In short, I struggled to get through this book. The author just keeps repeating himself over and over (e.g. The Celtic influence), seemingly trying to convince the reader through the use of repetition of his theory.
The whole book could be reduced to a third of the length and still make the same points effectively.
Fantastic narration by the author! I loved every minute of it. A lot of thought provoking theories. If you're at all interested in the history of English, this is a must read!
Where I grew up many community's were still somewhat isolated and the English speech GRAMER was different. I learned why. I, at times would say things out of order, strange to those I was speaking to. The heavy German, Norwegian and Scandinavian influence gave me an accent that still surfaces to day after over 60 years. My grandmother, born in the USA grow up on a farm were the old language mixed with English was spoken, was the heaviest influence. Why not my mother? I have no explanation.
When I need an escape and cannot openly read a book, I whip out my headphones and press play on my Audible app.
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.