Michael Drout is clearly a brilliant scholar, and has a terrific enthusiasm for language and literature. This audiobook is a must for anyone with an interest in these areas.
A wonderful series of lectures. Rhetoric is not about manipulating people; it's about presenting your ideas clearly and logically. Prof Drout reminds me of some of the best teachers I had. He knows his subject, he knows how to present it, and the common ways that people misunderstand the concepts. He also has great stories and anecdotes.
Very good narrator and his information is relevant and applicable the day you read it.
Say something about yourself!
Starts out Promising, but Then....
The only outstanding facet about this book is the free form lecture that is recorded and compels the listener to be drawn in and more involved.
Prof Drout's content, however, remains inorganic and nothing that will lend practical help to any rhetorician. There are terms and classifications that one is made consciously aware of, but being aware of these Latin and Greek terms that date from Aristotle and the ancients can hardly help someone who is interested in incisive tools of rhetoric. Most individuals would be aware of the art of communicating without having to burden themselves with Latin and Greek terms of rebuttal or logic.
I can see how this book may be interesting to a kid in high school, or an undergraduate who's maybe not familiar with debating and is interested in public speaking. But this book may only give him or her some level of confidence by being aware of and knowing certain arcane terms and in labeling certain modes of argument. In the end a good rhetorician is a graduate of the school of life with a self-esteem that only comes from hard work and sticktuitiveness in pursuing goals of life.
Otherwise, I don't see many people getting much from this book.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Drout's lectures for the Modern Scholar series are always engaging and comfortably paced, but this one is also just so useful...our society swims in a sea of rhetoric 24/7, and increased understanding of that sea's currents and tides can only help.
Drout does a very good job of handling grammar for an audio audience, too, be the listener student or professor, expert or amatuer. And, seriously, how can anyone not want to learn more about grammar and rhetoric? They surround us and change us... they help us to convey our pop culture references unto our readers... Good, useful information, delivered in a fun and engaging way--definitely worth a credit.
He presented grammer, parts of speech and the idea of using rhetoric as a way of communicating to others in a very enjoyable, educational and extremely effective way. His lecture was really helpful in understanding the importance of grammer, for example, not as just some rules to follow, but choosing words carefully in communicating something precise to others, reducing confusion and ambiguity.
He analyzed a few famous speeches by deconstructing their meaning, useful common rhetorical strategies, and reasons for their effectiveness.
He didn't really perform any, but did a good job reading famous speeches like the original speaker.
Some of his stories about grammer mistakes and parts of speech people always get wrong were pretty funny. (He really doesn't like it when people get
Overall a really enjoyable audio book! It's something that, for me, has been really useful. I definitely will be listening to every now and again (to help me write and speak better).
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Enjoyed every minute of the talk by Prof. Drout. He has a perfect mix of logos, ethos and pathos (listen to this book to know more about these terms) in each of his lecture. Overall, a great introduction to this subject with many interesting examples. A must listen book !!
I gained so much from this lecture series.
I intend to listen to it again and make better notes as the first time I was so carried away listening to the content that I just let myself enjoy it.
The lecturer is interesting and his joy at sharing knowledge on the subject shines through.
Its a brilliant series of lectures that has deepened my knowledge and respect for the Rhetoric and skilled Rhetoricians.
And I learned lots of other things, like the origin of the word 'daughter' (I have 3 water fetchers) and what parts of grammar really matter, versus the false rules enforced by irritating people!
And I feel confident starting sentences with 'AND'!
The second book I bought from this lecturer and again I'm very satisfied. Enthusiastic and insighful. Very nice to listen to.