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.
It was an entertaining audiobook - the type of dialogue you would like over dinner and wine -but not educational for me though - which is why I intended in getting this audiobook
Michael D. C. Drout is a lonely English teacher that loves hearing himself talk but clearly has nothing to say ....
I loved the way Prof. Michael read it. It was really a joyful and knowledge expanding listen.
I'm using it now as a reference, I bookmarked the parts that I listen to repeatedly :)
I only know scattered pieces of rhetoric, which is why I got the book and it seems to me that this is a good intro to rhetoric. It seems that it would have to be since the topic is so huge. I had hoped that this would get into frame control a little bit, which is, I suppose, a bit more advanced. Tactics such as ignoring questions, and reframing arguments. But on the whole, enjoyable and a good investment.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I remember my grammar school rhetoric lessons. Every few years the state curriculum would require the students to give a speech. So the English teacher would hand out the same list of accepted ways to start a speech and explain how you shouldn't wave your hands while speaking then give you a time limit. Then you'd have to speak for however many minutes in front of the class and then she (it was always a she in the schools I went to) would have the students count how many times you said "umm..." or moved your hands and in less than a month it would all be over for the next four or five years. This is teaching by mechanics; if such a pathetic and inadequate series of non-explanations can be dubbed such.
Drout does what he always does and explains the reasons for the mechanics and that old list of 6 accepted speech openings as well as providing history and analysis of actual speeches. It is wonderfully refreshing and enlightening. If more teachers bothered to teach rhetoric this way the political sphere might be a very different place.