Who would think a subject like this could be so interesting and enjoyable. It is full and interesting from start to finish. The author/narrator is clear, cheerful and very interesting to listen to. I found it will help not only in writing but also speaking.
Very highly recommended for anyone whether writing, in sales, public speaking or just plain communicating.
I am a trial lawyer so rhetoric is an essential skill that pervades my practice. Ironically, it is not something that is typically taught in law school. I found this audiobook enjoyable and immensely useful as it is applicable to almost everything I do as a lawyer. From the writing of briefs, oral presentations at hearings and trial, to the frequent conversations with adversaries on the phone Drout's insights have helped me be more effective. But the truth is that we are all engaged in rhetoric because we all communicate. As a result, Drout's insights and suggestions for clear and persuasive communication are applicable and useful for all. I highly recommend this audio book.
J. Jason Gale
The topic needs a couple of semesters, not just 8 hours. Dr. Drout is terrific and has my utmost respect. But this is a elaborate sales presentation for his classes. And I truly wish I had the time to enroll.
Not A Misanthrope, But The One Where Everybody Hates You
Drout is a great professor. He'd have to be to make that many allusions to The Simpsons in his lecture series. The series is more interesting than any english course I took in college.
This book is very informative and Great Read. I wished many times, that I heard/read this book during/before taking my degree. It is never late.
While listening to Dr. Drout's lectures I found myself wishing I'd taken his course in college or, even better, in high school. It would have made my writing assignments much less painful and probably much better.
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. A book about rhetoric seemed a bit academic to me. Boy was I wrong. I tried it thanks to several of the reviews and the fact that I have taken several Modern Scholar books and liked them. Although he talks about a lot of theory, I believe it is so well grounded in reality that it was very usefull. The Author/Narrator sounds great and is enjoyable to listen too. Good book.
Professor Drout achieves a triumph with his "A Way With Words" series. This first lecture acts as a kind of mental jump start -- spurring the listener on to greater independent analysis of language, and, more importantly, a true appreciation for speech. Drout offers brilliant insights on famous speeches, explains common logical fallacies (a real treat for those who enjoy arguing), and gives a crash course on lifesaving grammatical tricks. Rarely do we encounter a teacher who goes beyond intruction and into the realm of inspiration, but Professor Drout, with his delightful humor, personality, and total mastery of his subject, does so seemingly without effort. Since listening to the course, my writing has been more coherent, my thoughts clearer, and my speech more direct. I look forward to listening to Drout's other works.
- J.S., Los Angeles