks and writes is compelling and easily understood. It isn't full of fancy words and phrases, it's written for a layperson. It's also full of anecdotes and metaphors that help to explain how the author arrived at his conclusion and why it's important in English's history.
The Meaningless Do chapter was fantastic and makes you think
Content is ok but dry spells at times. much more for folks with linguist leanings rather than the casual curious mind, although there were still several take away points worth learning. narrator is the author, and while he has enthusiasm & delivers the nuances as intended. he sounds a bit long winded at moments.
I have listened to many of Mr. McWhorter's lectures on The Great Courses series. I have also read many of his books.
This combines both of those pleasure.
Mr. McWhorter is well-informed and speaks well. I enjoy learning about (in this case) the history of the English language, as well as his personal understanding of it. His manner is engaging and his knowledge is wide-ranging.
...to really "like" this book... Some of the points are really arcane but you appreciate the zeal of the author in making those points.
This book is a volley in an academic argument to which most of us listeners are not a party. However it's no less interesting for that. the author convincingly describes a number of common misconceptions about the English language and gives the antidote. It's a fascinating journey through the mechanic that is the grammar of our language. And it's an excellent counterexample to all those audiobooks where the listener cringes to hear a book read by the author. Indeed it's hard to imagine who else could have possibly read this book . And in addition to getting the myriad foreign pronunciations correct the author allows himself the freedom to chuckle and add in a few quips throughout the book In a way which I found charming.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
With little in my background for formal study in linguistics, this book was an enjoyable challenge for me. There were times when I thought I would have understood the discussion better if I had the text in hand but the author brought a lot of humor and animation to the subject.
While a bit Academica times and soamewhat hard to follow from time to time as an audiobook this was a very interesting and compelling set of theories and evidence for the evolution of the English language. I highly recommend it if you have any interest of what English really came Fromm
Engaging. Historical. Satisfying.
I bought this book for my Mother (a retired english teacher) because I thought she might enjoy it. I didn't intend to read it, but turned it on at the start of a long road trip and found myself thoroughly captivated. I'm not a linguist, but I do like history and explanations of how things evolve. Mr. McWhorter does a great job of explaining the evolution of grammar in a way that is both interesting and satisfying. I wish that I had read this book before trying to learn a second language. I'm going to try another of his books now.