Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are.
©2003 Lynne Truss; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks, Ltd
"Oh, to be in England. Or rather, oh, to have quotidian access to BBC4 radio productions such as Cutting a Dash....Thank goodness all six episodes are available as a classy audio production....Through it all, the crisp, humor-filled voice of comedy writer/literary editor Lynne Truss gives us permission to laugh aloud while being shocked, yes shocked, about the disastrous state of punctuation and grammar in the modern world." (AudioFile)
Cute, but because it is a collection of radio broadcasts, it becomes very formulaic and predictable. Enjoyable for a quick listen, but seemed long, although it was only an hour in length.
First, is't not the original book, which I assumed it was. Rather is a number of disjointed excerpts, interviews, and sound bites, with lackluster attempts at comedy. I took away nothing I did not know.
It is poor value for the cost. If the price we $3.95, I probably would not return it.
I was hoping for so much more; disappointing product. This content may have been better as the BBC show or as written material. There were parts such as the walks along London streets that did not work well in this format. There are better books on this subject matter.
I really enjoyed this book and it really helped me with my writing, but I think it was just the recordings of the radio show that the book is based on because it didn't flow like most audio books. I plan on buying the actual book to compare.
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